No new team may be betterNFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue...

LETTERS

November 28, 1993

No new team may be better

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the 28 owners might just be doing Baltimore a favor if they don't vote for an expansion team in Baltimore. If we were selected for an expansion team, no doubt we would get a lot of castoffs, and that would mean six to 10 years down the road before we would even become competitive in the NFL.

If an established team were to move here, we should welcome it with open arms and perhaps take a shorter route to having a winning team a whole lot quicker.

Bill Herzog

Baltimore

CFL is a great idea

We've been had by the NFL owners again. It should be apparent to the most casual observer that we are not dealing with honest people who have anyone's interests, except their own greed, at heart. We are also not dealing with smart people. Finally, we are not dealing with people with any sense of honor. Losing the Colts was the price Baltimore had to pay to get rid of Robert Irsay. What price are the citizens of Maryland willing to pay to prolong nearly 10 years of agony?

I suggest that the owners are going to let St. Louis get its act in order and then award it the franchise, as they have known for months. If this were not the case, they could have stayed in session until they came to a decision in October.

Enough. My suggestion is that Herb Belgrad schedule negotiations to begin Wednesday with representatives of the Canadian Football League. With all due respect to Boogie Weinglass and the Glazers, I also suggest that the Baltimore Colts of the CFL be owned by shareholders, as with the citizens of Green Bay who own the Packers. I'll bet the CFL owners would be happy to play in a modestly renovated Memorial Stadium for a few years. It might take a little time to get used to Canadian rules, but it is an exciting game, the officiating is at least as good as the NFL's, and it would give us another couple of chances to get even with Toronto.

Jack Wright

Baltimore

It's not the same NFL

The prospect of the NFL returning to Baltimore conjured up images of the glory days of the Colts and the many heroes we still revere. Their success was not only due to their athletic abilities but also because they played as a team with intense loyalty and respect for each other and the city they represented.

The NFL today is composed of owners who only are concerned with profit and with mega-stars marketing themselves for top dollars. Whether we get a franchise or not, Baltimore fans should be aware that the phrase "You can never go home again" is appropriate.

Stanley Oring

Baltimore

Don't dump on Eddie again

To the growing list of fans who want to bring back Eddie Murray to the Orioles, I say, sorry, no way! The so-called fans of this area, along with the powerful talk shows, ran this marvelous ballplayer out of town once, and we should not have the chance to do it again.

The team started losing, and we were not used to that, so we took it out on him even though his performance remained outstanding.

Spearheaded by many of the talk show hosts, the fans quickly adopted the charismatic Jim Traber and just as quickly forgot the many years of consistent achievement by Murray.

For 17 years this great veteran has answered the bell for his team. Whether it be a championship team (1983) or, as was the case this year, a very poor one, he performs brilliantly from April to October year after year.

It became so bad his last year here that the manager, Frank Robinson, resorted to using Murray at designated hitter in home games because of the relentless booing. It is the most embarrassing episode of disloyalty to an athlete that this area has shown in my lifetime.

We blew it, and I feel we should be forced to pay the price of our poor judgment. Maybe it will teach us how few and far between players of his caliber are and to appreciate them

when we are fortunate enough to have one.

Sheldon Baker

Baltimore

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