We want the RamsNothing against Jim Speros and the great...

LETTERS

August 07, 1994

We want the Rams

Nothing against Jim Speros and the great job he has done in DTC fighting for the CFL Colts name and bringing pro football back to Baltimore, but after attending two CFL games I still walked away from 33rd Street feeling empty of the good old feelings of the yesteryear NFL Colts.

I want the NFL back in Baltimore even if they don't want us.

Some friends and I who feel the same way have started a "Write To the Rams Campaign" in hopes it will show Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere that Baltimore will sincerely support her if she moves here.

If anyone feels as we do, here's where to write:

Georgia Frontiere, c/o The Los Angeles Rams, 2327 West Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92801.

Eric Allen

Owings Mills

Costly tennis

It is no wonder that the Baltimore Municipal Tennis Tournament has dwindled in both size and stature. I responded to a call for entries to this formerly prestigious area tournament, eager to compete in both women's singles and mixed doubles. Even though I read the sports section of The Sun daily, and play at several locations around Baltimore, this was the first I had heard of the tournament. Unfortunately, I was told that the cost to play was $45 for just singles ($20 tournament fee and a $25 United States Tennis Association membership fee) and a total of $75 if I only wanted to play doubles ($25 tournament fee plus the USTA fee from both my partner and myself). If I wanted to play both events, I would pay the USTA fee just once.

Who can afford such exorbitant fees? Having run the municipal tournament in New Haven, Conn., from 1987-89, I can assure you that the USTA sanctioning is not necessary to hold a successful event, and that a $15 fee for singles and $20 fee for doubles is more than sufficient to break even.

If you really want people to come out, drop the USTA sanction, lower the entry fee and promote it better throughout the tennis community. I'll be the first to sign up and will bring 10 friends with me.

Donna M. Ledwin

Director of Athletics,

College of Notre Dame

It's Baltimore

Does Peter Angelos think the general public isn't familiar with the city the Orioles are from? Are they the Baltimore Orioles or the Broad Range Community Orioles? If so, we should put "Broad Range Community" on their away jerseys.

Every team draws from the communities surrounding their respective cities, but every other team takes pride in its representation of its city. Except us! Peter Angelos must be afraid that people from Washington won't come to the games if they somehow discover that they are going to see the "Baltimore" Orioles. Please! They travel the 40-50 miles to "somewhere." I think they know where.

Realistically, they would not be offended, because when they attend it is home games, where "Orioles" is on the jerseys.

Paul Fetcho

Glen Burnie

Give us a break

How convenient. The players union sets a strike date of Aug. 12. Two organizations representing the fans had planned a boycott on Aug. 13. And again the fans lose. I don't know how feasible a boycott was or what kind of impact it would have had, but it sure would have been nice to see.

I used to go to 15-20 games a year. Not this year. Not a single game. I'm so tired of the ballplayers saying the owners are making too much money, that they should have a bigger slice of the pie. The league minimum ($109,000) is a pretty nice slice of any pie. If the owners are losing money, then show everyone how much. Then they'd have a legitimate claim.

If there is no legitimate claim made by the owners, here is a novel idea -- take a tremendous financial burden of the business off the average baseball fan. States have given places such as Baltimore tremendous playing facilities for minimal cost. The teams have thanked us by charging $12 to sit in left field, where we look at center field.

Taking three people to a ballgame can run about $100, when you figure $15 tickets, parking, a few snacks and souvenirs.

Hardly petty cash, unless you're a player.

Won't someone give the average fans a break?

Dwayne Showalter

Jarrettsville

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