Unbeatens should share titleIt's difficult enough having...


January 08, 1995

Unbeatens should share title

It's difficult enough having an unbeaten football season if you consider quality of competition, scholastic eligibility, injuries and other off-the-field factors, but to witness two teams with 12-0 and 13-0 records, how can anyone vote one team over another in the mythical race for No. 1?

Why is playing in the Orange Bowl the ultimate factor in choosing No. 1? Nebraska and Penn State were each unbeaten; therefore, they should share the No. 1 final ranking.

Are the NCAA powers idiots, or don't they truly want to give accolades to the team that finishes first? I want to see a playoff when two teams wind up unbeaten, and I want to read the reasoning behind sportswriters who judged Nebraska better than Penn State -- without a playoff between the teams.

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills

Forget Bucs' past ineptitude

If given the option that John Eisenberg proposed to the city of Baltimore (on Dec. 19) of wanting to have Peter Angelos purchase the Buccaneers for $200 million and move them here from Tampa Bay, I think you would find more people who would support an NFL team here than not. The city is hungry for NFL football!

With a change of scenery from Tampa to Baltimore, and new ownership in Peter Angelos, who is willing to go the distance in putting a winner on the field, I don't see why anyone can't just forget Tampa's history of ineptitude and look for a new and successful history of football in Baltimore.

When the Colts moved to Baltimore from Dallas in the early 1950s, they weren't very good right away. It took some years for them to build to a contender, and look what happened to them in 1958 and 1959: They became champions of the NFL.

Also, Eisenberg should get his facts straight when he wrote, "But a winning streak forged against the Rams, Seahawks and Redskins [combined record 12-33] is hardly the stuff of Super Bowl dreams."

He failed to notice that the Bucs lost to the Seahawks, but defeated a very good Minnesota Vikings team that won the NFC Central.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Peter Angelos are trying hard to bring the NFL back to Baltimore and should be commended for their efforts, and no matter if we get a team or not it should not diminish the time, money and patience that they've put into it. I could give 200 million reasons why we do want the Bucs to come to Baltimore, so don't condemn the effort that is being put forth.

Thomas Jones


Point: Rosenthal logic skewed

Ken Rosenthal writes that we as Baltimoreans should feel somehow ashamed over local efforts to lure the Bucs away from Tampa (Dec. 27). Why? In part, he says, because Tampa-St. Petersburg has been unsuccessful in repeated attempts to steal a major-league baseball franchise.

One can't help but conclude that Rosenthal's ability to reason has been impaired by his personal vendetta against Peter Angelos.

Don Brizendine


Counterpoint: No gutter ball

Ken Rosenthal is right on his column, "For team, how low will we go?" We have gone low before, and the NFL will get us to do it again for a chance to steal Tampa's team. As Rosenthal says, "We're down in the gutter. Down there with Irsay. Down there with Indianapolis. Down there with the entire, stinking NFL."

Many of us intend to retain our dignity and the old Baltimore Colts spirit without crawling into the gutter of the NFL. We support our CFL team, and don't want to pay the exorbitant ticket prices that an NFL team will demand.

For an NFL team, the state has also decreed that it must spend an enormous sum on a shiny new stadium with luxury sky boxes that will be used only a few days a year. Come on, Maryland, keep your dignity and the low ticket prices and support your hometown CFL team at Memorial Stadium!

Allan Stover

Ellicott City

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