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LETTERS

November 26, 1995

What's a contract worth?

What is the legality of a contract when the wealthy politicians who run Maryland's sports franchises, namely the Maryland Stadium Authority and Gov. Parris N. Glendening, are two-faced?

Jim Speros and our Grey Cup champion Stallions signed a five-year lease to play CFL football at Memorial Stadium, and now Alison Asti, stadium authority counsel, accuses Speros of "holding us hostage" over a contract that gave the team "exclusive rights to using the stadium for regular-season home games, playoff games and championship games."

As a former season-ticket holder of the Baltimore Colts until the ,, team moved to greener and wealthier pastures in Indianapolis, I pray Cleveland is successful in keeping the Browns so that the Stallions can return for 1996 and for many years in the future.

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills

Hands off the Browns

Are Baltimore Browns fans so desperate for a team that you will resort to trickery, lies and petty theft? Are your lives so empty that you will steal the memories, the customs, the history of another city? Have you no pride? Have you no shame?

The Cleveland Browns are ours. They will always live in our hearts. The spirit of the team cannot be bought. The joy of the Cleveland fans will not die. You can wave money and lure Art Modell away. You can wear your little dog ears and wave your little dog bones and sit in your little dog pound. That won't change anything. You'll still be thieves.

If you're so desperate for hopes and memories that don't belong to you, I have some double prints of my last vacation. Do you want those, too?

Leslie C. Hickey

Euclid, Ohio

A name means a lot . . .

To Art Modell: Take the team, but leave the name and uniform behind to the city it belongs to. Here's your chance to cap off your legacy in Cleveland with honor and dignity by keeping the Browns name and uniform in Cleveland and to restore the respect and admiration of the Cleveland fans, while gaining respect and admiration of the fans in your new legacy in Baltimore.

Kurt Heimbach

Towson

. . . so give up Browns

As a Baltimore Colts fan, I've waited for years for an NFL team to come to Baltimore. Now, with the arrival of the Browns, I ought to be ecstatic, but I'm not. Why not?

Maybe it's because I know what the people in Cleveland are going through. I feel like I'm dancing on somebody's grave. TTC They're good fans; they don't deserve it.

I know it probably will cost quite a bit of money (isn't that what it always comes down to?), but, please, give the team a new beginning, a new identity, a new name and new uniforms. The fans in Cleveland and Baltimore both deserve this much.

arrett Nichols

Malibu, Calif.

Canadian view of Stallions

You gotta love those Stallions!

In only their second season of existence, they took the Grey Cup away from Canada for the first time in the 83-year history of the Canadian Football League title game.

Jim Speros and his partners did an amazing job of assembling a championship club. Speros, who takes a hands-on approach to running a team, made the smart initial move of hiring Don Matthews as coach. Matthews is a defensive genius who knows how to surround himself with the right talent at the coach and player levels.

I saw Speros drinking champagne from the Cup and being interviewed after the game, and he is a credit to your nation. He was gracious in victory and said all the right things.

As for the Grey Cup, it was tremendously exciting, far more than most NFL contests and especially the Super Bore, er, Bowl. The rules make it that way. The CFL requires faster players. As a result, the NFL gets the behemoths, and the CFL gets the athletes. I'll bet the Stallions would beat most NFL teams playing Canadian rules on a Canadian-sized field. The NFLers would be dragging by the fourth quarter.

Alex Hardy

Edmonton, Alberta

Give Baines his due

Of all the coverage of the Orioles, there is, in my opinion, inadequate attention paid to one of the team's real treasures, designated hitter Harold Baines.

A typical example: The day after he hit two home runs -- one a grand slam -- there was a huge article accompanied by a `D glamorous photograph of the then-newly acquired Bobby Bonilla, with a mere off-hand mention of Baines' accomplishment. In short, the sports press takes Baines for granted. Hopefully, the Orioles do not.

Baines has filed for free agency. It would be a terrible blow to his fans if he were not retained. He goes on hitting .300, does not act like a jerk, maintains the quiet dignity that has marked his career, offers an exquisite clinic in left-handed hitting and allows us to take pride in his Maryland roots, as he so passionately does.

If there is anyone on the team besides Cal Ripken to whom we fans can point with heartfelt hometown pleasure, it is the Pride of St. Michaels. Writers, show him the respect he deserves; Orioles, bring him back!

Risselle R. Fleisher

Baltimore

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