Sour columnistsThe beauty of the Colts' run to the AFC...

LETTERS

January 21, 1996

Sour columnists

The beauty of the Colts' run to the AFC championship game was twofold. First, it's always satisfying to watch a blue-collar, underdog-type club over-achieve. Second, it was even more satisfying (in a sadistic sort of way) to read the tortured reactions of your brothers-in-bile sports columnists.

Despite Ken Rosenthal's Monday morning gloat, he can't take away what the Colts achieved. Indianapolis fans have nothing to suffer.

As for John Eisenberg, expressing an emotion other than hate would double the breadth of his emotive repertoire.

When I moved to the Baltimore area three years ago, the first thing I noticed about your sportswriting was how sour these two fellows were. Things have only gotten worse since then.

Lea Jones

Sparks

Get a life, Rosenthal

A friend of mine passed Ken Rosenthal's Jan. 15 column on to me. Ken, I'm sorry you don't have a team to kick around anymore, but, come on, get a life.

Neither I nor anyone I know in Indianapolis is feeling any "pain" or are we "suffering" from the Colts' loss in the AFC championship game. We could not be more proud of the Indianapolis Colts and their efforts and accomplishments of gigantic proportions.

You were right about one thing, Ken. Indy is sucking it up -- all the pride and joy, that is. The suffering will have to be left up to you. The Colts are back in every way, except they are not in Baltimore. They and we couldn't be happier.

Buzz Parish

Greenfield, Ind.

Quit bashing Colts

I am growing weary of the print spent on vilifying the Colts of Indianapolis and the implication that every good citizen of Baltimore must hate this team.

The Jan. 15 column by Ken Rosenthal was the all-time low in this regard. He tells us: "Good, now Indianapolis can suffer." "Justice prevailed." "Evil, as represented by the Colts."

Are you serious, Ken? Surely you must recognize the hypocrisy of this in the wake of our stealing the Browns. Does Baltimore now replace Indianapolis as the "evil empire?" Must all good citizens of Cleveland start hating our team? With the number of greedy owners around and the rate at which teams are relocating, there will be unlimited opportunity for venting anger.

Bernard Haske

Worton

Hunter responds

I read with interest the hysterical screeching of Maria Alvarez (Dec. 24) and of Marty Svert (Jan. 14). I am certain that neither has ever been hunting nor is associated with anyone who hunts.

In 40 years of hunting, I have yet to see my first inebriate. I have never seen nor heard of anyone shooting dogs and cats. There are a few trespassers, but I doubt that sin is worthy of the vicious generalizations imparted by Alvarez and Svert.

Francis J. Viozzi

Ellicott City

Narrow-minded

In response to Marty Svert's letter of Jan. 14, which refers to hunters as "beer-guzzling, overweight cowards," I am constantly amazed how these narrow-minded individuals try to pigeonhole a faction of millions as having a certain group of characteristics. This suggests an underlying bigotry at its finest.

Svert also called hunters "Neanderthals," which by Webster's definition is "rude or primitive." Rude would also define the context of Svert's thoughtless letter.

Ken Sechrist

Wellsville, Pa.

Mindless rhetoric

Marty Svert's Jan. 14 letter has some pretty tough words for hunters. But it is the same mindless rhetoric that city boys always spout out.

Svert knows little of what it takes to do what hunters do, some of whom rely on hunting to feed their families. It is arrogant to pontificate when the writer is unwilling to come out to the woods and stand toe-to-toe with nature.

Dave Owings

Westminster

Johnson's rings

I would like to point out an inaccuracy in Vito Stellino's article, "Stepping up for laid-back Switzer" (Jan. 16). Near the end of the article, Jimmy Johnson's boat, "Three Rings," is mentioned, and Barry Switzer is quoted: "Maybe I can get me a boat called 'Four Rings.' "

In presenting the source of the boat's name, however, Stellino is mistaken. It is not named for Johnson's college championship and two Super Bowl victories. In fact, he christened the boat "Three Rings" before his second Super Bowl with Dallas. The name is a modest reference to three championships -- as a college player, a college coach and as an NFL coach. I suppose he could have renamed his boat "Four Rings" after Super Bowl XXVIII, but that would have been a bit much.

To my knowledge, Switzer never won a championship as a player. Thus, even if he does win the Super Bowl this year (hardly a given for a man who tried to cover Jerry Rice in the slot with a linebacker for a whole game), he still will be one ring short.

Andrew Rossetti

Abingdon

Niekro, Sutton snubbed

On Jan. 8, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced that, for the first time in 25 years, nobody was elected to the Hall of Fame.

This year's shocking shutout manages again to snub two 300-game winners, Don Sutton (324 wins) and Phil Niekro (318 wins). Over the past 75 years, Sutton and Niekro rank third and fifth, respectively, in career victories. The other three are Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan -- each first-ballot choices for Cooperstown.

Next year, voters (fortunately) will have the opportunity to correct both mistakes. The Hall's credibility is clearly at stake.

Alan D. Mason

Bethesda

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