Hunters are sportsmenIt distresses me to see the written...

LETTERS

February 04, 1996

Hunters are sportsmen

It distresses me to see the written attacks against hunters that frequently find their way onto these pages. The most recent, Marty Svert's "Gutless Hunters" (Jan. 13), is one of the most ridiculous that I have ever read. Svert expresses the belief that no hunter could possibly be a true sportsman.

This must come as a real surprise to those who ever hunted with Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, Jack Lambert, Ben McDonald, Steve Bartkowski, Chris Hoiles, Ron Guidry, Bo Jackson or any of the hundreds of other professional athletes who love the sport. These gentlemen certainly don't fit the "overweight coward" label that Svert so insightfully attaches to all hunters.

Rod Biggs

Sykesville

Name-calling

Although I am not a hunter, I am appalled by the violence and bigoted vituperation expressed by anti-hunters and anti-gun nuts recent letters.

They should just listen to themselves for once. I suppose that they also oppose fishing because the fish don't come equipped with a rod and reel, and farming, because the broccoli can't harvest the farmer. Of course, they all think that they're very cute with their name-calling, but it's really sad because that's about all that they have going for them.

Henry F. Daidone

Ellicott City

Indy Impostors

This is in response to the Jan. 21 letter of Buzz Parish of Greenfield, Ind.

Yes, Buzz, you should be happy with your football team. After all, they backed into the wild-card playoff spot without the help of scab players. How impressive! Since the Colts are "back in every way, except they are not in Baltimore," why does the media guide continue to list the accomplishments of John Unitas, Tom Matte, Art Donovan, etc.? Maybe because Rohn Stark's accomplishments can't fill the guide. Have you ever been to Canton, Ohio, and seen the Colts display? You should be very proud.

As for the future, yeah, we got a team. Even the empty suits in the NFL front office can't stop that. So, you continue to support the Indianapolis Impostors and we'll see you next year in the regular season. My only hope is that the ailing carpetbagger lives to see our stadium built.

In response to the Browns issue, I think I speak for all Baltimore when I say these words of the immortal, if slightly inebriated, Bob Irsay: "Why do you hang me for?"

Chuck Brawner

Baltimore What in the world was Home Team Sports thinking when it dumped John Lowenstein? He was the main reason we tuned in to HTS. Without Lowenstein, our TV screen will be tuned in to HTS but our speakers will be tuned in to WBAL radio.

G; HTS has gone silent in our house. We'll miss you, John!

Kenneth H. Snoots

Mount Airy

Interleague play hurts

The baseball owners have done it again. Less than two years after alienating fans by causing the strike, they now think they will win them back by implementing interleague play in 1997. But it appears that interleague play will hurt much more than it will help.

I can't see how having a team play its cross-league counterpart can somehow create more excitement than a game against its true contenders. Competition against your true rivals is much more important.

Another problem is the issue of the designated hitter, which will either be done away with or implemented in both leagues. As strange as it may seem, I enjoy the discrepancies between the two leagues on the DH. It calls for different strategies and creates different mind-sets by managers. Like the encouraging trend of ballparks being built with different outfield dimensions, asymmetry is a good thing in baseball.

Peter R. Ulanowicz

Port Republic

Owners have no clue

When I watch Bud Selig and the other owners speak of the benefits of interleague play, I realize they have no comprehension of what makes baseball great.

They seemingly want to damage the crown jewel of baseball, the World Series. The Series is unlike any other sports championship because the teams are the undisputed champions of their leagues and haven't played each other. It's a joke and a crime to say interleague play will create rivalries. Rivalries come after years of competition, not the proximity of the cities.

If the owners' honest intention was to create rivalries, they should have made a schedule with more intra-divisional games. But sadly, it's not. It's money and the stupidity of the rich men who control the national pastime.

Chris Stoner

Catonsville

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