What about Texas Tech?I couldn't let Paul McMullen's...

Letters

March 17, 1996

What about Texas Tech?

I couldn't let Paul McMullen's erroneous observation in his article on the men's NCAA basketball tournament selection process (March 10) go uncorrected.

He stated, "Besides No. 1 Kentucky, only two teams went unbeaten in conference play this season, and both lost in their conference tournaments." He should have said, "Besides No. 1 Kentucky and No. 7 Texas Tech . . . "

This year, Texas Tech (28-1, 17-0) became one of only four teams in the 81-year history of the now-defunct Southwest Conference to go unbeaten in conference play. On March 9, the Red Raiders beat Texas, 75-73, to win the final SWC postseason tournament.

McMullen's oversight is yet another example that Tech is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NCAA tournament. With the nation's longest winning streak (21 games), being the only team besides Massachusetts in the tournament with a single loss, and winning both its conference and tournament, Tech should have been accorded a No. 2 seed in, say, the West or Midwest instead of being seeded No. 3 in the East.

Bruce Ansley

Elkridge

Fire

I suggest the new NFL team be named the Baltimore Fire. The Great Baltimore Fire of almost 100 years ago virtually destroyed the city but was the beginning of the rebirth and revitalization of an even better Baltimore. The new NFL team could well be another beginning.

The team colors would be red, orange and yellow, and the logo could be a flame or fireball. The cheerleaders could be called the Heat or the Flames, and the "Dawg Pound" could be become the Firehouse Gang.

Ray Gambrill

New Oxford, Pa.

Brass

How about this name for our football team the Baltimore Brass? It denotes top-echelon decision-makers, the elite of the group. Short enough for a cheer, and it starts with a B.

Daniel Katz

Pikesville

Burros

For the new football team name, what could be more appropriate than the Baltimore Burros? They are hard-working and dedicated to getting their job done.

Gordon Weitzel

Reisterstown

Bad experience

From Feb. 17 to 21, I attended spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with my 7-year-old son. One day, we got to the ballpark at 7: 30 a.m. to collect autographs from the Orioles. As the players came into the parking lot and exited from their cars, we tried to get autographs. No one but Roberto Alomar would sign. The others were too busy.

Cal Ripken drove up and yelled to us that he would sign later, so my son stood in line for three hours to get Ripken's autograph.

As 12: 10 p.m., when Ripken came into the stadium, he said he couldn't sign until after practice at 3 p.m. By this time, we had been there five hours. We went to the front office of the Orioles to complain. Their response: The players don't have to sign autographs; they get paid whether they do or not. Great attitude.

At 3: 10, Ripken came out with an entire entourage of police and stadium personnel. The crowd went wild. They pushed my son into a fence. I am not talking about kids pushing kids. I'm talking about adults running him over just to get an autograph they will probably sell. My son was very upset.

The Yankees used to play at the Fort Lauderdale stadium, and we have many autographs from them. I think it's time for me to become a fan of theirs. Will the Orioles care if they lose a fan? Not likely, since they get paid no matter what.

Fraeda Lewis

Baltimore

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Pub Date: 3/17/96

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