Miller time is nowFinally, the Orioles have hired a...

Letters

November 16, 1997

Miller time is now

Finally, the Orioles have hired a manager to take them to the final dance. And I am grateful. Even Ray Miller hinted that there were mistakes made by Davey Johnson concerning bunts and stealing bases. This is just the kind of manager the Orioles need. A manager who manages based on the situation at hand. Ray knows you have to bunt in a game in which your pitcher is throwing a one- or two-hitter. Davey didn't. Ray knows that waiting for the three-run homer isn't going to win in the postseason. Davey didn't. Ray knows how to win. Davey didn't.

Oh, and Peter Angelos knows how to win, too. Davey didn't. Ray's the manager and Davey isn't. It's Miller time.

David Pinder

Baltimore

Redskins viewpoint

I am writing in response to Jon Morgan's article on Oct. 26 about the history of the Baltimore-Washington NFL rivalry. I have been a Redskins fan ever since I can remember. My earliest Redskins memories are of Vince Lombardi coaching the team in 1969. I've read a few books on the history of the franchise, and I must admit I had no idea that former Redskins owner George Preston Marshall was so determined to keep the NFL out of Baltimore. I know that Jack Kent Cooke was crazy; I didn't know that Mr. Marshall was nuts, too. (Oh, excuse me, I forgot that wealthy people aren't crazy -- they're just eccentric.)

As a longtime Redskins fan, I have just one thing to say to football fans in Baltimore -- I'm sorry. But please, don't blame me it's not my fault.

Shelley Greenberg

Silver Spring

Vinny vs. Eric

This is a response to Ken Rosenthal and his article concerning a call for Vinny Testaverde's exit. I take offense when you claim Vinny as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league. Look at the winning percentage among all starting quarterbacks, Vinny rates as the second-losingest quarterback behind Jeff George. This is the only statistic that counts.

You also stated that Eric Zeier is not a viable option for the team. I have been to every game and practice since the Ravens have been in Baltimore, and from what I've seen, Eric has what it takes to win in the NFL and Vinny does not. Vinny consistently fails to execute the most basic fundamentals: he fails to tuck the ball when he runs, he telegraphs his passes and he fails to check off on receivers. It boggles my mind that Rosenthal is willing to defend an 11-year veteran who still makes rookie mistakes and write off a quarterback such as Zeier, who has never had the opportunity to prove himself through an entire season, let alone 11 of them.

Thomas E. Muller

Baltimore

Vote for Skip Away

In Tom Keyser's interesting story in your Nov. 10 sports section, he says that Skip Away had four wins, five second-place finishes and three thirds in 11 starts. Personally, I think any horse that can finish in the money 12 times in 11 starts certainly deserves to be Horse of the Year.

Even if his record is 4-5-2 in 11 starts (which it is) he still deserves the award.

James D. Meehan

Dagsboro, Del.

Highway robbery

After reading John Steadman's column on Oct. 26, I would like to offer several opinions. I congratulate Mr. Steadman for pointing out that George Preston Marshall, the former owner of the Washington professional football franchise, was an "avowed racist."

I appreciate the fact, as pointed out in the column, that Jack Kent Cooke did not use public money to build a football stadium. However, what was not mentioned is that Gov. Parris Glendening and the Maryland legislature allocated $75 million in tax dollars for improvements to the roads around the stadium. This is an inexcusable waste of tax dollars and one more example of corporate welfare.

Max Obuszewski

Baltimore

Redskins nevermore

Nevermore do I wish to hear about the Washington Redskins and their faithful, self-proclaimed best-in-the-NFL fans. Nevermore do I desire to be bombarded by the "Hail to the Redskins" mentality of our beltway counterparts.

Nevermore do I deserve to be inundated by the continual reminders of the rich tradition and glory of the nearby D.C. franchise. On a gloomy, miserable Sunday at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, none of this tradition was evident.

What was apparent was that Redskins fans, I can only assume, are only fanatic when the weather and the opponent suit them. What was also obvious to those of us in attendance were the colors of the home team. Throughout the stadium were thousands of reminders: empty burgundy-and-gold seats, many unoccupied from the game's beginning and numerous more vacated as the afternoon progressed.

Spattered throughout those empty seats were the familiar colors of apparently far better football fans: purple and black. Only those fans, Ravens followers who braved that same inclement, dreary weather, remained faithful and supportive until the game's end, rooting on their team to a most satisfying victory.

So please, Washingtonians, you who supposedly bleed your team colors -- no more high and mighty. Nevermore look down on our fine city and its victorious football team.

Nevermore, nevermore!

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