Race no factorA few weeks ago, I was angered when Ken...


March 01, 1998

Race no factor

A few weeks ago, I was angered when Ken Rosenthal inferred that the failure by NFL teams to hire Green Bay Packers assistant coach Sherman Lewis was racially motivated. Rosenthal knows full well that the NFL owners and general managers are driven by the desire to win and make money. If a coach can develop a winning program, he will be hired, no matter what his racial background is.

Where was Rosenthal's argument when the likes of Dennis Green, Tony Dungy and Ray Rhodes were hired? They all developed winning programs, and all are of African-American descent. I suggest that there must be something undesirable about Lewis as a possible head coach, and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

Does Rosenthal honestly think that when draft picks are made and trades take place, a person's racial background is considered? Players, coaches and general managers are selected based on their ability to get the job done. In a time when we need to improve race relations, the last thing we need is someone inciting another division.

Brett M. Smith

Baltimore I am flabbergasted at Baltimore's local TV stations, especially those responsible for televising Maryland basketball games. Yesterday was to be a celebration of one of Baltimore City's finest -- Rodney Elliott. So what if the Maryland vs. Temple basketball game has nothing to do with the final standings of the ACC and the ACC tournament will be televised this week?

My work schedule prevented me from going to the game that, I recently learned, is sold out at the Baltimore Arena. You mean to tell me that not one local station would contact Raycom Sports or the ACC and say, "We want to step up to the plate as a matter of goodwill and public relations to show Baltimore sports fans what a fine basketball team our state has in particular and how far one of our native sons has progressed from his Dunbar days to his last days as a college senior?"

If I had advertising dollars to spend, I would boycott the gutless wonders running the local TV stations in Baltimore.

Harry I. Kleiman


Ads ruin Olympics

Milton Kent's complaint about the Olympics being too commercial was foreshadowed by how CBS cut to commercials in the middle of Beethoven's Ninth as performed by musicians from five continents. Right in the middle of the symphony, part of the opening ceremonies, CBS cut to advertising. About three minutes later, CBS rejoined the ceremony. The symphony was ZTC approaching its crescendo, but CBS immediately cut out to interview Michelle Kwan, the American figure skater who couldn't make it to the opening ceremonies. The Olympic moment, truly a spectacular one, was completely and utterly ruined.

Peter G. Smith


Steadman on 1948 Bullets

John Steadman's column on the 1948 world champion Baltimore Bullets was outstanding. I only wished the story were printed nationwide, so today's million-dollar players could have read about professional basketball's pioneers, who played for just the love of the game.

I remember following coach Buddy Jeannette and players like Paul Hoffman and Mike Bloom. Steadman was never afraid to print the truth or take on a sports owner like Bob Irsay or Carroll Rosenbloom. I hope he never retires. Sports fans need him.

Bob Townsley


Wire-to-wire again

With all the big names, talent and experience the Orioles have this year, it should be no problem for them to be the first team in baseball history to go back-to-back wire-to-wire. You heard it here first.

Ron Kropkowski


Title not in cards for O's

After four tries, John Elway wins the Super Bowl. After 20 years, Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500. And after three years and $200 million, the Orioles -- oops! Peter Angelos -- win the World Series not!

Samuel L. Gaugler


Rex Barney Plaza

Recently my son, grandson and I went to the Babe Ruth Museum and saw the special exhibit for Rex Barney. As a result, I felt it would be great to honor him by changing Eli Jacobs Plaza in right field at Camden Yards to Rex Barney Plaza.

Barney gave 50 years to the game, first as a pitcher and then ending his career as the public address announcer at Camden Yards. What better honor could we give to this truly professional voice of the Orioles and gentleman? I think this would be a wonderful way for us to say to him: "Thank youuuuu."

Pete Bartel


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