Lay off stadiumI am weary of recent continuing negative...

Letters

August 16, 1998

Lay off stadium

I am weary of recent continuing negative drum beating by The Sun. Consider the Aug. 9 edition: Rosenthal -- "Upper deck halfway to Mars"; Eisenberg -- "Into the sky [and we do mean high]"; Steadman -- "Cardiac heights, 12 stories up". To fans who went to Memorial Stadium, where approximately 20,000 seats total were between the end zones, it is a new era. The stadium is great. We have an NFL team. The fans know it is expensive, but sports in the nation are expensive. The Colts were great and will always be part of Baltimore lore. However, this is now. Enjoy the Ravens. Make Baltimore proud to be shown to the nation every Sunday. We should be proud and, more importantly, the writers of our hometown paper need to wake up, smell the roses and enjoy a great sports city.

Marvin D. Blanton

Bel Air

Dump 'Dolores'

I would like to be the first in line to start a "dump Dolores" campaign among the season-ticket holders. I found what the Ravens put on screen at their preseason opener very demeaning to any native of Baltimore. Maybe the members of the Ravens' organization who are from out of state found the character to be funny, but I certainly did not. If the character had been an Afro-American or an Hispanic woman, it would not be acceptable, and so it should be for the fine women of Baltimore. If the advertisement in regards to fan conduct is important and serious, why take away from it with "Dolores"?

Henry C. Preston

Timonium

Too tough on Rosenthal

To those who agree with the "Rosenthal must go" letters last week, I say -- Lighten up! The man is supposed to write his opinions. He must be gratified his efforts pushed your buttons and aroused you enough to respond. This town has more than its share of media cheerleaders and too many home-team apologists. Sometimes, the emperor truly has no clothes. Or should that writer have been banished, too.

Bob Feldman

Baltimore

Ditto on columnist

I was dismayed to read several negative letters regarding columnist Ken Rosenthal, who is, in my estimation, a witty writer, unafraid to challenge problems in local sports, especially as regards a local baseball team -- our own Baltimore Orioles.

Rosenthal doesn't always have good things to say about the Orioles. The fans don't want to hear this. Rosenthal shows the true picture. His criticism incites fear in these trusting fans, who expect the Baltimore baseball nine to go out and win every game.

The Orioles are not angels or saints sent from above. They are mortals, and mortals have shortcomings.

Ken Rosenthal is one voice in The Sun to bring out these shortcomings in his own way to better the quality of baseball on the field, in the stands and to the aged people who sit religiously by their radios every night. There are people in Baltimore who appreciate the not-often-told "other side of the story."

Vincent A. Stark

Pikesville

Sleepy sports

As a guaranteed remedy for insomnia sufferers, tune into the following: 1.) Soccer, 2.) Volleyball; 3.) Women's basketball.

John C. Zaruba

Baltimore

Interest not nil

While I can readily see why many Americans are less than enamored of a sport where the competition can continue for as long as 150 minutes without a score and then be determined in a final shootout, certainly the World Cup quarterfinal match between Brazil and Denmark was one to be cherished and remembered by all fans.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

It's your call

What do you think of Baltimore's new football stadium? Write The Sun and let us know. The best responses will be published in a special edition of The Sun to be sold only at the stadium on its official opening, Sept. 6. Please keep responses brief; anything beyond 300 words is unlikely to be published. Be sure to include a daytime phone number. Letters should be received by Aug. 24. Send letters to:

Ravens Stadium

Sports Department

The Baltimore Sun

501 N. Calvert St.

Baltimore, Md. 21278-0001

Letters also can be sent via e-mail to: sportunspot.net

Pub date: 8/16/98

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