Lacrosse picks were poorIn response to Joe Boylan's...


May 30, 1999

Lacrosse picks were poor

In response to Joe Boylan's canonizing of Virginia lacrosse coach Dom Starsia in a letter last week, I wanted to voice my opinion about Boylan's inability to chair the NCAA men's lacrosse committee.

Boylan states that the "committee's decisions were honest ones based on its best judgment." Well, its best judgment was poor judgment.

Why was three-time defending champion Princeton, which had a nine-game winning streak and one of the toughest schedules in lacrosse, unseeded? Why was Syracuse, with an unprecedented 16 straight final fours and three losses by four goals to Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Princeton, seeded No. 8? Why was Delaware, which played two big games all year, against Georgetown and Loyola, and was manhandled in both, a No. 6 seed?

Was Boylan in the same room to chair the committee, or was he asleep on the couch?

He should feel embarrassed at the outcome of his committee's selections.

John Bullington, Bel Air

Let's close out Timlin

As a lifetime Orioles fan who has suffered through the ineptness of his year's team, I think it has become very painful to watch this closer, Mike Timlin -- and I use the term "closer" loosely -- enter and blow games.

He couldn't even be the reincarnation of Eddie Watt or Heathcliff Slocumb, because I assumed that they threw to the right base on double-play situations.

This guy stinks and needs to go.

Melvin A. Mazer, Baltimore

Criticism well-deserved

I was somewhat amused by Milton Kent's brief description of a column that appeared in the Washington Post written by Thomas Boswell. Mr. Kent implied that the criticism directed at his colleagues at The Sun who cover the Orioles was intended to endear Mr. Boswell to Orioles manager Ray Miller.

It is laughable to think that a writer of Boswell's stature would care what Miller thinks of him, or Milton Kent, for that matter. The point that Mr. Kent misses is that his colleagues at The Sun do continuosly and consistently slant their writing in the most negative tone possible. They do it when writing about the Orioles, Ravens, Blast and local college teams.

It is encouraging to know that, at least, columns by Thomas Boswell are read by The Sun sportswriters. One can only hope they learn something.

Charles M. Woolston, Baltimore

O's are no heroes

For the past two years, a group of fathers and sons has been making an annual trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to see our beloved Orioles in spring training.

While the fathers go for a weekend of relaxation, the sons, who eat, drink and sleep baseball, take their pens, balls and baseball cards to hopefully get autographs from the players whom they considered to be heroes.

This year, our sons got more autographs from the visiting players, Dodgers and Twins, than they did from the Orioles. For the most part, the Orioles are a completely inaccessible team to the people who pay their salaries, the average fan. These feelings were shared by most of the other fans we spoke to in Florida.

Most of the time the players just ignore you, but responses such as "I'm relaxing," "I don't feel like signing now," "All you people got an angle," and "I'm waiting for a phone call," were all given to kids ranging in age from 8 to 13.

Our kids were not disappointed by the weather, the pool, the beach or the plane ride. They were only disappointed by their heroes.

Frank Spokus, Baltimore

Rosenthal is right on

Ken Rosenthal makes a lot of valid points in his columns in The Sun. Some fans bash Rosenthal, as they feel he is too controversial, but a columnist's job is to give his opinions, and Rosenthal is not always there to be loved.

Rosenthal is usually honest and right on with his views. It's a shame that some people cannot handle the truth.

Keep up the good work.

Peter Goodman, Owings Mills

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