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October 03, 1999

Root, root for the home team

Why did The Sun have negative articles (not to mention that picture of the crying Browns fans) about Ravens owner Art Modell in the week leading up to the Browns-Ravens game?

For that matter, all the coverage of the Ravens runs toward the negative side with Ken Rosenthal, Mike Preston and John Eisenberg. Is Drew Carey ghostwriting some of these articles? Also, why was Cleveland listed ahead of Baltimore in the standings that week even though they both had the same record?

I grew up a Redskins fan and the Washington Post always had positive coverage of the team, even in the lean years before George Allen came to town. For that matter, it even had positive coverage of the Senators baseball team.

As far as I'm concerned, the Washington Post has more positive coverage of the Ravens now than The Sun does. Please consider rooting for the home team instead of shooting it down at every opportunity.

Jim Buckley, Eldersburg

Columnists too negative

John Eisenberg's and Ken Rosenthal's coverage of Baltimore sports has too much whine. I wish they would stop trying to drive fans away.

The Ravens are not going to light the world on fire, but they are a young, entertaining team. Just watching Ray Lewis play is worth the price of admission.

Coach Brian Billick signed a six-year deal. He's not on the hot seat as one of the above crybabies whined in the paper recently. We have long-term deals with a number of very good football players.

Maybe they could write about how we stole a quarterback, Stoney Case, from the Colts for nothing. No, they write that we wasted two draft picks on Scott Mitchell -- and they should know that the second pick was conditional, based on playing time.

Ron Campbell Jr., Baltimore

Rosenthal, Eisenberg right on

Over the years I have been critical of the work of Ken Rosenthal and John Eisenberg. I believe that Eisenberg has matured much faster than Rosenthal and that his columns are usually more objective and have less venom.

The Sept. 23 section, featuring columns by both gentlemen, is without a doubt the very best work that the two of them have ever written, and to have them in the same edition is amazing. Both hit the nail right on the head without slamming any individual or town. Both captured the current and past emotions of the moves by both the Colts and Browns.

Charlie Dorsey, Pasadena

More NHL coverage, please

With the approach of another hockey season, I'm writing to plead with The Sun to place someone on the staff who will take the time to report on NHL games.

I'm tired of an eight-page sports section with seven pages on the Orioles, and all the rest of the sports world crammed onto the last page. I'm tired of the lack of any NHL preseason coverage, and the lack of care to even post the summaries to late-ending games.

I realize that this is an Orioles town, and becoming a Ravens town, and that we don't have an NHL team, but there are those of us out here who actually follow hockey, and it would be nice if The Sun could at least give us some of the basic information.

Robert Gerety, Pasadena

British are sore losers

The British newspapers attacked Americans last week as the "United Slobs of America, disgusting, disgraceful, repulsive, charmless," etc., after the European team was defeated in the Ryder Cup.

As I read this, all I kept thinking was, "Boy, these Brits sound terribly charming."

The truth is, the Brits are sore losers and big crybabies. When Justin Leonard sank that decisive, 45-foot putt, the Americans overcame the largest deficit in Ryder Cup history. What did the Brits expect us to do? Tip our caps and walk to the next tee? Come on!

So the Americans ran and hugged Leonard and in the process ran over Jose-Maria Olazabal's putting line. As if that really made a difference. It's a game, for goodness sake. There should be laughter and rooting and excitement. Why else would anyone compete?

David Pinder, Baltimore

Soccer victory deserved more

I am writing to complain about your total lack of coverage (the news was hidden on page 2) of the U.S. women's soccer team's triumph over the No. 3-ranked team in the world. The stunning, 6-0 victory on Sept. 26 over Brazil should have been front-page sports news at the very least.

After our national team won the World Cup this summer, it is a crying shame for the press to try to hide its continued success.

This is something your readers want to read about, certainly many notches above any local team you report on.

Ned Welbourn, Owings Mills

Angelos should focus on O's

According to a recent article in The Sun, Peter Angelos has set his sights on helping Greece field a baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

We wish him good luck, but in the process, perhaps he can take the time to make our Orioles competitive. So far he has been pedaling furiously backward.

Angelos sacked two winning managers, and when the opportunity presented itself, he failed to sign Roberto Alomar or Rafael Palmeiro, each of whom has put up MVP numbers this season.

A winning team, like charity, begins at home.

Abner Kaplan, Baltimore

Give Belle some respect

Empathy. It's something we all need more of. Imagine going onstage to perform and hearing boos all the time. That's what the Orioles' Albert Belle goes through. That's what he has to endure every day.

Roberto Alomar went through it. And now he's having a career year. Is Belle worth $13 million? Maybe not. But let's try to remember that he plays for the home team. His stats are good! He deserves some respect.

Jamey Jacobson, Baltimore

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