Give Pompey a break After reading Lem Satterfield's...

Letters

November 21, 1999

Give Pompey a break

After reading Lem Satterfield's Nov. 11 article, "Pompey set to confront his past," I became very livid to have found that Pete Pompey's fine coaching career could be written about in such a disingenuous manner without regard for the event at hand, an opportunity to bathe the football players in a positive light.

The story had to be spoiled by rekindling old news about Pompey's alleged indiscretions, or, simply put, his bad judgment for caring about his extended family, the kids in his programs and the overall community's interest.

If all of the school administrators were investigated for not revealing funds received from corporate partnerships with their schools, how many would pass? But an inner-city coach who had very little to work with by way of school funding for staff and equipment must constantly be reminded that he had an account unknown to the school.

Edward R. Colbert, Baltimore

Popera was first-class coach

I am tired of hearing about revolving-door managers and Nike deals. The real story is that the 1999 high school basketball season will begin without coach Dan "The Man" Popera of Archbishop Curley, who has stepped down after 25 years of devoted coaching.

In a time when private high schools are building stadiums that obstruct their front doors and coaches baby-talk elite players to lure them to their schools, Coach Popera has stressed hard work and integrity. Coach Popera did not have the million-dollar donor or the flashy smile and big promises to lure gifted players. He gave his heart to his players and demanded an effort that was hard for us to sustain without learning something about ourselves.

I have every reason to believe that Curley and its new coach, Ellis McKennie, will continue this tradition of integrity. Is anybody else up for the challenge?

Carl Fornoff Baltimore

Club level's getting crowded

I own two Ravens PSL tickets on the club level. My reason for purchasing club-level seats was because of the limited number of seats sold (7,000, I believe) and therefore lines for drinks, food and toilet facilities would be less crowded. I clearly remember the long lines at Memorial Stadium.

The first year the stadium was open, this was the case. However, I've noticed a significant increase in the number of people walking around inside the club level, particularly starting at halftime.

What I've noticed is people are taking their ticket stubs, after entering the club level, leaving and giving stubs to their friends. I personally have caught people doing this and made it clear to them I would report them if I see it happen again. Unfortunately, I can't police the entire club level.

Something must be done, either some type of hand stamp once you enter the club level, or at a minimum a pre-game announcement making it clear it is illegal to pass your tickets to anyone. If you do and are caught, you will be prosecuted or relinquish your seats.

James E. Francis, Odenton

Bad news for Wizards

As a confirmed non-fan of the pro sports franchises in Washington, it is a great delight to report that the Wizards are once again the doormats of the NBA.

Owner Abe Pollin has proved to be as inefficient in personnel matters as the Orioles' Peter Angelos. Pollin's major problem is his unfailing loyalty to general manager Wes Unseld, who has single-handedly destroyed the Wizards.

Committing well over $100 million to the trio of Rod Strickland, Juwan Howard and Mitch Richmond represents mismanagement of the highest order.

When Strickland is not in a court of law answering DWI charges, he shows up late for practice. A real role model! Howard has yet to make a shot in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line, and Richmond has thrown up so many bricks this year, he ought to be given an honorary membership in the Masons.

Oh, well. For us anti-Washingtonians, things couldn't be better.

Mortin D. Marcus, Pikesville

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