Bashing goes too far There goes Sun columnist Ken...


March 26, 2000

Bashing goes too far

There goes Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal, bashing another bastion of Maryland sports. In the past, he has trashed the Orioles and their owner, the Ravens, and Cal Ripken, and recently he had the audacity to suggest that Keyshawn Johnson, of all people, should be allowed to wear No. 19 in Baltimore. This statement alone proves that Mr. Rosenthal just doesn't get Baltimore.

In a recent column, he didn't blast just the Terps, he took on the whole Atlantic Coast Conference, an entity that is most respected by all Terps fans. Yes, the ACC has not had a good couple of years, but then again, no conference has emerged as dominant since the Duke-North Carolina glory years of the 1990s.

It seems as though Mr. Rosenthal just doesn't like Baltimore or its people.

Please, Mr. Rosenthal, before you begin your seven-month tirade against the Orioles and their owner, do one of two things: print something positive, or move back to from wherever you came.

Bob Damien, Baltimore

Too much second-guessing

It seems that Sun columnists John Eisenberg and Ken Rosenthal never pass up an opportunity to find fault for a team's embarrassing loss. They always appear able to peer into their hindsighted crystal balls of "wisdom" and find reasons to knock the coach, the players, the league, the athletic director, the general manager, the commissioner, or anyone else, to justify their words of negativity.

Case in point are the columns written by each last week after Maryland's loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament.

Yes, it was an embarrassing loss in a big game. Yes, it was disappointing to see a team, which had fought back time and time again this season, get buried under an avalanche of three-pointers, put-backs and alley-oops.

However, it has been my experience -- over the course of a lifetime of personal coaching and college officiating -- that these type of games do occur. That is, a good team gets blown out by another good team. Is it a reason to pass blame, find fault or second-guess the losers?

Certainly not to the extent that these columnists seem prone to do.

Jerry Phipps, Bel Air

Perch problem dates to '60s

This letter is in regard to Maryland's yellow perch regulations.

Before the late 1960s, yellow perch was a stable commercial fishery. Millions of pounds were caught annually. At that time, they were not considered a desired sport fish.

Then, in the late 1960s, it became a sport to catch yellow perch in their traditional spawning headwaters of stream and rivers. Thousands of sport fishermen caught yellow perch with no limit, licenses or restrictions. This was and still is the reason for any yellow perch decline.

The yellow perch stock became so low in the 1980s that commercial fishermen changed gear, as it was not economically feasible to continue this fishery. The Department of Natural Resources later put a five-year ban on yellow perch. After the ban, the DNR opened some rivers, but other rivers are still closed after 15 years of no commercial fishing.

The yellow perch fishery is closed in February and opens in March, which is their spawning month. It would seem to me that hooking the mothers while spawning is not a proper conservation practice.

William Edwards, Wingate

Terps' Edell is a winner

I am confident that Dick Edell of Maryland will surpass Army's Jack Emmer (273 victories) and become the winningest active college lacrosse coach.

I am further confident that Edell will surpass Massachusetts' Dick Garber (300) and become the winningest coach in college lacrosse history.

As a Free Stater and a lacrosse fan, this is certainly something we all should be proud of and hold in high regard.

It seems evident that Coach Edell will become what Red Auerbach was to the Celtics and pro basketball or what Vince Lombardi was to the Packers and the NFL.

Remember this, because I see an ACC and an NCAA championship for the Terps in the near future.

James DeMarco, Baltimore

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