It's hard to feel sorry for Ravens' Lewis Poor Ray...


June 18, 2000

It's hard to feel sorry for Ravens' Lewis

Poor Ray Lewis. I can't believe anyone would have the audacity to think he did anything wrong. I think the state of Maryland should replace his white mink coat.

If Lewis is so innocent and the district attorney was going to drop the charges, why did he plead guilty to obstruction of justice? Don't tell me he wanted to do the right thing four months after the murders. Two people are still dead, but I guess Lewis is the victim.

I am ashamed of Art Modell, the Ravens' organization and the NFL for treating this as if it were a minor traffic violation.

Wayne Littleton


Jordan's `cancer' comment deserves to be rebuked

As the wife of a man who suffered through a throat full of cancer 10 years ago, yet still survives, I am compelled to express angered exception over the insensitive and uncalled for comments of Atlanta Braves outfielder Brian Jordan and his reference to John Rocker as a cancer in the clubhouse.

Since Andres Galarraga missed his entire 1999 season as a result of cancer, I can't help but wonder how Galarraga feels about Jordan's remarks. Did Jordan mean that last year there were two cancers within the Braves' organization and/or what if Jordan had said Rocker is mentally retarded, paraplegic, an MS cripple, etc. - would Jordan be ostracized by the media for his remarks consistent with the way Rocker has been treated?

Since I am neither a Rocker fan, relative, nor even a Braves fan, perhaps I should have no feelings one way or the other, but I can't help but wonder whether Jordan, who is black, can say pretty much what he wishes, yet Rocker cannot.

Dottie Hickman


Changing managers isn't always the solution

What must Ray Miller be thinking? The designated scapegoat for the Orioles' dismal 1999 performance was replaced by a respected veteran manager with a winning record and lots of postseason experience, all of which Miller's resume was said to lack.

Surely that would fix things. Did it?

As of June 6, the Orioles' situation was much the same. Fourth in a five-team division with as much chance of making the playoffs as Linda Tripp being invited to the Clintons' Christmas dinner.

Is it possible that the fault lies not with the various managers but with the players and, by extension, with those who assembled them?

Sig Seidenman

Owings Mills

Don't forget: Carlisle lost the Redskins, too

Maybe John Steadman should check his NFL history books a little better. Based on his commentary in the June 4 edition, one would think that the Washington Redskins training camp story started when the Redskins moved to Frostburg.

Before that, there was a long and storied relationship between the Redskins and the city of Carlisle, Pa. Maybe Maryland House Speaker Casper Taylor was a respected man in Maryland for stealing the Redskins' training camp from Carlisle, but I am certain he is reviled in Pennsylvania.

So my heart really bleeds for the John Steadmans of Maryland who feel that Daniel Snyder's move is a "crass, cowardly, cut-and-run deal."

Was the move by Jack Kent Cooke to go to Frostburg for political favors any less of a crass, cowardly cut-and-run deal? Mr. Taylor is quoted as saying Snyder's move "was bush league. A slap in the face. An indignity."

How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot, pal?

Keith Detweiler

Stewartstown, Pa.

If Mussina is O's ace, he should go distance

We all know the answer to the Orioles' problems is the bullpen. Yet what is hard to believe and swallow are Mike Mussina's remarks in The Sun on June 1, when he stated, "I'm not going out there to pitch nine innings every single game. ... I'm not built that way."

As a pitcher, you would think he would try to pitch the whole game and not leave his record up to someone else, especially the present bullpen.

If you're the ace of the staff, you should be a leader and set a good example for the rest of the team, because it does rub off.

I have always been in Mussina's corner, but his remarks question his worth.

Ed Barta


Lacrosse coverage continues to excel

The 2000 lacrosse season is history, and again like many seasons before, The Sun has continued the very important role as the lacrosse paper of record.

The reporting by Katherine Dunn on women's lacrosse was excellent. Her stories were clear and balanced reviews of the actual games.

Along with Gary Lambrecht's outstanding writing on the men's game, both provided readers with a true sense of play.

J.L. Chambers


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