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LETTERS

January 14, 2001

Waibel remembered as legend, role model

The state of Maryland, city of Baltimore and especially the students and former students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute have lost a dear friend with the death of Augie Waibel.

I want to personally thank your paper for the many wonderful stories that have been written about Poly football under Coach Waibel and especially the recent articles after his death.

Augie was a legend, not only in his football coaching career, but also with his relationship with all students and peers.

We will all miss him.

Bucky Kimmett Lutherville

I truly cannot imagine a better leader of young men and a person whose influence would have greater impact than Augie Waibel. I know that there are many of his former students and particularly former players who would readily agree.

Having had the good fortune of playing for his Poly 1971 and '72 football teams was an experience and lesson in discipline, hard work and dedication to excellence that left an indelible mark of confidence and direction.

At that age and point in your life, a role model and leader of his quality and high standards makes an unforgettable impression.

Every mother's son who came under the teaching and direction of August R. Waibel is a better man because of it.

Gary Bishop Carney

Ravens most fortunate to have classy Newsome

Kudos to Ken Murray for his excellent article on Ozzie Newsome ("Building A Winner," Dec. 31). After reading the article, it is easy to see why Mr. Newsome is held in such high regard within the Ravens' organization and throughout the NFL.

He is as talented an executive as he was a player. Clearly, discipline and integrity have been cornerstones of Mr. Newsome's personal and professional life.

When the Ravens came to Baltimore in 1996, I worked for a real estate development firm in Owings Mills. Around that time, I couldn't help but notice a huge man had taken up a regular routine of jogging along Garrison Forest and Greenspring Valley roads. He'd be there running whether it was snowy and 15 degrees or 95 degrees with a blazing sun. I would see him on my way to an appointment and then again an hour later on my way back. I thought to myself, "This man is amazing!" I later realized this man was Ozzie Newsome.

So, I am not surprised by the Ravens' success. Discipline and integrity always bring positive results eventually. The Ravens and the community as a whole are fortunate to have a man like Ozzie Newsome. He's a class act.

Andrew C. Miller Baltimore

Special teams, defense can run up the score

During the first two playoff games, the Ravens' defense and special teams scored many more points than the offensive unit.

To really light up the scoreboard in Oakland today and then at the Super Bowl in Tampa, the Ravens should adopt a new offensive game plan: Punt every first down, and let the defense and special teams run up the score.

Dave Kirby Baltimore

Ravens' defenders act like bunch of thugs

Having watched the Ravens' playoff game last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, I have to say any jubilation I had in their success was dampened by the lack of sportsmanship and civility I observed by a lot of the players on the defensive squad.

The constant trash-talking and taunting, which led to numerous shoving matches or punches being thrown, took away from the integrity of a hard-hitting football game.

Even the television announcers had to keep reminding the viewers about the comments made earlier in the week by the Ravens' Chris McAlister. I wasn't sure if I was watching the NFL or a bad WWF show.

Later that same afternoon, I went to my son's junior wrestling match. I watched as young men grabbed, threw and even twisted each other up like a couple of intertwined serpents during six-minute matches. The wrestlers would leave the mats exhausted and battered, some of them with tears in their eyes (frustrated in their losses).

At the end of each match, the wrestlers would shake hands, and then they'd shake hands with the opposing coaches. The victor's hand would be raised, and a smile of relief and satisfaction would awash the winner's face. There was never any unnecessary celebrating or taunting.

Instead of the Ravens' players being role models for our kids, I think the Ravens' defensive squad should attend local wrestling meets to learn how to act in defeat and victory. Otherwise, their nickname may become the "Raven Thugs."

Steve Devon Baltimore

From Tennessee: Congrats and good luck

I wanted to congratulate the people of Baltimore on the Ravens' victory over our Titans last Sunday.

I looked at your paper and saw the pictures and unadulterated joy of your fans - it is a wonderful thing, isn't it? We were there last year - the meetings at the airport, the citywide celebration. Savor this sweet, sweet feeling, and I only wish you the best against the Raiders and, with any luck, in the Super Bowl.

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