Notre Dame doesn't buy lacrosse success I am very upset...


May 27, 2001

Notre Dame doesn't buy lacrosse success

I am very upset after reading Mike Preston's column published in the May 22 edition of The Sun. In particular, I have to disagree with the following portion:

"As for Notre Dame, it was kind of strange hearing the band playing the school's fight song at a lacrosse game.

"But with the athletic department revenues and other features of the school, the Fighting Irish showed you can almost buy a championship in any sport.

"If you're a high school recruit and you visit Notre Dame or Johns Hopkins during the fall, would you be more inclined to enroll at Notre Dame after watching a football game against USC or watching Hopkins tangle with Western Maryland?"

I don't know if Mike is aware that the lacrosse players on the Notre Dame men's team do not receive scholarships. That's right. They pay to go to Notre Dame. To imply that Notre Dame can almost purchase a national championship is not at all accurate, especially in the context of men's lacrosse.

I am willing to bet it is easier to convince a high school player to take a free ride to Syracuse, Princeton, Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland or any other top lacrosse program than it is to convince him to pay a very large sum of money to attend Notre Dame.

If you look at the athletic facilities of Notre Dame compared to those of the other large Division I-A schools, you will notice that many of Notre Dame's facilities are outdated and in need of modernization. All of the revenue from the school's contract with NBC goes to academics. This is where Notre Dame has been spending almost all of its money the past few years.

Why, then, are these students choosing to attend Notre Dame? I am sure they are more interested in receiving an excellent education than the result of the football game against USC.

Keith Voigt Ellicott City

Why did Sun ignore Md. Hall of Fame event?

On May 17 at Martin's West, there was a tribute held to honor five individuals who were to be inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame: George Bartram (jousting), Jack Fisher (former Oriole, baseball), Andrew Maynard (Olympic gold-medal winner, boxing), Ray Truszkowski (fast pitch softball) and John Steadman (sports columnist).

I find it very sad that there was no mention of this occasion in The Sun, nor were there any representatives from any of the TV or radio stations to pay tribute to these individuals.

I for one feel very proud that I was there as the guest of Ray Truszkowski, the Brooks Robinson of softball, to witness and honor these fine individuals.

Gary L. Marsiglia Towson

Fans need to stick with O's in hard times

It is a shame to see our two shining jewels of professional sports, the Orioles and Ravens, pitted against one another.

I too have become disgusted by Orioles owner Peter Angelos and his systematic destruction of a once-proud franchise. But having said that, this is still our team, with local ownership and the best park in baseball.

Is there not room in our hearts to love both teams, even though the Ravens have ascended as quickly as the Orioles have descended?

Somehow, someway, the Orioles will rise again - and I intend to be there cheering for them just as I am now in the dark days.

Haven't some of you pointed out with pride that you were there for the Ravens even during the bad times? Do not the Orioles, who have such a rich tradition, deserve the same kind of respect?

Stephen Haag Germantown

Little Leaguers deserved more attention from O's

I had the wonderful opportunity to be at the Orioles' May 19 game against Minnesota. The main reason I was there was to watch my son walk around the field in the Little League parade. I was amazed at the lack of recognition the Orioles showed these future Hall of Famers.

Two players, Brook Fordyce and Jeff Conine, were the only ones who took the time out of their schedules to recognize the Little Leaguers. To you two gentleman, I salute you for giving back to the community and the children by standing out there and shaking each and everyone's hand that passed by the dugout. It is people like you that I hope my son grows up to emulate.

For the rest of the Orioles' staff and players, I am appalled that the simplest things in life you take for granted. Gentlemen, you have been graced with a tremendous gift to play baseball and you have chosen that to be your career. It is sad to see that you have forgotten the real reason you are getting paid the millions of dollars that you are.

These kids are our future in this world and you couldn't even take the time to acknowledge them like they do you.

They come to the stadiums to watch you play, thinking that one day, they too can be a major-league player. They spend their parents' hard-earned money to pay your salaries. It deeply saddens me to see that you don't even care about the future of the game.

Greg Borders Pasadena

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