Let's set record straight on the Colts vs. Browns Last...

LETTERS

February 17, 2002

Let's set record straight on the Colts vs. Browns

Last Sunday, The Sun published several letters from Cleveland Browns fans that spelled out their anger toward Art Modell for moving the Browns and the plight of Cleveland after losing their team.

Obviously, the facts need to be spelled out to the people of Cleveland once again.

1. Baltimore was without an NFL football team for 12 seasons (1984 to 1995) while Cleveland was without a team for three seasons (1996 to 1998).

2. Regardless of any intentions by Art Modell to take the Browns name, colors and records with him to Baltimore, the bottom line is that the name, colors and records remained in Cleveland.

Baltimore lost everything when the Colts left for Indianapolis in the middle of the night. Baltimore was even threatened with a lawsuit by the Indianapolis Colts in 1994 when our Canadian Football League team was proposed to be named the Baltimore CFL Colts.

3. Cleveland was immediately promised a new NFL franchise to start play within three years after losing the Browns. The NFL gave Cleveland money to help build a new stadium as well as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft two years in a row.

Meanwhile, after being largely ignored by the NFL for a decade after losing the Colts, Baltimore got snubbed during the expansion process in the mid 1990s despite having by far the best expansion package of five competing cities.

The next time the people of Cleveland want to complain about their plight, they should do it in another city and in another newspaper. Comparing Cleveland's NFL plight to Baltimore's past experience is a joke. It isn't even a close call.

Ed Doheny

Bel Air

Look for hiring of Lewis to backfire on Redskins

So the Washington Redskins showed Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis the money. So what? Like many of Daniel Snyder's moves, look for this one to backfire as well. The Redskins can have him.

After several drafts that concentrated on defense and with free-agent signings such as Rod Woodson and Sam Adams, I could have coached the Ravens' defense.

Everyone seems to forget that Lewis was also the architect of the worst defense in the NFL back in 1996 and 1997.

The bottom line is this: Good players made Marvin Lewis the supposed genius that he is. Snyder better get Lewis the players he needs, and fast, or he'll be just another unemployed football guru.

Scott Ward

Crisfield

Don't criticize Lewis for accepting highest bid

Mike Preston's column of Feb. 11 comparing Marvin Lewis to the greedy owners who have used Mr. Lewis as a pawn is completely unfair and unwarranted.

Moreover, Art Modell's words in The Sun sports section ("Money talks louder than words") about Lewis' change of heart are the ultimate in hypocrisy. Just look at how Mr. Modell rewarded years of fan loyalty in Cleveland.

Today, professional athletes, coaches, trainers, et al, are just paid employees of greedy sports owners who feel no loyalty toward them or toward the fans that support their teams. Team owners have only one objective - profit. So why shouldn't their employees seek to better themselves by selling their talents to the highest bidder?

After all, don't they have families to consider, and very limited time to profit on the only commodity they have to offer, their talent? In this environment, it's only the sports fans that suffer.

Ron Parsons

Glen Burnie

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