There's no hope, so O's fans stay away Some have...


April 14, 2002

There's no hope, so O's fans stay away

Some have speculated the reason for the empty seats and cheering Yankees fans at Camden Yards recently was because many Orioles fans have become Yankees fans. However, I feel there is something entirely different at work here.

When assessing the Orioles, there is no sense that better days are just around the corner. Contrast this with the Ravens and Terps basketball. Will they win the Super Bowl and NCAA championship next year? Most likely not. But if the Ravens miss the playoffs and the Terps miss the NCAA tournament, will the fans stay away in droves like they have from the Orioles? My guess is they won't, because the Ravens and Terps have people at the top who know how to win, who have a plan and who are respected by their peers.

The Orioles have not been over .500 since 1997, have management that seems to have a different plan every year and is routinely looked upon with disdain by the media and other baseball higher-ups.

A down year by the Orioles cannot be viewed as an aberration, but as the norm, until proved otherwise. With nothing to suggest that things are about to change anytime soon, is it any surprise so many people are staying away?

Andy Passman Catonsville

UM fans: Forget about supposed media bias

I've just read yet another crying letter from a Maryland sports fan about how nobody in the media loves us, and how that evil Satan Billy Packer will go to the ends of the earth to avoid saying anything nice about the Terps.

Well, enough is enough, and it simply isn't true. Anyone who seriously reads national sports publications and follows network sports has known for months and months that Maryland was given constant recognition as one of the top three teams in the country, if not the very best team, period.

There were hordes of media plaudits thrown upon them from all angles, and press coverage galore, including Packer's CBS Sports.

It is beyond me how Terps fans cannot abide anything negative, in the course of the game action, being said about our team, even if it is true. Thankfully we won, but we did not play a perfect game, as we all know, and it was rightly brought to light by the announcers.

As fans, I wish we'd get over our inferiority complex; it is not becoming of a true champion, which this team certainly is.

Mac Joiner White Marsh

Snub of Ravens shows O's inferiority complex

As dysfunctional as the Boston Red Sox have shown themselves to be over the past year, they somehow found time between the team's sale, the firing of GM Dan Duquette and going through managers like underwear to honor the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Opening Day.

The Orioles have yet to even acknowledge the Ravens' Super Bowl championship and probably never will because of their inferiority complex.

Brad DeLauder Lutherville

Thomson takes unnecessary shots

I think Candus Thomson is a good outdoors writer, but sometimes she takes cheap shots at government officials that are unnecessary and unprofessional.

In her April 7 column ["Tip of the hat to DNR's McLean, utility"], Ms. Thomson refers to a quote by Ranger Chuck Fox by writing, "Cowabunga, a pro-hunting statement from Camp Glendening!"

Personally, I think Ranger Fox's statement was valid and inspiring: "Hunting is not just about taking game - it's about interacting with the natural world and developing a greater appreciation for wild species and their environment."

Ms. Thomson's use of the word "cowabunga" was inappropriate, as was her indiscreet comment about the governor. Her politics should not so blatantly influence her writing.

David Boyd White Hall

Angelos as negotiator bad news for baseball

Is there any doubt that baseball is headed for a train wreck now that one of the new labor negotiators is Peter Angelos?

The last time he was involved in a tough baseball negotiation, the Yankees got their man, and the Orioles continued their losing ways.

Any optimism that baseball will resolve its differences has taken a hit.

Michael Frye Frederick

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