Monumental idea for Thompson I enjoyed reading Jonathan...

LETTERS

July 07, 2002

Monumental idea for Thompson

I enjoyed reading Jonathan Pitts' appreciation of Jack Buck, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals announcer, in the June 21 edition of The Sun. Of note, there is a statue of Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck outside the Cardinals' stadium in St. Louis.

Similarly, there is a statue of Hall of Fame announcer Jack Brickhouse in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, outside the Chicago Tribune building.

The Orioles have large block numbers 4, 5, 20 and 22 for Hall of Famers Earl Weaver, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards. For the past 50 years, we have been blessed with Hall of Fame announcer Chuck Thompson. How about a statue or at least a plaque for Chuck Thompson?

Leon Reinstein Baltimore

ESPN and ABC just don't get it

It was worth getting up early in the morning to watch the World Cup on Univision. Its coverage was exciting and complete. The announcers were knowledgeable and obviously were having fun.

It is a shame that the same can't be said for ESPN and ABC. The English-language coverage was dull, stilted and boring. ESPN forgot that much of its success comes from the irreverent approach it takes - both making fun of sports and making sports fun.

ABC simply was ridiculous. At halftime of the Cup final, the biggest sporting event in the world, highlights of previous games were shown. That is like showing NFL season highlights at the Super Bowl - it is out of place. Then as soon as the final game ended, ABC ended its coverage, ignoring the presentation of the cup and the wild Brazilian celebration. Would coverage of Maryland's victory in the NCAA basketball final been complete if it ended at the final buzzer? No!

The major networks seem to think that the American public finds soccer boring. The truth is network coverage is boring, not soccer. Univision knows how to do soccer. Let's hope that the networks learn from Univision so soccer fans don't have to learn Spanish to enjoy broadcasts.

David Humes Carney

Sportsmanship is never out of season

In his column Monday on the behavior of Orioles reliever Willis Roberts, Mike Preston endorses the juvenile behavior of chest-thumping, fist-pumping, finger-pointing and other conduct that would not be condoned in a Little League game.

Has Mr. Preston ever heard of sportsmanship? To laud one's triumph over a fallen adversary is worthy of contempt. There is so much self-glorification in professional football and basketball that the coaches should be ashamed for allowing it. Mr. Preston, sadly, now encourages this behavior in baseball - "just win, baby" and "let him be himself."

And of course, Mr. Roberts adds, "It's all me." Oh, I thought baseball was still a team sport.

Thomas R. Foster Parkville

U.S. Senior Open receives high marks

Baltimoreans should be proud of themselves after the incredible U.S. Senior Open was played at Caves Valley Golf Club. The Open was so well-thought-out and ended up to be one of the best golf tournaments ever to be witnessed. The fans were all courteous, well-mannered and ecstatic to be part of a great playoff.

Being one of 3,500 volunteers was a great opportunity to enjoy the senior golfers and get to know them in many different ways. They were all gentlemen. The Open was a class-act event and the fans made it classier. Hats off to Baltimore!

Sandy Leidy Glen Arm

CSN makes it tough to watch Orioles

The frustration of having to watch our O's struggle with half a bullpen is exceeded only by having to watch it on the distortion channel, aka Comcast SportsNet.

Will its engineers ever figure it out?

Allan Master Baltimore

Stop the bashing and start cheering

It is about time for the Baltimore baseball fan to cease with the (Peter) Angelos bashing and the overall negatives that are directed at the team and to start to show some solid support.

Here is a young team in a rebuilding program with no franchise or superstar player on board and with certainly its share of injuries. But the players are maintaining the sought-after goal of staying near .500 ball. They have clearly shown that they can hang in with the heavyweights like the Yankees and the Diamondbacks.

Joseph Larson Towson

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