$50M for R. Lewis? Goodbye, tickets Unbelievable and...

LETTERS

August 11, 2002

$50M for R. Lewis? Goodbye, tickets

Unbelievable and ridiculous.

Where else can a pro sports person who is an obstructer of justice be blessed with $50 million for playing a game.

Only in America.

How asinine of the Modells to give away the store. Put this in your memory bank, sports fans: Ray Lewis will miss his fair amount of playing time this year to "alleged injury."

I just can't take it anymore. I'm offering my ticket package to a neighbor for $10.

Roy Brogrowski Columbia

Billick, Newsome full of excuses

Why can't Brian Billick and Ozzie Newsome just admit that they made mistakes in signing Elvis Grbac and Leon Searcy last year? Why do they have to try to cover their own errors by taking shots at Trent Dilfer?

Last week Billick said the Ravens would have missed the playoffs if Dilfer had been the quarterback last year. Both he and Newsome use the season-ending injuries to Jamal Lewis and Searcy as excuses for Grbac's poor performance last year.

I can see the impact of losing Lewis, but Searcy? Everyone seems to forget that Searcy was damaged goods coming in the door last year. He didn't play at all with Jacksonville in 2000 due to injury. The Ravens knew that and still signed him to a multi-million-dollar, long-term contract. This was mistake No. 1.

Mistake No. 2 was dumping a Super Bowl-winning quarterback for Grbac. Grbac's horrible performance last year was his own. Instead of making excuses and taking shots at Dilfer, Billick and Newsome should just admit that they made mistakes. Ravens fans will understand. We're all human, and we all make mistakes.

Ed Doheny Bel Air

Whiners not welcome on O's bandwagon

In response to Mr. Marcus' complaint about the positive spin on the O's season, I have but one request: Go back to New York, Atlanta or whatever flavor-of-the-month team you may like, and leave the true O's fans alone.

I love the fact that our guys put a positive spin on what is going on. I am not blind; I know that the O's have been struggling for a few years, but this team is fun to watch. If Michael Reghi and Jim Hunter seem excited about what the Orioles are doing, it is because they have a right to.

Your attitude reminds me of Randy Quaid's character in Major League. You sit there, whining and complaining about how poor the team is doing, but as soon as they start doing well, you will jump back on the bandwagon. Tell you what: Just stay off. The fans on this bandwagon do not want you.

Doug Mountain Marriottsville

O's positives outweigh negatives

In the Aug. 4 letter, "Positive Spin on O's Won't Change Results," Mr. Marcus states that the Orioles announcers "spin everything in the most positive light."

I say what's wrong with that?

Sure the O's aren't playoff-bound, but why not look at the positive things? What about Rodrigo Lopez's 12-4 record with talk of Rookie of the Year honors or Jorge Julio's 23 saves? What about Gary Matthews' ability to hit, field, and especially run? How about Chris Richards' red-hot bat, or Tony Batista and Jay Gibbons both over 20 home runs?

I know we aren't the Yankees (who would want to be?), but the Orioles' organization is filled with some young talent. So why not smile on the O's. They are doing a lot better then everyone expected.

Veronica Zientak Baltimore

Baseball greed truly disgusting

Shame on you George Steinbrenner and all of those connected with pro baseball. Instead of locking the players out, or the players going on strike, how would you like it if you had a season and none of the fans would show up?

When I started to attend major-league games here in Baltimore back in 1954, I would not sit anywhere except in a box seat. You could buy a box seat at that time for $2.50.

Now you can't even buy a soda for $2.50. Instead of bickering about big markets and small markets and corporate and player greed, may I recommend that you all kick in 10 percent of your money (tax deductible) to benefit the poor, sick, tired, etc.

You are probably in a better position than anyone to paint major-league baseball as the "good guys" instead of a fan of 58 years like myself who is almost totally disgusted with greed.

Donald Hoshall Catonsville

Redskins hardly represent Maryland

According to some of your readers, we now have two professional football teams representing the state of Maryland: the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins.

One plays all of its home games in Baltimore City, has its training camp in Westminster, Maryland, at McDaniel College, and is building a facility in Baltimore County.

The other has a facility at Redskin Park in Virginia during the season and has a training camp in Pennsylvania at Dickinson College. On game day, the team is bused in from Virginia to Landover, and after the game goes away until the next home game. Instead of representing the state of Maryland, I think they are using the state of Maryland.

Frank J. Ferrell Ocean City

Hard to ignore winners like 'Skins

I was reading a letter printed in your Sunday Sports page and I couldn't believe what I saw. Some guy was bad-mouthing the Redskins, calling them an abomination.

The Redskins have been around for 70 years, and you guys just recently moved here. You have one good year and suddenly everyone is on the bandwagon. We'll see how many are still on it when you guys win about five games this season.

At least the Redskins are headed to the playoffs. Even your own fans know you have no postseason chances. Maybe that's why there's coverage of the Redskins in this paper - people care about them, people in Maryland.

Ross Crosby Columbia

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