January 12, 2003

Geppi-Aikens' attitude provides some comfort

Thanks to Sun columnist Laura Vecsey for eloquently sharing Diane Geppi-Aikens' tenacious desire to stay in the game while possessing an underlying peace about how she has played ["Facing cancer, Geppi-Aikens teaches lesson in courage," Jan. 7].

To those of us who love someone with an incurable cancer, Geppi-Aikens' analogy to her situation and the final two minutes of a basketball game, down by 30 points, offers a measure of comfort.

We are all part of the game, but our loved ones face the clock and we are in the bleachers. We understand the timeout strategy as well as their propensity to "try to win the best way they know how." Offering unwavering support and hope, we are their biggest cheerleaders.

There is a solace in listening to Geppi-Aikens' words, knowing there is a game plan and that they will play those minutes how they desire. That's all we can hope for in the stands - a game well-played and a finish that brings them the respect and peace they deserve.

Patricia Boland


Personal feelings tilt Hall of Fame voting

There must be something that I'm missing when it comes to Hall of Fame voting.

How can Eddie Murray, the best switch-hitter of all time, get only 85 percent of the vote to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

How can Art Modell, a pioneer of modern-day football, not even get considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

I would like to see a list of who didn't vote for these two and then I would like to hear their explanations.

But it won't happen. For some reason, you've got so-called Hall of Fame voters who can't get out of the way of their own personal feelings toward potential candidates.

Tim Nicholas


NFL writers make wrong call on Modell

Again the NFL writers can't make the correct call on electing Art Modell to his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Art's accomplishments in the NFL are well-documented. Yes, he moved the Cleveland franchise to Baltimore, but he left the Browns in Cleveland. He did the right thing for the NFL.

Modell has been a great owner in Baltimore from Day One. He has given back to our community a huge source of pride with the Ravens franchise.

He has made all the right moves, naming Ozzie Newsome as general manager and signing Brian Billick to a long-term contract, to make the Ravens a competitive franchise for years to come.

Baltimore knows Modell belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and one day the NFL writers will figure it out, too.

Chuck Nicely


Athletes' behavior reaches a new low

On Sunday, I unfortunately witnessed the worst display of sportsmanship in the history of the NFL during the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers playoff game. Flagrant fouls, taunting, tossing ice into the stands and, most of all, the general poor behavior of these supposed role models.

The fans of both cities should be ashamed that some of these players represent their town. Some of the behavior could have and may have cost their team the game.

Players are paid a signing bonus, and some are paid millions of dollars to perform. Bragging when they make a tackle or catch a pass is what the big bucks are for?

No policeman brags when he catches a car thief or gunman, nor does a fireman when he helps extinguish a fire. That is the job for which they are paid, and they get no signing bonus when they are hired.

What is wrong with this picture?

Buck Ward


Ravens' Blake not worth another shot

After Jeff Blake's less-than-adequate game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Preston's Dec. 30 column was titled "Not perfect, but Blake still worth another shot."

I'm not sure what was blurring Mr. Preston's vision, but he should've looked about six inches to the left of his commentary to prove he's wrong. The picture captured the Steelers' interception to end the game and the Ravens' chances for a .500 season, not to mention it left Ravens fans with the taste of disgust to linger the entire offseason.

Mr. Preston is correct about stopping the revolving door at the quarterback position. However, Blake is not the answer. It seems as though Blake threw more passes to the Steelers this year than his own teammates.

How many years has Blake played in the NFL to look like a "nervous rookie" at best?

"Another shot?" Yeah, maybe back with the "Bungles" in Cincinnati.

Hopefully, Chris Redman can recover and take control of our offense.

Rich Hershel


Best way to keep fans? Put winner on the field

With reference to the article in The Sun regarding the Orioles' attempt to stem the tide of declining season-ticket purchases by offering wall clocks to season-ticket holders, there are other avenues for the organization to consider.

One idea would be for the team to hire better baseball players.

It probably would surprise the management of the Orioles to learn that performance on the field is ultimately what the fans care about.

Ken Gelbard


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