April 27, 2003

R. Lewis as a victim is the wrong portrayal

Why do sports fanatics like Sun columnist Mike Preston have to continue to portray Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as a victim ["R. Lewis restoring his star reputation in corporate arena," April 25]?

The real victims are the two people who were killed in Atlanta, and their families, who will never have peace or closure to this incident.

If Preston wants to lament something, lament the victims' families who will never have justice; don't lament Lewis' lost income potential.

Lewis only has himself to blame for his reputation and his actions, and if a lot of people, myself included, don't want to forgive him of his deeds, he'll just have to live with it.

It's too bad that corporate America is so willing to forgive and forget Lewis' misdeeds. They obviously hold money in higher regard than justice.

I will always be a Ravens fan, but I will never cheer for Lewis.

Harold Bernadzikowski Sykesville

Vecsey's columns now spark interest

In the past, I have criticized Sun columnist Laura Vecsey for writing about subjects that do not revolve around sports. I was also critical of her lack of a local angle.

Lately, Ms. Vecsey has been writing great columns about local and national sports. Her opinion is well-stated and informed. I applaud her for taking aim at local and national issues.

It's not that Baltimoreans do not care about swimmer Michael Phelps or the U.S. Olympic Committee. But having great commentary on the Ravens and other major national sports stories is what makes a sports section good, and now we have it.

Andrew Dale Baltimore

City would be unable to support NBA, NHL

Regarding Mike Preston's column of April 20 ["Basketball kingdom needs proper court"], it would be difficult to imagine a more exciting sporting event than Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld playing the Knicks in the playoffs, or the Baltimore Clippers taking on the Hershey Bears in a sold-out Baltimore Civic Center.

However, times have changed. While Baltimore has had many positive things take place over that time, being able to support an NHL or NBA team is not one of them.

Paying over $30 to sit in the cheap seats, $60 to sit in a reasonable location or taking out a second mortgage to be at court level just won't work here.

I admire Mr. Preston's desire to get an upgrade to the arena, but I don't see it happening on the backs of the NHL or NBA.

Steve Rochfort Parkville

Injury-prone Segui is Ripken antithesis

Orioles first baseman David Segui's nagging injuries and recurring trips to the disabled list serve as a constant reminder to me of the enormity of Cal Ripken's amazing consecutive-game record.

I imagine that Mr. Segui would give his eye teeth to have but one injury-free year, let alone an entire career.

Ripken's record should withstand the test of time. His contributions to the spirit of baseball and the collective feel-good imprint he left on baseball fans (and non-fans) should never be forgotten.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

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