October 26, 2003

Ravens in first place, so just enjoy the ride

Here is the bottom line: The Ravens are in first place in the AFC North, despite having an anemic offense and an inconsistent defense.

Coach Brian Billick has his players believing that they are winners - just as he did during the Ravens' Super Bowl year.

The late Johnny Unitas once said: "I only get emotional over kids and animals. I don't get emotional over football games."

Ravens fans might be wise to follow Mr. Unitas' example, sit back and enjoy the "Kyle Boller coaster" ride for the rest of the season. The ride might just be heading to the playoffs.

Mel Tansill Catonsville

Ravens need to end the Boller experiment

Ravens coach Brian Billick needs to wake up and smell the turnovers. His starting quarterback, Kyle Boller, just doesn't have what it takes to play in the big leagues right now.

I understand that Billick and the front office have a lot of confidence and a lot invested in this kid, but the Ravens must end this experiment while they still have time to salvage a playoff spot.

Bob Hantske Annapolis

Yankees spend a lot, but they do it wisely

I write in response to Mr. Gary Bolan's letter last Sunday ["Yankees' AL victory shows power of money"].

There is no better time of the year than October for Yankees fans. Not only do we get to watch the Yankees play in the World Series, we also get to watch the Yankees haters cry and moan about the team's success while they make excuses for the failings of their team's management and talent.

A lot of teams have access to a lot of money. If they don't know what to do with it, however, they stay stuck in the wilderness or the land of "just not good enough." Ask the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves about that ZIP code.

Let's look at the Orioles, for example. They tried the "outspend" solution in the 1990s, and look where it got them. Without a solid base provided by a sound farm system, things only got worse real fast.

None of the Yankees' recent championships has been bought. Owner George Steinbrenner has earned them through his genius in building the platinum standard of sports franchises.

Robert A. Gordon Baltimore

Unitas, Minnegan families show class

At the recent dedication of Towson University's new stadium in memory of Johnny Unitas, I witnessed a most touching and precious moment.

It was when Sandra Unitas was discussing the naming of the new stadium with Duffy McDermott and Beth McDermott, the daughter and granddaughter of the late Doc Minnegan, after whom Towson's old stadium was named.

At one point, Sandra warmly stated that if ever it became necessary to rename Unitas Stadium, she hoped it could be done with the class and understanding with which they had shared in this name change.

As a very close friend of the Minnegan family, I do know that they are pleased with the Unitas name and also are very happy with the playing field being named in memory of Doc.

When Bryce McDermott, Doc's grandson, recently attended the dedication of the field, he publicly remarked, "This is most fitting, as it was on the field where Grandpa coached his teams and walked his talk."

It seems most appropriate that with the gracious joining of hands by the Minnegan and Unitas families, along with the already joined spirits of Doc and Johnny, that Unitas Stadium, including Minnegan Field, will indeed provide an outstanding service, not only for Towson students, but also for the community and the state of Maryland.

Quinton D. Thompson Towson

Passing on Rodriguez shows O's know little

Orioles owner Peter Angelos and his alleged co-general managers, Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan, passed on catcher Ivan Rodriguez last offseason, and he was recently named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series.

What does this say for the Orioles' baseball knowledge?

Letting Jeff Conine go back to the Florida Marlins was just as big a mistake.

How much longer will the Orioles continue to boast how they want to make the team a winner? Just how dumb do they think we fans are?

I also predict that no big-name free-agent player in his right mind will sign on Baltimore's dotted line with three know-nothings running the Orioles.

Harry I. Kleiman Reisterstown

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