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LETTERS

February 15, 2004

What's coming next? Tiddlywinks coverage?

Excellent column by Laura Vecsey regarding the long-shot chance of the Chesapeake Bay retriever to win best in show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club competition ["Cheering on Chesapeake Bay retriever to be top dog," Feb. 9].

It is so heartwarming to know that readers can go to the sports section of The Sun and find such thought-provoking human-interest stories. Ms. Vecsey is obviously wasting her immense talent by covering local bigwigs such as the Ravens, Orioles and Terrapins.

As a result, I recommend that she be assigned exclusively and immediately to all national and regional marble-shooting, frog-jumping and tiddlywinks contests.

Morton D. Marcus Baltimore

Dog-show column belongs elsewhere

Laura Vecsey has once again proved that she is an accomplished and insightful writer. Her article about the Chesapeake Bay retriever was interesting and humorous. I enjoyed it very much.

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with sports, unless you want to consider dog breeding a sport.

Perhaps Laura would be more comfortable in another part of the newspaper, leaving more space for stories about sports!

Joe Maranto Perry Hall

Coverage to blame for low attendance

Regarding the Feb. 7 article, "Putting fans in stands constant struggle here," the bulk of the blame for low attendance at local college basketball games falls on The Sun, whose sports section fails miserably by giving undue space to the University of Maryland, rather than emphasizing the local schools.

The Sun is a Baltimore-area newspaper, and priority should be given to coverage of area teams - Towson, Morgan State, Loyola, Coppin State and UMBC. Their games should always be big front-page news, win or lose.

The University of Maryland can be covered elsewhere in the sports section, along with Navy, UMES, St. Mary's, etc.

Let the College Park and D.C. newspapers play up UM, which will get its due notice and large attendance without the help of The Sun.

Harry E. Bennett Jr. Baltimore

James and Anthony pair of special players

When LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were selected in the 2003 NBA draft, we knew the two were special. We knew the two would make a big impact on their teams. We knew the two would become premier NBA players. What we didn't know, however, was that it would happen so soon.

With half of the season gone, the Cavaliers and Nuggets have more wins thus far than all of last season. Both phenoms are nearly averaging about 20 points, a staggering amount for a rookie.

However, what has been even more impressive has been the effect that James and Anthony have had on their franchise, fans and teammates.

In Cleveland, there is a renewed energy that has not been there in a while. Call it "winning energy" if you will, but the Cavaliers and their fans know that success is just around the corner.

In Denver, the Nuggets are on pace for 50 wins this year, far beyond fans' expectations.

Not only are these two prodigies good, but they are good guys. How often do you hear of a rookie coming into the league with a big head, or a criminal report? You won't find it with these two.

Finally, the NBA has found two stars who will stay stars for a long, long time.

Simon Landau Baltimore

View from California: Tejada is a gamer

Being a season-ticket holder of both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, I must congratulate the Orioles for signing Miguel Tejada.

This young man plays the game like no other player you will see. He loves the game. He's always working, never capitulates and even cheerleads from the dugout.

Ernie Banks always said, "Let's play two!" Tejada is a Banks throwback, but he probably would rather "play three."

Bill Shine Mill Valley, Calif.

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