March 14, 2004

Ravens don't need a spoiled malcontent

I have just one bit of advice for the Ravens: Let Terrell Owens go! We don't need him. Most of all, we don't want him here in Baltimore.

I have had my fill of spoiled malcontents who whine whenever things don't go just as they want. In my lifetime, I have witnessed two other such spectacles. The first was Reggie Jackson, who made it clear that playing in Baltimore was tantamount to playing in hell.

The next to grace our community was John Elway. He also found the thought of playing in Baltimore so objectionable, he pitched an Owens-like tantrum and was allowed to play "where he wanted to play" as a result.

Apparently, Owens believes we should rename the Earth. We should call it Terrell Owens' World and seek his permission to use his oxygen.

Donald S. Smith Baltimore

Owens doesn't want to deal with R. Lewis

I can understand why Terrell Owens doesn't want to come to the Ravens. With his sordid history and lousy attitude, the prospect of having to face Ray Lewis when he screws up must be scary.

If it was just a matter of talent, Owens would be a terrific addition to the team. It's not. We could sure use a consistently reliable, game-breaking receiver. But, under the circumstances, it is unlikely Owens will ever be that for the Ravens no matter how much talent he may have.

And, we don't need all of his unwelcome baggage.

Steve Bassett Laurel

Owens' moves evolve from his bitterness

I think the series of recent events concerning Terrell Owens is just Owens positioning himself for a better deal from the Ravens.

If he did not want to play for the Ravens, why did he publicly state that the Ravens, Eagles and Bucs were teams that he would consider playing for?

Owens is just bitter that his agent missed the free agent deadline and that he is no longer holding all the cards.

I would be surprised if this deal is overturned and Owens gets to be a free agent. I don't see an arbitrator just throwing the NFL rulebook away and giving Owens his wish. It would set a very bad precedent for the NFL.

Phil Bauer Bel Air

Don't like suspicion? Volunteer to be tested

I've been reading with great amusement the comments from athletes like the Orioles' Jay Gibbons in which they whine about how there is so much guessing going on in the media and by fans about which athletes have been taking steroids to enhance their performance.

How much intelligence does it take to realize that if you are innocent of these accusations and are so upset about it, then there is a simple solution: allow yourself to be tested! Just because the collective bargaining agreement says you can't be forced to submit to the tests doesn't mean you can't volunteer.

Donna Stephens Glen Burnie

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