April 25, 2004

Tillman's sacrifice shows real heroism

For years, my interest in sports has been on a steady decline, perhaps proportional to the dollars in the salaries of pro athletes and the number of sports scandals that find their way into news reports and criminal courts.

With so few examples of real moral courage and heroism in the modern world, it is inspiring to learn about a real American hero. Rest in peace, Pat Tillman. Your life, not just your game, will serve as an example to every competitor in any sport.

Luis M. Luque Crofton

J. Lewis' attitude on charges disturbing

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis needs a dose of reality after he revealed his rather cavalier attitude toward his legal problems, which include federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, not exactly a traffic ticket ["J. Lewis confident about acquittal, '04 season," April 21].

I almost laughed when Lewis said the case would fall apart because a key witness has a criminal record.

I guess he never heard of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. He killed at least 19 people and had a rap sheet a mile long, but his testimony was the key to putting John Gotti away for life.

William Kyriakakos Owings Mills

Angelos gets it right with this Orioles team

I have led the group of Peter Angelos haters in the past. In a few short years he turned this club around to the downside, making bad acquisitions and losing first-class players.

I must now admit the Orioles' new additions, along with some young faces, give us a competitive team. The front office's changes all seem positive, and the manager has the players' interests at heart.

We see a big step in the right direction. This is more like it.

Bill Russell Bel Air

Orioles' stance on D.C. mirrors Cooke's move

In reply to last week's letter ["Why should Angelos have a say about D.C.?], everything the writer said could and was applied to Baltimore and the Redskins' owner 20 years ago when the Colts left town.

The writer forgets Jack Kent Cooke's heavy-handed measures to secure the Washington-Baltimore area for his franchise.

With assistance from commissioner Paul Tagliabue, we would have had to accept an area franchise without regard to our city's team history or identity.

Funny how Cooke didn't want to build that new football stadium in Virginia but in Maryland for easy access from Baltimore. Guess he forgot about his fan base in Virginia.

May I suggest Washington and Virginia fans be content with a regional baseball team or perhaps consider building something of more public value - like, say, a museum!

Len Bielut Nottingham

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