May 02, 2004

To Preston, the glass is always half empty

The Baltimore fan base is tired of reading Mike Preston's continually negative "glass is half empty" diatribes and his use of The Sun as a forum to wage a personal war against Ravens coach Brian Billick and Co.

Preston's promotion ad promises "to go inside the huddle, behind the scenes, while also revealing the passion and insights of players," and he delivers neither.

Last Sunday's commentary ["For Ravens, passing on receiver is smart move"] was a thinly veiled attempt again to take a low blow at the Ravens' coaching and brain trust.

To say that the Ravens cannot develop receivers is wrong. Anyone with a passing knowledge of the game knows that good receivers tend to develop slowly in the NFL and more will bust than blossom into All-Pros.

Please do the Baltimore fans a favor and hire someone who is knowledgeable and will see the glass as half full, especially when the glass is overflowing as it is today in Charm City.

Robert D. Maseth Westminster

Cooke first tried to put stadium in D.C/Va. area

A letter writer last Sunday claimed that Jack Kent Cooke attempted to build a stadium in a regional location in an attempt to make Baltimore a Redskins town ["Orioles' stance on D.C. mirrors Cooke's move"].

This is the farthest from the truth.

Cooke negotiated with D.C. and federal officials beginning in 1987 until abandoning them in 1992 after attempting to build a stadium adjacent to or in place of RFK Stadium.

Not being able to make progress with Mayor Marion Barry early on or Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly after that, coupled with EPA red tape, forced Cooke to go to Virginia.

Cooke signed a deal with Gov. Doug Wilder for the former Potomac Yards complex in July 1992. By fall 1992, citizen pressure and a stalemate over concession contracts killed this deal.

Cooke did briefly attempt to acquire land and build a stadium near the Laurel Race Course, but all parties involved said local and state officials would never approve it because of traffic and community impact. This also died a quick death.

Cooke then focused on the largest remaining tract of land inside the D.C. Beltway in Landover. Cooke acquired the 200 acres for $4.1 million, spent $150 million of his own money to build the stadium and provided Prince George's County with a sports complex, jobs, season-ticket benefits, etc.

History also will show that Cooke did not charge PSLs in his new stadium.

John P. Nolan Odenton

Pro players must show better sportsmanship

I was at a recent Orioles game and watched a great game as the Orioles won easily over the Devil Rays. But as an educator for more than 30 years, I was very sad to see that the teams just left after the game with no contact of congratulations.

I don't understand why each team doesn't come out after the game and congratulate the opposing team for playing a good game like they do in varsity and junior varsity high school games. The Orioles congratulated each other, but the Devil Rays were long gone when this occurred.

Aren't these men supposed to be role models for our young? Why can't they show young people in the stands and watching on TV good sportsmanship by shaking each other's hands after the game?

Am I missing something, or after people start making lots of money, does common courtesy no longer exist? Please explain this to me as I am ashamed of a society that lives by "Do what I say, but not what I do."

Patricia Brown Randallstown

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