October 16, 2004

Preston gets it right about Ravens QB Boller

I am a die-hard, hard-headed Ravens fan. I also have been reading the sports page of The Sun for as long as I can remember.

I can't stand Mike Preston.

He's negative, and at times you wonder if he is even a fan of Baltimore sports at all.

But let last Tuesday go down in history as the first time I have agreed with anything the man has to say, and he's absolutely right on target with quarterback Kyle Boller ["If Boller can't make Bills pay, benching should be next step]."

Ask any Ravens fan on the street, and I promise you'll get the same answer: "Boller should be sitting on the bench." With Boller in the game, from an emotional standpoint, even a win feels like a loss.

Put Kordell Stewart in the game. It is statistically impossible for Stewart to perform worse then Boller.

Coach Brian Billick should put his ego aside just once and end the madness now before Boller sucks the life out of our team.

Herman Williams Baltimore

J. Lewis deserves credit for turning life around

To the Jamal Lewis bashers in last week's letters column: You have the story all wrong.

This man separated himself years ago from the environment of drugs and illegal behavior that caused his well-documented problems.

Mr. Lewis not only rejected his past mistakes, but he also rehabbed a seriously injured knee and, with discipline and determination, molded himself into an All-Pro running back and a decent man who contributes a positive example to his team, family and community.

Ralph Schmidt Parkville

Article on Friedgen deserves much praise

I've been reading The Sun for more than 50 years, and even did a brief stint as a sports reporter for The Evening Sun in the late 1950s, and I have never read a better sports story in your paper than the Oct. 8 article by Kevin Van Valkenburg on Ralph Friedgen and his dad ["In Bear's tracks"].

Just excellent!

Bill Costello Towson

Vecsey on the mark in column on Caminiti

It was an honor to read Laura Vecsey's column on the death of Ken Caminiti ["In Caminiti's sad story, union must share blame," Tuesday]. She identified the critical problem facing sports today: unions' head-in- the-sand approach to cheating and substance abuse.

The problem involves money (players' salaries) and unions (lawyers). There is more than enough blame to go to others, but those mentioned are the main obstacles to change.

I am a dedicated baseball fan, and I am ashamed to admit that Barry Bonds' run for the all-time home run record does not excite me as much as it should, based only on the cloud of steroids. I sense that is how a lot of others feel.

Vecsey's column was on the mark and a fitting tribute and eye-opener on the tragic and avoidable death of Caminiti.

Let's hope that change comes about and that this year's Most Valuable Players are alive and well in eight years.

Carl Lee Annapolis

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