October 30, 2004

Column on Schilling was `trivial trash'

After reading Laura Vecsey's column on Monday ["Does red sock on Schilling's foot pass the blood test?"], questioning the authenticity of the blood stain on Boston Red Sox player Curt Schilling's sock, I now realize that she is only a gossip columnist gone awry.

Vecsey doesn't have a shred of evidence that the red stain on Schilling's sock was not blood, nor does she have a clue as to what really took place on the field against the Yankees and again against the Cardinals.

However, in order to fill her nasty "gossip" column, and make it seem a juicy story, she concocted a far-out scenario in her own mind. She should keep that kind of trivial trash to herself.

The point that she missed completely is that Schilling had the courage and fortitude to be on the mound when his team needed him. He should have been commended, not castigated.

Ron Parsons Glen Burnie

Billick has no answer for lack of offense

We are so quick to criticize the politicians who draft 10 stock answers and then twist each and every question until one of the stock answers fits.

Yet, when it comes to the Ravens and the sportscasters who form their association of apologists, coach Brian Billick seems to have a lifetime free pass.

Ask about the lack of offensive production, and the first answer is: "Didn't we win the game?" Press the issue and the second answer is: "Haven't we been to the playoffs three of the last four years?" Try one more time, and you'll hear: "What about the Super Bowl victory in 2001?"

Sure, sure, sure, but that doesn't change the abysmal nature of the offense's output.

Here's the real question for fans of football in this state: If Joel Statham quarterbacked the Ravens and Kyle Boller quarterbacked the Terps, would anyone even notice the difference?

Jeff Koenig Gambrills

Critics of Ravens need to get off Billick's back

I continue to be amazed at all the negative energy directed at the Ravens' offense and coach Brian Billick.

Week in and week out, I read how Billick should be fired. All he has done is compile a 56-37 career record, three playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title.

This season, the Ravens sit at 4-2, one game out of first place. But because our offense doesn't score 35 points a game, he must go?

Do the fans of this town want to win every game 41-3? Sure, the offense is frustrating and we would all like to see more points scored, but that is not the Ravens' style.

The team's strengths are defense and special teams, and they are pretty important aspects of the game. We should just enjoy the team while it is winning and be glad we have such a dominating defense to watch every week.

Paul M. Novak Jr. Baltimore

Regarding droughts, Cubs have no peers

A writer as knowledgeable as Laura Vecsey should be aware that the Boston Red Sox's World Series victory did not end "the longest, most angst-ridden drought in sports" ["For sheer relief of agony, feat's in a league of its own," Thursday].

Those of us transplanted from the heartland know that our beloved Chicago Cubs again this year quietly extended the all-time record for futility: They've fallen short of a championship every year since 1908, and haven't even been in a Series since 1945. At least the Red Sox have had opportunities to blow the World Series.

In fact, the Red Sox's drought was only third-rate. The Chicago White Sox haven't won the Series since 1917 and have appeared in only one since 1919 (not that anyone cares, even in Chicago).

Ms. Vecsey may find the travails of teams within five miles of the Atlantic beaches more heart-rending than those of the heartland. But she should at least be aware where true heartbreak lies.

Tony Burba Baltimore

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