February 12, 2005

Ravens must take cue from classy Patriots

As we reflect on the latest NFL dynasty, I sincerely hope that the Ravens, from top to bottom, look at what the New England Patriots have accomplished, but more importantly, how it was accomplished.

Their coach is a brilliant and humble man, plain-spoken and a straight shooter. His game plans are carefully thought out and technically sound.

The coaching staff is low-key, consistently reacts to the conditions of the game and adjusts accordingly.

The players are quiet, hard-working professionals who don't seek to aggrandize themselves with ridiculous pre-game introductions, big-mouth trash talk or antics after they make a tackle or gain a few yards.

None of them publicly accepts the mantra of "superstar" or of the team as a "dynasty." In fact, the entire organization shrinks from such a thing.

I am hopeful that the Ravens noticed what happened in the Super Bowl, and how.

Ron Shriner Arnold

Game, entertainment were super this time

The Super Bowl game and entertainment were refreshing for a change.

Music that was real and easy to understand, a class act for halftime with Paul McCartney. The television ads were pretty good, and saluting our members in the military was great.

This was an entertainment package long overdue for an event shown worldwide.

John L. Grumbach Rosedale

No teammates knew about Glenelg player?

Milton Kent was persuasive about the mitigating circumstances relating to possible forfeiture of Glenelg High School football games ["Punish player, not school, for residence violations," Jan. 30].

After all, it was one player and his family who lied about his true residence.

Mr. Kent, however, omitted one important fact. Could it really be true that not one teammate or friend of the student over a two-year period did not know that he did not live in Howard County?

Irving Goldstein Baltimore

Guest columnist takes unfair shots at Angelos

I'm not a big fan of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, but the article aimed at him by guest columnist Nestor Aparicio was unfair and mean-spirited. ["Host's radio sports chat may stop, but not his questions for Angelos," Tuesday].

The writer, who has been grumpy and discourteous on his radio show, remains that way when posing 14 questions to Angelos. I found only a few bona fide questions. The rest were an affront to the owner.

Let's hope that as Aparicio gives up his host radio sports show, he also gives up writing caustic columns such as this.

David Boyd White Hall

Paper should improve its coverage of Blast

I would like to take this time to alert The Sun to a real Baltimore sports team, the Blast.

The team has been around for more than 20 years, and it recently won back-to-back Major Indoor Soccer League championships.

The organization has continually given to the city and surrounding communities.

The Sun seems to take for granted what we have here - great sport and entertainment at a low cost to fans.

I would like to see more coverage of the Blast, and not just on game day.

Jim Foehrkolb Bel Air

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