September 17, 2005

Unitas' son condemns cheering Boller injury

Last Sunday night, I attended my first Ravens home game since the 2002 game against Tampa Bay. Ironically, that was the first Ravens game after the passing of my father, John Unitas.

Returning to the stadium Sunday night brought back a lot of good feelings and memories of past games with my dad on the sidelines.

The first stop I made was to Unitas Plaza to see the statue that was unveiled in 2002. When I got there, I was touched to see the bouquets of flowers people had placed on the statue in remembrance of his death three years ago.

My dad was a person who was known for the kindness, class and respect he showed at all times to his fellow man. The people of Baltimore were once again returning that showing of class and respect to a fellow human being.

In the third quarter of Sunday's game, the feelings of pride that I had of again being at a Ravens game turned to horror, disgust and embarrassment. Kyle Boller was sacked by the Colts' Larry Tripplett, and while Kyle remained on the ground in obvious pain, a roar of cheers broke out.

Some of the Ravens' fans were actually cheering the fact that our quarterback was hurt and probably wouldn't be able to continue. This was the most blatant sign of disrespect and classlessness that I have ever seen and heard.

This small group of so-called "Ravens fans" made the people of Baltimore look and sound like a bunch of no-class trash on national television.

Sometimes people get caught up in the emotion of the game and this is understandable, but to cheer the injury of Kyle Boller, a Raven, is unacceptable. To cheer for the injury of any player, Raven or opponent, is inexcusable.

The Ravens have a talented team and a great opportunity for a very successful season. We need to support them and cheer them on every step of the way this season.

Joe Unitas Timonium

You can blame Billick for yearly lack of offense

A note to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti: We cannot take this embarrassment of an offense anymore.

Coach Brian Billick has been here since 1999 and, unbelievably, has yet to develop a quarterback or any semblance of a passing attack. Thus, a championship-caliber defense is again literally wasted because of the offense's ineptitude.

Billick has been able to avoid criticism for many years. His defiance for the media and anyone who disagrees with him has been legendary. Maybe it is Billick who is at fault here.

What is the deal with this passing offense that never improves? If Billick thinks Kyle Boller is going to turn this team around, he's crazy. Drafting Boller was a big mistake and Billick's failure to acknowledge that miscalculation has put the team in a disastrous situation.

How much longer are you willing to put up with extreme incompetence in the play of our quarterbacks? If it means getting rid of Billick and Jim Fassel, so what? It can't get any worse than it has been for the past several years.

Morton D. Marcus Baltimore

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