October 22, 2005

Maese misses point about Orioles' woes

I thought there was hope for Sun columnist Rick Maese, but after reading his column on Tuesday ["Orioles sending the right signals"], the hope is dashed. Rick falls into the same tripe trash column that talks about Band-Aids for curing the Orioles' cancer.

Anyone in the Orioles organization is either a friend, flunky or family member of team owner Peter Angelos.

Executive vice president Mike Flanagan and manager Sam Perlozzo are flunkies, and, rest assured, Leo Mazzone will go from being a productive, experienced and successful pitching coach to just another flunky.

No offense to Mr. Maese, but, "It's the owner, stupid!" Everything else is irrelevant, unimportant and trivial.

Joseph Michael Cierniak

Glen Burnie

NFL officiating needs serious improvement

The yellow flags are out throughout the NFL. The flow of the game has suffered, as well as the quality level.

This is a problem that has hampered the league for many years. Why would we have the terrible instant replay system if officials were doing their jobs properly?

I suggest the following:

Employ full-time officials.

Have the officials practice with the teams each week. This will sharpen their skills and help teams correct obvious problems. How many block-in-the-back or holding penalties are called on kickoffs and punts?

Rotate the official crews to different teams each week to avoid getting too close to one team.

The NFL would need to pony up more money for full-time refs, but that is a price worth paying.

Jack Smolenski

Ellicott City

Wie's first lesson: Don't trust journalists

Michelle Wie certainly did learn a great lesson from Sports Illustrated journalist Michael Bamberger, who chose to wait until after she signed her scorecard last Saturday to voice his suspicions regarding a drop she took on the seventh hole of the Samsung World Championship.

The writer says he waited to report the infraction because he wanted to have "as many facts in hand as possible," but he actually waited so he could ask Wie about the drop and determine whether her response was appropriate.

Rather than rely on facts, he relied upon his subjective standard regarding whether she was careful enough.

The lesson Ms. Wie learned is to not trust journalists. What an unfortunate, but important, introduction to the pros.

Sarah King Scott


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