December 17, 2005

Tejada shines light on broken promises

Kudos to Miguel Tejada for questioning the Orioles' true motivation after another offseason of broken promises.

In each of the past eight years, The Great Impostor, Peter Angelos, personally guaranteed Orioles fans that the team would do everything in its power to return to respectability.

Orioles fans actually bought into that meaningless claptrap, expecting the impossible to happen.

And now the joke is on Tejada!

Having no desire to compete with the Yankees and the Red Sox, Angelos is content to annually put a slapdash team together, relying chiefly on retreads and unproven youngsters.

The plain truth is that Tejada's protestations, although refreshing and honest, will undoubtedly go unheeded.

Until this nightmare of an owner decides to sell, this team will continually be relegated to the status of cellar dweller in the American League East.

Morton D. Marcus


Orioles remain all talk, no action

The Sun's report that the Orioles were still trying to persuade Miguel Tejada to remain an Oriole ["O's continue talks with Tejada agents," Thursday] is illustrative of the team's approach to dealing with eight seasons of losing baseball - lots of talk, but no action.

At the end of each season, the Orioles come up with excuses for their most recent failures and promise that next season will be different. Based on their performance on the field, the fans and now the players seem to understand that the team's words are motivated more by the need to sell tickets than as a realistic evaluation of the team's ability to compete.

Being one of the best baseball players in the game, Tejada has a unique perspective on the Orioles' talent and especially its pitching staff. His conclusion is that if he wants to be on a winner, he needs to play someplace else.

The team should take Tejada's comments as evidence that its "next year will be different" strategy doesn't work anymore ... at least not with knowledgeable baseball people.

Ken Gelbard


Boller's bumbling is painful to watch

Defenses for Kyle Boller's performances are wearing thinner than Brian Billick's hairline. Making a mistake or two is one thing, but completely messing up the game is unacceptable for a leader.

I would have rather seen Boller throw two more interceptions against the Denver Broncos. Then I could just say he had a bad game throwing.

But the fumbling, bumbling and stumbling out of control with apparently no one near him is frightening in any athlete, let alone in your quarterback.

It is obvious that Boller does not have complete control at all times of his motor skills. It's almost as if he is afflicted with some neurological malady that inhibits the messages that his brain is sending to his body. His apparent lapses appear to strike out of nowhere and without warning, appearing to be fine just seconds before he becomes completely uncoordinated and disoriented.

It is a sad and sorrowful thing to witness, and I feel very sorry for him.

He is a fine young man who tries to the best of his ability. He deserves better, but until he can rid himself of whatever chronic affliction too often hampers him, he's not going to be successful as an NFL quarterback.

Ron Cucina


With 5 days in jail, Ponson gets off easy

Sidney Ponson's plea resulting in five days in jail and a $550 fine for his third drunken-driving conviction should void every penalty given to first-time offenders or others who are not nearly the menace that this guy is.

Where is Mothers Against Drunk Driving, protesting the light sentence? As in the case of elected officials, celebrities and the rich always manage to skate - especially in Baltimore City.

Dennis Sirman

Long Neck, Del.

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