April 01, 2006

Steele needs to check his facts on lacrosse

I was utterly disgusted by David Steele's column concerning the culture of "entitlement" surrounding those who participate in lacrosse ["Lacrosse afflicted by sense of entitlement," Thursday].

Steele's comments more appropriately describe the lacrosse world of the 1960s and not the present era.

If Steele would have taken the time to do some research, he might have noticed that lacrosse is actually played by young men and women not born with silver spoons in their mouths.

I have been involved with lacrosse as a player and a coach for 15 years. I grew up in a middle-class home and played and coached with young men from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, 95 percent of whom would not be considered members of the upper class.

Steele's perpetuation of this stereotype is an insult to those in the lacrosse community and interscholatic athletes who live good and decent lives.

Nick Brownlee


More than `privileged' are playing lacrosse

In David Steele's column Thursday, he paints lacrosse with a broad brush as a "sport of privilege, played by children of privilege, supported by families of privilege." In many ways, that is an irresponsible statement.

Let me be clear that he is 100 percent correct in stating the event at Duke University last month is much more than just a lapse in judgment. If a rape did occur, it is a heinous act that needs to be punished.

But one would wonder if Mr. Steele is just using this awful event to take a shot at the so-called "privileged." Does he know the economic backgrounds of the offenders?

The last I heard, we don't even know who the attackers are or what the entire story is.

The lacrosse community has become much more than "privileged children" playing the sport at "privileged" prep schools. Are the lacrosse rosters at Carver, Mervo, Edgewood and Joppatowne made up of privileged players from privileged families?

Before Mr. Steele takes a shot at the entire lacrosse community, maybe he ought to take a look at the entire community and not just the three players at Duke.

Paul Bell

Havre de Grace

At long last, paper runs a real interview

I have chastised The Sun and its sports reporters for never interviewing the owners of the Orioles and Ravens, only regurgitating what has been fed to them by Peter Angelos and Steve Bisciotti.

Wednesday's Q&A by Jamison Hensley ["I think we could surprise"] in which he interviewed Bisciotti is to be praised to the sky for being a "real" interview, with questions requiring Bisciotti's response.

My compliments to Mr. Hensley for conducting an actual interview.

Mr. Bisciotti's arrogance came through loud and clear in the interview. No need to detail this arrogance, just read Mr. Hensley's article and the arrogance of Bisciotti makes one realize how far removed the owner is from reality.

Like Peter Angelos, Mr. Bisciotti will alienate the fan base, and like the Orioles, the bottom line will be affected ... in a negative direction.

With Bisciotti and Angelos as owners, the Ravens and Orioles will continue with their solid fourth-place finishes.

Joe Cierniak

Glen Burnie

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