September 09, 2006

`Obnoxious' or not, they're ticket sales

While reading a column by Peter Schmuck ["For Orioles, distance to Yankees not too far," Aug. 4], I became upset.

He was outraged with all of those "obnoxious" Yankees fans buying up all the good seats.

I am sure Orioles owner Peter Angelos was happy with all those "obnoxious" Yankees fans. Without all of those "obnoxious" fans, there would not have been 44,840 in attendance. Maybe like 16,000.

When he calls fans "obnoxious," he really is calling them foul, rancid, odious and verminous. I don't think those fans deserved to be "obnoxious." Maybe he knows something I don't.

Clarence T. Miller Sr.


Agassi shows grace to the last set

Many thanks for a thorough "Agassi says goodbye" article ["Agassi's final bow," Monday].

Even though I watched the event on TV during the weekend broadcast, reading this article brought tears to my eyes again! My tears, of course, were tears of joy for the life of a wonderful person.

Andre's genuine expression of the love for his profession, his fans, his family and his life is a great example of a true athlete and human being.

And yes, what a beautiful and graceful farewell address to his fans right after he lost his last match to his younger opponent. I will use his words and say as a tennis fan over the last 21 years, I have found him. And will take him and the memory of him with me for the rest of my life.

Thank you, Andre, for your determination, your grace, your humanity and your humility.

Dr. A. Montazer


An appeal for mates for lonely statue

Will the promise to Johnny Unitas be fulfilled? Before his death in 2002, Johnny Unitas made a personal request of me. I've found that fulfilling that request, however, has been far more difficult than I'd imagined.

After completing a statue of John for his alma mater, the University of Louisville, I became convinced that he should be similarly honored in Baltimore.

John finally relented with the caveat that those who had made his success possible be similarly honored. He said, "I don't want to be the only one down there." Ultimately I developed the concept of a "Walkway of Legends." This walkway would connect the two stadiums and would honor all of Baltimore's pro football and baseball Hall of Famers. The project would be privately funded. John Unitas enthusiastically supported the concept.

The plan was submitted to the Maryland Stadium Authority and was rejected. We subsequently learned that the rejection was due to lack of support from both the Orioles' and Ravens' organizations. Conversely, the public's response has been overwhelmingly positive, as have the responses of prospective contributors.

There remains the unfulfilled promise made to Johnny Unitas and the possibility he may in fact "be the only one down there." I am uncertain about how or if I should proceed. Kindly share your thoughts and suggestions.

Frederick Kail Lutherville

The writer is the sculptor of the Johnny Unitas statue at M&T Bank Stadium.

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