October 21, 2006

Why isn't Maryland on local TV?

For the past two weekends, the University of Maryland football team has played two exciting away games. Neither was televised, but there were more than 15 games televised locally.

Why is this? Is it a lack of sponsors?

Can the recently televised game between New Hampshire and James Madison really be a more attractive draw to local audiences than Maryland vs. Virginia?

Maryland needs all of its games to be televised locally, and I am sure the sponsors would pick them up. This not only would help enlarge the fan base, but also would help attract top-quality recruits from this area.

If they don't see their local team on TV, recruits are more likely to gravitate toward "big-time" programs with more TV coverage.

It seems ludicrous that Maryland doesn't have consistent local TV coverage.

Iver Mindel


Clock management was a loser for Ravens

Sunday's loss by the Ravens to the Carolina Panthers was very disappointing, to say the least.

I don't want to get too worked up after a second loss in a row. However, I have to question coach Brian Billick's clock management in the final minutes of the game.

Billick let almost 30 seconds run off the clock before he called a timeout after the two-minute warning, allowing the Panthers to take a knee to finish the game.

If the Ravens had had that extra time, there might have been a chance for them to pull out a win.

I am starting to lose faith in Billick and his management style. I don't know what he was thinking on the sideline during those final two minutes.

Phil Bauer

Bel Air

How about enacting a sportsmanship rule?

This year, in Baltimore, I witnessed something I haven't seen in 67 years of attending major league games. Just as Minnesota's Joe Mauer came to bat, losing by two runs, the scoreboard flashed a message: "Mauer in late inning pressure situations: .228, 1 home run, 3 RBI."

Have you ever heard of anything like that before? It was the height of bad sportsmanship and bad manners by a host toward a guest. Does Major League Baseball have any rules governing how teams treat visitors? If not, may I suggest that it adopt such rules?

I believe it would be appropriate to reprimand the Orioles publicly and for them to issue a public apology to Mauer.

John B. Holway

Springfield, Va.

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