The Kickoff

October 28, 2006

Orioles make mark in community, too

In David Steele's column of Oct. 19 ["Poly's illuminated field puts Ravens in spotlight, leaves Orioles in dark"], he was quick to jump on the Orioles' bashwagon while reporting on the new turf football field at Poly, compliments of the Ravens. His point is that the Orioles haven't done anything in the community "to the magnitude of what the Ravens have done."

If Mr. Steele would care to take the time to do some actual research before sitting down to his computer, he would find that he could fill pages and pages of this newspaper listing the community-minded efforts of the Orioles' staff, mascots and players over the years, long before, and continuing with, Peter Angelos. Hundreds of Orioles-related people have volunteered their time to reach out to the community on a one-to-one basis, and their efforts may not be as tangible as a football field but infinitely more personal.

I don't think you realize that when you bash the Orioles, you're bashing a lot of good people who have put in a lot of hard work for a lot of years.

Daniel Deitemyer


In this instance, race not an issue

Once again in his Points After column on Sunday, David Steele brings the race equation into the sports pages. This time, he pondered why the University of Miami is under the degree of scrutiny it is for its recent brawl with Florida International while two Ivy League schools are not.

Maybe it's because Miami is one of college football's best teams year in and year out and has a reputation for thuggery. Maybe it's because it was caught on tape. Maybe it's because Miami is one of the top highlights week in week out, regardless of the brawl.

I'm sure the Ivy League schools will take the appropriate measures to discipline their players, just as Florida International did, and not the joke that Miami did by suspending a few players for their big matchup vs. Duke.

Steele needs to stop trying to interject race into everything. I'm not denying there are still racial issues in the world, but don't try to make things worse by making wild accusations every other week when you feel someone of color has been slighted.

Paul M. Novak Jr.


Smudge, steroids treated alike

If you were watching closely, the recent incident involving Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers is a picture-perfect view of how Major League Baseball has been handling the steroids issue.

Rogers was spotted with a smudge on the inside of his left thumb during Game 2 of the World Series. Managers said there was no problem, players said there was no problem, Rogers said there was no problem. Then commissioner Bud Selig said the issue had been properly handled on the field.

Rogers has positioned himself to pass Christy Mathewson's record of consecutive shutout innings pitched in the postseason. This from a guy who previously couldn't buy a win in the playoffs. A guy who is 41 years old. Like steroids use, Smudgegate is about covering up rules violations to keep the money flowing. You can't believe in records anymore, either. But the best part of this incident is that it was played out on a televised World Series. It was a great way to see how baseball's cover-up machine works, something that was behind closed doors with steroids.

Richard Geiwitz


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