Letters

Letters

January 20, 2007

Ravens fans should apologize to team

Now that the Ravens have been eliminated from the playoffs, their fans should offer the team some sort of apology for putting on it the desire to exact revenge against the Colts. The Ravens are not here to fight our war by proxy.

We stood by the Ravens all these years only to abandon them as we put our desires ahead of theirs.

As a Colts fan from years past, I am well-aware of the pain caused by their abandoning the city, but that is something that really needs to be put to rest.

The Ravens deserved better. The players, who generally were not aware of this Colts thing, might have been wondering who or what we were really cheering for last Saturday.

I believe that maybe now is the time for us to forgive and forget, move forward, and most importantly, stand by the Ravens.

Mark Walter

Frankford, Del.

Colts give Ravens dose of humility

It was delicious to watch the Indianapolis Colts dismantle the big-mouth Ravens, who obviously talk a better game than they play.

In the days leading up to the game, the airwaves and newspapers were filled with comments from Ravens players informing us how great they were, how they would destroy the "pretty boy" Colts, how they were the best team in the NFL - and it was clearly encouraged by their arrogant coach, Brian Billick.

It was a loss that, hopefully, will teach the Ravens about humility and the importance of just playing the game and shutting up.

Ike Seamans

Miami

Shame on referees for their favoritism

While most are looking ahead, I am still soured by the Colts/Ravens game last weekend since the outcome was clearly tainted by the referees. Following NFL protocol, most in the media ignored these blatant errors. Contrary to common wisdom, in a close game, good and bad calls do not even out.

One example was the "inadvertent whistle" after Ed Reed's interception and pitch to Chris McAlister - who knows where that run would have gone. Another was a drive killer. Holding was called against Jonathan Ogden, when a replay and even the broadcasters showed there was no holding. Still another, was the third-down offside call against the defense when Colts lineman Ryan Diem moved and pointed after Trevor Pryce crossed the line of scrimmage but came back before the snap and no contact was made. That gave Indy a first down and chewed the clock, ending in another score.

All were highly questionable calls that affected the outcome and smack of favoritism.

Larry Love

Reisterstown

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