The Grand Prix was never a good fit for Baltimore

September 19, 2013

It seems that when it comes to the doomed Baltimore Grand Prix, there is really no gray area. Baltimoreans either embraced it or abhorred it. I am in the latter category ("Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond," Sept. 13).

But there is hope. I urge Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to not give up the ship in terms of nationally recognized sporting events.

I offer these suggestions to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Tourism and our esteemed mayor: Pasta-eating (gouging) contests on the streets of Little Italy, or perhaps burlap sack races up and down the Shot Tower steps.

If the mayor wants to live "on the edge," there could be reenactments of the War of 1812 at Fort McHenry with live ammunition. Now that would keep everyone engaged!

In the meantime, sayonara, BGP. It can now rightfully take its place in the annals of failed sporting events in our city. It wasn't, and never would have evolved into being, a true fit for our fine city.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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