Wants New York race results
Why have you discontinued publishing race results from Aqueduct? The New York tracks are host to the most important " racing in the nation. Surely it is more newsworthy than Charles Town or Penn National. Please bring it back. As a major East Coast newspaper, The Sun should be ashamed of its news policy.
A. Altman Parkville
Editor's note: The Sun no longer carries results from New York tracks because we have devoted the space to coverage of Maryland racing and tracks closer to Maryland, such as Charles Town and Penn National.
Baltimore's fickle fans
Baltimore sports fans rate among the most fickle anywhere. After a few years of Edward Bennett Williams signing free agents and the team going nowhere, the cheers went out for the no-name team that went from last to almost first with rookies and home-grown players.
If you listen to the talk shows, you would think that the governor should pass a bill to make the Orioles sign every free agent on the market. The bottom-line Orioles would do themselves and the fans a favor by staying away from the Franklin Stubbses of the world. The only free agent that they need to sign is Mickey Tettleton.
To trade a young player like Pete Harnisch or Bob Milacki or even Steve Finley is absolutely crazy. Would Stubbs hit more home runs than Sam Horn? I doubt it. These youngsters have something that our fans seem to forget, and that is another year's experience. Pitching and defense is the Orioles' trademark, and this is what they have plenty of.
It would have been nice to add a pitcher like Seattle's Matt Young, but the price would have disrupted the pay structure and the harmony of the current team.
If the Orioles want to spend a few million, they should do so without giving up any young talent. Sign Tom Brunansky and get your money's worth.
This isn't going to happen, so let's give Roland Hemond the support he deserves. He at least has the common sense to stay with the team he has and watch the players grow with experience. I would rather pay my money to watch this type of team any day. It would be even more sad to see Harnisch win 20 games for Boston or Finley be an MVP with California while Kal Daniels becomes another Dan Ford. These kids will be winners, and we can all watch them at Babe Ruth Stadium for years to come.
Charlie Dorsey Pasadena
Figuring the polls
If Notre Dame defeats Colorado (the team both major pollrank No. 1) on New Year's Day, Georgia Tech loses to Nebraska, and Texas loses to Miami, how, under any objective, just standards could any voter rank Notre Dame behind Miami (or even Florida State, which was walloped by Miami)?
The New York Times said on Dec. 4 that "if Colorado and Georgia Tech both tumble . . . the winner of the Cotton game . . . would have a valid claim to national superiority."
What valid claim would Miami have if it won? If Notre Dame were to defeat the No. 1 team (Colorado), how in the world could Miami be ranked ahead of the Irish, who played a much tougher schedule and had a 5-1 record vs. ranked opponents, compared Miami (2-2) and Florida State (1-2, if you count Auburn)?
And if that isn't enough, don't we remember that Notre Dame defeated Miami? Last year, the key ingredient to Miami finishing No. 1 was that its head-to-head win against Notre Dame the key tie-breaker. This year, the Irish beat Miami. Are we going to reward Miami for a .500 record vs. its ranked opponents, or Florida State for playing two ranked teams?
I'm not for a playoff system. I simply ask that those who vote in these polls think a little more than they do before they vote for our public officials. If they use any combination of head-to-head, strength of schedule and final records, Notre Dame must come out ahead of Miami (and Florida State). Certainly, timing of losses, or one-sided victories against weak opponents, or even a trouncing of Texas, cannot trump strength of schedule, performance against top teams, or head-to-head competition. The greatest virtue of a playoff system, for those who prefer one, is its recognition of the importance of head-to-head competition.
Daniel M. Colgan New York
Hurry up, sign Tettleton
I can't believe the Mickey Tettleton situation has gone this far. The Orioles should sign him before it's too late. He's an important part of this team. It would be a huge hole to fill if he left. I think he proved himself in 1989. Sure, he struck out a lot last season, but so did Cecil Fielder. He was all of Detroit's power, and I didn't hear any Tigers fans complaining. Sure, Tettleton didn't hit 50 home runs, but could you imagine the Orioles lineup without his 16 homers and 51 RBI? I can't.
I'm just afraid to see what will happen when Cal Ripken, Gregg Olson and Ben McDonald become free agents. Then we'll really see if Roland Hemond can open that thick wallet.
Michael Black Baltimore
Let's get crabby
When and if Baltimore gets a new National Football League franchise, it will give the people another team to complain about and a host of players on whom to vent their displeasure. We'll have another coach to verbally dissect and a new owner to chastise in print and, if need be, in effigy.
Let's name the new NFL team the Baltimore Crabs in memory of Jimmy Dykes, the former Orioles manager who said after being fired: "All the crabs in Baltimore aren't in the Chesapeake Bay."
Tom Conroy Catonsville
Racing coverage criticized
The horse-racing industry pumps millions of dollars annually into the state of Maryland's coffers, yet it was given only a small amount of space in the sports section on Nov. 27. How many articles have to be written about Joe Krivak signing a four-year contract? I feel that the racing industry has been treated as a stepchild for many years by The Sun.
Mrs. Thomas Kennedy Jr. Baltimore
Ban Rose from Hall
In about one month, Pete Rose will be set free from federaprison. This will once again place him at the center of attention, and again that question will come up: "Should Pete Rose be enshrined at the Hall of Fame?" The all-time hit king has bet on baseball and been banned from baseball for life. I think this ban should include the Hall of Fame.
When Rose bet, he knew exactly what he was doing and the consequences of his gambling. Maybe Rose thought he was above the rules. When Rose didn't report income earned at card shows to the Internal Revenue Service, he knew what he was doing and the penalties he faced. Maybe Rose thought he was above the law.
Baseball Hall of Famers should be good role models. Rose bet, stole money and went to jail. Rose is not a role model. Unless he is reinstated, his death marks the end of his ban. I do think he may be inducted, but I do not believe the voters will elect him while he is alive to enjoy the moment.
Benjamin Lyng Baltimore
Electing Rose would be travesty
If Pete Rose is reinstated into baseball and inducted into the Hall of Fame, it will be the worst travesty of justice in the century. Rose lied, cheated and disgraced himself. He shattered his ties to family, friends, the good name of baseball and to all kids who looked up to him, plus adults. He went from a hero to a bum, all of his own choosing. No one made him do it. He cannot lay the blame anywhere but on himself. He got his break when some idiot judge gave him only five months in prison. A lesser-known person would have gotten five years.
Bob Crooks Baltimore
Adding Evans is plus for Orioles
The Orioles and their fans can be thankful that a dedicated, quality professional, Dwight Evans, selected Baltimore as his place to play baseball when he could have gone to several other cities. Make no mistake, this is not a carpetbagging free-agent type. The Red Sox made their decision, one for which I hope they pay dearly. Incidentally, Evans' 379 homers tie him with Eddie Murray to lead all active major-leaguers.
Harland G. Williams Baltimore
DH distorts players' value
The Dwight Evans signing by the Orioles is another example of how the designated-hitter rule distorts values in the American League. Here is an aging player near the end of his career, yet he gets a $1 million because maybe he can DH.
The National League wouldn't have him except as a late-season signee to pinch-hit in the hopes that opposing pitchers didn't know him well.
Quentin D. Davis Aberdeen
Make Gold Glove voting public
In qualifying points in most major sports, including the Olympics, the judges list their vote for all to see and record. All judges are entitled to their decision, but sports fans and players are entitled to know the criteria for the decision that selected Ozzie Guillen over Cal Ripken for the Gold Glove Award.
*Mr. and Mrs. Walter Higgins Catonsville
Racehorses work too hard
I am concerned about the future of racehorses in Maryland. I feel the horses today are being raced entirely too fast and too hard. Some horses' lungs bleed from the extensive workouts and actual races. When this happens, trainers and veterinarians use Lasix. This drug helps the bleeding stop. It is also used as a steroid to make horses run faster.
Since the horses are being run this fast and are recovering from lung injuries with the help of Lasix, the situation seems to be a continuous cycle. Are the trainers and owners of these horses using Lasix as a way to keep their horses on the track?
If Lasix were banned in Maryland, as it is in New York, the horses would not be expected to run so fast. The horses couldn't be run at a pace that they are with out Lasix. They would die from exhaustion. Horses never were meant to run as fast as they are running today.
Jen Curran Lutherville
Bowl picture out of focus
In glancing at the bowl picture and latest AP/UPI polls in The Sun, an idea occurred to me on an easy way to resolve the question of who is No. 1 in college football. For next year, let the bowl games begin and leave Notre Dame out of the big five (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Rose). Then, at the conclusion of the big five bowls, let the team that emerges with the best record play a second bowl game at some neutral site.
Its opponent would be Notre Dame, which would get an automatic bid every year regardless of its won-lost record or schedule. This would eliminate the sham and pretense and permit a clear way to determine who's No. 1. Then, to make it fair, borrow a team of good National Football League officials so the game could be called honestly and without bias.
The current bowl picture almost appears to be screwed up by design, so it will look so bad to sports fans that they will rise up and force a playoff. Virginia accepted a Sugar Bowl bid too early, and now goes to a major bowl with three losses. Greed drove the Orange Bowl to commit too early to Notre Dame.
The Irish are No. 5 in one poll and No. 6 in the other. What right do they have to be playing for No. 1 anyway? They have a leaky defense (31 points to Navy) and always have a ready excuse for a bad game. How can they possibly be No. 1?
Very easy -- money. Notre Dame has a wider following than any other school, always draws a sellout crowd, generates outstanding revenues and attracts TV sponsors. Notre Dame gets an unfair advantage in recruiting, in TV coverage, in publicity and in the bowl-selection process.
G.D. Ballard Bel Air
The pitch for a food strike
Once again, the Orioles have come away from the winter meetings with virtually nothing to show for their effort, except an aging veteran with a suspect spine and a pocketful of hotel receipts they can turn in for tax purposes.
What can we do as fans to prod the front office into loosening up the purse strings and spending some of the fans' hard-earned money on an honest pursuit of winning the pennant instead of having the most envious profit and loss statement? I suggest a food strike.
Orioles fans have proven that we have an insatiable appetite for major-league baseball by the incredible attendance figures we have posted through the good times and bad. So, how about trying a unified protest in the form of a food strike while attending the games? I don't want to miss out on seeing the teams that are willing to adjust to today's salary demands. But I would be willing to diet for the three hours or so it takes to play an average game. How about you?
The owner certainly couldn't pull an Irsay if our attendance figures remain among the best in the league. So what if we become a city of diet-conscious fans? Most of us could stand to lose a few pounds, anyway. Maybe we could take it a step further and request a Jane Fonda video for the seventh-inning stretch and do aerobics. We could be the fittest fans in the country and feel good about ourselves even if our home team refuses to be competitive in today's market.