Sell Baltimore's package
Now that the NFL has jerked Baltimore around for a couple of years, it is time for us to make our own deal.
If the football team is wanted so much, go get an existing one.
There is nothing wrong with doing that. Live in reality: It comes down to bucks.
Baltimore has the package; sell it to an existing team.
I like the sound of the Baltimore Raiders. Al Davis is looking. We are offering. Make the deal. Pack up the traveling show, go to Los Angeles and bring back the team.
No more dog and pony show; go make the deal.
If this isn't done, the Baltimore delegation just went through a lesson in futility.
Joseph John Bish Jr.
Eisenberg and Murray
The World According to John Eisenberg:
The health care crisis? Eddie Murray's fault.
The deficit? Eddie Murray's fault.
Shortchanged an order of fries at the McDonald's drive-thru? Eddie Murray's fault.
The Orioles' failure to come through in any of the three pennant races they've been involved in since Eddie Murray's departure? Eddie Murray's fault -- despite the probability that they'd have won a division title or two in those years as a result of his legendary clutch hitting in September.
Hey, Eisenberg -- we know you have a personal problem with Eddie Murray.
Let it go already! It's getting old.
Suspend steroid users
Every year the number of athletes using illegal performance-enhancing drugs increases. It seems that both professionals and amateurs alike have forgotten about the original and main purposes of sports: enjoyment and entertainment.
The use of steroids seems to become more widespread all the time.
Is it due to the extreme pressures athletes face to achieve excellence in their respective sport? Or is it because of the fear of failure? Whatever the reason, there is no excuse for the use of these performance-enhancers.
Possibly the use of steroids would go down if the penalties for their abuse were more strict.
Athletes should be banned from their sports for at least a full season upon a violation. This should set an example to other athletes and prevent them from even considering the use of steroids. Also, it should teach the abuser a proper lesson.
Upon a second violation of the rules prohibiting the use of illegal substances, there should be a permanent expelling of the athlete. The cases in professional sports where athletes violate drug policies repeatedly, is ludicrous and wrong. Obviously, if they didn't learn their lesson the first time they probably never will.
Also, the importance of succeeding should be played down at an early age. If parents and coaches teach the importance of fair play and the dangers of drugs to youngsters, this problem wouldn't exist in the pros.
A crazy rule
An everyday player will come to bat approximately 600 times in a season. If he were to hit 600 sacrifice flies, at the end of the season his stats would be: no at-bats, no runs scored, no hits and a batting average of zero.
But, 600 RBIs. Is this crazy or what?
A batter should be credited with an RBI only if he gets a hit or is walked with the bases loaded.
Mitch Williams' class
Why is it that I feel like some stiff-backed Victorian geezer when I mention the quaint word "cowardly?"
I am not referring to drive-by shootings. I am not bringing up the refusal of public figures to admit doing or being wrong. I am thinking of such normal, average American behavior as phoned death threats.
One would love to know the names of the people who made such threats and those charming neighbors who threw rocks through the windows of Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams' house after he pitched that last ball in the World Series. One would love to point out that manager Jim Fregosi surely shares any blame for picking such a volatile pitcher at such a volatile moment.
Williams showed the class that the callers and rock-throwers lack. He took responsibility for his actions. The fact that we have struck the "goat" label on him only exasperates our tendency to point fingers elsewhere when things go wrong.
How convenient that we overlook the basket-full of errors the Toronto Blue Jays committed throughout the Series in the name of championship baseball.
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