Response from Redskins fan
A trio of Dec. 15 letters suggest that Redskins fans "get your facts straight," "get some perspective" and "get real!" In response to Don Brown, RFK and Arrowhead stadiums, regardless of the fans' eccentric garb, are considered by most as the most intimidating venues to visit. The Ravens' reliance on no injuries and coming draft picks is the excuse of choice of all bogus organizations. I agree that a game with the Ravens will be most enjoyable.
Concerning Bill Sieg and Marc Cooke Silverman's letters, Jack Kent Cooke spends liberally without meddling. And he's never discussed moving the team, instead building a new stadium large enough to liquidate the 21-year waiting list for season tickets. Finally, the Redskins' record speaks for itself. Silverman noted their poor performances over the past few years. How conveniently he forgot the past few decades. The 'Skins have won three of their four Super Bowls since the 1982 season. "Your" team has been luckly to even get tickets to any such event.
Baltimore OK, I may not be a Baltimorean in residence. I live 20 miles outside Philadelphia. However, I am a Baltimorean at heart. How many non-Baltimoreans can say they saw the last Colts game, or saw Frank Robinson hit it out of Memorial Stadium, or read The Sun every day? I am now a Ravens fan. But I cannot understand why everyone seems to hate the Redskins. The Redskins are not even in the AFC.
I do dislike Jack Kent Cooke, but the 'Skins are my second favorite team. I have always taken pride that both cities have had two of the greatest quarterbacks ever, John Unitas and Sonny Jurgensen. Also, the Redskins are as close as we had to a home team for 13 years. Do the people of Washington bash the Orioles? If you want to bash a team or city, bash Philadelphia with its lousy sports teams and bandwagon fans. If I had to follow the Eagles, I would not follow football. So please, cut the 'Skins a break.
In regard to Ken Rosenthal's column on Dec. 16 of "what might have been" had Baltimore been given an expansion team, let me add my "what-might-have-beens."
What might have been if we had given Robert Irsay sky boxes and any other improvements to Memorial Stadium to keep the Colts in Baltimore? What might have been had we been given one of the two expansion teams? What might have been if the Buccaneers or the Cardinals had come here? What might have been if Art Modell had taken the Browns to Los Angeles, Memphis or some other city besides Baltimore? What might have been if we still had no team at all?
R. Roland Brockmeyer
Bad team, great uniforms
Ken Rosenthal was right on when he said Baltimore inherited a debt-ridden, PSL-driven calamity of a team. But he forgot two things: At least we have team -- and the best-looking uniforms in the league.
Wycheck up, Duffner down
When Mark Duffner took over the Maryland football program in 1992, one of his first decisions was to take junior H-back Frank Wycheck out of the offense. Wycheck had set several ACC and school records for receptions during his first two years. He finished the 1992 season in a reduced role, with Duffner moving him to tight end Wycheck and fullback. Although discouraged by Duffner's disregard for his skills, Wycheck maintained his professionalism.
After the season, Wycheck decided to head for the NFL draft. Again, Duffner's staff criticized Wycheck's decision, not believing that he had the skills to play in the NFL. Well, four years later Wycheck is having a great year as starting tight end for the Houston Oilers, and Duffner is unemployed. I think it is safe to say Wycheck had the last laugh.
Millersville Why did the Orioles sign Mike Bordick for a fabulous sum of money? They could have kept Bill Ripken. His defense is as good as Bordick's and his batting average is the same. Ripken can play third base or shortstop. They would have saved millions of dollars.
Samuel J. Azzarello
B. Robinson's replacement
Cal Ripken will no longer be known as baseball's Iron Man. He has become the third baseman who (finally) replaced Brooks Robinson.
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Pub Date: 12/22/96