PSINet? Get over it
PSINet Stadium. It has such a ring to it. Let's face it: No one in this town not named Art or David Modell is happy about the name.
An no one in Baltimore will care what the stadium is called if the Ravens ever put a winning team on the field. The outrage we feel today will fade as fast as you an say "wild card."
So get over the name. It could have been -- and probably will be -- worse once another Internet giant gobbles up PSINet. In five years we could be watching the Ravens at YahooStadium@CamdenYards.com.
Don't rip Ravens for name
In 1996, the Maryland Stadium Authority was left with no alternative but to give away the farm as a last resort to attract the NFL back to town.
You can criticize Art Modell's Ravens franchise for an awful lot, but as a result of Baltimore prostituting itself, he paid for and has always maintained the right to name the stadium, a right he has now exercised.
The criticism of the naming of the stadium by the public and newspaper columnists is unwarranted. I have actually seen people on television pining away for Memorial Stadium. Please!
The uproar over PSINet Stadium is baffling. The Ravens are not the standard-bearer in this approach. Several new stadiums and arenas bear corporate names, and venerable old stadiums like Candlestick Park have been renamed in the pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Simply chalk it up to the price of doing business in sports today.
Don't forget Brundage
The occurrence of dictatorial if not imperial control of the International Olympic Committee is not of recent origin or solely the domain of the current president, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Avery Brundage, one of Samaranch's predecessors, indulged in similar chicanery during his 40-year term in office, including the dismissal arbitrarily of athletes from the U.S. Olympic team, the placing of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the Nazi Germany era, the barring of U.S. Jewish athletes from that event, and the calling for the immediate continuation of the 1972 Munich Olympics after the murder of Israeli athletes.
He also maneuvered successfully during his term to prevent the restoration of the gold medals of Jim Thorpe won during the 1912 Olympics, possibly because Thorpe defeated Brundage handily in the events of those Games.
The only difference between Brundage and the current members of the IOC is that presently they are focused on personal enrichment, while Brundage flouted the principles on which the Games were based.
A few questions
Why are players like Kevin Brown, Curt Schilling, Vinny Testaverde, Leroy Hoard, David Wells, etc., mediocre here in Baltimore, then go elsewhere and become superstars?
Why do the New York Yankees trade for or acquire players like Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, David Cone, Chuck Knoblauch and Paul O'Neill, and the Orioles get players past their prime (or who never had a prime) like Scott Kamieniecki, Willie Greene, Rich Becker and Jimmy Key?
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Pub Date: 1/31/99