Angelos deserves praise
John Steadman's column of March 26 ("City in Angelos' debt for vision, projects") represents a superb analysis of just how much this self-made man, Peter Angelos, has contributed to Baltimore.
The state of Maryland has benefited economically from Angelos' philanthropical wisdom. Without his insight, the state would have been caused to bear the burden of financial aid that this fine man has opted to do on his own.
It is so refreshing that Steadman's long-standing experience allows him to accurately reflect upon the marvelous deeds of our Orioles' owner.
Mr. Angelos is to be rated "Triple-A Plus" on the basis of his generous accomplishments, which continue to represent a blessing to all of us.
Too much 'Gloom and Doom'
Life is too short to constantly look at the down side of everything. Since sports and articles about sports are only entertainment, I won't let negative or gloomy thoughts disturb fine, happy days. As a result, I stopped reading the "Gloom and Doom Twins," Ken Rosenthal and John Eisenberg of The Sun, years ago because of their negative attitudes.
On Sunday, March 26, as I was reading The Sun sports section, I found a column by John Steadman, which I enjoyed reading because it was positive and apparently there was some research involved. Beneath the Steadman column, there were two letters to the editor complaining about Rosenthal. From the letters, I gather nothing has changed regarding Mr. Gloom's columns and outlook on life.
Maybe he can take a lesson from Steadman. Mr. Steadman has always been a gentleman with a positive attitude and an upbeat outlook in his columns. He is not and never was afraid of a little research work to write a column.
When I look at the "Gloom and Doom Twins," however, I see writers with very negative outlooks on just about everything.
Rosenthal and Eisenberg should get a copy of the Steadman column. Then they should get out, enjoy the sunshine and view this great, wonderful world that we live in. If that doesn't work, maybe they can take some happy pills.
Either way, lighten up.
Wisconsin earned its way
I didn't know that University of Wisconsin was playing basketball for Ken Rosenthal and those who didn't pick the Badgers in their office pools.
The purpose of a national tournament is to let all teams play and have a chance to get to the Final Four. If Wisconsin wasn't on everyone's happy list, too bad. It earned the right to play Michigan State a fourth time. Arizona, Purdue and all those great teams didn't.
Underdogs such as N.C. State (1983) and Villanova (1985) have won championships in grand fashion and provided some of the best college memories to date.
So, Mr. Rosenthal, shame on you for your lack of spirit for the underdog. You never know when one might come up and bite you.
Lisa A. McPhee
Mussina should hit the road
How many pennants and World Series have the Orioles won during the years Mike Mussina has been on the team? And if the Orioles sign him to an extended, six-year contract at an enormous salary, will this make the Orioles a contender? Hardly.
Because of the many graybeards on the roster and a farm system that can't produce, the Orioles' problems will continue for a long time, with or without Mussina.
If the greedy, prima-donna Mussina thinks he's worth so much, then let him take his show on the road. I, for one, will not miss him.
O's pitching big question
Through the long winter, amazingly, nothing was done to improve the Orioles' undeniably woeful pitching staff other than a reshuffling of a no-name bullpen.
If anything, the team opened the season with a pitching staff of considerably less credibility than last year.
That is, aside from staff anchor Mike Mussina, we have: Sidney Ponson, who seems to have picked up where he left off last year; Scott Erickson, certainly a question mark after surgery; Jason Johnson, gone to the minor leagues; and then a mixed bag of bigger question marks.
Joseph L. Larson
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