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Memorial Stadium funds should go to ex-athletes

The many great athletes who played in Memorial Stadium have never received the large sums of money that are evident in today's rich sports market. It is also well known that many of them are not doing well financially.

All proceeds derived from the sale of bricks, seats and other memorabilia from Memorial Stadium should be put into a trust fund and used to pay former Baltimore football and baseball players a monthly annuity.

I am sure a formula based on years played and age can be developed that would be fair for players from Sisto Averno to Johnny Unitas to Brooks Robinson.

We can never fully repay them for all the good they did for the city and its people.

Joseph H. Nichols Selbyville, Del.

Eisenberg's right: Pros don't belong in Olympics

I am in 100 percent agreement with Sun columnist John Eisenberg concerning the participation of professional athletes in the Olympics.

I don't care what other countries do; I still see no reason to taint the Olympics with professional basketball, tennis or soccer players.

The rules should be changed - period.

I, for one, will not watch any basketball, soccer or tennis during these Olympics. Those contests are a travesty.

William Huppert Perry Hall

Don't denigrate fencing to make lacrosse point

I read Mike Preston's column promoting lacrosse as a sport that should be included in the Olympics ["Sync swimming? Fencing? But lacrosse is a real sport," Sept. 7]. While Preston's advocacy of lacrosse is admirable, and while I agree that the sport is under-appreciated, it's unfortunate he feels the need to attack other sports in order to promote lacrosse.

One of the sports derided by Preston is fencing. Ironically, it shares many qualities with lacrosse: both are physically demanding, very exciting and are rapidly gaining popularity in the United States.

While fencing is often dominated by athletes from other nations where participation levels are much greater, the top American fencers have been making exceptional progress in international competitions over the past decade.

If lacrosse merits inclusion in the Olympics (and I agree it does), then it should do so on its own qualifications. To dismiss current Olympic events as "so-called sports" doesn't help Preston's cause; instead, it's counterproductive.

John Twernbold Richfield, Minn.

In final analysis, it's win-win for Knight, IU

The statement by Bobby Knight that his firing was all for the best is probably accurate. Coaches who have a long record of winning seasons are hard to find and much in demand regardless of their previous shenanigans.

Knight's case represented a contest of who is in charge, namely the president of the university or a hallowed coach. This was reminiscent of the contretemps between President Truman and General Douglas MacArthur, with the latter disobeying orders and being summarily fired during the Korean War. Certainly, in both cases, the president exercised his right after insubordination.

Will Knight again be coaching at a university? Yes. Many schools will compete for the services of a winning coach. Will Indiana University be poorer by his departure. No. The basketball talent emerging from high schools in that state is incredible, and any decent coach will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity.

In the end, it will be a win-win situation for Knight and Indiana University.

Nelson Marans Silver Spring

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