Anti-Baltimore effort by Cooke not forgotten

This is in response to the Tim Phares letter of last week ["Baseball team in D.C. good for Baltimore, too"].

For more than a decade, the late owner of the Washington Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke, along with his son John, tried to block Baltimore's return to the NFL.

He worked behind the scenes to scuttle Baltimore's expansion effort. He said that this region was not large enough to support two NFL franchises, despite the fact that both the Colts and the Redskins coexisted in this region for many years.

Cooke tried to build a stadium in Laurel to get both the Baltimore and the Washington corporations to occupy his money-making skyboxes. Even when Art Modell's franchise was making the move to Baltimore, it was John Kent Cooke who made a speech against the relocation before the NFL voted.

The Redskins did vote to allow the move only under pressure from Maryland officials who would have blocked his move to Landover.

So I think I speak for the longtime suffering Baltimore football fans in saying this region can't support two major-league baseball teams.

Turnabout is fair play.

Steve Holowchak Laurel

Vecsey needs to cover subjects that matter

I wrote a letter to the editor that was published a month ago concerning negativity in Laura Vecsey's column. I have since realized the error of my ways.

I had praised her selection of topic and style while questioning her tone as negative toward the state of sports today. After reading Ms. Vecsey's column again and again, I have come to understand what exactly is the problem here.

I was wrong. It is the topic.

I was able to forgive her writing about the Masters, still six months away, the day after the Ravens' huge Monday night slapping of the Broncos, but lately, her choice of topic has been inexcusable, most notably the Jan. 28 article about the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Who cares about the USOC? No one. At least no one reading a Baltimore newspaper.

I hate to compare her to Ken Rosenthal, but Ken always wrote about national stories with either a Baltimore edge, or he simply wrote about sports - real professional sporting events and personalities.

Vecsey seems to avoid writing about actual sports happening on a daily basis, the games we love, the thrilling finishes, the controversy.

I think she's written one column on the NFL all season, maybe two. Does she watch sporting events at all?

I want to hear Vecsey's opinion - about sports! If she has one.

Andrew Dale Baltimore

In free agency, Orioles playing bait and switch

No team in baseball plays bait-and-switch free agency better than our own beloved Baltimore Orioles. Peter Angelos and Syd Thrift perfected the system, and Mike Flanagan and Jim Beattie have picked up where Peter and Syd left off.

Here's the way it works: A quality free agent goes on the market, and the Orioles instantly express a deep interest. Fans get excited, thinking there is actually a chance the player wants to toil for the "fourth-placers." Management hems and haws, claiming the team will not overpay. Meanwhile, the player uses as leverage whatever low-ball offer the Orioles proffer and winds up elsewhere.

Mr. Angelos declares the team will be youthful, exciting and competitive and will challenge for a playoff position.

As the Warehouse Gang is laughing their heads off, Orioles fans proceed to purchase tickets in large quantities.

The owners of the Rochester Red Wings finally got it. How long will it take for Orioles fans to realize that they are being duped by clever businessmen who have no clue how to run a successful baseball organization?

Morton D. Marcus Baltimore

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