Billick again shows bad judgment on QBs
Ravens coach Brian Billick has again demonstrated his poor judgment when it comes to quarterbacks.
Let us never forget the trashing of Trent Dilfer after his deliverance of the Super Bowl trophy to the Ravens. Now, the Ravens coach has opted to throw a promising rookie (Kyle Boller) into a situational disaster by naming him starting quarterback for the coming year.
As for Chris Redman, who's in the option year of his contract, my best advice would be for him to simply be patient and get out of town.
Despite the promising comments offered by the late, great John Unitas about Redman's ability, Billick apparently simply does not like this man, and it is obvious he will never have a chance in Baltimore.
To Billick, Redman represented a no-chance, no-consideration individual that the coach felt was inept, notwithstanding any of his abilities on the field.
Perhaps the new owner will elect to make a change at the helm and dismiss this motormouth salesman of a head coach when ownership changes next year.
Dottie Kelly Millersville
Poly AD is fall guy in field controversy
I would like to voice my opinion on the recent article about the Poly football field ["Poor field forces move of Poly home games," Aug. 20].
Poly athletic director Mark Schlenoff is the fall guy for Baltimore City athletic administrators who are not responsible enough to take responsibility for how their decisions impacted the facility.
Their willingness to offer the use of Poly's facility during the difficult time last year of the sniper situation was admirable, yet it did not take into account the potential wear and tear their generosity would create.
These games, by themselves, did not greatly impact the already normal deterioration of the football field by the host's own teams.
Where they failed in their responsibilities was in allowing the field to be used in the subsequent weeks for the MPSSA playoffs by city schools, other than Poly, during and after substantial rain hit the area.
The MPSSA tournament directors push to have games played at all costs, so as not to delay the next round of games, but it's still up to the local administrators to say yes or no.
In the case of using Poly, they lacked good judgment in their determination to allow the games to be played. Poly was promised by various administrators that reparations would follow, but by the spring nothing was forthcoming from the already cash-strapped school system.
Mr. Schlenoff did what most other cash-strapped ADs do and attempted to correct the situation with resources that he could afford, since the system was not living up to obligations to correct the damage done.
Mr. Schlenoff is only guilty of trying to correct the problems he did not create.
Mr. Schlenoff has stepped up and taken responsibility for his actions. When will the administrators acknowledge their responsibility in this sad affair?
Joe Daley Catonsville
On and off court, Sampras was a winner
Pete Sampras represents a dying breed of tennis player.
Content with his performance on the court, he saw no reason to go through the histrionics that are all too common with the new generation of players.
A gentleman on and off the court, he still had that tremendous competitive drive to be the very best and succeeded for over a decade.
When Sampras played, the match was never over until he lost match point; his coming back from almost insufferable deficits was his trademark.
May he be inscribed properly in the annals of the sport.
Nelson Marans Silver Spring