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Orioles' price increase quite an insult to fans

The Orioles' decision to once again raise prices on the fans who, for the past six years, have repeatedly supported a subpar team is insulting and outlandish.

As a 13-game ticket holder since Camden Yards opened, I have seen my tickets rise from $16 per ticket to now $40 per ticket - a more than 100 percent increase in about 12 years.

During this time, the Orioles have failed to capture even one pennant, and since 1997 they have not even ventured into the postseason.

The quality of the team has severely decreased, yet for the die-hard fans who support this team, and by extension the sorry ownership, we are the ones taking it in the wallet.

I guess the strategy is the same as that of the airlines: reward your best customers with the biggest dollar increases.

As true fans reach the tipping point, you will see Camden Yards, once the pinnacle of fandom in major league baseball, decline to a corporate morass of people who could care less what team they are watching, as long as the shrimp cocktails and the view are good and the entertainment costs are picked up by the corporation.

Craig R. Nusinov Owings Mills

'Greed' is only word to describe O's move

It certainly is wonderful the way Peter Angelos treats the field box season-ticket holders of the Orioles. I have been a member of this group for more than 30 years and have stuck with the team through thick and thin, like many others.

Mr. Angelos has run a great franchise into the ground, especially the past six years with continuous fourth-place finishes.

While there is some hope that a change in direction has started, to insult his most loyal supporters by raising ticket prices by more than 28 percent is ludicrous - especially when it was said that the overall payroll this year would be the same or slightly less than last year.

I attempted to find a more sophisticated word than "greed" to describe this, but I failed.

William P. Geary Timonium

Super Bowl promises to be interesting game

I just read Mike Preston's column about the Super Bowl ["This time, Super Bowl buzz is lacking jolt of excitement," Jan. 25].

Has Mike ever watched any of the previous Super Bowls? Most have been downright boring!

But I think this Patriots-Panthers matchup should be interesting and probably one of the most enjoyable Super Bowls in quite a while.

Just because the Ravens or the recognizable name players aren't involved doesn't mean good football won't be played. Just the opposite. Two very well-coached teams - with the emphasis on team - will be playing exciting football to become the NFL champ!

Try watching it, Mike. You might just learn something about football and how it should be played.

Ron Parsons Glen Burnie

Area basketball teams ignored by media

Loyola's lack of success on the basketball court over the past 10 years mirrors that of Towson's program.

The Tigers have had one good season since 1992, and for the most part, their basketball teams have been nothing short of embarrassing.

Quite often, the scores don't even appear on the bottom of the screen during the sports segment of the news.

Which leads to the real problem facing the college teams in Baltimore: the total lack of respect or even acknowledgement by the sports media that they even exist.

Channel 2 tried for years to drum up some interest by broadcasting games, but when the sports media is dominated by the Terps, anything less than Atlantic Coast Conference basketball is trash.

What local basketball talent wants to play in that atmosphere, and why would anyone want to go to see it?

Only success on the court will help get more people in the seats, and get what little attention the sports media is willing to fork over.

Bob Dickerson Forest Hill

Rose deserves Hall, but only after he's gone

The Pete Rose dilemma is really easy to resolve.

Of course, Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. He's the all-time hits leader, a larger-than-life star who helped define baseball from the mid-1960s through the 1990s.

However, he should not be allowed to grace the Hall of Fame until after he has died.

In this way, the Hall enshrines one of baseball's all-time greats, but Rose is denied the satisfaction to see it come to pass with his own eyes.

Justice served.

David Harrison Arbutus

Swimming stories border on overkill

I am very glad that Michael Phelps has a very successful swimming career and may win many gold medals at the next Olympics. I think everyone from Baltimore is happy for him.

However, I am not sure if The Sun's sports readers really want to read about swimming over and over again.

Give Phelps and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club their due, but enough! How about more articles about the state's soon-to-be-official team sport - lacrosse.

J. McDonald Kennedy Baltimore

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