Arrival of Sanders is diversion for Ravens

Whether it was semi-intentional or not, Deion Sanders' arrival effectively diverts attention from two recurring themes with the Ravens.

The first theme is Kyle Boller and his entourage of coaches, counselors and assorted gurus. This group has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring that this young man will not fall short of the astronomical goals that have been set for him.

On game day, the inside of Boller's helmet must sound like the intercom at Home Depot on a busy Saturday afternoon when they're giving away lawn mowers.

The second theme is, of course, the more disturbing November highlight in Atlanta (Jamal Lewis' federal drug trial) and the attention the team has received over the past year for the usual sundries of NFL "misbehavior" - discharge of weapons, assault, allegations of felony ...

Heck, DWI looks tame by comparison these days.

Extended face time with "Prime Time" might be just what the personal trainer ordered.

Gary A. Rostkowski, Parkville

The view from D.C.: Sanders is a myth

We in Washington know what Baltimore folks are about to find out but should have already known: Deion Sanders is about the power of myth.

He was a very noticeable bust with the Redskins, loath to tackle and often out of position - talents not much affected by three years of retirement, so there probably won't be a drop-off.

His real skill is in fleecing moonstruck NFL owners of their spare cash and distracting media from players who are actually getting it done.

Too bad. Instead of throwing $1.5 million at a mirage like Sanders, the Ravens could be nurturing a young smash-mouth talent for the long haul.

Well ... he's your problem now.

Barry Moyer, Washington

Ravens QB Boller has much to work on

It is interesting to listen to the local talking heads give their take on Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller - a "work in progress," "diamond in the rough," "outstanding arm," "all he needs is more experience."

Unfortunately, in this day and age of NFL football, teams don't have the luxury of waiting around for players to learn on the job. It's either produce or sit.

Boller has still not proved he is capable of being an effective NFL quarterback. He still makes too many critical mistakes - tripping over teammates, coughing up the ball or throwing ill-advised passes.

Diehard Boller fans contend that all Boller needs to do is "Dilferize" a game; i.e., don't make any mistakes and let the defense dominate. Sorry, but the Ravens didn't draft Boller to be Trent Dilfer. They took him with the expectation that he would have an immediate offensive impact.

Is Boller's problem a poor pass-blocking offensive line? Is he inaccurate because of an inept receiving corps? Maybe it's a combination of both, but one thing is for sure: Opposing defenses lick their chops when they get Boller in passing situations, and that has to change before the Ravens can contend for the Super Bowl.

Morton Marcus, Baltimore

Schmuck right on in Olympic analysis

Kudos to Peter Schmuck for his comments ["To others, beating U.S. feels like gold," Aug. 30] regarding anti-American bias at the Athens Olympics.

If Americans have a defining cultural trait, it is that we want to be universally "liked." But as the world's only superpower, the United States will continue to be routinely envied, feared and hated by many, and a change of administration will not alter that reality.

The last place I expected to read a balanced and accurate geopolitical analysis of America's impact in the world is in the sports section, let alone a liberal newspaper like The Sun.

Mr. Schmuck is a fine writer, and his byline is a welcome addition to The Sun's roster of sports columnists. Now, can his column be moved to the Opinion section?

Francis M. Vojik, Glen Burnie

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