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If Cavanaugh stays, a Ravens fan might go

I like to think I have a sense of humor, but the best I can offer to the news that Matt Cavanaugh will not be leaving the Ravens to be the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh is a dismal frown.

I've been a loyal fan of Baltimore football for 50 years, but if Brian Billick stands up proudly at season's end and proclaims that Cavanaugh will remain as his offensive coordinator next year, I'm going to have to seriously consider jumping off the Ravens' bandwagon.

The folly of an offense that this town has had to endure for the past several years cannot be permitted to continue.

Ron Cucina Nottingham

Kudos to Preston for truth on Ravens

What a good, hard-hitting and professional column by Mike Preston in Tuesday's paper about the Ravens ["Ravens sealing own playoff fate"].

I couldn't agree more with Preston that the Ravens have to assume full responsibility for their poor play and seem to be pretenders at this stage of the game.

Team chemistry is important, and I was glad to see Preston bring it out in the open that the Ravens might have a problem in that area.

Ray Lewis and Ed Reed being wired for TV is dumb, and the pre-game introduction and game antics of Lewis are disgusting. Many of us fans can't stand them, so let's just play football.

Tom Lawson Timonium

Today's NFL players pale by comparison

As one who grew up on the football of the mid-1950s, I'd like to let Buzz Nutter, Lenny Moore, Jim Mutscheller and the rest of those former Baltimore Colts know that their "lunch-pail" brand of the game brought me far more joy and pleasure than today's version exemplified by swagger, arrogance and showboating.

I don't begrudge any player or any worker of any era for getting as much as he or she possibly can from an employer in a free-market society. But it's kind of mind-blowing to consider that Doug Eggers' $8,500 salary for playing linebacker on a championship team would hardly buy a pair of earrings for one of today's "superstars."

Dave Reich Perry Hall

Detroit gets off easy in brawl punishment

The Nov. 19 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons created more havoc than anyone could have ever imagined, yet the outcome of the situation was even more devastating.

In the days after the scuffle, I was shocked to hear the way the public and media felt about it. People were satisfied, even happy, with the punishments handed down, especially the season-long suspension given to Pacers bad boy Ron Artest.

I know that Artest has been up to no good since he entered the league and that he's nuttier than an Almond Joy, but think about the event as a whole. The guy was doing his job, winning a basketball game against a heated rival. One thing led to another, and soon enough Artest was covered in beer.

I would like to see how all the critics would behave in the same situation. How would they have reacted if someone they didn't know assaulted them while tucked away in their cozy office cubicles?

I am not condoning Artest's actions, and I am certainly not excusing it. However, where were the Pistons when NBA commissioner David Stern dished out the penalties? Why not take away 10 home games from Detroit for its horrendous behavior and lack of civility?

Maybe the NBA took the easy way out and reprimanded Artest simply because he is so easy to pick on. However, I know that it takes two to tango, and in this case only one of the dancers paid the price.

Simon Landau Baltimore

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