The sky isn't falling in College Park

Rick Maese has done it again. He doesn't realize we're on to his shenanigans ["Williams Still Long Distance From Fixing Terps' Woes," May 28].

It's quite obvious that Maese is ticked off because Williams called from overseas to give The Sun and another writer a piece of his mind for negative publicity about two Maryland recruits.

Maese's cheap shots are like a machine gun, rat-a-tat-tat: "struggling men's basketball program," "spun out of control," "cause for concern."

His comments are downright spiteful and incorrect, especially when he gives an assistant coach credit for all the recruiting.

I hope the young, immature Mr. Maese has read the children's book Chicken Little. Then perhaps he'll realize that his hackneyed, vendetta-laced column might fall in on him when the Maryland basketball program bounces back next season.

David Boyd

White Hall

Maese's column on Terps was unfair

I am writing in the hope that The Sun will not allow the shock-value tactics of columnist Rick Maese to continue. His recent article on the Maryland basketball program was in incredibly poor taste.

Maese blasts the program and particularly coach Gary Williams unfairly. While some of the facts in the article may be true, the way he presents the material is poorly done.

From the angle that Maese takes, it seems the whole program is going to implode at any minute, and when a city's biggest newspaper takes that stand, it only encourages more defections and panic.

If you listen to the tone of this article, you get a sense that Williams is on the verge of a breakdown.

Thank you for the astute psychiatric evaluation, but the last time I checked, you weren't really qualified to make that judgment.

Brian Landis


O's Millar is right to speak his mind

I think Kevin Millar knows a thing or two about instilling a winning attitude on a team.

He came from a winner. I had no problem when he spoke up this week and questioned some of his Orioles teammates' desire to win ballgames.

Since joining this team, he has impressed me as being optimistic (almost to a fault) and very blunt. He probably sees things that need to change for the Orioles to win consistently.

It might not lay in talent alone but in attitude adjustment Think of the profound changes the Orioles underwent when Frank Robinson was traded to them in 1966. He instilled a belief in a team that, before he came, probably had a bit of an inferiority complex.

Talent? Yes, Robinson had loads of it. But he also possessed a burning desire to win. In that respect, Millar reminds me of Robinson.

Keep talking, Mr. Millar. Eventually, this organization will return to its winning heritage.

Patrick R. Lynch


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