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George Solomon


Sunday, March 27, 2005; Page E02

Talkbackers don't know where to look first: There's Barry Bonds, on crutches, telling reporters they've "won" and have brought him down. Or how about over-hyped Courtney Brown's "Tour of NFL America"? Or the Nats "reportedly" selling more tickets than the O's, while for 33 years Washington was told it could not support a baseball team.

Organized baseball would do us all a favor by canceling any records now held by today's players. Babe Ruth and Roger Maris set their records in the era of the "dead" baseball. Hank Aaron may have been helped by a livelier ball, but he still just used his own muscle.

Message to Bud Selig: Your stars of today are the products of performance-enhancing drugs. They can be admired and paid a lot of money, but all their home run records should be scrapped.

Stan Smith and Shirley Gallagher, Mason, Ohio

Some fans agree, but witch hunts and finger-pointing put a great many innocent ballplayers under a huge umbrella of suspicion. What Major League Baseball needs is a vigorous testing policy for illegal drug use with stiff penalties for cheaters and a fair and unyielding investigation into the past.

I am a Bears fan and the only enjoyment I get from the Redskins is the hope of a day off from work if they ever win the Super Bowl. But I find your comments about the Fred Smoot and Antonio Pierce departures naive. In the NFL these days, a player who doesn't take the money and run is a fool. The salary cap has removed just about any rational use of the word loyalty. Sure I long for the days when a player stayed with a team his whole career. But in 1994, when Art Monk may have had another good year left, he was let go by the Redskins, wasn't he?

Guy Arrigoni

If the NFL has changed during the salary cap era, I haven't. I appreciate loyalty. I think the Redskins made a mistake releasing Art Monk in 1994; but if Joe Gibbs had been the coach, I believe he would have kept Monk.

You just can't resist can you? Two weeks in a row mentioning Feinstein for no reason. Please reveal your fascination with dropping his name into your columns.

Bill Leffingwell, Rockville

How come you never complained when Hilary Swank said hitting the heavy bag in "Million Dollar Baby" just felt right?

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