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George Solomon


Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page E02

My Talkbackers have a lot to digest these days, from watching hockey documentaries on the MSG network, plowing through Jose Canseco's book and waiting for George Michael's endless interviews with NASCAR drivers to end so they can watch Nats highlights from Viera, Fla.

The cancellation of the NHL season only moves the sport further into oblivion. As a casual fan, I have not missed the game. But it would be nice if the owners, who are saving money by not playing this year, would pass some of that savings to the workers at arenas who missed jobs and income because of this.

Rob Thormeyer

Ain't it the truth.

There has been a lot of talk about why baseball fans seem more upset with Barry Bonds than Mark McGwire and alleged steroid users named in the Jose Canseco book. As for me, I just don't recognize any player who used steroids against greats such as Ruth, Aaron, Mays, Williams or Harmon Killebrew.

Rob Stein, Springfield

The steroid issue offers many more questions than answers.

How about a Sunday (or Saturday) mini-season plan (about 14 games/season)?

For many years, my wife and I have subscribed to such a plan at Camden Yards and would love to do likewise at the Nats' park. My guess is that there are many local fans that feel the same way.

Phil Bonomo, Maryland

How about this for a weekend plan: Seven dates at RFK, seven at Camden Yards. I should be in sales.

In reference to your column and your wish that the Nats were on the radio for spring training and more, they are. All major league teams are on XM Radio, the satellite service. Yes, you have to pay, but you can get it in your home, car or streamed over the Internet anywhere in the U.S. with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska.

Gregg Weir, Washington

When I turn on XM Radio, I want to hear tunes from the 1950s and '60s, with an occasional stop at Frank's Place. Okay?

I think Michael Jordan pulling his all-star game from our area was justified. I think Abe Pollin's decision two years ago to fire Jordan was grossly unfair given that Michael had filled the seats for two years. He deserved a two-year chance to show he could be an effective general manager.

Clyde Blassengale Jr., Washington

I believe Jordan should have been given a year running the team after his comeback.

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