The venerable Baltimore County Democratic congressman of 22 years lost his Hill seat to Republican Helen Delich Bentley. For Bentley, a feisty former Nixon administration official and onetime Baltimore Sun columnist, it was her third try at ousting Long. 2. DELINQUENT PAYERS/Reneging on Child Support

Count as losers the 192 men and one woman arrested by Prince George's sheriff's deputies in July and November roundups of parents delinquent in their child support payments. But don't count their former spouses as winners yet. Most of those haled into court pleaded poverty and said they couldn't pay. 3. THOMAS DAVIS/No Pension Benefits

Then there's Thomas Davis, who was the highest-ranking black officer in the Prince George's police department until he was forced to resign after he allegedly directed recruiters to tamper with application test scores, in an effort to increase the numbers of minority police officers. Davis quit immediately, instead of making his resignation effective a few days later when he turned 55. He therefore made himself ineligible for pension benefits he would have otherwise received. 4. JEROME CONNELL/Indicted

Connell, a Glen Burnie lawyer and Democratic state senator from Anne Arundel, was indicted on charges of federal income-tax evasion. He pleaded not guilty, and the case is pending in federal court in Baltimore. Connell stepped down as head of the Senate Economic Affairs Committee after he was indicted. 5. STANLEY Y. BENNETT/Signed Away

Frederick District Court Judge Stanley Y. Bennett was bounced from the bench by the state's highest court for allegedly forging another judge's signature to erase a driving conviction as a favor to a friend. 6. BALTIMORE CITY/Lost the Ball

Baltimore City, also known as Charm City, lost the Colts to Indianapolis, where the football franchise compiled a losing record, too. The Port of Baltimore was also a loser in 1984: After 14 years of effort, legislation appropriating funds for dredging finally passed Congress -- only to be vetoed, as part of a water projects package, by President Reagan. 7. STATE EMPLOYES/Trimmed Pensions

Despite launching a furious counterattack, teachers and public employes had their pension benefits trimmed by the General Assembly. They will probably get their measure of revenge in 1986, though, when the legislators who voted for the bill face the voters. The teachers already have put out the word that they won't help any legislator who intends to vote for any House Speaker candidate who voted for the pension cut bill. 8. ERIKA EARNHART/$1 Million

The St. Mary's County woman back in 1976 won a cool million in the state lottery, which was payable in annual $50,000 installments. In 1984, she was deeply in debt, living in a trailer and unable to work because of a bad knee. 9. GUS HARRIS/Lost Appeal

The owner of the Woodside Deli on Georgia Avenue north of Silver Spring lost his appeal to keep a ladies night promotion deal at his deli when the Montgomery County Human Relations Commission ruled the tradition discriminatory. 10. ARTHUR A. MARSHALL JR./Courting Disaster

The bid for the county Circuit Court bench by the longtime Prince George's state's attorney was a disaster. The plan was to unseat one of two incumbent judges. A lifelong Democrat, Marshall lost his party's primary but won a spot on the Republican ticket. It didn't help, as he came in third for the two seats in the November elections.