Why is it when the reality of Washington not getting an expansion franchise for baseball begins to sink in, the excuses get more ridiculous. I have recently read stories and columns in The Post using the Baltimore Orioles as the scapegoat when, in fact, Washington is the reason.

Here are the facts: D.C. has not put forth any amount of the effort needed to bid for a team. Many other cities have. D.C. supports the Redskins, but never supported the Senators; that is a fact, end of statement. People in this area drive 50 to 75 miles to see the Orioles because they like the Orioles, not because it's that or go to bed early.

Why should D.C. be given an expansion franchise when, one, there is a team within driving distance, and, two, they lost the team they once had?

Stan Braverly


Quick to Judge

I was quite displeased to learn that Thomas Boswell, a journalist I previously thought was a consummate unbiased professional, is no more than the typical self-righteous media personality, whose job it is to create the unjust burial of sports figures.

In response to the four Capitals hockey players Boswell condemned to public shame, I will pose a few questions. Can one, without proof, believe the story of the 17-year-old in question, a teenager whose parents allow her to be out in the murder capital of the nation until 2 a.m.? I was under the impression that the drinking age was 21. Could it be safe to assume that the ultimate responsibility of this incident lies with the girl's parents and the establishment in question?

Society and the media are so quick to force athletes onto a pedestal, yet continually search for ways to ruin their reputations and lives. I think before casting dark clouds over the lives of innocent-until-proven-guilty human beings, members of the media should ponder what they might feel like in a societal and media-created fishbowl.

Michael C. Fink


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