This is not a great time to be a Washington pro sports fan. The Wizards are struggling without two of their stars. The Nationals lose a lot more than they win and their games often are painful to watch. The Capitals missed the NHL playoffs for a third straight season. The Redskins are involved this weekend in acquiring players (uh-oh). Even D.C. United has started the season slowly. The Mystics? It’s still too early for analysis.
Lighten up on the Nats and support they are receiving. It might help if The Post would stop treating the Orioles as an identical twin. It is maddening — like having Dick Vitale as a roommate. Team president Stan Kasten told you what he was going to do. If you want to see a team with no plan, watch the NFL draft this weekend. Kevin Dowd, Rockville The Post’s editors almost always play the Nationals over the Orioles. And what’s wrong with having Dick Vitale as a roommate?
I hope Stan Kasten is right. But I refuse to drink the Kool-Aid yet, as many Nats’ fans have done. I remember Stan also was president of the Thrashers and Hawks. How did they do? I’d feel better if [Braves GM] John Schuerholz was with the Nats. Bill Garnher, North Potomac Kasten has a good reputation in sports from his work on the teams you mentioned. His “plan” needs time, but getting through the current season could be difficult to even the most loyal fan.
Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas is not the first player to eschew offseason football business to go fishing. It’s been reported that Thomas turned down the NFL’s offer to attend the draft held in New York this weekend. Instead, he will go on an annual fishing trip with his dad.
Another fisherman of note was the late, great John Paluck, a defensive lineman who played in 1956 and 1959-65 for the Redskins. When training camp came, Paluck would go off to fish. This was 35 or so years before cellphones and it was like Paluck had vanished from the face of the earth. He would, though, show up for the last one or two exhibitions (that’s what preseason games were called then) and go on to have a great season. Bob Moss, Silver Spring For many, the NFL draft weekend has become a circus. Thomas’s choice to skip the event to go fishing is fine. As for Paluck, he’d have a tough time nowadays explaining his absence from training camp.