I can absolutely stand to the above.
As in every 'strange' aircraft accident, suddently people start to see stange things with the type. And when you finally read the accident repost, you see that none of the other reported 'incidents' were real.
The MD80 is a very fine design. It has, as every aircraft type, some particularities when flying it, due to it's layout, but these are very well manageable. It is a very fine piece of machinery, and would Boeing not have bought Douglas, we would still be ebjoying to see more MD90s coming out of Long Beach.
Enjoy your flight...