© St. Petersburg Times, published February 3, 2002
So, Gary Shelton needs a hero in order to watch the Super Bowl? Whether it's the Rams or the Eagles, about 150-million Americans will watch at least a portion of the game. Gary, I have news for you -- the Super Bowl is bigger than the "heroic" St. Louis Rams. Viewership has remained nearly the same over the last 20 years. Last year's game had the makings of a baseball score. If the Bengals, Falcons and Chargers did not tune people out, the Eagles certainly would not have. I'm sensing a bit of animosity toward a Philadelphia team that outplayed, outcoached and thoroughly ran over your Buccaneers in two straight playoff beatings.
-- Ray Battistini, Palm Harbor
I was a little dismayed at Gary Shelton's article (Tough choice, Jan. 30). If Tom Brady of the Patriots had not been injured in Sunday's game and the Pats went on to win, would we be talking about who will start the Super Bowl? Of course not. To even imply that Drew Bledsoe should start is ludicrous. Brady is 13-3 and Bledsoe was 0-2 before he was injured. Bledsoe is a fine quarterback, but once out of the pocket, he can't scramble and gets decked. Brady can scramble and run with the ball.
I think the team has more confidence in Brady than Bledsoe. Shelton's article should have ended by saying Brady will start the game and Brady will finish.
-- Jack Delaney, Clearwater
As a transplant from Kentucky, living in Florida for 30 years, it is hard to take Joanne Korth's article on Tubby Smith as truth.
I don't know who she talked to regarding the 400,000 that favor his greatness as a Kentucky coach, but there are about 600,000 in Kentucky and thousands out of the state who do not agree. It is a shame she even used Adolph Rupp's name in comparing these two coaches. Tubby Smith is the driver of the bus, but does not know what direction it is going.
Kentucky fans will not put up with being second to anyone. So Smith will have to get his act together or a moving van will be at his house sooner than he expects.
-- Chuck Myers, Seminole
I realize this is a heavy news time, what with the Super Bowl and the Bucs situation and the Australian Open and all those important golf tournaments. But couldn't you at least spare one paragraph about Brian Voss winning his 21st PBA tournament? (Note: Voss, who broke his hand in a bicycle accident in 1998, won the Orleans Casino Open on Jan. 25, ending a 31/2 year winless streak.)
-- Bob Austin, via e-mail
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