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Tampa Bay lacks ideals of Midwest

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 10, 2002


It's great to see Tony Dungy treated so well in Indianapolis. Many transplanted Midwesterners live in Florida, yet the down-hominess and neighborliness are never translated to anything coherent. After living in Florida 20 years, and bemoaning many of the things I missed about the Midwest, Darrell Fry's article put a finger on my feelings about the small-town atmosphere that permeates even the big cities in the Midwest.

It's great to see Tony Dungy treated so well in Indianapolis. Many transplanted Midwesterners live in Florida, yet the down-hominess and neighborliness are never translated to anything coherent. After living in Florida 20 years, and bemoaning many of the things I missed about the Midwest, Darrell Fry's article put a finger on my feelings about the small-town atmosphere that permeates even the big cities in the Midwest.

From the ugly snout houses that dominate bay area suburbia to the lack of cohesive force or tradition to unite both sides to the good ol' boy network that rules on ideals of exclusion and prejudice, many factors conspire against Tampa Bay in attaining the ideals espoused by small-town Americana. That is why I live in Albany, Ore. (pop. 41,000). Good for you, Tony.
-- Brian D. Orcutt, Albany, Ore.

Don't send A-Train away

I read in the Times that Mike Alstott, our A-Train, may not return. An article said he was being dangled as trade bait. How could they think of trading such a superior Pro Bowl player? Has someone at One Buc Place lost his mind? Alstott is not only a wonderful player, but he is popular. I don't know who to be angry at. Who makes these decisions? Glazers? McKay? Gruden? I'm trying hard to like Chucky, but it sure ain't going to happen with him coming in and giving our A-Train away.
-- Lisa Nugent, St. Petersburg

Coming down in the world

The bean counters at ABC may save a few bucks with the new two-man lineup for Monday Night Football. On two occasions over past years, I've watched three massive stretch limousines depart stadiums after the games -- one for each announcer. Perhaps John Madden willgive Al Michaels a lift to the airport in his bus this year.
-- Jim Lyman, Lutz

Too much Tiger coverage

Ernie Els wins the Genuity Championship and Tiger Woods is on 1A. Els wins and Wood's name is mentioned more often in the accompanying article. Els wins and there are two pictures of Woods vs. one of Els. There's also another article on how well Woods thinks he is doing. What's wrong with this picture? This is not the first time this has happened. Is it necessary to continually hype Woods? Am I the only one on Woods overload? Come on, there are 200 players on the PGA Tour. Let's give credit where credit is due, and allow us coverage of players other than Woods.
-- Andrew Stier, Palm Harbor

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