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Noble athlete provides promising outlook


© St. Petersburg Times
published May 5, 2002

I would like to thank Gary Shelton for the uplifting column (A crash, a life saved, and a player turns hero, Friday) about Chris Draft. It is good to know there are still many good Samaritans in this crazy and tumultuous world.

Many thanks again, and keep us updated on more sports heroes like Mr. Draft (who is also my new favorite player!).
-- Fidel L. Ponce, Lutz

"Big Plan' a bust for Rays

Pathetic. The Rays should resign en masse and give some high school players a chance. After five years of waiting for "The Big Plan" to develop, the Rays are worse now than on Day One. They should be contracted. After all, they shoot horses, don't they?
-- Randy Malone, Spring Hill

Released sailfish preferred

The article on the recent sailfish catches off our coast ("Sailfish tales abound among local anglers," April 28) left us with a question.

Why was no emphasis placed on the preferred method of releasing these fish alive? There has been a disturbing increase in radio chatter the past few weeks indicating more people are killing sailfish instead of releasing them. We're afraid this article condones the practice. Though it is legal to keep a sailfish over 63 inches, there is little reason to do so. These fish can be photographed while in the water, and though they have tremendous fighting power, they are vulnerable to exhaustion and almost certainly will die if brought aboard a boat.

Fiberglass reproduction mounts can be made from measurements and will better reflect the true coloring of a lit up sail, whose colors dull and fade when exhaustion sets in. Very few (if any) taxidermists make skin mounts and much of the fish is wasted.

As for table fare, there are more plentiful (and tasty) species to eat. Just because it's legal to keep a sail, that doesn't necessarily mean we should do so.
-- Erich and PK Lichtenberger, Largo

Triathlon news triumphs

Congratulations to John Schwarb and James Borchuck for the great job in Monday's Times on the St. Anthony's Triathlon. I'm not a triathlete, but I appreciate good coverage of individual muscle-powered sports. And I appreciate creative coverage.
-- Tom Butler, Tallahassee

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