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World Cup coverage on par with Olympics


© St. Petersburg Times
published June 9, 2002

I would like to congratulate you on your excellent coverage of the World Cup. This global competition is every bit as important as the Olympics, and you have given it the attention it merits.

The live telecast (of Wednesday's 3-2 USA win over Portugal) may have been too early for Gary Shelton to watch a major upset in one of the most exciting matches to date. If he was unable to watch the replay and see how tense and thrilling a well-played soccer contest can be, I have a tape of the game he may want to borrow.
-- Bob Hare, Seminole

Give draftees mentors

After reading Wednesday's stories regarding the Rays' draft picks, I felt happy and sad at the same time for these young men who are beginning a new chapter in their lives. As the mother of three boys, I know a lifelong dream and years of hard work is coming to fruition for many of the young men and their families. What worries me is the "Too Much, Too Soon" syndrome. How many of us would have been equipped to handle the monumental amount of money these young men are expected to make?

I would like to see a mentoring program established between veterans and draftees. The organization would benefit from this arrangement. To Elijah Dukes, B.J. Upton and Denard Span, the best of luck to all of you.
-- Linda Flack, Seminole

Rays need offensive guru

After Tuesday's game, Rays manager Hal McRae said, "Somehow we've got to generate more offense." If he can't figure it out, maybe he should be fired. McRae has forgotten how to generate runs. I'm tired of watching the questionable strategies of the Rays. Bring on the World Cup.
-- B.L. Carroll, Tarpon Springs

Lightning fizzle predicted

"Pack the Palace" is the latest Lightning slogan, and I say with what, Kevin Hodson fans? How about a new slogan -- "Feast or Famine," which would best predict the future of a franchise with a lawyer for a GM who never played an NHL game, and an owner who is crazed about concert revenue and is passionless for our beloved sport.

As the famine continues for an 11th year, the only remnants of hockey in Tampa will be the bodies of loyal fans who "bolted themselves in" to an Ice Palace electric chair.
-- Bob McQueen, Palm Harbor

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