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Lewis is still Lewis, and Tyson is still Tyson

© St. Petersburg Times
published June 16, 2002

Lennox Lewis is not the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of all time. There is only one, and that is Muhammad Ali. Lewis beat a fading boxer, Mike Tyson, who could have been one of the greatest if he had stayed out of trouble.

Speaking of Tyson, let us not put him on some kind of pedestal. He is what he is: an ex-con who is constantly in trouble, with no respect for anyone. He makes $20-million and he is still broke. Doesn't that tell you something? There should be no rematch, or any other match for that matter. Tyson is a disgrace to the sport.
-- John M. Chalakee, New Port Richey

Contract situation hurts sport

We have the poster boy for what ails baseball right here on our Devil Rays.

Guaranteed contracts that pay players despite nonperformance are one of the main causes of meteoric salaries. Watching Wilson Alvarez go through the motions while collecting more than $8-million this season is sickening. In his start against the Dodgers, besides his slow, straight fastball, he showed no heart, no hustle and no talent. He didn't even bother to cover first base on a fine play by Brent Abernathy in the fourth inning, hanging Steve Cox out to dry.

Five years of Alvarez is too much. Put him back on the DL, let him pitch in A ball on rehab, and get him out of town.

I personally will not pay one cent more to watch that fat body waddle to the mound and toss batting practice pitches, as I am boycotting all of his future starts.

When it comes to offering guaranteed contracts in the future, please, Chuck, just say no.
-- Larry Halstead, Seminole

Soccer critique on the mark

Pete Young's assessment of Jeff Agoos' World Cup performance is right on the money (U.S. player evaluations, Tuesday). Agoos has no business being on the squad. I had feared that Frankie Hejduk would give away penalties, but it turns out Agoos is the liability.
-- Nick Hobart, New Port Richey


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