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Sapp continues to show he is all talk, no action

© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

I love Warren Sapp. But I grow tired of the moving of his lips with very little moving of his legs and body (Bucs start with a spat, Monday). I wish he would put as much effort into his game as he does with his mouth. The last thing the Bucs need is more internal conflict. If the Bucs want a successful team, they need to work together, on and off the field. Grow up, Sapp, it's time to become a member of the team again.
-- Dave Ison, St. Pete Beach

Maybe it's just me, but I stopped looking at Sapp as the leader of the Bucs defense a long time ago. All his talk without being able to back it up was getting tiring. Sapp was quoted in Monday's Times as saying, "The only problem I've ever had with (Keyshawn Johnson) is that he doesn't put his work behind his mouth." Sapp, tell us you're kidding. Wasn't it you who said he would lead the league in sacks last season? Where did you rank in sack total? That's right, you said you were hurt most of the season. That's the game, pal. Play with the pain and back up your mouth or get your (butt) off the field.
-- Jason Hoolihan, via e-mail

All eyes on Bucs defense

Gary Shelton's column Bucs D has to have all the answers (Sunday) is right on. When a defense loses four games by not holding the lead in the fourth, and teams can run through the middle most of the game, especially late, something needs addressing. I hope we are not in for another unbalanced performance where one side of the ball performs and the other complains. Good call, Shelton.
-- Brian Tattersall, Clearwater

Poor cycling TV coverage

Sunday I turned on Ch. 10 in anticipation of watching Lance Armstrong's fourth Tour de France victory. Instead, I was disappointed to see the Rays vs. Yankees. While I understand contractual obligations, I can watch the Rays 160 other days or catch the highlights (or lowlights) on the local news. The Tour de France happens once a year, yet a scrolling message at the bottom of the screen said I need to tune in at 1:07 a.m. Monday to see the program in its entirety. 1:07 a.m.? Another boneheaded move by Ch. 10. I tuned in to World Sport on CNN International to get the in-depth coverage denied us by our local CBS affiliate.
-- Brad Montgomery, Brooksville

Diverse coverage praised

Without a doubt, the Times Sports section is the best of any newspaper I have read, including the Hartford Courant, Philadelphia Inquirer, Cape Cod Times, Boston Globe and Baltimore Sun. You have good balance and cover every sport every day there is news. I am a NASCAR fan and you give it very good coverage. Keep up the good work.
-- Don Brugman, Seminole

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