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Frisking fans at Bucs games an 'idiotic plan'

© St. Petersburg Times
published August 11, 2002

I am a club seat ticket-holder at Raymond James Stadium, and I am furious the Tampa Sports Authority is considering frisking everyone who goes through the gate. I pay too much money for my seats to be treated in such a manner. I always bring my son to the games, and it is bad enough we put up with the drunks and profanity. But now to be touched by someone I don't know and have them touch my son after touching many other sweaty bodies is unacceptable. They should have to change gloves after every person, and that will delay it even more.

This is but a further erosion of our rights. Use bomb-sniffing dogs but please don't put this idiotic plan into effect.
-- Glenn Bradley, Seminole

Strahan's insult off mark

Who cares that Michael Strahan got his record when Brett Favre appeared to fall at his feet with time running out? At least Strahan was in a position to break the record. Where was Warren Sapp?

Strahan referred to Sapp as a "jackass." But isn't a jackass a beast of burden who carries his load and does what is expected of him to earn his keep?

Maybe Strahan overestimated Sapp.
-- Paul C. Schulz, via e-mail

Quit picking on Yankees

Time after time, I read articles in the Times slamming the Yankees and George Steinbrenner, accusing them of being responsible for everything wrong with baseball, particularly in comparison with the Rays.

I'm not sure how the Florida heat affects people's memories, but it wasn't long ago that the Yankees were a lousy team. From 1982-93, they never appeared in the postseason and had five seasons of sub-.500 baseball. They went through 10 managers and 14 managerial changes, and it's safe to assume their payroll and total free agents signed were among the tops in baseball.

Money means a lot in baseball, but there is no substitute for a solid front office and scouting department. The Yankees have that and few other teams come close, and there isn't anything Bud Selig, Larry Dolan or even Gary Shelton can do about it.
-- Joseph Gennarelli, Wesley Chapel

Radio feud is ridiculous

The feud between WQYK-AM 1010 and WDAE-AM 620 needs to be kept out of the public. People tune to sports radio to hear about sports, not to hear little babies call each other names. If we want to hear adults shout ugly profanities at each other, then we'll watch Jerry Springer. Grow up, boys, and keep your feud to yourselves. We don't care.
-- Joe Wisterman, St. Petersburg



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