Letters to the Editors
Keyshawn's doing what needs doing
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002
In my opinion, Keyshawn Johnson is playing the best team football of his life. He is doing things a receiver should do besides catching footballs: being a decoy, blocking, energizing the team, etc. And the team is winning because Jon Gruden has spread around the passes to other talented receivers.
Please, Keyshawn, don't start grousing about how few times the ball has been thrown to you. Don't start a controversy that will cause the Bucs to lose their focus. Instead, turn your game up a notch, catch more balls, help the Bucs win their remaining games and get to the Super Bowl. Prove to us you are the consummate professional.
-- Victor Wood, Indian Rocks Beach
Notice to all the Brad Johnson bashers who criticize his "dink and dunk" offense: Through the first 13 games, his average completion is for 10.88 yards, and Green Bay's Brett Favre's is 11.13 yards -- a difference of .25 yards, or 9 inches. Big deal.
-- Peter J. Ford, Tierra Verde
I have never in my life seen so many people complain about a 10-3 team. Someone said the dream season was over because the Falcons are coming to town, and is the defense hot air or steam? How much more does the defense have to do to prove itself? It is playing at an extremely high level. It is No. 1 in countless defensive statistics.
If you want to complain, go to Cincinnati or Minnesota.
-- Michael Katzenstein, Holiday
We have a saying in the country that goes, "Don't worry about the horse being blind, just load the damn wagon." To Jon Gruden about Mike Alstott, "Don't worry about his speed or size, just put a saddle on that big hoss and ride him."
-- Weldon Comerford, Seminole
Enough of the sickening accolades given to Michael Vick by most of the sports media, especially Jim Rome. They put this guy on a pedestal so high it would reach the moon. How sweet it was to see the Bucs drag this guy back to earth and throw egg on the faces of those who thought he was Superman.
The Falcons quarterback may turn out to be a great one, but not now. He has much to learn.
By the way, I think the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, ought to send his shoes back.
-- Jimmie Carra, Port Richey
Hypocrisy, anyone? Pick your poison:
1. NFL players who consider themselves a "brotherhood" only to demonstrate shameless disregard for the health of opponents after the whistle.
2. Green Bay coach Mike Sherman condemns Warren Sapp only to then defend his players for vicious blocks and an inappropriate and potentially crippling hit one week later against Minnesota that triggered a game-ending, bench-clearing brawl.
3. Fans who scream "Kill! Kill! Kill!" all game long, only to then scold the loutish Sapp for following directions.
So what do you say, fans? That men will be boys? After that Green Bay-Minnesota game, Vikings coach Mike Tice said the melee brought shame to both teams. Or did it? I say yea, and shame on us all.
-- Matt Schmidt, Tampa
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