St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
Print story Subscribe to the Times

Your turn

Letters to the Editors

Whoa, Canada, booing the national anthem is classless

© St. Petersburg Times
published March 30, 2003

There is no place in sports for what the Canadians in Montreal did when they booed the playing of the United States' national anthem at a recent game. This country always has welcomed our neighbors from the north with open arms, and for them to show disrespect toward our country is disgraceful.

I hope the Canadian players, who earn a living playing here in United States, do not harbor the same sentiments. And I certainly hope that the people of this great nation do not make the same mistake by booing the Canadian national anthem here in America.

Regardless of how people feel about the war in Iraq, the booing of a national anthem is not appropriate and should not be tolerated. This type of behavior shows arrogance and disrespect toward one another, and it should not occur at a sporting event, or anywhere else for that matter.
-- Manny Andrade, Clearwater

NCAA Tournament coverage was simply awesome, baby

I hope the NCAA is aware of the effort your paper exhibited during the recent basketball event. As a graduate of Michigan State (Class of '63), I have always enjoyed your coverage of our teams. The effort was outstanding and appreciated. I take the paper daily, but when you provided a free edition for coverage of the war, it was typical of you, and is an indication of why you win awards.
-- Bill Lash, New Port Richey

Rose's unforgivable sin? Tarnishing the game's integrity

According to Hubert Mizell (Hall of Fame for Rose? Yes. In the dugout? No, Sunday), Ty Cobb was a racist, Babe Ruth was a womanizer and O.J. Simpson was an alleged double murderer. Yet they are all Hall of Famers. Therefore, according to Mizell, Pete Rose likewise deserves to be enshrined at Cooperstown.

Racism, womanizing, and murder are despicable and reprehensible. Let's be clear about that. That said, Mizell's logic fails to account for the fact that these societal sins are not direct assaults on the actual integrity of the sport. Rose didn't just gamble. He bet on baseball while he was an active participant in the game. He used his insider information regarding injuries, etc., when he made those bets.

He used baseball to gratify his need to gamble and further enrich himself. Now he needs to accept the consequences of those actions.
-- Rena Stevens, Largo

Print story Subscribe to the Times

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111

From the Times sports desk
  • Hubert Mizell: Harris is on same path as NCAA: down the tubes
  • John Romano: Ordinary turns special for last surprise team

  • NCAA
  • Top 'Cats hit rock bottom

  • NCAA - West
  • Hinrich, Kansas edge Arizona

  • NCAA - Midwest
  • Golden Eagles stun Wildcats

  • College basketball
  • Vols dispatch Lions
  • Washington State chooses Bennett
  • Oklahoma team wins first title
  • Are 'Horns or Spartans tougher?

  • Golf
  • Harrington backs fast talk with slow and steady play
  • Rant, Rave

  • Baseball
  • Hampton latest pitcher headed to DL for Braves
  • Ex-Ray Flaherty nabs backup catcher spot for the Yankees

  • College football
  • UF scrimmage a little too spirited

  • In brief
  • Moon Ballad at home in Dubai win

  • NHL
  • Slapshots
  • Possible exposure to illness leaves two Sabres behind

  • Equestrian
  • Kappler lands 2nd Invitational

  • Skating
  • Fifth title at worlds for Kwan

  • NBA
  • 76ers cruise with Iverson

  • Tennis
  • Sloppy or not, Serena has Capriati's number

  • Motorsports
  • Nemechek wins wild BGN race
  • Slick, or groovy? Drivers divided

  • Golf
  • Palmer to play 49th Masters
  • Wie makes major child's play
  • Nice finish keeps Tiger within reach

  • Preps
  • Late run clinches title for Durant
  • Wildcats' Moser beats best in pole vault
  • Cormier, Lyons not happy with performances
  • Final season Hallgren's best

  • Your turn
  • Whoa, Canada, booing the national anthem is classless

  • Rays
  • Rays get their money's worth
  • Layoff gives Martin a better perspective
  • Naimoli deserves a little credit

  • Bucs
  • Emmitt Smith points to trouble at One Buc

  • Lightning
  • In the end, a point worth the wait
  • Clymer's return leaves no room for Olvestad
  • Khabibulin modest in tie

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts