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Published August 31, 2003

Religious reference off the mark

I enjoy reading the Times sports section. Gary Shelton is one of the best. But as I was reading Rick Stroud's story about Brad Johnson's performance against the Jaguars (Not your ordinary performance, Sunday), I wondered what he meant when he wrote, "Seeing Johnson take chances in the red zone and cost his team points was like watching a deacon run to Las Vegas with the collection plate."

I watched the game and I didn't get that impression. I asked 10 of my friends who also watched the game and they didn't understand the reference either. And I received a call from an ordained deacon who had read the story and felt insulted, and I share his feeling.

The statement was at the least inappropriate. Johnson had a bad game, but to compare it to a church official stealing money, that's nonsense.

-- Nick Morana, Spring Hill

Rays' Huff deserves applause

It is time someone stood up and applauded the stellar performance of Aubrey Huff this year. Through Friday he was batting .312 and had 82 RBIs and 25 home runs. At this rate he should knock in 100 runs for this last-place team. In my memory there have been few that have had 100-RBI years with the Rays (Fred McGriff had a record 106 in 2000).

-- Victor Wood, Indian Rocks Beach

Late coverage makes difference

I recently moved from Pinellas County to Tampa. I decided to continue my Times subscription temporarily and accepted an offer to try out the Tribune.

Until this week, I didn't see a lot of difference between the two papers. The decision was made regarding the coverage of the Devil Rays vs. Seattle. I was very disappointed that the Tribune did not cover the games because it was "late" on the West coast. The Times covered the games, and not just basic stats, but with in-depth reporting.

I live in northwest Tampa and I get both papers delivered at home well before 6 a.m., so the Tribune can't use that as an excuse. Therefore, I will cancel my Tribune subscription and continue with my Times.

-- Ray Garcia, Tampa
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