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Published November 2, 2003

Romano unfairly criticizes Marlins ace, manager

I was ticked off by John Romano's comments regarding the Marlins manager's decision to use Josh Beckett to start Game 6 of the World Series (Beckett should rest for Game 7, Oct. 25). Where does he get off calling Beckett a "potty-mouthed prodigy"? Romano proved to be stupid, and Jack McKeon proved to be brilliant. What Major League Baseball team did Romano play for? Next year, I hope we have a new columnist with better predictions.

-- Betty Dobson, Brooksville

Yanks aren't only team to try to buy title

The hypocrisy in sports journalism is astounding. Plenty of writers are smug when the Yankees lose, but we hear nothing from them when teams who have bought (or tried to buy) championships have fallen by the wayside. Does anyone remember Arizona two years ago? It doesn't even make it to the playoffs without hired guns Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. How about Baltimore of the '90s? How about this year's Boston team that had only two players brought up from within its system.

The Yankees? How many of their stars are from within the farm system? All-Star shortstop? Farm product. Veteran centerfielder? Farm. Lights-out closer? Farm. By no means do they go after any and every free agent, as some would lead you to believe. The difference is the Yankees have other elements that make them successful (coaching, heart, etc). Unfortunately, chasing success is seemingly a reason to be demonized.

-- Vincent O'Shea, Seminole [Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]

College football

  • Alive and Kicking
  • Hokies ground Hurricanes
  • Seminoles return the favor against Notre Dame
  • Pitt WR sets touchdown record
  • State: Opportunistic FAMU stops Hampton 34-23
  • Banner day for Seminoles backup CB
  • FSU by the numbers
  • FSU game balls
  • Seminoles' D clamps down on command
  • Trojans force their way into Sugar Bowl picture
  • USF: Banks battling a tough standard
  • Michigan runs over MSU
  • Sooners leave no doubt with intrastate thrashing
  • Nation: NIU gets D back on track in easy win
  • The fill-in fills big shoes
  • UF game balls
  • Ailing Bulldogs defense finally runs out of gas
  • UF by the numbers
  • UF: Ratliff gets INT No. 7 to tie mark

  • Conferences
  • Big East: Trick play helps Pitt seal Eagles' fate 24-13
  • ACC: N.C. State QB surpasses Cavs QB
  • C-USA: Win places Memphis in bowl hunt
  • Pac-10: Cardinal upset brings UCLA back to pack
  • Big Ten: Buckeye rally extends Nittany Lions' misery
  • Big XII: Texas gives Nebraska taste of its medicine
  • SEC: Arkansas survives in 7 OTs

  • Golf
  • Hnatiuk can live and die by 'The 125'
  • Sunday showdown
  • Up in the air, nearly down in the dumps
  • For today's caddies ...
  • Petrovic poised to reach top 30

  • In brief
  • Cohen tops in Canada

  • Motorsports
  • Hamilton Jr. wins, points race tightens
  • NASCAR's diversity goals get lineman-sized push

  • NBA
  • Pippen back where he belongs: Chicago
  • Pistons still have Magic's number

  • NFL
  • Bottom line
  • Picks
  • Reviews in: Coaches back replay
  • Things that make you go hmm ...

  • NHL
  • Friesen's goal spurs champions to victory
  • Slapshots

  • Opinion
  • Rant, Rave

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Fall hunting season in high gear

  • Preps
  • Friendly rivals vie for title
  • Bishop Moore takes boys, girls titles
  • Nauta follows sister's tough title act
  • Three Cowboys are riding high on state trail
  • Zephyrhills scores at Class A meet

  • Running
  • Kenyans can make names in NYC run
  • Letters: Your turn
  • Rays
  • Lee testing market by his choice, not Rays'
  • Bucs
  • Saying 'when' no easy call
  • A one-for-all, all-for-one free-for-all
  • Bucs-Saints matchup ...
  • Kickin' back: Now just tell the doctor what you see
  • Sideline
  • Letters: Chat: Johnson's throws look a bit wobbly
  • Lightning
  • In the end, it's another win
  • St. Louis, team steamed about slash

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