I feel sorry for Lightning player Tim Taylor because he had to receive his enormous $20,000 Stanley Cup ring, with 138 diamonds, in the basement of the St. Pete Times Forum. He was angry because, in his words, "This should have been at the Forum in front of 22,000 people as we walk up and get the rings." He then said that the presentation was a joke.
I would like to remind Taylor that each day military personnel return from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and are met by a handful of family and friends, not 22,000 screaming, adoring fans. It seems to me that sports stars still do not understand who the real heroes are.
-- Bob Landis, Palm Harbor
Prediction: Bonds will be disgraced
I have read many doctors who are experts on performance-enhancing drugs and they would disagree with John Romano. There are drugs that help with visual acuity and others that help with hand-eye coordination. Those, plus steroids, give you a cheater like Barry Bonds.
Maybe some fans don't care if Bonds takes drugs, but writers should care and not reward him for making a mockery of the sport. The evidence is piling up and soon, hopefully, the records and awards will be taken away.
-- Dave Rodman, Dunedin
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