tampabay.com

If YOU ruled the world ...

A couple of weeks back, we listed 10 things we would like to see changed about sports. They included banning sports involving animals, the Calgary Flames giving their nickname back to Atlanta, more World Series day games and changing the rule so that dunks in basketball would be worth only one point. Then we asked what you would like to see changed. Some of your responses:

By TOM JONES
Published April 24, 2007


A couple of weeks back, we listed 10 things we would like to see changed about sports. They included banning sports involving animals, the Calgary Flames giving their nickname back to Atlanta, more World Series day games and changing the rule so that dunks in basketball would be worth only one point. Then we asked what you would like to see changed. Some of your responses:

I'm sick of the dunks being the sum total of the highlight reel. But I'm also sick of the thug mentality in the NBA today. It's one reason why I don't watch anymore. Unless you create real monetary penalties for behavior detrimental to the league, it won't change.

Jay Langan, Clearwater

 

The NFL needs eight more referees, three that stay in one spot on each sideline and one in each end zone. That way you won't see old men chasing players down the field and falling or getting in the way.

Craig Morton, Palm Harbor

 

I think you have missed a big one: A playoff system for college football!

Jerry B. Oltman, Lecanto

 

Stop calling Jon Gruden an offensive genius - he is far from that - and maybe one day the Bucs will actually use this highly effective offensive formation called the shotgun.

Stop listing injured players as "day to day." In the scope of life, we are all day to day.

Randy Cook, Clearwater

 

Move the college basketball 3-point line back a foot. Enforce the three-second rule in college basketball. Eliminate the DH in baseball.

Force colleges and universities to penalize athletes that leave school early to go pro by requiring them to reimburse the university in the amount of their surrendered academic year tuition room and board, fees, etc.

Do we have to sing the national anthem before every sporting event? Maybe only sing it for events played on U.S. soil that pit teams or contestants of more than one nation (USA included).

Dabney Hopkins,

Indian Rocks Beach

 

What bugs me? Golf announcers talk too much. I turn it on to watch the GOLF - not to listen to distracting chatter, meaningless interviews, etc.

Terry Duncan, Hudson

Since when did poker become a major sporting event? Even the Travel Channel has poker tournaments! And how can major-league teams lay claims to being world champs? The only true sport that can make that claim is soccer.

John J. Giotta, Spring Hill

 

College basketball. Change the rules for fouls after the 10th by each team in a half. The team being fouled should have the option of shooting two free throws or retaining possession and inbounding the ball. While I am on the topic of the NCAA taking back the games, let's turn to football. There can never be a commercial break followed by a kickoff or punt. Enough already!

Dan McGraw, St. Petersburg

 

The basketball rules should be changed: When anyone hangs on the basket, the score should not count and the ball goes to the opposing team.

Wayne Stewart,

St. Petersburg

I hate that all the college bowl games don't finish in one giant blaze of glory on New Year's Day like in the old days. This waiting around to finish the season is lame. It was great when there was a frenzy of games all day long. The BCS is a joke. Long live the bowls and the healthy debate that follows when, on occasion, there is disagreement.

Mark Short, Clearwater

 

My No. 1 pet peeve is when players in sports, especially tennis and golf, come to the USA to live, train, play and make millions and then, when there are tournaments where nations play each other, they play for the country they came from. Athletes should play for the nation where they are permanently residing.

Dick Smith, Spring Hill

 

I would like to see the childish act of dumping Gatorade on the coach in the NFL stopped.

Pete Sheltra, Spring Hill

Pro golfers need to speed up. Here's how:

Continuous putting: start as usual with the farthest from the pin and continue until he/she putts out. Then the second closest can putt and so on to completion. Exception could be made for the final hole in a tournament when you want the winner to finish last.

Only touch the ball once on the green.

On the green have a shot clock as in basketball. Perhaps one minute. The penalty for running out of time: one stroke.

Art Wilkins, Port Richey

 

My peeves ...

... that MLB plays games in early April in subfreezing temps with snow falling, and the results and stats count the same as games played in August. Shorten the season or play the first two weeks of "real" games in spring training locales.

... it bothers me that the elite college programs continue to use aluminum bats when they are no longer the poor stepchild on campus. Seems like everyone is building or refurbishing a new multimillion-dollar facility. They have the cash, bring back the ash! (I know pro scouts and pitchers' parents would embrace the change.)

... that the local tourism bureau runs ads on local broadcasts of Devil Rays games. They're spending our tax dollars to attract us to a place where we already live! Maybe these marketing geniuses can help me land my current job or search for my current house.

Mike Pachik, Clearwater

 

Return baseball to playing it, as was intended, in the summertime. Return to the schedule of 154 games. Do away with interleague play. Back up the early dates for the season openers, play more games in the sun. If you want games in the snow, go to Green Bay and watch the Packers.

John Gratien, Inverness