© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001
I read Bucs coach Tony Dungy was looking for a new direction for his offense. How about toward the goal line?
-- Dick Alexander, El Granada
If the Bucs would have provided Les Steckel with an NFL quality quarterback, maybe the offense would have executed the way it should have. But by providing a mediocre quarterback, the Bucs are again regressing to their old ways of making excuses and not addressing the problem.
The firing of Les Steckel was not justified.
-- Tim Brusoe, New Port Richey
No chemistry? What is that? Maybe Keyshawn Johnson had a hard time picking up the offense. Just maybe Tony's million-dollar babies want to be catered to. Dungy brings Steckel in and his offensive package sets four team records. I always thought that was a good thing.
Tony, what direction do you really want to go? Next year you won't even make the playoffs.
-- Bob Brandmeir, Whitehall, Pa.
I have three questions:
1. When a team like the Bucs has eight Pro Bowl selections and can occasionally play like unbeatable champions, isn't it logical and reasonable to look at the coaching as the source of their failure?
2. Does anyone really believe that the Tampa Bay business community wanted the Buccaneers to go to the Super Bowl this year when it would have meant one visiting team rather than two with all the hotel rooms, meals and entertainment money that brings?
3. How can any decent person keep from retching when a multi-million-dollar player like Keyshawn Johnson states that he still feels that it was all right for him to loot during the race riots because all the others were doing it?
-- Berwin A. Cole, Clearwater
As a female sports fan (a male friend says I know more about sports than any of the guys he knows), I believe that the syndrome of "babe broadcasters" on the sideline will continue as long as sports-talk radio continues the "babe" syndrome about women in general, and especially making fun of them as fans. They've made a true "good ol' boy" culture of it: Women are dissed for not knowing anything, but the knowledge itself is often treated like secret mysteries, incomprehensible to brains with XX chromosomes in their cells ("You wouldn't understand" or "It's pretty complicated.").
-- Ann R. Riggs, Nashua, N.H.
I have to disagree with Sharon Ginn's article about good-looking women working as sideline reporters during football games. I do not feel the need to apologize for wanting to see a beautiful woman during a football game. Likewise, a woman shouldn't have to apologize for wanting to see Brad Pitt on TV instead of Kevin James.
It is a shame in this politically correct society that we should feel the need to condemn beauty rather than celebrate it.
-- Patrick Macaraeg, Largo
Whatever the reason, the Lightning management and your sports writers will not acknowledge that the root of the team's problems is, without question, the goaltending. It is very tough for the guys up front to be busting their butts, only to see it go down the drain with inconsistent goaltending. Both Kevin Weekes and Dan Cloutier look great for one period a game. No way are either of them No. 1 NHL goalies.
The best morale boost for the players would be for management to get rid of both and trade for a starting goalie. And bring back Dieter Kochan as a backup. He is going to be great.
-- Col. Paul S. Evans, Homosassa
I hope the preseason polls next fall realize how overrated Florida State is. FSU scores 42 points a game against a pitiful schedule, then can't score against a good team. So the polls should vote them at No. 10 (at best) and make them earn a high ranking instead of just handing them one. If they refuse to play a contending team's schedule, then they will not earn a BCS spot.
Virginia Tech knows all about this. Miami, too.
-- Dave Rodman, Dunedin
On Monday, several people were standing in the ticket line at Legends Field when we were drenched by a heavy downpour. A gentleman and his assistant passed out ponchos to all standing in line. The gentleman was George Steinbrenner. Thanks, Mr. Steinbrenner, for being a good Samaritan.
-- Gene Loible, Tampa
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