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Kudos for booting interloper

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 1, 2000

I am thrilled the Devil Rays defended our territory. The sweep of the Yankees, keeping them from spilling champagne around our Trop, is the highlight of the season. Congratulations, team. This is a great memory to start next season.
-- Murry Seidenberg, Redington Shores

Rays leave us remnants

Let's see, what's wrong with the Devil Rays picture? They traded fan favorites Martinez, Trammel and Perry. They trade White and Mecir, the most effective pitchers on the team.

Perry and Martinez are hitting better (around .300) elsewhere than any current Devil Ray, and the relievers used since can't hold a lead or prevent a run barrage. I won't even mention Doc Gooden.

So why should Devil Rays left here care?Norman Haddad, Largo
Worst kind of message
If competitive sports are a microcosm of society, I am appalled by how sick a state we find ourselves in. One only has to look at several recent incidents, starting with the taunting of the second- and third-place runners by the USA high hurdler in the last yards of a semifinal race. Wasn't that a fine "Olympic moment"?
Or Sunday's extraordinary actions by the 49ers' Terrell Owens and the Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, both making complete idiots of themselves. Can anyone justify Florida's Spurrier calling for a "bomb" in the last seconds against an already beaten and broken Kentucky team, particularly after reprimanding players for what he considered embarrassing and disrespectful actions against a previous opponent? How hypocritical was that?
Apparently, sportsmanship has no place in sports in this age. It is replaced by misguided attitudes of "look at me, I'm much better than you" taunting.
Better to follow the attitude of, "When you lose, say little; when you win, say less."
C. Higgins, St. Petersburg

Hm ... coincidence?

Six seconds to go, Florida leads by 21, the line is 221/2. Wait a second while I look for my calculator.
-- Richard Musgrave, St. Petersburg

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