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Readers share what's not to like in sports

When a star pitcher states he is almost where he needs to be physically and mentally to be at peak performance when the season is more than half completed. What does he do in the offseason, play Nintendo and eat bonbons?

Carl Decanini

via e-mail

The unforgivable greed ballplayers have when negotiating a contract. Bad enough that free agency makes players loyal to dollars and not to teams goes along with their lackadaisical effort. Also teams wanting to build new stadiums when the current ones suffice. This all leads to high ticket prices.

Dick Smith

Spring Hill

The lack of hustle by the Rays, especially B.J. Upton.

Rich Tron

via e-mail

Maybe it's a girl thing, but does anybody else think watching baseball players spit on TV is gross and disgusting? They spit constantly during the game and the TV crews get lots of closeups. And given the Rays have an indoor field where the rain never falls, where does all this stuff go? Carry that thought one step further: What's it like in the dugout? No wonder manager Joe Maddon stands up by the railing during the game and so many of the players sit up on the back of the bench with their feet off the floor. They probably need knee-high waders to walk around in there.

Julie Upman


Chris Simms claiming to be held hostage. I would give up my spleen to be paid millions of dollars. When people call NASCAR and horse racing a sport. And Bob Costas, left. Just the sight of this guy makes me want to do something illegal.

Anthony Saylor


It's one thing to have a corporate sponsor but quite another to completely change the name of a sporting event. I was dismayed that the coverage of NASCAR's 15-year-old 400-mile race on Sunday omitted its traditional name, the Brickyard 400. Instead (as in the Times) it was referred to as the Allstate 400. What's next? The State Farm 500 at Indianapolis?

Carolyn Cotton


Athletes who say they're insulted or disrespected by a club's offer of millions of dollars. Please, someone disrespect me.

Bob Beninati


How come every time you watch baseball, the players and coaches have to spit? It literally makes me want to hurl! Jeanne Zelasko — who taught her how to dress? Manny Ramirez and that smirky look on his face!

Polly Stamp


Joe Maddon quotes in Tuesday's paper after the Rays lost to Toronto, like, "I really liked the way we played tonight a lot" and "If we keep doing what we did tonight … we are going to the playoffs." Sorry, but in my opinion that is a LOSER speaking, and if they continue to play like they did last night, they won't even get close to making the playoffs.

Don Hill

via e-mail

Listening to radio or TV broadcasters who feel they must get so in depth analyzing each pitch — four-seam, two-seam, cutter, sinker, heavy sinker. Hey, they are all variations of a fastball, okay; let's move on. Having to step out of the batter's box and re-Velcro batting gloves after having just done it 10 seconds ago, then simply standing there and taking the pitch.

Nick Quartaro

via e-mail

Joe Maddon's "Loved the way we played" after losing to Toronto on Monday night. He is a good loser. All I can say is a good loser is still a loser! The idea of attending a Rays home game in anything other than a 74 degree, dry dome. Jonathan Papelbon — his lip is better than his grip, either on the ball or reality. The Indianapolis Colts have Tony Dungy and we don't.

Timmy Kitchen

via e-mail

Golf announcers who continue to prattle inanely when we, the viewers, have a chance to hear dialogue between caddie and player or player and rules official. Golf announcers who say, after a player hits a good shot from a bad lie that lands close to the pin, "He couldn't have hit it any better than that!" Well, if it went in the hole, wouldn't that be better?

Tom Shille

Temple Terrace

You want to know what really bugs me? YOU!!! Tom Jones!!!

Why is it that you badmouth most professional franchises that are actually good, especially NEW YORK!? You're always bellyaching about Northeastern teams being on the tube. That's because they are good!

Joe Montemarano


The angle sports networks choose to show the pitches from the mound to the batter's box. Since the advent of the electronic ad behind home plate, the angle has been increased to always include the ad visible behind and to the right of the batter's box. Used to be the camera angle was over the pitcher's shoulder and the viewer could better appreciate the balls and strikes called by the umpire. Not anymore; money has defined how the TV viewer sees the game.

Tom Goodrich

via e-mail

Enjoying the Rays on TV from the Trop, and then having to watch people act like idiots while yakking on a cell phone and waving to the camera, usually from seats they didn't pay for.

Jim Jackson

Apollo Beach

A coach or sports announcer enthusing about an athlete who "always gives 110 (120, 150, 200) percent effort on the field/court/ice." A hundred percent should be the MAXIMUM! How can an athlete give more than the maximum?

Frank Harrel

via e-mail

I have a grinding, growling, desperate complaint — the artificial, fake noise on Fox Sports Net that is so loud, I cannot hear what Joe Magrane and Dewayne Staats are saying. Grrrrr. What can we do ?

Libby Lockhart

via e-mail

Those women tennis players who scream each time they hit the ball at Wimbledon. That Pete Rose isn't in the Hall of Fame. And the designated hitter.

Paul Wyness

St. Petersburg

Earlier this week, Times staff writer Tom Jones listed some of the things that were bothering him these days in sports. Then he asked readers what was bugging them. What we found was you don't like spitting, you don't like overpaid athletes, and at least one of you doesn't like Tom Jones! Here are some of the comments we received.

Fat baseball players, especially pitchers. NASCAR, especially those guys who do backflips off their cars. Quarterbacks who wear caps on the sidelines cause they don't want to be caught on camera with gnarly hairdos. Hockey and those stupid fights. Soccer, period. Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden, especially Gruden. Super Bowl hype. It's just a football game. The salaries of the athletes and the cost of the tickets.

Rich Horgan, Lutz

Tony Stewart is an annoyance. He's a coward and a bully.

Mike Davis, Tampa

Readers share what's not to like in sports 07/31/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2008 10:38pm]
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