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Some things readers miss in sports

Last week, we told you about some of the things we miss in sports, things such as Evel Knievel, the St. Pete Cards and The White Shadow. We asked you to pass along some of the things you miss in sports. More than 200 of you sent in memories from back in the day. Some of the things you miss in sports:

Watching a game without constantly being reminded of the pitch count or speed of the pitch.

Dom Cassano, Tampa

The Tampa Bay Bandits.

The California Golden Seals.

Scott Stark, Tampa

Muhammad Ali's championship boxing matches on free TV on Saturday afternoons, seemingly almost monthly.

Bob Mielke, Spring Hill

A pro football touchdown where the scorer hands the ball to the ref and doesn't make a big deal of it.

Ed Renollet Sr., Hudson

The Firecracker 400 being run on July 4th, no matter what day of the week July 4th fell.

Shirley Buttacavoli, Brooksville

Watching baseball on TV from behind home plate.

David Lubin, Tampa

Tom Brookshier and Pat Summerall hosting This Week in Pro Football.

Bill Turner, Tampa

The live dolphin tank in the end zone at the Orange Bowl.

Tom Platt, St. Petersburg

Gillette Friday Night Fights followed by Make That Spare.

Tim Toal, Tampa

Suncoast Suns hockey and Cliff Pennington at Bayfront Center.

Women's Golf Tour, Orange Blossom Classic and JCPenney Classic.

Anthony Ross, St. Petersburg

Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard saying, "Now batting … Derek … Jeetah!"

Bob Guckenberger, St. Petersburg

The Way It Was with Curt Gowdy.

Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.

Ron Wenzell, Tampa

Al McGuire and Billy Packer calling college basketball for NBC.

The "Top 20" poll.

The Prudential College Scoreboard Show.

Jeff Clarke, Tampa

Gaylord Perry and spitballs.

Rich Tron, Wesley Chapel

Booing "Bingo Bob" at Lightning games.

"Heeeeeere come the vacuums" commercial at the old Tampa Stadium.

Mark Rulison, Land O'Lakes

Ken Venturi doing golf analysis on TV.

Todd Green, Spring Hill

ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Susan Supley, New Port Richey

Street and Smith's preseason college football magazine (in black and white).

Curt Rindy, St. Petersburg

Showdown in the NHL.

John Zappa, Lutz

Goalposts being on the goal line and seeing receivers running into them.

Jesse Campbell, Largo

Dandy Don singing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over … "

Rick Johnson, St. Petersburg

Billy Packer and Jim Thacker doing an ACC basketball game.

Pete Rose running to first on a walk.

Mike Pietrzyk, Brandon

The "Bo Knows" commercials.

Jim Ahearn, Clearwater

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fight songs like "Ho, ho, ho, we're the Buccaneers …"

Eric Sloss, St. Petersburg

The old-style uniform pants the baseball players wore that came below the knee and were met by team color socks.

Yogi Berra catching and Bob Cousy running the basketball court.

Joan Perry, Wesley Chapel

The days of three baseball teams in New York.

Roger Duffett, St. Petersburg

Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese on Game of the Week.

Bill Rogers, Tampa

Pirates announcer Bob Prince saying, "You can kiss it goodbye."

Bob Orris, Largo

Roller Derby (Joanie Weston, Ann Calvello).

Martin Gangloff, Madeira Beach

The American Sportsman with Curt Gowdy.

Pete Blasse, Clearwater

TV sports segment on the local news instead of ESPN.

David Bradley, Largo

The board game All-Star Baseball.

Ira Fialko, Crystal River

Phil Rizzuto announcing Yankees games.

Chris D'Agostino, Riverview

Table-top hockey.

Brian Driscoll, Clearwater

Saints fans with paper bags on their heads.

Brett Harrell, Tallahassee

Salty Sol and Andy Hardy fishing reports on TV news.

Craig McGill, St. Petersburg

The halftime H-O-R-S-E competition during NBA games.

Michael Carli, Odessa

Listening through the static on radio to hear Marv Albert say "Monroe … 15-foot fadeaway … YES!"

Tony Marina, New Port Richey

Twi-night doubleheaders.

Bob Innocenti, Safety Harbor

"The Big Sombrero."

Jonathon A. Schwoerer, Tampa

When infielders and outfielders left their gloves on the field at the end of an inning.

Eric Rhodes, New Port Richey

Gordon Solie hosting Championship Wrestling from Florida on Saturdays.

Irwin Heichen, Temple Terrace

The USFL and Mel Allen on This Week In Baseball.

Dick Tranell, Clearwater

Some things readers miss in sports 07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:56pm]
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