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Highs and Lows

By BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ and MIKE STEPHENSON
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 27, 2002


HIGHS

TONY DUNGY: Could he have landed a better job than coach of the Colts? (Well, yes, but the Rams are spoken for.) He has Tom Moore, the offensive coordinator he wanted when he first got here. He has Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James. He has a defense he can mold. He has rid himself of Glazers. Do you have your 2003 tickets yet? That's when the Colts come to town.

PAT SUMMERALL: We'll forgive the botched names of recent years and celebrate one of the few athletes who became, in his prime, a first-rate broadcaster.

LOWS

RULE 3, SECTION 21, ARTICLE 2: Face it. Whether you despise them (probably) or love them, the Raiders and not the Patriots should be playing in today's AFC Championship. So when is a fumble not a fumble? When the NFL doesn't want it to be. Maybe it's time the league lightened up on rule interpretations and went back to what it used a generation ago: common sense.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Seems every time a team wins, particularly a playoff game, players from the winning team always talk about getting no respect. Last weekend the Steelers, Patriots, Eagles and, yes, even the Rams had players saying they weren't getting respect. Stop playing the Rodney Dangerfield card! I can hear it now. "So what about your '27 Yankees, Mr. Gehrig?" "Well, no one thought we could do it. No one gave us a chance, but we proved 'em all wrong."

MIKE TYSON: The boxer has become more of a train wreck than an athlete. We watch, but what we see is ugly.

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