© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2002
LIGHTNING AND DERRICK BROOKS: The Lightning and the Bucs linebacker were honored by the Hillsborough Education Foundation for their contributions to education. The Lightning won the Superintendents Award for programs, including their "Read to Succeed" initiative and donations of more than $50,000. Brooks was named a visionary for his "Brooks Bunch" program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club.
TIGER WOODS: He has won four majors in succession. Now he wants to make it an indisputable Grand Slam by winning them in the same year. He was masterful at Augusta. It's 39 days to the first round of the U.S. Open. Challengers are urged to sent in their regrets early. Who can stop Tiger? Only Tiger.
ESTEBAN YAN: He's nitroglycerin on the mound, says he's had one bad game (no, two in a week and nerve-wracking finishes before that), compares himself with John Smoltz, and rips Rays manager Hal McRae for relieving him of his designated-closer role. Now that's a relief.
NHL: Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn got fined $30,000 for telling reporters, "I've had some pretty disappointing results from officiating, but never one like this." Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman was fined $10,000 for pushing a reporter. Let's get this straight: Speaking your mind to a reporter is three times worse than physically assaulting one?
PISTONS AND ISLANDERS FANS: Booing the Canadian national anthem during the playoffs games was a bush-league move, even if it was in response to Canadians booing the U.S. anthem. We all should be past the They-did-it-to-us! stage.
-- Bruce Lowitt, Mike Stephenson