© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2002
RICH BEEM: With Tiger crouching, the U.S. Open champion proved to be a hidden dragon.
GRUDEN VS. SPURRIER: No offense, Tony, but this brought some spark to the preseason.
BASEBALL OWNERS AND PLAYERS: In 1994 both sides dug in their heels, called each other nasty names and acted not only as though a premature end to the season was inevitable. Yes, a potential strike on Friday still looms, but at least the combatants really seem to be working together to avoid it.
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So the Lakers center pulls a no-show at his own celebrity basketball game at the Ice Palace. Did someone tell him it was a free-throw clinic?
RAYS BULLPEN: The fireman is supposed to put out the fire, fellas.
HAROLD REYNOLDS: The ESPN broadcaster called a Little League World Series game the greatest game he'd ever seen (Well, he did play for the Mariners during their dog years). No question, it was a terrific game, but the greatest game? With wall-to-wall national TV coverage of games involving 9- to 12-year-old boys and overhyped comments like this, it's no wonder some kids are acting like real big-leaguers with their disgusting displays on the field.
THE METS: Twelve straight losses from a team projected to be a World Series threat. The only threat this team can make now is to continue playing even if there is a strike. Talk about punishing the fans.
-- Bruce Lowitt, Anthony Perez, Mike Stephenson