© St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2002
ANTHONY THOMAS: The Bears running back and his wife happened upon a car by the road and decided to stop to help. Thomas discovered the engine was on fire and pulled Mark Moore out shortly before the car became engulfed in flames. Athletes can indeed be real heroes.
CHIP GANASSI RACING: After Sterling Marlin was injured, it seemed all was lost for the No. 40 Dodge team. But they still had a good crew and a good car, and they set rookie Jamie McMurray on course for a victory in just his second race.
TERRELL OWENS: Had he pulled that pen out of his sock, autographed the football and given it to some kid, the 49ers receiver would have become an icon, this generation's Mean Joe Greene (remember that Coca-Cola commercial?). Who got the ball? His financial adviser sitting in the luxury suite owned by Seattle's Shawn Springs, whom he beat for the winning touchdown. Premeditated and crass. The only thing Owens was celebrating was himself.
THUNDERSTIX: We'd say something about how they can be an annoyance and obstacle to fans who just want to watch baseball and cheer (or boo) when appropriate, but you probably wouldn't be able to hear us or see us.
-- Bruce Lowitt, Mike Stephenson