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Highs & lows

By BRUCE LOWITT and MIKE STEPHENSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 1, 2002


HIGHS

BUCS: It's easy to complain about an offense that sometimes seems inept, but when you look up and see the best record in the NFL, you can just applaude.

DAVE ANDREYCHUK: On the heals of breaking the NHL's power play scoring record, the Lightning captain scored his 600th -- and 601st -- goal to spark the team to a 3-1 victory at New Jersey. At the risk of repeating our entry of a couple weeks ago, what a class act.

LOWS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS: Swarming fields and toppling goalposts are all the rage. It's time to stop the mayhem. Mounted police would be a good start. So, too, goalposts with indelible paint -- anyone whose hands and clothes are smeared with yellow obviously would be a trespasser, probably a vandal. How about a semeter's suspension for rowdy students, or students with rowdy parents? This part of college football is beginning to look a lot like the worst of European soccer. Fatalities could be just one postgame away.

BUD SELIG (AGAIN): Baseball's commish is a genius at making bad things worse. By scheduling 22 Expos home games in San Juan, he's giving Montrealers even less reason to care about their (ahem) team. And when Puerto Rican fans get a close look at it, they'll lose interest faster than south Florida's latin community abandoned the mediocre Marlins.

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