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Buc's chat: Bad calls may cost Bucs division title

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002

I cannot understand why the officials, once again, bungled an obvious fumble by Deuce McAllister, costing the Buccaneers a touchdown (which would have been enough to give them the win, not to mention change the face of the game at that time). Yet they ruled that Aaron Stecker fumbled on a play when he was clearly down and his forward momentum was stopped.

The Saints played well, yet the Buccaneers were once again robbed of an opportunity that may cost them homefield advantage and maybe the division championship. Keyshawn Johnson also was interfered with on Brad Johnson's interception. Again, no call. Although this will not change the result, I feel like this deserves mention.
-- George Bennett, Spring Hill

Why is it that many teams in the NFL have outstanding running backs? I think it's because they were taken in the draft, for instance, LaDainian Tomlinson. The Bucs end up with dregs, with the exception of Mike Alstott, whose capabilities are not exploited.
I think the Bucs are going to have to draft a good running back. If they have to, they should plan on giving up one or two premium players. We have all seen how a good running game can impact the outcome of a game. If the Bucs had a devastating running back, there would be no stopping them.
Jimmie Carra, Port Richey

Warren Sapp doesn't get it. Yes, he's a good player, but so are a lot of guys. Yes, he and Keyshawn Johnson are loudmouths, but there are a lot of those around the league. There is an increasing belief (nurtured by many in the media) that it's okay to trash talk, as long as you can back it up. That philosophy quickly pervades to college and high school levels and manifests itself in those who see such bravado as getting psyched up.
It's not about whether the hit was legal, Warren. It's about whether you needed to blindside a guy who was obviously not a threat to your teammate. If the guy's career is over and/or he has to live with some physical impairment, you will have to live with knowing you caused it, and it wasn't necessary to be effective. That's what it's about.
Bill Ackerman, Homosassa

I always pulled for the Buccaneers and Jon Gruden.
Then came Warren Sapp's run-in with Mike Sherman.
The conclusion of the Bucs-Saints game was as pleasant as any in recent memory. Now I have a new favorite team: whoever is playing against Warren.
Windom Earl, San Diego

Jon Gruden should have the measure of Keyshawn Johnson by now. The stats for a receiver never tell how many chances he had to make a catch. Gruden's and Rich McKay's jobs should be on the line, but they are not. Keyshawn should be either in Hollywood or the unemployment line. I would rather watch Keyshawn in the movies.
Richard S. Lee, Largo

It could be the end of a dream for Coach Gruden's team. Vick, Dunn and Duckett are the toughest test yet. Is the defense more hot air or steam?
Jim Sinyai, Tampa

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