Super Bowl XXXVII
Letters to the Editors
Keep focus on Gruden
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 23, 2003
We were reminded that Tony Dungy wrote the beginning chapter of the sports fairy tale: the Buccaneers going to the Super Bowl. And I agree with that. Tony was an excellent coach and gentleman.
But using that same logic, Jon Gruden wrote the beginning chapters of Oakland going to the Super Bowl. He also took his new team to the Super Bowl in his first year as coach. Gruden's achievements need to be recognized.
Tony, we appreciate what you did for our team. But Jon, you are the man of the hour.
-- Victor Wood, Indian Rocks Beach
True orange Buc fans all feel the same way. After years and years of futility of being the NFL's punch line, we never thought we'd live to see the spotlight shine on the Buccaneers.
I'm a big fan of Dungy. He made this team a winner. I also supported his firing, however, and the hiring of Jon Gruden. Dungy built a great defensive foundation, but his low-key ways just didn't work in the playoffs. Like every Buc fan, I'm a big Gruden fan. In one year, Gruden has made major strides to improve the offense. It's still far from being a great offense, but despite an old-fashioned pocket quarterback and a questionable line, they did the job Sunday and paved the way for a trip to the Super Bowl. Somebody pinch me. I still can't believe it. The shirt I'm wearing reads NFC champions, so it must be true.
-- Tom Dowling, Kissimmee
The last thing in the world I need is a poster of Warren Sapp. Save the newsprint. Save the trees.
-- Bill Clark, Homosassa
Back to the Super Bowl XXXVII
Super Bowl XXXVII
John Romano: For Brad, the best days are still ahead
Gary Shelton: Lynch tough despite his neighborhood
Going on inspiration
Finally, absolution comes to a tearful Culverhouse heir
Some permanent reminders
Sideline: Who's going, who's staying
He just keeps going and going ...
Kickin' back: Depth beneath a quiet reserve
Plans still sketchy for official celebrations
Bucs' win may cut bulls loose
Nickelback geared up to shut down star-studded crew
Role players keep engine humming
High profile: Lincoln Kennedy
Finally, a reward for long-suffering fans
Practice met with excitement
What they're saying
High profile: Cosey Coleman
Goalpost Man ruled weirdest
Fan fulfills her promise with Bucs paint job
Nature lovers' paradise
Skirting peril en route to a dream
Brigham almost a Buc, but instead he's a Raider
Path to glory is long, rough for QB Gannon
Raiders outnumber Bucs 9-1 with Bowl rings
Sideline II: Bucs hope it's a sign of good things to come
Tickets are coveted corporate perk
Sports on the air: Area really enjoys its pro football
Super Bowl XXXVII: Keep focus on Gruden