Super Bowl Need to Know
By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 26, 2003
New on the Bucs' bandwagon? Welcome aboard. Sorry, it's a little crowded. We know there are questions about the team and the big game. We've got answers, and if you need a primer to get you ready for tonight's party, check with our friends in Arts & Entertainment.
What's the deal with Chucky?
Chucky is an ugly and disturbed doll that kills people in a horror flick, and he is the most popular figure in Tampa these days. Well, besides his twin, Bucs coach Jon Gruden, whose facial contortions earned him the nickname years ago. And it could be worse. They could have named him after an orange winking pirate with a knife between his teeth.
What are all these derogatory terms like Yuckaneers?
Okay here's a quick rundown of some terms from the Bucs' bleak years (They lost at least 10 games a season each year from 1983-96):
BUCCO BRUCE: The ultra-serious, though often mocked, winking pirate face (the guy had a knife between his teeth, for crying out loud) that graced the Buccaneers old orange, red and white helmets. Bruce was dumped in 1997 for the more intimidating and sophisticated skull and crossbones.
THE BIG SOMBRERO: Officially known as Tampa Stadium (and later, Houlihan's Stadium), it was originally built in 1967 for University of Tampa football games and dreams of something bigger. ESPN's Chris Berman started the nickname, and the stadium was torn down in 1998 to make room for a much-needed parking lot to the glitzier Raymond James Stadium.
THE YUCKANEERS: It's often shortened to Yucks. The name seemed fitting when the Bucs consistently posted a losing record. The term still creeps up from time to time when the Bucs goof.
CREAMSICLE: A orange sherbet and vanilla frozen treat on a stick. Also, a description of the old Buccaneers' uniform colors. Hey, orange was a hot color in 1976!
SWASH-BUCLERS: The old Buccaneers orange-clad, puffy-sleeved cheerleading squad, which was reincarnated as the red-clad, puffy-sleeved "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders."
REPUS BOWL: A 1983 game between the Houston Oilers and the Bucs, who were the worst teams in the NFL at the time with 1-11 records. Hint: "Repus" is "super" spelled backward.
Players talk about winning a Super Bowl ring. Do the losers get rings?
The NFL pays for up to 150 rings at $5,000 per ring (plus adjustments for increases in gold and diamonds) for the winners. It also pays for 125 pieces of jewelry for the losing team, which may not cost more than one-half the price set for the Super Bowl ring.
That's a lot of money. What about the trophy?
The Lombardi Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. in New York and costs $12,000.
Back to the Super Bowl XXXVII
Super Bowl XXXVII:
They've arrived and so have we
Defense snarls as its potential legend awaits
For Raiders, there's no more holding back
Bucs coach has been intense all of his life
Ernest Hooper: Their faith suffuses champions breakfast
Keys to victory
Bucs: Offense: No. 1 vs. emerging force
So who's laughing now?
Sideline II: Who's going . . .
Raiders: Raiders D knows it can do the job
Times staff predictions
Kickin' back: A Glazer's vision: 'an elite franchise'
Chucky's Super Bowl XXXVII Chalk Talk
Return from nowhere: Bucs tracking 'anonymous' return men
Raiders: Raiders don't use injuries as excuse
Age-old question will be answered tonight
Notebook: Ballroom practice keeps team on toes
Bucs game by game 200
Raiders game by game 2002
Side line: Hallowed be thy Raider QB
In brief: Two-week break to return next season
Tampa Bay fans: Long-denied shout their pride
Past Super Bowls
Raiders notebook: Woodson says injury won't slow him down
Raiders: Keys to victory
Raiders: Weird stuff
Raiders: High profile: Jerry Porter
Radio/TV: Super Bowl TV facts
Radio/TV: Madden sticks by his wrong call last year
Guest analysis: John Madden
Guest analyst: Al Michaels
Super Bowl Need to Know
Previous Super Bowl national anthem singers
On the Net: NFL adds incentives for fans to go online
Super Bowl QB is with Bucs ... now