By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 26, 2003
Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is about as meticulous, regimented and serious about his work (or, in a word, boring) as they come. While he has little sense of humor, he does have (albeit a bit odd) some sense of pop culture. A few things you might not know about the 37-year-old Philadelphia native:
-- He loves the bleeping MTV show The Osbournes, based on the life of bleeped-up rocker Ozzy Osborne and his dys-bleeping-functional family. Sensors bleep out about every third bleeping word. "I'm a big fan of The Osbournes," he said just before detailing his Christian beliefs. (Odd juxtaposition alert?) His favorite? Matriarch Sharon.
-- He believes heartsick teen pop icons Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake should end their feud and get back together. "Absolutely," Gannon said.
-- He is heavily into classic rock and a huge fan of Styx, who were pretty big -- during the 1970s and '80s. Gannon could barely contain himself talking about the band during Tuesday's media day and delivered what now would be a considered a shout-out to their Chicago-based lead singer, Dennis DeYoung. "If you're out there, we love you, bro."
-- He picks outfits (intentionally, we can only hope) for road trips so garish (tight jeans, multitoned leather jackets) that former coach Jon Gruden took to calling him "Greased Lightning" after John Travolta from his Grease era. "Dude tries to be down," running back Tyrone Wheatley said. "But it ain't happening."
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