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By JOANNE KORTH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

After opening the season with a 17-0 victory at Philadelphia, the Bucs look forward to playing for the friendly fans at Raymond James Stadium, and to making up for a 26-20 overtime loss to the Saints in last year's home opener.

"That's still on our minds," safety John Lynch said.

New Orleans linebacker James Allen intercepted a desperation pass by Bucs punter Tom Tupa in the end zone to spoil coach Jon Gruden's debut in Tampa Bay.

Time to erase that memory.

"We've been playing well on the road, but there's nothing like playing at home in front of your fans," Lynch said. "We're looking forward to hearing that place rock."

TRENDY

Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson has thrown multiple touchdowns in eight of his past 10 games, including the playoffs. Before this stretch, he had eight in his previous 32.

NUMBERS GAME

6: Times last season Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica outscored the opponent.

7: Field goals Gramatica kicked against Carolina in two games last season.

19: Points Carolina scored against Tampa Bay last season.

23: Points Gramatica scored against Carolina last season (including extra points).

SMALL WORLD

Former Bucs running back Travis Stephens, released Aug. 31, was signed to the Carolina practice squad Sept. 2. Odds are, Stephens was effective simulating Tampa Bay's offense for the Carolina defense during practice. We'll see if it helps.

OFF LIMITS

No self-respecting Bucs fan would be caught dead smoking a cigarette during today's game. Tobacco is a leading product of North Carolina, home of the Panthers. That means no dip, either. If you must, swing by Ybor City for a cigar.

THE LAST WORD

"They say that they have the best defensive line in the NFL. Maybe they do. Maybe they have to come out and prove that to us."

- skeptical Bucs receiver Keyshawn Johnson on the Panthers' self-promoting front four.

Today's lineup
Bucs

  • Hitting the high spots
  • A shutout as only Rice can see it
  • Waitress's joke hard for Sapp to swallow
  • Carolina blueprint should look familiar
  • Kickin' back with Thomas Jones
  • Sideline
  • Letters: Eagles fans reach the ultimate low

  • Rays
  • Rays detect no signs of a Yankees decline
  • Lou's worst club still inspires hope
  • In upside, this OF is peerless
  • Rays tales

  • Lightning
  • Lecavalier, Stillman highlight first day
  • Success depends on growth

  • Other sports

    Baseball
  • MLB acts the bully with Expos
  • AL: Chisox ride Colon's stamina
  • NL: Marlins thrill a packed house
  • Penny injury less serious than feared

  • Boxing
  • Sugar gets sweet win vs. De La Hoya

  • College football
  • 'Canes inconsistent but still cruise to win
  • Gators shake off doubt, slow start
  • Technical difficulty
  • Clarett expected to stay at OSU
  • 'Canes contain big plays
  • Freshman Harris out until second trial
  • Special teams a bit more so
  • UF By the numbers
  • UF Game balls
  • 'Noles seek new nonconference foe
  • Defense makes stand when it counts most
  • FSU By the numbers
  • FSU Game balls
  • Buckeyes extend streak by inches
  • Wolverines devour Irish

  • Conferences
  • Big East: Big third helps Pitt pull away
  • SEC: Georgia stifles South Carolina
  • State: UCF needs record day to rally, hold off FAU
  • Big Ten: Wisconsin stumbles, fumbles away game
  • Pac-10: Trojans click in all phases
  • Big 12: Hogs upset 'Horns
  • C-USA: Golden Eagles punish Tigers' errors
  • Nation: Air Force finds it can pass, rush
  • ACC: Boilermakers don't fall short this time

  • Golf
  • Dent's 65 within a stroke of his age
  • Sorenstam, Pettersen strike a blow at U.S.

  • Gotta minute?
  • Rocco Baldelli

  • Horse racing
  • Congaree frozen out in warmup

  • In brief
  • eBay item has James agitated

  • Motorsports
  • M. Schumacher wins F1 pole
  • NASCAR remains a family business

  • NFL
  • Picks, Week 2
  • Same Tuna, different diversion
  • Things make you go hmmm

  • Opinion
  • Rant, Rave

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Preparation vital ahead of a storm

  • Preps
  • Kotchman, Quick can't catch King's Bowerman
  • Biladeau never looks back as Jesuit wins
  • DQ aids Plant girls at relays; Jesuit tops boys
  • Jesuit's Biladeau runs away with title
  • King's Bowerman cruises to victory
  • Lecanto has strong showing
  • PHU gets best of Seminole
  • Practice as targets pays as PHU wins at Keswick

  • Soccer
  • This won't be a party like it was in 1999
  • Letters: Ex-Seminole should have been kicked out
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