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January 23, 2003
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[AP photo]
Tight end Rickey Dudley sports a Super Bowl visor on Tuesday.

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Gary Shelton: Lynch tough despite his neighborhood
SAN DIEGO -- On the mean streets of Rancho Santa Fe, dreams come at a price.

John Romano: For Brad, the best days are still ahead
SAN DIEGO -- Brad Johnson sits in front of dozens of notepads and misperceptions. A handful of TV cameras and wrong assumptions.

Going on inspiration
The Bucs' Joe Jurevicius has put his heart in two places: with his struggling newborn son and in the game of his life.

Finally, absolution comes to a tearful Culverhouse heir

Bucs' success ends years of shame for Hugh Culverhouse Jr.

Some permanent reminders
Scores of fans getting tattoos to commemorate Bucs' best season.

Sideline: Who's going, who's staying
A diehard Bucs fan, Carolyn Bricklemyer, a member of the Hillsborough County School Board, will head to San Diego on Friday with her husband, Tampa real estate attorney Keith Bricklemyer.

He just keeps going and going ...
Ex-Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin keeps himself busy doing interviews on Radio Row.

Kickin' back: Depth beneath a quiet reserve
Bucs tight end Rickey Dudley once was a first-round pick for the Raiders, but now provides added punch and depth to the Bucs offense. Here he is on playing against his old team, the Earth, the word "stupid" and the real Rickey Dudley.

Plans still sketchy for official celebrations
Pep rallies are set for Friday, but a parade and formal festivities next week are unclear.

Bucs' win may cut bulls loose
Here's reason No. 527 to cheer for the Bucs: If the Raiders win, your retirement savings could take another hit.

Nickelback geared up to shut down star-studded crew
Dwight Smith is eager to prove himself against explosive Raiders.

Role players keep engine humming
Complementary Bucs are as crucial as stars in effort to beat Raiders.

High profile: Lincoln Kennedy

Finally, a reward for long-suffering fans
Former Bucs coach Ray Perkins never got near the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, failing to win more than five games in any of his four seasons as coach from 1987-90. He played in two Super Bowls, however, winning Super Bowl V, and was on the Patriots' coaching staff that lost Super Bowl XXXI. The 61-year-old Perkins, now retired, remarried and enjoying time with his 5-year-old daughter, Rachael, in Hattiesburg, Miss., took time out to talk about his old team's long-awaited Super Bowl debut.

[AP photo]
Defensive end Simeon Rice gets ready to strap on his helmet for practice at the Univeristy of California-San Diego.
Practice met with excitement
SAN DIEGO -- After two days of traveling, meetings and interviews, the Bucs returned to the practice field Wednesday for 21/2 hours in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl XXXVII matchup against Oakland.

What they're saying
The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play Sunday, but the real action will come after the final gun.

High profile: Cosey Coleman

Fan fulfills her promise with Bucs paint job
In a moment of football passion during the 1999 NFC Championship Game, Sandy Albanese blurted out to her friends: If the Bucs go to the Super Bowl, I'll paint my whole house in Buccaneers colors!

Skirting peril en route to a dream
SAN DIEGO -- He wore the wrong hat into Burger King.

Brigham almost a Buc, but instead he's a Raider
SAN DIEGO -- Jeremy Brigham got to the Super Bowl on Wednesday, and what a strange trip it was -- Oakland by way of Tampa.

Path to glory is long, rough for QB Gannon
After years of struggle, Rich Gannon has blossomed into a consummate performer. Raider wishes it could have happened earlier.

[Times photo: Thomas M. Goethe]
Todd Ramquist of Safety Harbor does his thing in the WDAE-AM 620 "super fan" promotion.
Goalpost Man ruled weirdest
And the kicker is, he gets two tickets to the Super Bowl.

Nature lovers' paradise
San Diego Zoo is a delight for those who enjoy animals and plants.

Raiders outnumber Bucs 9-1 with Bowl rings
It's fairly well known that only one Buccaneer, Keenan McCardell, owns a Super Bowl ring, getting it while on the injured reserve list with the Washington Redskins in 1991 (Super Bowl XXVI).

Sideline II: Bucs hope it's a sign of good things to come
The "Go Bucs" billboards that have been popping up around San Diego the past couple of days are not the work of some mystery fan with bundles of cash to burn.

Tickets are coveted corporate perk
Firms that are Bucs' partners use Super Bowl tickets to reward employees and clients.

Sports on the air: Area really enjoys its pro football
When looking over the list of, say, the 32 most-watched shows in Tampa Bay since Sept. 5, a theme is evident.

Letters: Super Bowl XXXVII: Keep focus on Gruden
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.

Lightning letdown averted
LIGHTNING 2, CANADIENS 2: Dave Andreychuk's power-play goal in the final minute helps salvage a crucial point.

Tantrum a strike against complacency
TAMPA -- Even if you knew nothing about hockey, you could figure out Lightning coach John Tortorella was not happy.

College basketball: Youth keeps UF unscathed in SEC
FLORIDA 87, VANDY 75: Lee, Roberson help Gators pull away for best start in program history.

Bearcats escape Pirates
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Leonard Stokes scored six of his 16 in the final 4:38 to help Cincinnati beat East Carolina 59-53 on Wednesday night.

Wolfpack shocks Blue Devils
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clifford Crawford had endured more than half of North Carolina State's 13-game losing streak against No.3 Duke, so the senior wasn't about to let go of the game ball in the locker room.

Texas coach reaches 800 victories
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' Jody Conradt became the second women's coach to win 800 games, reaching that milestone Wednesday night when the 17th-ranked Longhorns beat No.7 Texas Tech 69-58.

Season on the bubble: Salukis watch
SIU 88, N. Iowa 78 (OT)

Golf: Sorenstam wants to tee it up against men
If circumstances were right, the LPGA's best player would play in a PGA Tour event.

Augusta foes claim victory on picketing
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Opponents of Augusta National's all-male membership claimed victory after the defeat of a proposal that would have hindered protests at the Masters.

Tennis: Williams vs. Williams, again
Sisters to face one another in a Slam final for fourth consecutive time as Venus downs Henin, Serena rallies against Clijsters.

Autos: Go-carts alter Carpentier's path
TAMPA -- Patrick Carpentier may have been back on the ice Wednesday afternoon but, unlike his first 11 years, he wasn't trying to skate circles around the competition.

NHL: Jagr, Kolzig help Caps pad lead
WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist as the Capitals beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Wednesday night.

In brief: 2nd felony charge expected against McPherson
The state attorney's office in Tallahassee expects to file an additional felony charge of forgery against former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson.

NBA: Despite poor fourth, Magic edges Chicago
ORLANDO -- The load is getting so heavy for Tracy McGrady, he doesn't want to talk about it anymore.

Walker-less Celtics can't hold off Bucks
BOSTON -- Ray Allen and Sam Cassell dominated for Milwaukee while Antoine Walker watched helplessly from the Boston bench.

Preps: New rule softens ejections
The blue card penalty for a handball has had varying degrees of success.

Duel needs two overtimes
Bloomingdale's Jean LeBrun scores 31 points, including the winner at the buzzer, to outlast Gaither and Antonio Russell.

Soccer extra
What Cold?

USF enters picture for CCC star Rumph
The race for LeRue Rumph, once thought to be over, has heated up again.

Bowling: Oregon bowler ends nine-year winless skid
Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., ended a nine-year drought by winning the 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
As water temperatures fall, finding fish willing to eat gets harder. On two recent trips, we found the best bite in 100-120 feet.

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