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Because he won their hearts.
60,000 jubilant fans take the party to Raymond James Stadium and embrace their champions.
Next Buc challenge is free-agent market
Does the team let Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson and others get away? Does it seek new stars?
John Romano: Bucs welcomed victims to woodshed
SAN DIEGO -- It was, in some sense, a metaphor for what they had been and what they hoped to become. A symbol, if you will, for a team that always sensed it did not measure up in the eyes of others.
Super Bowl by the numbers
Snub doesn't bug MVP much
Hey, Bucs safety Dexter Jackson, you were just named the Super Bowl MVP. Where are you going?
The offseason ahead
A look at the Bucs' priorities for the coming months:
The next big decision: the Buccaneer ring
Charlie Anderson was hard at work Monday designing what he hopes will become the most precious jewelry in Tampa Bay: the Bucs' Super Bowl rings.
Upon further review ...
Well, at least they had the guts to go out on a limb.
Raiders face uncertain future
Lineup changes are more than likely for a team that is aging and faced with salary-cap concerns.
Absent center is barred from the Pro Bowl
Oakland center Barret Robbins, who was barred by coach Bill Callahan from playing in the Super Bowl after a 24-hour unexcused absence, will not play in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu after team doctors did not clear him medically.
Bucs fans well-behaved in victory celebrations
TAMPA -- They took to the streets by the thousands, honked horns, shouted, waved flags. Several even ran around naked.
Tampa references hit crestfallen ears
After the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl Sunday, team owner Malcolm Glazer praised the "Tampa Buccaneers," and Coach Jon Gruden clutched the Vince Lombardi Trophy and said he was "so happy for the city of Tampa."
On eBay, bidders flock to all things Buccaneer
It's an old satin warmup jacket, sporting that familiar Creamsicle-orange color with the old Bucco Bruce logo.
Get it while it's hot
From T-shirts to bobbleheads to expensive crystal, anything touting the Super Bowl win gets scooped up by Tampa Bay fans Monday.
Bay's new sales pitch to clients: champions
Monday was a heck of a time for Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce president Kim Scheeler to draw jury duty.
Young fans sleepy, hoarse, happy
They may a little young for the memories, but Bucs fans who came to school Monday wore their colors and their enthusiasm on their sleeves.
Bucs fans take time to bask in glow of victory
From Raymond James Stadium to a tai chi class, from BucsStuff in St. Petersburg to Bosnian Food Store 2 in Clearwater, the conversation on Monday focused on one unifying event.
Victory parade another first for Tampa
TAMPA -- The streets of Tampa have waited a long time for a pirate invasion like the one happening today.
Ernest Hooper: Mystery ads, mayoral game plans, a lucky bar
If everyone loves a mystery, then people should be particularly fond of a new set of billboards in town.
Jan Glidewell: And for you, Jamie, a nice word on the Buccaneers
Ihad just bought a 12-pack of beer for my own private Super Bowl celebration Sunday, when the clerk expressed her seemingly sincere wish that I have a wonderful day.
Mary Jo Melone: Setting sail against the tide of fans and the NFL
Some people will not believe her. Jan Platt really did watch the Super Bowl. Her son hosted a party at his house, and Platt attended.
Learning from mistakes a must for a playoff push
Mental errors are hurting the Lightning as it reaches crucial point of the season.
Ownership can help its team join fun
If there ever was a prime example of how a sports team can take over a town, it happened a few hours after the Bucs won the NFC championship and were greeted at the stadium by 25,000 screaming fans.
Lions fire their coach
The Lions fired coach Marty Mornhinweg on Monday, a month later than expected.
Stars rally to get by Senators
DALLAS -- Bill Guerin redirected Sergei Zubov's shot from the blue line with 5:24 left, sending the Stars past the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Monday night in a showdown between the NHL's top teams.
Commission expected to make Title IX less restrictive
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's Title IX commission appears set to recommend that the 30-year-old gender equity law in sports be made less rigid, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Kansas outlasts Texas, ends skid
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nick Collison was not about to let Kansas' first three-game losing streak in nine years occur on his watch.
Heels cap furious rally with winner at buzzer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Coretta Brown hit a driving layup at the buzzer as No. 7 North Carolina rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat Maryland 83-82 Monday night.
USF star to play despite arrest
TAMPA -- South Florida center Will McDonald, who was arrested Friday and charged with a felony and misdemeanor, has been cleared by the school for Wednesday's game at Houston despite the pending charges.
Wizards stem Suns' surge
WASHINGTON -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 33 and blocked Scott Williams' dunk attempt in the final minute as the Wizards, after blowing a 15-point second-half lead, held on to beat the Suns 98-93 Monday night.
Panthers rally past tired Eagles
BRANDON -- Lauren's Cimmino's 3-point shooting and strong inside play from Megan Schourder helped visiting Plant erase a 14-point third-quarter deficit to nip Brandon 59-58 in a Class 4A, District 9 game Monday.
Cowboys tune up with victory over Sickles
TAMPA -- Sickles and Gaither were both hoping to use Monday's non-district contest as a warmup heading into the playoffs next week. The Cowboys (9-7-2) made the most of it in a gritty 2-1 win.
Bloomingdale working overtime to please first-year coach
VALRICO -- Early in the season after winning a 42-36 match with Armwood in the Hawks' gym, Bloomingdale first-year coach Don Peek took his team back to the Bulls' gym to work out. The hour was late, but Peek was not happy with his team.
Barons getwarmed up for CCC
ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg Catholic trounced Admiral Farragut Academy 46-17 on Monday night.
Youth not holding Devils back
Defending Pinellas County Athletic Conference tourney champ St. Petersburg relies on its young players.
Duke makes Jesuit star feel right at home
Running back Aaron Fryer likes Jesuit so much he wanted to find a college just like it.
Daily fishing report
Prepare for an invasion of poisonous jellyfish. Thousands of Portuguese man-of-wars are drifting toward our coastline as you read this. The northwest winds from recent cold fronts have pushed them our way and a few have washed up on Indian Rocks Beach.
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