By GREG AUMAN, SHARON GINN, and JOHN C. COTEY
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 22, 2001
Web site of the day
Perhaps the biggest Giants fan site, it sells its own "BBI" T-shirts. You can visit a wide-ranging message board. One post offered a picture of the Giants logo on the Super Bowl field. "Don't wake me up yet," the caption read. There's also a lengthy glossary on football terms, so if you're wondering what bird-dogging is or who a gunner is on the field, check it out.
Hey, nice hat!
Online auction site eBay.com has more than 3,800 Super Bowl-related items. Each day, we present our favorite:
It's always amusing to see the lengths people go to skate around the state's antiscalping laws. One Tampa-area seller is offering "Superbowl hat w/(2) tix sect 334" -- so nobody thinks he's trying to make a profit on his tickets. This hat is bidding at $2,999. Super Bowl, for the record, is two words, but more than 1,400 items are listed on eBay under "Superbowl." Then again, if you're paying $3,000 for a hat, spelling is the least of your problems. Check: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-gi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1109088135.
Former Steelers running back Franco Harris, MVP of Super Bowl IX, probably is best known for making the "Immaculate Reception" in the final seconds of the 1972 playoffs to beat the Raiders in his rookie season. But the nine-time Pro Bowler, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, also rushed for more yards than anyone in Super Bowl history (354) in leading the Steelers to four titles.
Harris earned his degree in food service and administration at Penn State in 1972 and put it to use after retiring 13 years later. Now 50, he owns two companies, Super Bakery in Pittsburgh and Parks Sausage in Baltimore. One of his goals is to "set the new standard in doughnuts," he told NFL.com. "That's going to be a big challenge, people eating doughnuts that are good for them."
Pete Monty is one of those guys you notice, oh, say, never.
But he's there. Flying down the field on the Giants special teams, subbing for injured linebackers, making tackles.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, a fourth-round pick in 1997 from Wisconsin, knocked Chris Chandler out of a game with a sack (though hardly an exclusive club to join) and intercepted a pass as Vikings kicker Mitch Berger tried to throw for two in 1998?
Did you notice? Monty often is used in short-yardage situations. In 1999, he was a valuable backup to Corey Widmer and started three games.
"He goes from side to side and has great football instincts," coach Jim Fassel said. "He's got size, and when he hits you, he stops you."
So opponents, at least, notice.