Super Bowl notebook
By BRIAN LANDMAN, BABITA PERSAUD, RYAN DAVIS, PAMELA DAVIS and MIKE BRASSFIELD
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 24, 2001
Go deep for the pass, and drop those pants
It's the Super Bowl minus the ticket scalpers, the tackling ... and the clothes.
About 20 miles north of Raymond James Stadium the day before the Ravens take on the Giants, the Bare Buns will battle the Totally Tans in a game of naked flag football at Lake Como Family Nudist Resort, a Pasco County nudist club and getaway spot.
Only one warning: "Watch where you're grabbing flags," organizer Sabrina Vizzari said.
The event, a first for the popular resort, will feature a naked tailgate party and at least 14 cheerleaders.
After a mention in Sports Illustrated, the buff ballgame has drawn national attention, and CBS camera crews are expected, Vizzari said.
"It's really simple to do," Vizzari said. "Not a lot of equipment is required."
Anyone can register for the 1 p.m. game by calling (877) 879-5253 by Friday. There is no fee. Clothes are not banned but nudity is encouraged.
Hellloooooooo to Bye Bye Bye
Larry Chornoby of Pinellas Park won two Super Bowl tickets in a drawing Tuesday night and will take his 13-year-old daughter, Kristina, to the game. Not because Kristina is a huge football fan, but because she fervently wants to see 'N Sync perform at halftime.
Chornoby works for a company that sells rock aggregate for ready-mix concrete. The longtime Bucs fan hopes to see Trent Dilfer lead his new team to victory.
"I'd like to see Dilfer come back here and get that ring," said Chornoby, who won the tickets from WQYK-FM 99.5 in a drawing at the Verizon PhoneMart at 913 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. About 200 people showed up to register.
Who let the kids in?
Two thousand Tampa area children who can't afford to attend the NFL Experience will get a private concert today by the Baha Men of Who Let the Dogs Out? fame. The kids also get to play games at the NFL Experience, without the lines because the mini-theme park outside Raymond James Stadium is closed to the public today. The children were selected through youth organizations and schools, and the event is sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Good cause, but how's the golf?
CBS Early Show host Bryant Gumbel will be among the celebrities on the course for the 17th annual Super Bowl XXXV NFL Charities Golf Classic on Thursday at the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort.
The TV personality joins 20 NFL Hall of Famers, nine Heisman Trophy winners and an Olympic gold medalist. Participants include FSU quarterback and 2000 Heisman winner Chris Weinke, former FSU quarterback Danny Wuerffel, Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and all-time receptions leader Jerry Rice.
Child labor laws?
He's only 12, but Weekly Reader correspondent Tommy Toledo was busy making the rounds with the rest of the media Tuesday at Raymond James Stadium.
He stumped the players by asking how many laces are on a football. He also asked the players to show him their "game face," a request all graciously granted. But Toledo isn't sure he wants to get into the business as an adult.
"It's a lot of hard work," he said.
Sign of the times
No one driving around town can miss the Ravens billboards team owner Art Modell bought. Shannon Sharpe wouldn't be surprised if that ruffles the feathers of some Bucs fans.
"I think Tampa fans are very disappointed," he said. "Here it is, you have the biggest game, the world stage, in your back yard and you're not in it; you're not invited to the party at your house. I'm sure Mr. (Malcolm) Glazer would have paid to have some up, too (if the Bucs were in it)."
In all, they paid for eight boards with the Ravens logo throughout Tampa Bay. It was done for team support, said Patti Blass, general manager of Infinity Outdoor, the billboard company that put up those boards. But what about the Giants? No orders so far, Blass said.
The Souper Bowl
"If any high school players out there are thinking about what college to go to, go to Miami, baby," he said
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