St. Petersburg Times: Super Bowl XXXV
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    By AMY ABBOTT, JEAN HELLER, SUZANNE SCRUGGS, KEN SMITH, MIKE STEPHENSON, TERRY TOMALIN, JOHN ROMANO, SHARON GINN and KELLY RYAN

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2001


    Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie visited the Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa on Wednesday night for a workout. Former Washington Redskins quarterback and current ESPN analyst Joe Theismann was there playing racquetball.

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    The XXXV Files
    Times visual journalist Don Morris finds Super Bowl week a real sketch. His impressions
    Ravens owner Art Modell said he expects to see NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and filmmaker Spike Lee at the team's practice today at the University of South Florida. Lee is making a movie about Brown. The practice is closed to the public.

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    Celebrities booked into the St. Petersburg Hilton include talk show host Jay Leno, country singer LeAnn Rimes and pop singers, the Backstreet Boys.

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese attended the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game Thursday night against Ottawa at the Ice Palace. ESPN Radio partners Dan Patrick, who anchors TV's SportsCenter, and Rob Dibble, a former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, were also in attendance.

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    More Bern's sightings: Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith was another NFL player lured by lavish surroundings and succulent steaks to Tampa's most famous restaurant. Also Wednesday night, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue visited Bern's spinoff and neighbor, SideBern's.

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    No, not everyone in town is eating steak this week. Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, former Packers halfback Paul Hornung and Rick Casares, former Bears star and alumnus of Jefferson High School in Tampa, dined at Malio's Steak House in Tampa. If not steak, what was on their plates? Rack of lamb.

    Baltimore Ravens cornerback James Trapp dropped into the Foot Locker at West Shore Plaza in Tampa this week to buy a pair of shoes. While waiting for a clerk, Trapp got into a conversation with a young mother and her son. Trapp wound up buying a pair of shoes for the boy and another pair for his sister. Trapp has a foundation in Baltimore called Preparation for Opportunity that supports educational opportunities for underprivileged children.

    Bed and breakfast inns in downtown St. Petersburg are packed this weekend -- though not only with Super Bowl guests. The Bidwell family, owners of the Arizona Cardinals, will camp out at the Vinoy House. Dr. Joyce Brothers will check in to the Sunset Bay Inn, though she's in town for a charity event.

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    Actor Carmen Electra and Deacon Jones, ex-defensive lineman inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980, each visited Ybor City's Bernini's restaurant, where they graciously signed autographs.

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    It was pure eye candy for daredevil and wrestling enthusiasts at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Tampa on Wednesday. Evel Knievel, longtime restaurant regular, dined with his wife. Hulk Hogan came over from Belleair, and Derek Jeter stopped in as he's been known to do during New York Yankees spring training.

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    Spotted: New Orleans Saints defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, who was shopping in Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in the stands at the University of South Florida basketball game Thursday night.

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    Survivor groupies, keep your eyes peeled. Scores of islanders are exploring Tampa Bay, including winner Richard Hatch, Colleen Haskell and host Jeff Probst. Could it be that CBS is hyping Survivor II, which premieres Sunday after the Super Bowl?

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    - Compiled by Amy Abbott, Jean Heller, Suzanne Scruggs, Ken Smith, Mike Stephenson, Terry Tomalin, John Romano, Sharon Ginn and Kelly Ryan.

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