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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001

Web site of the day


The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2001 will be announced at 11:30 a.m. today in Tampa, and the official site will webcast the news conference. The site has a Predict the Class contest -- one correct answer will win someone a trip to the enshrinement ceremonies this summer in Canton, Ohio. There are bio pages, complete with bronze busts, for everyone enshrined, but don't bother looking for those dapper yellow blazers at the official store. Those are strictly for inductees.

eBay item of the day

Online auction site eBay.com has more than 4,700 Super Bowl-related items up for bid. Each day, we take a look at one of our favorites:

Looking for that classy piece of art that lets you treasure Sunday's game? Rick Rotundo of Gulfport, Miss., has painstakingly hand-painted figurines of Kerry Collins, Trent Dilfer, Shannon Sharpe and Jason Sehorn (plus a double figure of Ray Lewis tackling Collins) and has them up for auction, starting at $69. He's making only 35 ornately detailed editions of each, but with bronze paint on their bodies they look like a Starting Lineup figure that Auric Goldfinger got hold of. Check: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?View Item&item=1109350684.


Super Bowl heroes: Where are they now?

Larry Csonka

Former Miami running back Larry Csonka led the Dolphins to their second straight title by rushing 33 times for 145 yards in Super Bowl VIII in 1974, a performance that earned him MVP honors. Csonka scored twice in the 24-7 victory over Minnesota, which came a year after Miami's perfect 17-0 season. The five-time Pro Bowler finished with 8,081 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

An avid outdoorsman, Csonka, 54, has his own TV series, North of Alaska, which airs Sundays on The National Network. He also hosted ESPN's Suzuki's Great Outdoors. He lives in Oak Hill and has a farm in Lisbon, Ohio, and travels frequently giving motivational speeches. -- SHARON GINN

Obscure player of the day

Jason Gavadza

This is obscurity. He is a third-string tight end. The first-string tight end doesn't know his name.

Does the name Jason Gavadza ring a bell?

"Who?" Shannon Sharpe asked.

Jason Gavadza.

"No, who is he?"

He's the Ravens starting tight end if something happens to you and Ben Coates.

"Oh, him. I did not know his name. I call him No. 47, and he answers."

Football fans are familiar with Sharpe and Coates, but few not named Gavadza know Jason Gavadza (6 feet 3, 247 pounds, Kent State) could get a Super Bowl ring. Want to learn more about Gavadza? Good luck. The Ravens official Web site doesn't list him, and he wasn't on the roster issued on media day.

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