By BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ and MIKE STEPHENSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001
THE SENIORS OF NOTRE DAME AND DUKE: Shane Battier, Ruth Riley and their graduating teammates gave themselves -- with help from some kids -- the best (and probably only) going-away present they ever dreamed of.
THE LIGHTNING: The NHL says the team's eight overtime losses aren't official losses, which means the Lightning won't suffer its fourth consecutive 50-loss season. It'll be tied with the 1982-85 Penguins. We're sure the Lightning won't mind sharing this record (although it would probably balk at giving back its two official OT wins). We just wish the NHL would share its reasoning.
HIDEO NOMO: A no-hitter was a pretty neat way to introduce himself to Red Sox fans (even if he did it in Baltimore).
MLB: Charging folks to listen to radio broadcasts on the Internet. Attaway to do something for the fans and increase interest. We'll remember your generosity when the lockout/strike ocurrs after this season.
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: What a wasted, shattered life. We hope someday he'll be able to put the pieces back together and find some inner peace.
DEVIL RAYS PITCHING: ...if you can call it that.
THE MASTERS: The tournament that prides itself on being steep in tradition needs to let go of one. Not allowing the front-nine to be televised is a disservice to fans.