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FSU extra points

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


Out to pasture

Renegade, the black and white Appaloosa, was retired during a special halftime ceremony. With a garnet-colored sequin blanket draped over him, "Sharky" was led off the field to a standing ovation.

Familiar face

Seminole fans sure recognized the ESPN2 color commentator, Gino Torretta. The former Miami star quarterback led his team to a dramatic 17-16 win against FSU on Nov. 16, 1991, the game forever dubbed "Wide Right I." That was his last visit to Doak Campbell Stadium before Saturday. It was also the last time an opponent had won here. A homecoming of sorts? "Nah," he said with a laugh. "The Orange Bowl is a homecoming for me."

Rain? What rain?

Although Tropical Storm Helene dumped about 8 inches of rain on Tallahassee on Friday, flooding parking lots around Doak Campbell Stadium, the playing field showed virtually no effects. Bernie Waxman, the director of facilities, said he drainage system worked so well that he didn't even have to turn on the pumps.

Boss hog

At the Friday evening celebration of his 25th anniversary as FSU coach, Bobby Bowden left the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center on a Harley-Davidson. The bike was, appropriately enough, colored garnet and gold.

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