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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 1, 2000

Spurrier draws flak for Kentucky score Steve Spurrier's excuses for his last call in the Kentucky game (a 43-yard touchdown pass, giving his Gators a 59-31 win Sept. 23) are as hollow and useless as beer cans in the aisles at Florida Field.

Think he checked the point spread? With 10 seconds left, up by 21, he had not met the spread. I'm sure many anxious Gator backers were sweating this one. I'm sure there are more than a few Gator fans who felt their pockets get heavier, thanks to Spurrier. I'm surprised he did not do the throat slash after the catch.
-- Craig Brown, St. Petersburg

Great article on Gator Guy. Your analysis is right on target. You make me proud to be an alum of two great institutions, Florida and Andrew Jackson High.
-- Adair Roberts, Belle Mead, N.J.

Very good article on Spurrier calling for last pass play. Pointing out (UK coach Hal) Mumme's response (of agreeing with the tactic) and Spurrier's dislike for (Bill) Curry. And bringing in (Bobby) Bowden's penchant for juicing the score.
-- J. Beach, e-mail

There is always a new way for Steve Spurrier to make a jackass of himself. This time, it's rubbing it in on outmanned Kentucky. How can you not criticize him for such tactics?Manley Kirk, New Port Richey

I don't see it as insulting, when it's big guys playing on both sides, to allow backup players to do a little fourth-quarter firing away.

Point spread? I'm sure it did cause money-changing among UF devotees, but how anti-Spurrier must a person be to seriously suggest Florida's coach would jack points for that purpose? Steve may be a lot of things but stupid isn't among them.

About the Andrew Jackson mention; it's an alma mater in Jacksonville that I share with Adair.

I think general managers don't always appreciate non-physical contributions of certain players. Attitude and leadership can more than make up for decaying physical skills. I predict the Knicks trading Patrick Ewing will have the same debilitating effect on their team as when Sam Huff was traded from the football Giants.
-- Pete Dawson, St. Petersburg

Wow, Pete! There's a flashback for N.Y. comparisons. True, the Giants did hurt themselves when linebacker Huff was sent to Washington -- when was that, in the 1860s? -- but I don't think the Knicks were going anywhere with Ewing in 2000-01.

Keyshawn Johnson's actions before the Jets game Sunday not only embarrassed him but also the Bucs organization. All the whining about (Al) Groh and (Wayne) Chrebet. Give it a rest. All the trash spewing from Kewshawn's mouth makes him too like an idiot.Tim Suttom, Seminole

Watching the Bucs lose to the Jets was a repeat of many college and pro games I've seen in recent years. Defense becomes "offensive," i.e. playing the prevent. Offense becomes defensive.T.J. Elshaw, Hernando

Johnson got his due when Chrebet caught the winning pass, effectively stuffing the football into a big, overactive mouth. Time for Keyshawn to learn from Warren Sapp, who's a big ME guy but also with loud, obvious interest in team effectiveness. I'm with you, that going into a "prevent" shell is a tactic far too appealing to the Bucs. Be like Spurrier and Bowden and juice the score a little, right?
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