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USF sideliners

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

The weather is ... windy

At kickoff, the wind at Memorial Stadium was about 25 mph. During warmups, USF kicker Bill Gramatica was booming kicks about 60 yards, with room to spare. UConn kicker Geoff Heyl was hitting them about 50 yards. During the first half, kickoffs by both teams were sailing into the end zone with ease. But punts against the wind were a problem. Devin Sanderson's first three went 23, 26 and 21 yards.

This isn't the South, for sure

If there was any doubt the Bulls weren't playing in Tampa, or anywhere in the southeast, one only needed to look to the adjoining field. That was where the UConn women's field hockey team was playing against Syracuse. You won't see that outside Raymond James Stadium.

Pun intended

Early in the game, USF quarterback Marquel Blackwell had a couple of impressive runs, prompting the press box announcer to quip: "Oh, Mr. Blackwell, you dress so well." The play on words was in reference to the Mr. Blackwell who rates and critiques celebrities and their wardrobes.


"It didn't really affect my passes, throwing in the wind. It only affected me because I was cold. I went to California once and went to San Francisco and went out at night with short sleeves on. That was cold." -- Blackwell, on how much the wind affected him and whether the temperature (48 degrees by game's end) was the coldest he had ever been in.

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