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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000
Okay, I'm eating crow. But I have a smile on my face. Don't mind being wrong about the also-rans. Warren Sapp just got promoted from all-world to all-universe. And who was that No. 28 for the Bucs? He reminded me of an All-American who played for FSU a few years ago. Who woke him up?
-- Michael Harris, Oldsmar
Hopefully, Shaun King will get a respite from the candy fans and boo-birds after the Minnesota win. People forget that it takes time to become a quality quarterback in the NFL, and that despite King's skills, experience is still the great teacher.
And don't forget to compare Trent Dilfer's performance Sunday to Shaun's.
-- Ross C. Herman, Largo
To paraphrase a famous quote, the reports of the Buccaneers' death have been greatly exaggerated. The players and the coaches didn't panic during the losing streak. That shows the character of this team.
Hopefully, the win against Minnesota will be the beginning of a long winning streak. I think we just needed to figure out how to use all the talent we have on offense.
A message to all those bandwagon jumpers who were ready to run Shaun King, Les Steckel and Keyshawn out of town: Don't you dare jump back on. We don't need any fair-weather fans. Stay in your armchair and shut up.
-- Frank Chatraw, Largo
Welcome to Tampa Bay, Keyshawn. You finally threw away that Jets jersey you hid underneath your Buccaneers jersey. My wife thinks Sapp put you over his knee and spanked some sense into you. The only thing you fumbled Sunday was your shoe, and you caught each and every pass. I guess my kids can now wear your jersey without the clown suit.
-- Rick Myers, Seminole
I have to hand it to the Buccaneers. They really came together as a team Sunday. And what a way to do it, against the only team in the league that didn't have a loss. They really put the "team" in "teamwork."
-- Joyce Cahill, Hernando Beach
Isn't Corey Dillon a free agent next year? How about an Alstott/Dunn transaction that lands Dillon here?
-- Paul Olivarez, via e-mail
Something wonderful happened Sunday at Raymond James Stadium -- the rebirth of a football team. The Bucs performance against the Vikings was nothing short of miraculous. But unlike most miracles, the one the Bucs pulled off can be explained. Instead of playing their usual two or three quarters of football, Sunday they actually played all four quarters, like a Super Bowl team might.
If they play their best game for four quarters for the rest of the season, they might just be playing a big post-season game right here in Tampa.
-- Fred Nassif, Clearwater
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