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Highs and lows

By BRUCE LOWITT, RODNEY PAGE, ANTHONY PEREZ, GARY SHELTON and JAMAL THALJI

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


Highs

RYAN NACHIT: Canterbury High's top golfer drove his ball into the rough on the first hole of the Class A, Region 5 tournament at Innisbrook's Island course. He played out the hole, then teed off on No. 2. When he looked closely at the ball in the fairway, he realized it wasn't his Titleist. What would you do? What Nachit did was pick up the ball and disqualify himself. Season over. It's nice to see that sometimes sportsmanship takes precedence over winning.

TONY DUNGY: A genius again, after his Bucs undressed the Vikings. Yeah, the Bucs stunk it up in four losses. There's no excuse for it, but that's why there are 16 games in a season. Time for another November-December run? Bandwagon critics can lambaste (insert name of offensive player here) all they wish, but the Bucs' winning formula comes down to this: Don't turn the ball over.

THE BUCS: Emma Culpepper, 84, wouldn't ask for special consideration just because her adopted son Daunte, the Vikings quarterback, was playing last Sunday. It didn't prevent the Bucs from roughing him up, but in every other way the team wouldn't have it any other way. She was a guest of the Bucs, seated in the press box, out of the Tampa Bay heat, with a host to attend to her every need. Good call, Glazers.

Lows

TRENT DILFER: Let's see now ... He loses the snap on third and 2 at the Pittsburgh 9; the Steelers recover. He overthrows his receiver in the end zone; the Steelers pick him off. The Baltimore Sun report card concludes: "Dilfer fumbles and throws interceptions just as well as Tony Banks. The Wing-T may be in vogue next week. Wishbone, anyone?" Any Bucs fans want to swap quarterbacks with the Ravens?

DAN MONSON: The University of Minnesota men's basketball coach bullied the school newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, after the sports editor advocated suspending the program after its involvement with academic fraud. Monson threatened to withhold press credentials unless a softer piece ran in the paper, and unfortunately, it did. The Gophers just aren't so golden any more, are they?

BAY AREA CYBER RAYS: It's San Jose's franchise in the new Women's United Soccer Association. We now have a new record for Worst Team Nickname. Old record: Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

JOHN AND ANTHONY MARTINEZ: The father and uncle of a California high school football player attacked his coach over the amount of time the boy was playing. We suspect they can now contemplate the amount of time they may be serving.

DARRYL STRAWBERRY: The story is old, the excuses even older, but a life, a life of a man with a wife and five children is at stake. Here's hoping he finally accepts treatment, for his drug problem and his cancer, and that his name disappears from this column.

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