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From the ridiculous to the sublime

Updated: October 17, 2002, 9:15 AM ET
By Pat Toomay | Special to Page 2

Pro football is the strangest game, in many ways unknowable to all except the few who have played or coached it. And even within the strangeness that is pro football, some journeys are stranger ... far stranger ... than others.

Twenty-five years ago, Pat Toomay made such a journey -- from the winless 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the 1977 Oakland Raiders, fresh off an impressive victory in Super Bowl XI. The Bucs, coached by the acerbic and dismissive John McKay, were total losers, depressing ...

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