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Bucco Bruce is in mourning

Updated: January 8, 2010, 1:54 PM ET
By Paul Lukas

Bucco Bruce's father has died.

The Tampa Bay Bucs' logo character -- derided by many, loved by a few, well-known by all -- was designed by Tampa Tribune cartoonist Lamar Sparkman, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 88.

Whatever you thought of Bucco Bruce, he was the singular creation of a single person, much like Pat Patriot, who was designed by Boston Globe cartoonist Phil Bissell -- a far cry from more modern sports logos, most of which are created by ...

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