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One thing you don't ever want to do is make Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden mad, because he'll give you one of those fearsome expressions that turn your legs to jelly. He's got a million of them, and Page 2 has assembled eight of his very best. Be sure to vote for your favorite.


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If you are under the impression that the Super Bowl often fails to live up to its hype, then you'll want to take a look at Professor Eric Neel's grades -- from A+ to F -- for each of the first 36 "Big Games." How'd they do? Well, let's put it this way: If the Super Bowl was a high school student, it shouldn't bother applying to Harvard.

Media Frenzy Raider Recall
Media Day at the Super Bowl is like the mirror in "Snow White" -- everybody sees what they need to see. For example, Page 2's Jim Caple sees a bunch of amateur "reporters" making it difficult for real working sportswriters, whereas cartoonist Kurt Snibbe sees total chaos, with everybody -- even the pros -- making fools of themselves.
If you're looking for real Raiders, says Page 2's Ralph Wiley, try the 1981 edition. Plunk, Tooz, Art and Uppy were the real live-for-today-for-tomorrow-we-may-die deal, unlike 2003's efficient but soulless killers. Bonus: Why Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb should have paid more attention to last week's memo on the rise of the physical QB.

The Daily Quickie is in a media daze with the skinny on Sapp, Gruden, Media Day fashion, why we all need more Mandy Moore and why the old-school media types should quit worrying the presence of alternative reporters. As for Don King's impersonator -- he gets DQ'd.

As the Bucs and Raiders dream about starring on the NFL's biggest stage, Page 2 reflects on the 10 greatest performances in Super Bowl history. Check out our list and vote for the best ever.

10]  Raiders LB Rod Martin (Super Bowl XV)
Martin set the tone quickly in the Raiders' 27-10 victory over the Eagles by picking off Ron Jaworski's first pass to set up Oakland's first touchdown. He finished with a Super Bowl-record three interceptions.
9]  Rams QB Kurt Warner (Super Bowl XXXIV)
Warner followed up his regular-season MVP performance with the kind of day that would make even the staunchest atheist ask some questions. Warner's 414 yards passing set a Super Bowl record, and it was entirely necessary, as the Rams just barely squeezed past the Titans 23-16.
8]  Redskins RB John Riggins (Super Bowl XVII)
Plowing behind The Hogs, Riggins ripped through the Dolphins defense (the best in the NFL during the 1982 season) for 166 yards on 38 carries as the Redskins won their first Super Bowl and their first NFL title in 40 years with a 27-17 victory over Miami.
7]  49ers QB Joe Montana (Super Bowl XXIV)
Picking apart the Denver secondary with ease, Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and five TDs to win his third Super Bowl MVP award.

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Got a comment about something you've seen on Page 2? Here's your chance to sound off to the editors and columnists. Plus, if you'd like to send an e-mail to The Sports Guy, here's your direct link to Bill Simmons.

Talk about two things that go hand-and-hand: The biggest football game of the year ... and, uh, the oldest pastime around.

Pirates, cheer-babes, Super Bowl predictions, football analysis, the weekend that made the gods wince. TMQ leaves no flag untossed.

With war looming, the Good Doctor says we should enjoy this year's Super Bowl, the last peacetime Big Game we may see for awhile.

Eagle flags fly at half-mast today and the tears flow like Cheez Whiz as 2's Brian Murphy pays final homage to Veterans Stadium.

Even after the Bucs scored the greatest victory in team history, Keyshawn Johnson found a way to make it all about himself, says Page 2's Jason Whitlock.

Page 2's Charley Rosen finally breaks down Yao's game. Hey, over one million NBA fans can't be wrong.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.

When 57 of you tell us that this defensive talkmeister and this "Replacement" are a perfect match, Page 2 listens. It's Bucs LB Warren Sapp and actor Faizon Love. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.

Men's Hoops: Wake Forest at Virginia
7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
A "must-win" for the Cavs.
Mavericks at 76ers
7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Mavs still getting back on track.
Aussie Open, women's doubles final
11 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Virginia and Paola, you face Venus AND Serena. We wish you our best.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003