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Goes the Arms of the Tampa Bay

Posted January. 27, 2003 22:56,   


`If you know your enemy and yourself, you win 100 out of 100.`

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl Championship for the first time in its team history using the `iron defense.`

The 37th Super Bowl of the National Football League (NFL) held at the Qualcom Stadium in San Diego on the 27th. The Tampa Bay made the Super Bowl record 5 interceptions and led 3 of them into touchdown, so it defeated the Oakland Raiders badly with the score of 48-21 and got the `Vince Lombardi Trophy.` It is the first time for the Tampa Bay, which was founded in 1976, to win the Super Bowl Championship.

The Defender Dexter Jackson (26), who helped the Tampa Bay got the momentum by making two interceptions in the first half only, was selected as the MVP. It has been the 8th time that a defender became the Super Bowl MVP.

However, the best person who had rendered distinguished service was the Head Coach John Gruden (39). The Tampa Bay got him, who led the Oakland until last year, by giving out first and second round selection of the draft and 8 million dollars and grabbed the Super Bowl.

The Head Coach Gruden, who had led the Oakland for 4 years until the last season, was well versed on the offensive line of the Oakland. Therefore, he knew how the Tampa Bay, which got the best defensive line of the NFL, should react on that.

The Tampa Bay trained by the Head Coach Gruden intensively marked the Oakland Quarterback Rich Gannon and induced the season record of 5 interceptions. And they also stopped the star lined wide receivers like Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter. The Oakland had to be collapsed by the `calculated strategy` of the Coach Gruden.

The Tampa Bay, who paralyzed the offense of the Oakland with an invulnerable defense, made Alstote`s running touchdown and Kinon McAdel`s 2 consecutive touchdowns, and ran away with the score of 34-3 in the middle of the 3rd quarter and decided the game early.

The Oakland made 3 consecutive touchdowns while the Tampa Bay was absent-minded and pursued to 34-21; however, it gave out another touchdown to the Derek Brooks of the Tampa Bay and shed tears.

Jong-Koo Yang yjongk@donga.com