To sum it all up, this is what the former Raiders receivers have to say about a Super Bowl that has been over for 10 years. Wah. Also, waah. And furthermore, waaaah. Any questions? If you have not heard, Tim Brown rattled a lot of cages over the past few days when he suggested, more or less, that the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII because then-Raiders coach Bill Callahan took a dive. Otherwise, the suggestion was, the Bucs wouldn't have won the game 48-21. Who knows? If Oakland had been coached a little better, the Bucs might have won only by about 45-21. It was an outrageous accusation, of course. It was silly and absurd and petulant and reckless. It was one of those suggestions you could toss away as soon as you finished laughing. And then, Jerry Rice agreed with him. And it sounded a little less like it was time for the Wack-a-Doodle Hour on your radio dial. Look, I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy. I don't care if it's about the Kennedy assassination or the moon landings or whether Manti Te'o might find his next girlfriend in Narnia. Back when the late Bubba Smith was suggesting that Super Bowl III might have been fixed, I was listening to every word. This time? The word "hooey" comes to mind. Let's see. Callahan was willing to "sabotage" the Super Bowl because he was such good friends with Bucs coach Jon Gruden. Really? "We all called it sabotage … because Callahan and Gruden were good friends," Brown said. "And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. "He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl." Speaking to ESPN, Rice pretty much said "ditto." "Maybe because he didn't like the Raiders, he decided, 'Maybe we should sabotage this a little bit and let Jon Gruden go out and win this one,' " Rice said.
Super Bowl sabotage? Tim Brown drops ball on this one
Tampa Bay Times | Jan 23