Byline: TOM JONES
It's time for a drink at the Last Chance Saloon for Jon Gruden. Pretty scary when your best hope for the playoffs is Jeff Garcia. Not to be critical of Garcia, who played well last year, but to be in year six of the Gruden Era and not have a quarterback of the future (at least in the quarterback molder's eyes) in sight is frightening.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who ranks the Bucs 29th at the moment.
Commercial of the day
On Monday, ESPN launched its fantasy football commercials, and one includes Bucs fullback Mike Alstott and former Bucs back Warrick Dunn. The ads highlight the unsung heroes who come out of nowhere to help fantasy football general managers with their league championships. The gist of the Alstott-Dunn ad is Dunn does all the work to get his team into scoring position, and Alstott runs in the final yard for a TD.
Show of the day
HBO's Real Sports (tonight at 10 on HBO) is a good one. Tampa native Gary Sheffield does plenty of popping off. There's a profile of former Pistons "Bad Boy'' Bill Laimbeer, who is now coaching the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. Also, a profile of a 5-year-old golfer. And did I mention that Gary Sheffield pops off?
The winners from the ESPY Awards
Arthur Ashe Courage award: Trevor Ringland and Dave Cullen, PeacePlayers.
Jimmy V ESPY for perseverance: Kay Yow, N.C. State women's basketball coach.
Best female athlete: Taryne Mowatt, Arizona softball.
Best male athlete: LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers
Best moment: Saints return home, beat Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Best team: Indianapolis Colts.
Best coach/manager: Tony Dungy, Colts.
Best game: Fiesta Bowl, Boise State over Oklahoma.
Best championship performance: Peyton Manning, Colts.
Best play: Boise State beats Oklahoma with a two-point conversion using the Statue of Liberty play.
Best finish: Dodgers hit four straight home runs to tie the game, then Nomar Garciaparra wins it with a home run in the 10th inning over the Padres.
Best upset: Warriors over top-seeded Mavericks in first round of NBA playoffs.
Best breakthrough athlete: Devin Hester, Bears.
Best record-breaking performance: Tomlinson.
Best sports movie: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Best male college athlete: Kevin Durant, Texas basketball.
Best female college athlete: Taryne Mowatt, Arizona softball.
Best male athlete with a disability: Casey Tibbs, track and field.
Best female athlete with a disability: Jessica Long, paralympic swimming.
Best male international athlete: Roger Federer, tennis.
Best female international athlete: Maria Sharapova, tennis.
Best baseball player: Derek Jeter, Yankees.
Best NBA player: LeBron James, Cavaliers.
Best WNBA player: Lisa Leslie, Sparks.
Best NFL player: Tomlinson
Best NHL player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins.
Best MLS player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy.
Best male action sport athlete: Travis Pastrana, motocross.
Best female action sport athlete: Sarah Burke, skiing.
Best bowler: Norm Duke.
Best driver: Jeff Gordon.
Best fighter: Floyd Mayweather, boxing.
Best golfer: Tiger Woods.
Best jockey: Calvin Borel.
Best outdoor athlete: Dean Karnazes, marathon.
Best male tennis player: Federer.
Best female tennis player: Sharapova.
Best track and field athlete: Jeremy Wariner.
PHOTO (5): Tony Dungy; Kevin Durant; LaDainian Tomlinson; Maria Sharapova; Jeff Gordon