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- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Tradin' paint: On-track incidents in 2002 and '03 led Busch to call Spencer "a decrepit old has-been" with "the brain of a peanut." Spencer said Busch "has a lot of problems mentally." After a 2003 race Busch dared Spencer to "do something." The latter punched him, bloodying his nose.
Why they don't get along: He's a cranky Yankee, she's a Southern lady--and bitter hoops rival.
Uncivil war: At the 2004 NCAA title game, Tennessee coach Summitt acknowledged the two rarely speak. But when they do.... In 2003 UConn coach Auriemma--who once called Tennessee "the Evil Empire" and likened its coach to George Steinbrenner--referred to Summitt as an "older woman" on national TV. (At 54, Summitt is two years older than Auriemma.)
The status: Summit says of the bad blood: "That's the relationship Geno worked very hard to create." Auriemma said if his car broke down and Summitt offered a ride, "I would walk."
Todd Sauerbrun vs. the Gramaticas
The problem: Kickers are apparently very competitive.
Curses: In 2002 Carolina punter Sauerbrun publicly knocked Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica for celebrating a field goal, saying it was bush. A week later Santiago Gramatica, who kicks at South Florida, taunted Sauerbrun after a Panthers game. Incensed with the whole clan (whom he called "f------ greaseballs"), Sauerbrun last November convinced Carolina not to sign middle brother Bill. A week and a half later Martin missed three field goals in a seven-point Panthers win--after Sauerbrun says he put a hex on him.
Since then: The Panthers have told Sauerbrun to lay off the Gramaticas. "If you want to pay my fines, I'll go off," he says. "Let me know. I'll have a press conference."