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Q&A: 10 wins doesn't guarantee NFL playoffs

10 wins doesn't assure playoffs

When was the last time in the NFL that a team winning 10 games didn't make the playoffs?

The Bucs just finished a 10-6 season but just missed the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks went 7-9 and won the NFC West.

But, Bucs fans, recent history shows that winning 10 games and not making the NFL playoffs is not that unusual.

In 2008, the New England Patriots went 11-5 but finished second in the AFC East. Meanwhile, San Diego won the AFC West with an 8-8 record.

In 2007, the Cleveland Browns finished 10-6 but second in the AFC North, and watched the playoffs from home.

In 2005 it was the Kansas City Chiefs going 10-6 but finishing second in the AFC West and not advancing to the postseason.

In 2003 the Miami Dolphins were 10-6 and second in the AFC East but didn't make the playoffs.

Going back a few years, the 1979 Bucs also finished 10-6 but didn't make the postseason. So for now, the Bucs will just have to be satisfied with their impressive progress from three wins in 2009. And probably wishing they could replay the 14th game, which they lost 23-20 at home to the then-3-10 Detroit Lions.

Bedbugs won't survive the dryer

Some of my favorite outfits are from thrift shops, but now I'm worried about bedbugs. Do shops like Goodwill and Salvation Army take any measures to avoid spreading them?

Generally speaking, Goodwill and Salvation Army stores take the necessary precautions against bedbugs. And if the workers see bedbugs on items they take in, they will refuse them.

That's especially important when it comes to furniture items, which are notoriously difficult to rid of bedbugs once infested.

For clothes, things are a little simpler. Throw them in the clothes dryer as soon as you get home for a half-hour or more. Bedbugs do not survive such a tumble, provided the temperature is 113 degrees or above.

Sentencing delayed in rape case

The individual who raped and beat a young woman leaving the Bloomingdale Library was convicted in the early fall, and his sentence was to be announced on Dec. 17. What was his sentence?

Kendrick Morris, 19, could face up to life in prison after being convicted Oct. 6, 2010, of the rape and beating of a young woman outside the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library in Hillsborough County in April 2008.

After the verdict, defense attorneys questioned the impartiality of the jury forewoman, who posted messages on Facebook during the trial.

So the original Dec. 17 sentencing date for that rape and another Morris was convicted of was delayed while the forewoman's Facebook records are reviewed.

A status hearing is now set for Feb. 15.

Q&A: 10 wins doesn't guarantee NFL playoffs 01/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 3:30am]
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