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Tampa Bay Bucs' Ronde Barber talks about ACC football championship game

Bucs star cornerback Ronde Barber, a proud Virginia alumnus, has been working with Tampa Bay Sports Commission, not only in landing the ACC championship, but also promoting the Dec. 6 game. He recently took a few minutes to talk to Times staff writer Brian Landman about the league and the upcoming game. (For information, go to

How much have you been following the league and what have you thought about the races?

I've watched the ones that are on Saturday night whenever I'm in the hotel and my thoughts are the same as everybody elses — that it's a crazy year in the ACC. Very hectic and nobody's dominant.

Would you have liked to see a dominating team(s)?

Yeah. Would you like to see two top nationally ranked teams in the (championship) game, of course. ... But it's a very competitive league.

What's been the most fun part for you?

Essentially becoming the face of it, talking about the game. That's been nice for me. And working with the Sports Commission. These guys really know how to do their job. They've brought so many great events to the Tampa Bay area.

Has there been some good-natured trash-talking in the Bucs locker room with so many ACC alums?

That happens more on the national level when you get the ranked teams. This year, everybody's beating everybody. ... You never know who's going to win. I was trying to get (Phillip) Buchanan to give me numbers on Miami and he wouldn't do it. It's been that kind of year.

Tampa Bay Bucs' Ronde Barber talks about ACC football championship game 11/28/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 28, 2008 2:33pm]
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