Talk of the town
Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.
1. Back in first place: As of today, the Bucs would have a first-round postseason bye. In other words, they control their destiny in the NFC South. And they have a chance to win back-to-back division titles for the first time.
2. An uncommon winner: Jeff Garcia is among the hottest QBs in the land. In his six starts since returning to the field, Garcia has completed 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,469 yards, five TDs and one INT. His 13-7 record moves him past Shaun King for the highest winning percentage in team history.
3. Gee, you did it every other time: Rod Marinelli's greatest regret? The Glazers didn't deny Detroit permission to talk to him.
4. Royally Ronde: When it comes to Tampa Bay's defensive legacy, we've always thought of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch as keepers of the flame. The time has come to include Ronde Barber. He is Tampa Bay's all-time leader in INTs, is third in NFL history in defensive TDs and has more sacks than any cornerback in the modern era.
5. Yeah, surrrre: The NFL would never admit such moments exist, but it looked like a makeup call when officials declined to reverse a Garcia fumble on a replay. Officials had missed a Sabby Piscitelli penalty that should have given Detroit a first down near the Bucs 25. Two plays later, Garcia was sacked and fumbled. The replay looked like Garcia was down before losing the ball. Consider it frontier justice.
A list of five
Five ways it could be worse for the Lions.
5. Michigan folks could care.
4. Instead of living in some cold, dismal, abandoned hull of a Midwestern city, they get to live in Detroit.
3. Six words: Matt Millen holding on Line 1.
2. Hey, Congress hasn't denied their request for a bailout.
1. Okay, maybe it can't be worse.
Five key prequels
1. Clifton Smith kickoff return: Smith ignited the comeback with a kickoff return to midfield when the Bucs were trailing 17-0. Less than four minutes later, they had their first TD. It was reminiscent of Smith's TD return that began the comeback at Kansas City.
2. Greg White pass rush: White essentially ended Detroit's last scoring opportunity of the first half. His rush caused Jeff Backus to commit a holding penalty, which wiped out a Detroit first down at the Bucs 37. Two plays later, the Lions punted.
3. Gaines Adams tackle: The 258-pound defensive end dropped into pass coverage on third down and tackled running back Aveion Cason on a short completion. Detroit punted on the next play, and Smith returned it 70 yards for a TD.
4. Ronde Barber's first interception: Not as dramatic as the second, but Barber's first pick turned into a touchdown five seconds later on a 24-yard pass to Jerramy Stevens.
5. Casino Royale: Is there a better prequel?
Five super picks
Checking out the best bets for Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.
1. Giants: So good, they're stealing Brett Farve's headlines in New York.
2. Steelers: This defense could make Mean Joe Greene smile.
3. Jets: Schedule soft enough for them to keep winning.
4. Titans: It'd be cool to see Chris Simms in an emergency role.
7. Bucs: Next hurdle is beating a good defensive opponent.
Final five words
Best Bucs team since 2002.