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Perkins softens fightin' words

Monday was not completely humorless around One Buc Place. Bucs coach Ray Perkins, perhaps taking a night to sleep on some of his fiery post-game comments, took a moment to retract one of his more eye-opening boasts. Perkins, upset with his team's intensity on Sunday, said, "I can't get out there and play physical, but I can get out there and whip somebody's a--. You know, I might have to do that, too."

Monday he changed his tone.

"Nah, I was stupid for saying that," he said. "Any one of them could whup me with one hand tied behind them. I just hope they don't hurt me."

Home game on TV

Bucs fans receive the rarest of treats this week _ a locally televised home game.

Sunday's showdown against the Chicago Bears sold out many moons ago, automatically lifting the NFL's blackout, which goes into effect if a game isn't a sellout 72 hours before kickoff.

The Bucs-Bears game has become a dependable fixture on local airwaves. This will be the fifth straight season the game's ticket sales have beat the blackout. The only non-Chicago game televised locally in the past five seasons was the Oct. 30, 1988, home date against Miami, a 17-14 Bucs loss.

WTVT-Ch. 13 will show Sunday's game, which kicks off at 4 p.m.

Odds and ends

Bucs running back Gary Anderson and his wife, Ollie, are still awaiting the birth of their third child. The baby was due last Friday, but Anderson accompanied the team to San Diego over the weekend. After the game, Anderson said he had received word from his wife that her labor pains had begun. Bucs linebacker Sidney Coleman received an undisclosed fine from Perkins for being ejected from Sunday's game, the Bucs coach said. Coleman, a reserve linebacker, shoved an official late in the game, receiving an ejection and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.