MARTIN GRAMATICA: There haven't been this many fans in Tampa Bay cheering for an Argentine kicker since Ruben Astigarraga played for the Rowdies. The only thing missing Sunday from the Bucs' win over the Falcons was Univision announcer Andres Cantor bellowing: FIELD GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!
GARY NICKLAUS: Despite the imposing shadow of his famous father, the 30-year-old remained in pursuit of a spot on the PGA Tour. Eight times he sought his tour card. Eight times he failed. Finally, with a final-round 63 Monday, he made it. A golden moment.
ZAC BIERK: Called up in relief of the Lightning's trio of injured goalies, the 22-year-old baffled the red-hot Flyers with 30 saves in a 4-1 victory Monday to give Tampa Bay five home victories in a row.
DEATH OF UGA V: The bulldog, who served as Georgia's mascot from 1990 until his retirement this fall, died of congestive heart failure. It is believed that Ray Goff took at least 20 years off the ol' mutt's life.
REIDEL ANTHONY: The struggling Bucs receiver didn't do himself any favors by showing up late for a meeting after a late night in Orlando. Anthony should postpone his basketball excursions until the magic is back in his game.
NO.1 DRAFT PICKS OF CAROLINA PANTHERS: 1995, Kerry Collins, QB, Penn State: charged and convicted of drunken driving. 1997, Rae Carruth, WR, Colorado: charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. 1998, Jason Peter, DE, Nebraska: charged with drunken driving but acquitted in the summer (prosecutors are appealing). 1999, traded first-round choice, clearly the safest way to go. But one question: Hey, 1996 Tim Biakabutuka, what's up with you? Too good to get arrested?
_ BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ, MIKE STEPHENSON