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Postcard from Tampa, day 2

Greetings from Tampa!

I came to the right place to sweat out a cold. Have been coughing like a coalminer and sucking down Robitussin since arriving Friday. But at least the weather’s been nice – two straight days in the 80s.

Went to the second half of the Bucs-Raiders game Sunday as a dry run for the Outback Bowl. As the final seconds ticked off the Bucs’ season, the crowd booed. But it wasn’t a lusty, Philly-type boo. More like something you’d hear at a Dodgers game.

Raymond James Stadium is a great setting, except for the cannon blasts from the pirate ship. But that will be muzzled Thursday, when it’s supposed to be a little cooler. They’re saying low 70s.

Send cough drops.