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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
ESPNTHEMAG.COM'S FIRST OFFICIAL APOLOGY


Congressman Bilirakis
Contrary to previous reports, Gus Bilirakis LOVES the Rays.

We here at ESPNtheMag.com strive to keep our pages free of errors. But every once and a while, we drop the ball. One particularly egregious example, appearing in the online version of The Magazine, was brought to our attention last night: While quoting congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) in the Rays' season preview, we posted the following: "I'll be honest with you: I never liked the Devil Rays, so Rays is a fresh start." Congressman Bilirakis, however, actually said (as correctly reported in the current issue of The Mag on newsstands now): "I'll be honest with you: I never liked the name Devil Rays, so Rays is a fresh start." We apologized last night to the Congressman, and asked if he had any additional praise for the Rays. He did: "I think the Rays are an exciting team. An improved pitching staff and a better defense up the middle, as well as the addition of veterans Cliff Floyd and Troy Percival in the off-season, makes for a much stronger team this year. Being a huge baseball fan, I hope to catch as many games as I possibly can with my family." -Gus Bilirakis

Thanks for setting us straight, Rep. Bilirakis. Again, we apologize and we'll never bust on Florida for screwing up the 2000 election again.