The Last Time the Bucs Beat .500

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A weekly look at the 1992 season, before it all went downhill for the Pirates:

New kid in town

In the third game of their season, the Green Bay Packers pull the hook on starting quarterback Don Majkowski, replacing him with a youngster named Brett Favre, whom GM Ron Wolf had acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. Favre throws two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Packers to a 24-23, come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The following week, Favre would make his first start for the Packers, beginning a string of consecutive starts that will reach an NFL-record 271 today when his Minnesota Vikings face the Detroit Lions.

Triple the fun

Leechburg native and Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini put his name in the national headlines -- and baseball record books -- on Sept. 20, when he became the ninth major leaguer to turn an unassisted triple play. Morandini's feat came at the Pirates' expense and happened in the sixth inning of a Sunday matinee. Andy Van Slyke was on second and Barry Bonds on first when Jeff King lined Curt Schilling's 3-2 pitch to Morandini, who caught the ball, stepped on second to force Van Slyke and tagged Bonds for the third out. …