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Good Bad & The Ugly

So ends the season, one of the most disappointing in team history. THE GOOD It’s over.  It’s blessedly, mercifully over.  Ten straight losses, five straight blowouts, and the end of a sixteen week torture session.  Rejoice fans, you get a whole eight months without having to watch Jeremy Trueblood whiff on blocks, Kellen Winslow draw […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Only two weeks to go

by Erik Sabol on December 18, 2011

The Good General manager Mark Dominik has absolutely nailed some rookie acquisitions over the last couple seasons.  Mike Williams in the fourth round has already paid for itself; ditto Preston Parker.  Undrafted running back LeGarrette Blount is on his way to being one of the greatest Buccaneer runners ever, and Cody Grimm is proving to […]

Blain Gabbert?  Jarett Dillard?  A 41-14 loss to the Jaguars?  Really? The Good It took 13 games, 12 plays, and a fourth down conversion, but the Buccaneers finally recorded a first quarter offensive touchdown.  Greg Olson’s fourth down call — a playaction option bootleg — was what Tampa fans have been screaming for all season; […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Rock Bottom

by Erik Sabol on December 4, 2011

It’s official.  The Buccaneers are the worst team in the division, and after a 38-19 blowout loss to the Panthers, they might be the worst team in the conference.  They’re losers of six straight, and outside of a few flashes of competence, are a shell of the near-playoff team we saw a year ago. The […]

No excuses. The Titans aren’t the Packers.  They aren’t the Saints, or the Texans, or the 49ers.  They’re not a Super Bowl contender, an elite offense, or a stifling defense.  They’re a team with problems: no offensive playmakers, an underachieving defense, and a crippling inconsistency that threatens their chances at the division crown. They are, […]

It wasn’t a game they were supposed to win.  And pundits relax – they didn’t.  The Buccaneers fell 35-26 to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay machine, but Tampa left Lambeau with more than a tally in the loss column; they played with more confidence and passion than they had all year, and delivered a […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Bucs fall to Texans

by Erik Sabol on November 13, 2011

The Good Head coach Raheem Morris promised “changes” in his post-game press conference.  Believe it when you see it, but it’s something.  The normally level-headed Buccaneer figurehead seemed visibly perturbed by the 37-9 loss to Houston — which was appropriate — but it was a far deviation from his normal, cliched, passive responses to reporters […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Bucs vs. Bears

by Erik Sabol on October 25, 2011

It’s getting ridiculous.  All of it.  The interceptions, the dropped passes, the offensive predictability… One week, the Buccaneers need a 17-point comeback to overtake the 1-6 Vikings; the next, they’re smashing the Saints and breaking Sean Payton’s legs. They have no identity.  The team exists somewhere in between the 48-3 West Coast beatdown and the […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Saints @ Bucs

by Erik Sabol on October 17, 2011

What a difference a week makes.  Seven days after the worst loss in team history, the Buccaneers defended Raymond James Stadium against the surging Saints.  They sent the fleur-de-lis back to New Orleans with a division loss and a maimed coach, earning the first quality win of the Raheem Morris era. THE GOOD Welcome back, […]

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“The Ugly, Ugly, & Ugly” – Bucs @ 49ers

by Erik Sabol on October 9, 2011

The Ugly Oh boy.  The foundation is cracking.  The sky is falling.  The walls are closing in.  The Buccaneers weren’t as good as their 3-1 record (and the numbers showed as much), but surely they’re not this bad.  This soft.  This slow.  This inept. Not bad enough to lose 48-3?  Are they? It’ll go down […]

Eight years is a long time between victories on Monday night, and even though Hank Williams and his rowdy friends couldn’t make the trip, it was as memorable a victory as Tampa’s had in a long while.  Sold out stadium, prime time football, and some unfinished business from early 2003. The Good It’s wasn’t pretty, […]

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“The Good, Bad, & Ugly” – Falcons @ Bucs

by Erik Sabol on September 26, 2011

It was sloppy.  It was ugly.  And it was about time. With a 16-13 victory, the Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak to Matt Ryan and the Dirty Birds, and — per usual — it took every inch of Tampa’s 295 yards to put away their division rival. The Good Of all the good — […]

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Good, Bad & The Ugly: Bucs @ Vikings

by Erik Sabol on September 18, 2011

The Good The Buccaneers had several players step up after an anemic first half — notably Josh Freeman, who added another fourth-quarter victory and game-winning drive to his résumé — but the standout was Preston Parker. The second-year receiver out of North Alabama sparked the offense to life, catching passes, returning kicks, and making key […]

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Good, Bad, & The Ugly: Lions

by Blake Hasenzahl on September 11, 2011

Thank God that’s over with. Week one, the team we all had so many expectations for just got demolished by the Detroit Lions. The score doesn’t do the game justice, not at one point beyond the first quarter did I think we actually stood a chance. That was one of the toughest things I’ve ever […]

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

by Blake Hasenzahl on September 3, 2011

It’s the last game of the preseason: the edge of the void between offseason and opening day; the 60-minute audition for the bottom third of the roster.  It’s Jonathan Crompton’s job interview. Mossis Madu’s center stage.  It’s the last desperate chance for the backups to the backups—the men buried beneath the depth chart—before the final […]