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Opinion

I think, someday soon, we need to agree upon a definition for the term “draft bust.”  There needs to be some accepted criteria, because as it stands, it has no meaning.  It’s synonymous with some of the biggest flops in NFL history (as it should be), but is also used to categorize successful players who […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly,Opinion

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 […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly,Opinion

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, […]

The Buccaneers set a new standard for losing last Sunday, tying the franchise record for largest margin of defeat.  It was a soul-shattering loss for the young Bucs, a confidence shaking defeat at the hands of a team who had no business delivering it — a loss so thoroughly devastating, it threatens to derail the […]

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Fantasy Football 1st Quarter Awards

by James LoPresti on October 6, 2011

The line-up is set. You’ve spent days tweaking the roster, researching every fantasy football site on the Internet. You’ve acquainted yourself with the depth chart of every NFL roster. Sunday morning, you don’t bother with chores around the house; you tackle the waiver wire hoping to strike fantasy gold. And, when all the games are […]

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“Filthy Five” – 5 Best Rookie Seasons in Bucs History

by Erik Sabol on October 5, 2011

Rookies thrive in Tampa Bay.  But the unfortunate reality is, sometimes sophomores don’t. For years, Buc fans have been taunted with lustrous rookie campaigns — David Greenwood‘s 1985, Errict Rhett‘s 1994, Arron Sears‘s 2007 — only to watch promising careers dissolve in the following seasons, be it by injury, apathy, or general misfortune. Here are the […]

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, […]

The 1970s and 80s Buccaneer teams were defined by futility.  Defenders couldn’t tackle, receivers couldn’t catch, and quarterbacks — regardless of who John McKay deployed under center — struggled miserably against the opposition.  It was an era of legendary inability in Tampa, best conveyed through the comedy of passers that McKay, Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins, […]

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“Filthy Five” – 5 Greatest Pass Rushers in Buccaneer History

by Erik Sabol on September 21, 2011

The streak started on Sunday, October 10, 1999 at Lambeau Field. The Buccaneers lost that game in the waning seconds on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman — the 26 points the second-highest total they would surrender all year — but the Tampa defense battered the Green Bay quarterback for four […]

Initially, I set out to catalog the five hardest hitters in the history of the franchise — something I still might pursue later in the season.  But thanks to John Lynch, the prompt lacked surprise; he was the only eligible candidate for the list’s premier entry, setting standards that no other Buccaneer has come close […]

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Lions vs. Bucs – Week 1 Matchups

by James LoPresti on September 10, 2011

The day has nearly arrived. It’s a day when people crawl out of bed at 7 a.m. so they can finish yard work, chores, and even homework. It’s a day when iPad, Direct TV and NFL RedZone packages are purchased all around the world. It’s a day when dedicated fantasy football fans are glued to […]

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We’ll Miss You, Lee Roy

by Blake Hasenzahl on September 9, 2011

The saddest day in Tampa history has just been thrust in front of our eyes. Our lone ranger in the Hall of Fame, Tampa’s greatest citizen and a father figure to all has passed. Lee Roy Selmon, the first ever draft pick of the team we love so much, is no longer with us. Selmon […]

5. Joe Jurevicius has two all-time catches against Philadelphia (2003) On January 19, 2003—with three minutes remaining in the conference championship game—Ronde Barber intercepted a pass intended for Antonio Freeman and returned it 92 yards for the game-clenching touchdown.  It was the last game the Eagles played in Veterans Stadium; Barber’s pick shut down the […]

Fantasy football has become a religion. Not the kind where people go to a place of worship just on the holidays, but an every-week commitment. Rather than studying bible verses, we study cheat sheets, expert mock drafts, and player projections. We make friends with leaders in the league in hopes they will be late-season trade […]

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Where’s the love for Josh Freeman?

by James LoPresti on July 15, 2011

According to Pro Football Reference, there have been two quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for 25 or more touchdowns in a season, while throwing six or less interceptions. One of those players is Tom Brady – whether you like him or not, you can’t deny his 36-to-4 touchdown to interception ratio last season was […]