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Erik Sabol

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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“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, […]

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 […]