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Bucs Trivia Wednesday #2

by Erik Sabol on September 19, 2012

On October 24th, 1993, a 39-year-old Steve DeBerg became the oldest player in the history of the franchise.  On the other end of the timeline, can you name the youngest player ever deployed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? – In 1997, with hopes of energizing one of the league’s poorest offenses, head coach Tony Dungy […]

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Bucs 16, Panthers 10 – Surprising start to the season

by Erik Sabol on September 9, 2012

Months ago, when the Glazers chose coach Greg Schiano to inherit the ruins that Raheem Morris left behind, we assumed their selection was based on Schiano’s character and method — a roughshod drill sergeant who was, for all intents and purposes, the exact opposite of Morris. We weren’t wrong in that assumption.  In fact, the […]

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Bucs at Washington: Wrapping up the Preaseason

by Erik Sabol on August 29, 2012

Thank God the preseason doesn’t count, because the Buccaneers were just shellacked 30-3 by Washington’s second-stringers.  Tampa’s depth chart has all the depth of an inflatable kiddie pool.  Seriously, is there any position with adequate backup?  The Redskins’ second and third units absolutely wrecked Tampa Bay, and created some serious questions about the unified strength […]

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Patriots at Bucs: The Preseason Peak

by Erik Sabol on August 24, 2012

It’s been a year and a half since Josh Freeman looked comfortable throwing long routes.  The gargantuan passer showcased improved footwork and decent timing, but the nagging inaccuracy from a year ago still pulls his throws off course.  It’s preseason, and as fans, we’re privy only to the superficial workings of Mike Sullivan’s offense… but […]

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Titans at Bucs: Positive Energy, People

by Erik Sabol on August 17, 2012

Turnover rates are high in professional sports.  Coaches and players are fired and replaced weekly, and a plethora of fresh talent and innovative instruction is tossed into the machine, where it either succeeds or gets gnawed and digested to make room for the next man up. It’s a nasty, unforgiving process.  But it’s also exciting.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]