They Won. #Shocked.

Eagles at Buccaneers, Sunday, December 9, 2012 Holy shit. The Eagles actually won a game. I know, I know, this does not help the team's draft position, and that's pretty much all that's on the line at this point. But how nice was it to see Big Red and Howard Mudd hugging after the game. And not "bro-hugging" either, but a big old "I'm about to cry" clinch. Stud of the week: Could it be anyone but Jason Avant? He had an amazing game. No TDs, but 7 catches for 133 yards, including an amazing one-handed circus catch. Just Google it - you'll have no trouble finding it. Shout out to Jeremy Maclin, too, for catching the game winner as time expired. Good thing the … [Read more...]

2012 Week 14 Picks

This week, the Eagles travel to Tampa to lose to the Buccaneers. How do I know they're going to lose? I just know. In the rest of the matchups: Broncos at Raiders: Top 5 offense AND defense? Broncos. Chargers at Steelers: Steelers. They don't lose at home. Titans at Colts: Neither defense is anything to write home about, but the Colts offense - and Andrew Luck - are on fire. Colts. Jets at Jaguars: Ouch. Bad versus worse, bad wins. Jets. Bears at Vikings: Vikings, in my upset pick. Hey, crazy things happen in divisional games. Falcons at Panthers: But not that crazy. Falcons. Rams at Bills: Rams. Cowboys at Bengals: Bengals. Please, please, please, … [Read more...]

Reasons to Be Thankful After a Buc Loss

This past Sunday, the 6-4 Buccaneers faced the 9-1 Falcons. For the Bucs, it was the opportunity to prove themselves as legitimate playoff contenders after a string of wins against less impressive foes. However, and no need for a spoiler alert here, the Bucs lost 24-23. Going in, I'd figured that a close game would be something of a moral victory. That the progress made to nearly defeat the best in league just a year removed from a 4-12 season would be enough. Turns out, it's not true. The Bucs played like a team that was equal to the Falcons.  And though they competed until the very last second against a top-tier team, and though last year's Bucs would never have been in this position, … [Read more...]

It’s About Time: Bucs Win In Overtime

Going into yesterday's Panthers game, it was easy to be a little overconfident. The Bucs had a 5-4 record, and had won four of their last five games. Running back Doug Martin was all over national sportscasts, with talking heads who usually seem to forget the Bucs exist ("Wait, you mean that team with the orange uniforms? Vinny Testeverde's team?") proclaiming the newbie as a candidate for Rookie of the Year. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Panthers were coming in at 2-7, having blown several leads over the course of the season, and with the national chatter centering on the sophomore slumping Cam Newton and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad attitude. You can … [Read more...]

Bucs in Playoff Contention: A First Half +1 Recap

Chicks, I have been absent for a while, for reasons having everything to do with a bumpy transition moving back from Paris to the U.S. and nothing to do with the play of your Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Because the Bucs have actually been... dare I say it.. pretty fun to watch lately. So instead of jumping right into this week's game recap as though I've been recapping the season all along, let me offer instead a catch-up. A little "scenes from the last few weeks," if you will. Doug Martin is not a Muscle Hamster, but he is small, fast, and full of muscle, so... The Bucs' rookie running back, who hates his given nickname, has earned points, and praise, and even airtime on national … [Read more...]