Bucs vs. Bucs: Must-Win at Pats

The Buccaneers head to New England to face off against the Patriots today. Though most years this would be a battle easily won by Tom Brady and his team, the Patriots are a weakened bunch, as Brady has lost his top targets. Wide receiver Wes Welker is gone, as is a certain tight end with off-the-field issues who shall remain nameless. Current Pats wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski will likely still be benched with injuries this week (Amendola is listed as doubtful, Gronkowski as questionable). On the other side of the ball, the Bucs' defense has been playing well, with an improved pass rush (they racked up 4 sacks on Drew Brees last week) and a hard-hitting … [Read more...]

New Season, New Bucs… Or So We Hope

Bonjour, chicks! It's that magical time again--when potential energy becomes kinetic, when rubber meets the road, when the NFL finally, finally starts its season. Now, there are many things to say about this Bucs' offseason, and about the first face-off against Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers. But let's be honest, any predictions I make here about the game or about the season would be nothing more than conjecture. I mean, this time last season, I was convinced that the Bucs would have a winning season, that Team Raheem would power through, picking up unlikely wins just as they had the year before. I thought that Joshy Freeman would take a step forward and that the defense would … [Read more...]

Reason to Believe?

And so it begins. This Saturday, the Bucs open training camp. A new season is around the corner. It's the time of year I typically enjoy the most as a Bucs fan. See, the Bucs tend to be so active in the offseason (hiring coaches, firing coaches, bringing in aging free agents, releasing fan favorites), that before each season it seems equally plausible that the team will have 3 wins or 13  in the coming season. This time last year, things looked a little iffy, but with a new young coach at the helm and a new young GM in the front office, fans could assume a state of blissful ignorance. Maybe these guys know more than we think! Maybe this team can pull off something … [Read more...]

Dear Bucs Chick: Career Woes

More reader mail! Apparently my previous—and, I might add, very successful—foray into advice-giving inspired one reader to follow suit. As always, I’m happy to lend an ear and a hand. Dear Bucs Chick, Last spring, I was offered a really amazing job at a shipping and receiving warehouse in Florida. I was only a junior at the time, but the pay was amazing, and I was assured that I would be next in line to run the operations of the entire company. At the age of 21! Well, as you can imagine, I enthusiastically left school for the job. When I got there, my boss told me that I’d have about a year to learn the ropes, and then, BAM, I’d be running the place. I’m sure it sounds like a lot … [Read more...]

The Gaines Adams Pick

This year the Bucs hold the number three overall pick in the draft, and the team has a great opportunity to pick up one of the draft-expert favorites, Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. The promise of drafting a player who might help turn the team around is exciting—frankly, it’s the only exciting thing that has happened to the team in months. But before the big day, it’s also important to remember that not all draft picks work out exactly as planned. That was the case three years ago, when the Bucs picked fourth overall. I remember crossing my fingers and toes in April 2007 that somehow wide receiver Calvin Johnson would drop to the fourth pick, or maybe Joe Thomas. I attended a wedding … [Read more...]