What Do The Numbers Mean?

June 30th, 2015
Numbers showed GMC slipped last year. Or did he?

Numbers hint GMC may have slipped. Or did he?

With the possible exception of stud outside linebacker Lavonte David, no Bucs player could be considered elite in his class — unless his name is Gerald McCoy. [read more]

Electing “Captain” Jameis

June 30th, 2015

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In the world of Lovie Smith, and on most NFL teams, players elect team captains: two on offense, two on defense and one for special teams. [read more]

Jameis Winston Won’t Bail On Social Media

June 30th, 2015

lovie 1110bAmerica’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, may be running and hiding from his Super Bowl plan, but he won’t hide from the trolls and haters on Twitter. [read more]

“Not A Lot Of Guys That Can Do That”

June 30th, 2015
Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith

Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith

Even former Bucs ironman and Pro Bowler Donald Penn was in the NFL a season and a half before he stepped in and owned the Tampa Bay left tackle position from 2007 through 2013.

Rookie second-round pick Donovan Smith will have no such luxury. [read more]

Jenkins Nonsense Dying Down

June 30th, 2015
Bank on Johnthan Banks, says ESPN.

Bank on Johnthan Banks, says ESPN.

Joe just wants to beat his head against the wall when he hears these rumors pop up — fueled by Lovie Smith — that journeyman Mike Jenkins is in the running to usurp Johnthan Banks as a starting cornerback.

Joe has replayed countless games in his mind (not advisable) and can’t think of why Lovie seems irked that Banks is a solid young corner and a darkhorse for the Pro Bowl the way he played the second half of last season. [read more]

Lofty Rookie Expectations

June 30th, 2015
Big rookie numbers expected. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Record-breaking numbers expected. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Generally — not absolutely, but generally — rookie quarterbacks struggle.

There’s a severe learning curve coming from college to the NFL. It can be transitioning from spread-option to pro-style; but it’s often because rookie quarterbacks find themselves on garbage teams. [read more]

Evans: Health Key To Stardom

June 30th, 2015
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Admits to practicing too cautiously for fear of reinjuring himself.

Last year, Bucs Godzilla-like wide receiver Mike Evans missed a huge chunk of offseason workouts because of a bum hamstring. He was beat up early in the regular season, too. [read more]

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June 30th, 2015

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Bucs news forthcoming.

Even colleges upgrade their digital video boards to giant-screen and the Tampa Sports Authority still taunts Bucs fans with analog boards. Embarrassing. [TheBigLead]

What the hell is going on with sharks off the coast of North Carolina? [FOX News]

Worst meal a snake ever had: swallowing a porcupine. [Facebook]

Who drafted the most Pro Bowlers the past 10 years. [NFL]

J.J. Watt absolutely freight trains a fan who runs on stage at a concert. [BSPN]

The shifty Rays. [RaysIndex]

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Help Likely Coming

June 29th, 2015
Joe is pretty sure there will be additions to the offensive line roster before the regular season begins.

Expect additions to the offensive line before the regular season begins.

Rarely does a day go by that Joe isn’t asked about the offensive line. Understandable. It’s a big key to the development of “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. [read more]

Report: Bucs Snubbed By Dan Connolly

June 29th, 2015
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Fresh news on the Bucs and Dan Connolly

The man who seized barbecue duties for the Super Bowl champs after Logan Mankins arrived at One Buc Palace gave the Bucs a thumbs down. [read more]

More Tanking Allegations

June 29th, 2015

Jameisrookie4There are plenty of X-files in recent Buccaneers history.

Why did Michael Clayton get a fat new contract when fans knew he couldn’t catch the football? Why was career loser Josh McCown handpicked to lead the Bucs back to the Super Bowl? [read more]

Interview Prowess

June 29th, 2015

lovie 0322Those like Joe who have worked in the real business world (and Joe’s not talking about the twisted, ego-driven world of media) know there’s always “Interview Guy” running around the office. [read more]

Upgrades

June 29th, 2015
Spreadsheets already believe the Bucs have upgraded on offense from the likes of turnover-prone quarterback Josh McCown.

Spreadsheeters already believe the Bucs have upgraded on offense from the likes of turnover-prone quarterback Josh McCown.

How scarred are Bucs fans from the nutkick of a 2014 season? Well, it is common for a Bucs fan to be found in a neighborhood bar sitting alone in the corner incoherently mumbling the sordid three names of “Josh McCown… Anthony Collins… Oniel Cousins… ” over and over again. [read more]

Martin Key To Jameis Success?

June 29th, 2015
Key to development of "America's Quarterback?"

Key to development of “America’s Quarterback?”

Yes, right-thinking Bucs fans are all giddy about the pro debut of “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. The only people not excited are out and out haters, or those living such miserable lives, they spend summer Sunday afternoons plotting ways to poison pet rabbits. [read more]

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June 29th, 2015

joemugshotJoe worked hard the past few days and pounded out 18 posts. There’s no snooze on JoeBucsFan.com. This isn’t one of those websites that sleeps on Bucs fans.

So take a deep breath, scroll all the way down and dive in. There’s plenty of meat on the bone.

“Overrated”

June 29th, 2015
CBS Sports is not enamored with Bucs LG Logan Mankins.

CBS Sports is not enamored with Bucs guard Logan Mankins.

There’s all kinds of legitimate finger pointing for the Bucs being an eyerake of a 2-14 team last year: turnover-prone Josh McClown, Ghost Johnson, Anthony Collins, zero running game, a porous defense … the list goes on. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

June 29th, 2015

hooters 2015.0629Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2015 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Former Chief Osceola stabbed to death by restaurant co-worker after arguing about gumbo spices. [Tallahassee]

Dodger Stadium may be home to an NFL team next year. [NFL]

There is something hot about Olivia Munn and a sword. [Instagram]

Erin Andrews’ soon-to-be-unemployed NHL boyfriend skates free on coke charges. [New York Post]

Mark Sanchez to start at quarterback for the Eagles? [BSPN]

Bob Costas lights up a scrub of a Cubs pitcher and for good reason. You start doing the Albert Pujols’ home run point-to-the-sky routine after getting shelled, you deserve to get raked across the coals. [TheBigLead]

Rays trade for a first baseman, but what does it mean? [RaysIndex]

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Losing Is Shaming GMC

June 28th, 2015
Losing is starting to unnerve GMC.

Losing is starting to unnerve GMC.

Even though a player may be one of the best in the game, it’s hard to establish a legacy when your team is building a legacy of losing. [read more]