“Wembley In Late October Is No Sweatbox”April 19th, 2011
The man Joe has often dubbed “Tampa Bay’s voice of reason,” Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson, recently penned his views on the Bucs 2011 home game in London and Henderson thinks the Bucs punted on third down by agreeing to the game.
Henderson doesn’t see an advantage to the Bucs playing in England. He assumes the overseas game is a strain on the team and thinks it could strip the Bucs of its biggest homefield advantage: searing heat.
I sure hope this isn’t a response to last year’s sea of empty seats at Ray-Jay. That’s the same stadium that until last year was sold out every time the Bucs played since it opened in 1998.In that same sit-down last month with the Tribune, Glazer noted, “Ticket sales have been strong. They were strong in January, strong in February and they haven’t stopped.”
So what’s the problem?
The game probably will be played in late October or early November. We don’t know for sure if the Bears would have been sent here in September or early October, but we do know that Wembley in late October is no sweatbox. Ray-Jay can be a real homefield advantage, but only if the game is actually played here.
So much for that.
Joe can’t argue with the potentially lost climate advantage the Bucs could have against the Bears in Tampa, but that’s surely no sure thing, especially if the game was at 4 p.m.
However, Joe’s not sure he can agree with Henderson saying the game is a strain on players. Joe would have to hear that from coaches and the guys wearing pewter and red.
This Bucs team obviously is very comfortable on the road and it gets a bye week following the trip to England. Playing in England seems like great bonding time and more togetherness to study Raheem Morris’ core beliefs.
Yes, the 2009 flight somehow injured Antonio Bryant’s knee, but Joe suspects that won’t be a problem this year.