Bucs Get No Love In Local PollsMay 31st, 2011
Update 12:49 p.m.: Josh Freeman, Ronde Barber, Mark Dominik and other Bucs are now leading in their respective categories. It seems Joe’s readers were outraged. Well done.
Once upon a time, the Tampa Bay area was a football town. Really. Joe swears.
Now Joe’s not too big on Internet polls, but sometimes they can tell a story, especially when there are six polls together and the Bucs are at the bottom of all of them. This is the case right now at TampaBay.com.
TampaBay.com asked readers to vote for one identified player among the Bucs, Rays and Lightning from the following categories:
Best general manager
Best young player
Best old player
Best import (free agent pickup)
The Bucs came in last place in every category. Now Joe understands that the Bucs are out of season and a little out of mind for some people, but to come in last across the board is outrageous.
Under “Best old player,” Ronde Barber is far behind Marty St. Louis and Johnny Damon. Ronde Barber? A true Bucs icon that can still play? Damon is batting .276 and can’t play the field.
Under “Best import,” Matt Joyce and Dwayne Roloson have a huge lead on LeGarrette Blount. Once a upon a time a 1,000-yard bruising rookie rusher that only started seven games would have been idolized in this town.
Joe is shaking his head.