Scolding Peter KingMarch 20th, 2012
Joe once touched upon the following, even though it seems far-fetched on face value.
Joe, a year or so ago, was of the belief that some Bucs fans wanted Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to go all “Hit Show” because it would not so much help the Bucs return to the Super Bowl, but it would provoke national sportswriters to write about the Bucs, and the mostly horrible national sports radio shows (excluding SiriusXM NFL Radio, of course) to discuss the Bucs instead of subjects such as the horrible non-basketball association or glorified croquet known as “golf.”
Well, Joe’s assumption may have come true. In popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, beer-chugging Peter King’s Tuesday column on SI.com, the Hall of Fame columnist was scolded by a Bucs fan for not writing about the Bucs.
SORRY. MANNINGMANIA OVERTOOK THE COLUMN THIS WEEK. “Love your MMQB but I am a little miffed why in the whole article you mention nothing about the Tampa Bucs Buccaneers signing Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright. Like all of us Buc fans I was hoping for some love from the sports writers and a much better year! It has to get better right?”
— Ken Nahrwold, of Tampa
You’re right — I owe the Bucs some attention for what they did in free agency, and it’ll come in the next two weeks. My apologies, particularly because I’ve been on ownership there to prove they’ll spend for a winner. A preview: I like Jackson a lot, and I like Nicks a lot — assuming he keeps his weight in check. Great signings. Eric Wright’s just another guy. I wouldn’t have paid for him. But there’s no question Tampa’s significantly improved, and if I’m Josh Freeman, I’m very happy with the attention GM Mark Dominik paid to help the team score more points.
While Joe is confident SI.com covered Dominik going all Danny Snyder last week, it was almost old news by the time King put down his beer Sunday night and began banging on his keyboard typing his MMQB. So Joe totally gets how bigger news pushed Bucs news to the back burner for King’s column.
Still, Joe just finds it a little creepy that fans of any team rejoice in a team making news just so they can see or hear a national sports personality write or talk about the Bucs, to get “some love.”
Isn’t that what Bucs cheerleaders are for?