Lovie Smith Avoids Ray Perkins MarkAugust 23rd, 2014
Joe is the first to tell anyone preseason wins and losses don’t mean a damn thing. Still, when someone invokes the name of “Ray Perkins,” Joe wants to sprint to the nearest watering hole like a scalded puppy and commence drinking like a thirsty fish.
That’s what happened today when the Bucs starters dominated in the first half and won their first preseason game of the season, beating the sad sack Bills.
By winning today’s game, Lovie Smith avoided a lowly watermark by sourpuss Perkins. The last time the Bucs went 0-3 to open a preseason was in 1988 when Perkins misguided the Bucs to a 5-11 mark. Perkins is the coach who helmed the Bucs into the beginning of 13 dismal seasons.
Yes, Joe know preseason is about preparing for the regular season. Still, any time a Bucs coach comes close to anything Perkins accomplished it’s downright frightening.