A Buccaneers Starter Joins The Stick Carriers

July 16th, 2017

CORRECTED 10:20 p.m. from previous incorrect download info. 

Yes, there is fresh news on the Stick Carriers.

Tomorrow morning, a Buccaneers starter will address the exploding fan movement that has already been endorsed formally by winning head coach Dirk Koetter. And general manager Jason Licht also gave a giant Twitter nod to the Stick Carriers this month.

First, DEFINITELY listen to the 3-minute audio above. It’s very meaningful stuff from Coach Koetter.

Koetter’s Stick Carrier commentary will be old news to devotees of the Ira Kaufman Podcast, but until today, Joe has yet to weigh in with a more formal presentation of this excitement to readers. With a Bucs starter stepping forward as a Stick Carrier tomorrow on the Bucs Uncensored podcast hosted by The Commish, Justin Pawlowski, it’s a great time for Joe to chime in.

“Stick Carriers” is the rabid new fan movement fueled by Joe and supremely captained by Pawlowski, the former local sports radio voice, an ex-college football player who once was a host on the Buccaneers Radio Network. Pawlowski. Back when Koetter was caught in December ordering his team to “Speak softly and carry a big motherfu**’n stick,” instantly the movement was born.

Pawlowski explained to his audience, which averages about 30,000 downloads per week, that rabid Bucs fans are now Stick Carriers.

It stuck.

And Joe loves it from the bottom of Joe’s beer-soaked heart.

For years, fans and business people have asked Joe about starting a Bucs fan club or movement. Joe always thought it was a great idea but Joe didn’t think the time was ever right — to do it right. Frankly, the team wasn’t good enough to launch something with the impact Joe felt would be worthwhile. It just would have felt forced.

But last August, Joe encouraged Pawlowski to go uncensored and totally unleashed with his passionate new podcast, (which is not for small children). Pawlowski practically grew up at Tampa Stadium and has only missed a handful of games there in his 35 years. There is no bigger Bucs fan. The connection he crafted with fans was brilliant, and the organic creation of the Stick Carriers was perfect — unforced and real by him.

The first Stick Carrier event in April drew 300+ people (video here). That may not seem like a lot, but big sports radio promotions in Tampa rarely pull 10 percent of that total.

So what does this all mean?

Joe sees the rise of the Stick Carrier movement as fans sick and tired of three things:

  1. Losing
  2. Being widely considered one of the garbage fan bases in the NFL
  3. Crap stories written by local media

Being a Stick Carrier means you’re just not going to take it anymore and you demand to be heard, and you desperately want to be that 12th man on the field for the Buccaneers.

Again, listen to the audio above. Come back tomorrow to be addressed by a Buccaneer. And definitely let loose on August 5 at the Training Camp Takeover. (You can even get there by luxury bus, via TrainingCampExpress.com.) It will be a franchise-changing day.

19 Responses to “A Buccaneers Starter Joins The Stick Carriers”

  1. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Well let’s get it den..

  2. Howard Cosell Says:

    WELL NOW!!

  3. Howard Cosell Says:

    Definitely tired of hit pieces by TJ

  4. Zwak Says:

    I really like how real coach Koetter comes across, very refreshing!

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    The term stick carrier I dont like. But if it pleases the masses Im down.

    I do not plan on doing Training Camp but will pay attention to where the “stick carriers” congregate for tailgates so I can join them.

    Joe, if your going to lead the stick carrier movement I suggest get a bustrip set up for Game 1 in Miami. There will already be aa lot of Buccaneers fans there and if the stick carriers make enough noise they can be that 12th ma

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    The term stick carrier I dont like. But if it pleases the masses Im down.

    I do not plan on doing Training Camp but will pay attention to where the “stick carriers” congregate for tailgates so I can join them.

    Joe, if your going to lead the stick carrier movement I suggest get a bustrip set up for Game 1 in Miami. There will already be aa lot of Buccaneers fans there and if the stick carriers make enough noise they can be that 12th man by taking away home field advantage. Stick carriers dont ask politely. They take what they want!!

  7. SB Says:

    I Guarandamntold you that I am representing Stick Carriers up here in Montana. I pray we make the playoffs this year because my wife told me I can go down there for a playoff game. I’ve bent over 300 games in my life but it’s been a decade since I’ve been there. I can tell you from up here where there is no bucks fan base that we are actually being feared by fans of other teams true fans. This is probably the second most exciting time ever to be a bucks fan and it may be the most because we may be on the precipice of extended greatness!

  8. SB Says:

    I hate my phone. I need an upgrade.

  9. feelthepewterpower Says:

    My guess is the guest is Kwon Alexander….

  10. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    My guess is Robert Ayers, the one and only..love him!

    And SB..are you on Twitter? I got a rabid Montana fan on my follower/following list..

  11. FIRETHECANNONS Says:

    I am so happy with koeter as coach. Honest answers and no bullsh*t. Plus with the very good drafting of Licht, our team is trending upwards. These times are well overdue, bucs fans. Man, I’m so fired up for this season to start.

    Koeter is right. We need to swarm RayJay and make opposing offenses day a living hell. Every down we’re on defense we need to scream til we can’t breathe, and when we are on offense, speak softly, and carry that big mf’n stick.

    LETTTTTTTSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  12. The only other Buc fan in MT Says:

    That must be me lol…got Lewistown covered, where are you SB?

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    Fire your right. I have been very dissapointed in the lack of crowd noise our fans generate. In fairness to the fans……when we struggle against an awful Rams team or miss easy FGs and XP or have to watch scrub recievers and TEs drop gimme TDs and passes it is very deflating.

  14. FONZ BUCCARELLII Says:

    Certified Stick Carrier Rep’N the movement In PHX AZ!!

    Will be loud and proud at Training Camp Takeover!

    FIRE THE CANNONS!!

    GO BUCS!!

    #1BUCWEST

  15. SB Says:

    LOL no ma’am Life. I am super old school and have never had a Twitter account Myspace Instagram Snapchat or anything of the such. Comment boards are the Forefront of my internet Outreach. It is very good to see that you are doing well and I hope all of yours are as well

  16. Joe Says:

    I Guarandamntold you that I am representing Stick Carriers up here in Montana. I pray we make the playoffs this year because my wife told me I can go down there for a playoff game.

    Cool!!!

  17. Wright Says:

    I’m all on board for Montana Stick Carriers. Tampa born Bucs fan living in Billings Montana. Look me up on Twitter. Go Bucs!

  18. Wright Says:

    Handle is @WrightDobbs

  19. BoJim Says:

    Been my men since the new expansion team was announced. Went thru a lot of bad times and listened to a whole lot of bad joke, past and present. ‘Stick carriers’ Is PERFECT. Let’s bust some heads.

 

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