Gameday Tampa Bay

November 23rd, 2014

It’s Joe’s game outlook

 

Buccaneers (2-8) at Bears (4-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. [read more]

“In The Normal Time It Takes”

November 23rd, 2014

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Tampa Bay had six sacks last Sunday — six! — but everyone isn’t sold on the notion the Bucs repaired their pass rush. [read more]

McCoy’s Long Matchup

November 23rd, 2014

Joe’s anxious to see how the Bucs will utilize Gerald McCoy against the Bears today.

Chicago has stud right guard Kyle Long, who was a Pro Bowler as a rookie last season, anchoring their veteran and sometimes shaky offensive line. [read more]

Trading Martin = Playing Martin

November 23rd, 2014

MartinPanthersDarn good chance Doug Martin is active and playing today against the Bears.

His ankle is in good shape. He practiced all week. He sounded happy and ready on his radio show. And there’s motive.

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Jameis Watch: A Bold Bucs Endorsement

November 22nd, 2014

Jameis 1107Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s regular nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida.

Joe’s going to let a powerful quote to the talking here. [read more]

Your Bucs TV Map

November 22nd, 2014

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If you are a resident of Florida or the greater Chicagoland area, there is a better than average chance you won’t have to run to a local bar or find someone with NFL Sunday Ticket to watch the game. [read more]

“I Was Surprised How Hard He Actually Plays”

November 22nd, 2014

Dashon-GoldsonA telling moment for Joe while hanging out at One Buc Palace this spring was a 1-on-1 chat with Lovie Smith’s son, Buccaneers safeties coach Mikal Smith.

Joe asked the younger Smith, who’s in his late 30s, whether he wants to be a head coach and follow in his dad’s footsteps. [read more]

Visit HillsboroughDefense.com

November 22nd, 2014

Who’s your defensive coordinator?

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THE OPTIMIST: McCown Follows November Rule

November 22nd, 2014

josh mccown 0812In these unsettled times of devastating Bucs losses, constant change and growing pains, Joe thought it would be wise to bring back THE OPTIMIST.

THE OPTIMIST is Nick Houllis, a Bucs fan and an accomplished writer whose steadfast allegiance to the Buccaneers goes back to the 1970s. Houllis is the founder, creator and guru of BucStop.com, a place Joe goes to get lost in time via Houllis’ stunning video collection.

THE OPTIMIST will shine that positive light in your eyes. Some will love it. Some won’t. … Of course, THE OPTIMIST’s opinions are his alone and are not influenced by Joe. [read more]

Mike Evans Talks College Feel And Swapping

November 22nd, 2014

mike evans 1030Bucs super rookie Mike Evans went toe to toe with Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, this week.

Evans held his own under the national spotlight. [read more]

No More Dreads For Davin Joseph

November 22nd, 2014

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Joe received an interesting story in his e-mail box recently from noted St. Louis-based NFL writer Howard Balzer. While Balzer is a national football writer, he hangs out a lot at the Lambs facilities because, well, it’s in the same area he lives.

Rams starting guard Davin Joseph (who still calls Tampa home) was a popular Buccaneer for years– partly because he was a No. 1 pick, partly because of all the good things he did for folks in need, in particular, Tampa Bay high school football programs that received money from his foundation. [read more]

More Evidence Of McCown 2015

November 22nd, 2014

McCownrightLovie Smith admits the Josh McCown seen in Washington was the quarterback he envisioned back in March, when Lovie was quick to move on McCown with Team Glazer’s checkbook.

McCown has looked the part — for the most part — since returning two Sundays ago. [read more]

Jameis Watch: The WWE Heel

November 21st, 2014

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Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s regular nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida. [read more]

Bad News For Bucs Defense

November 21st, 2014

Bears WR Brandon Marshall and his WR teammate Alshon Jeffery are both listed as probable for Sunday’

One perplexing thing with the Bears is their offense is inconsistent despite having weapons all over the field. Take Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Damn near any team would drool to have those tall twins at receiver.

Both receivers, however, are dinged up but Bears coach Marc Trestman has listed both as probable for Sunday, documents Michael C. Wright of BSPN.com [read more]

Your Buccaneers’ Pool Player Rankings

November 21st, 2014

Hey, it’s Friday. Happy hour approaches.

So in the happy hour spirit of dart throwing, pool playing and business-babe gawking, Joe has important stats for you. [read more]

Bears Fans And Lovie

November 21st, 2014

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To hear from some, Bears fans mourn the day Bears general manager Phil Emery jettisoned Lovie Smith after a 10-win, 2012 season. The Bears haven’t been the same since and appear to be on the verge of a meltdown under Marc Trestman.

However, a CSN Chicago panel of David Kaplan, Rick Telander and Hub Arkush seem to disagree. They’re not impressed with Lovie, and they don’t believe fans have special feelings for him. [read more]