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Anthony Collins’ Eyes Are On Carolina

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

collinsThe Bucs are preparing for their big Saturday “dress rehearsal,” as Lovie Smith calls it, when Tampa Bay will take on the Buffalo Bills and blade-in-the-thigh, mattress-in-the-yard Mike Williams in western New York.

New Tampa Bay left tackle Anthony Collins is getting ready, too, but he’s also staying busy with more pressing matters. (more…)

Lovie’s “Rabbit, Or Whatever That Thing Is”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

ClaybornRaheem Morris used to call Adrian Clayborn “Boydog,” as in half man half canine.

That wasn’t just wacky Raheem talk, the Bucs’ current head coach shared more animal talk for his left defensive end this afternoon. (more…)

EDS Hopes O-Line Set

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Bucs C Evan Dietrich-Smith hopes the current starting five on the offensive line remains intact.

Bucs C Evan Dietrich-Smith hopes the current starting five on the offensive line remains intact. Photo courtesy of

Joe can still hear shrieks from Bucs fans after watching the offensive line get tossed around like tackling dummies in the preseason loss to the Jags. It was an eye-opening scene, in a nightmarish sort of way.

Joe could and did understand the outrage. Not even Roger Staubach would have been able to operate an offense behind what was alleged to have been blocking that night. Poor Bucs quarterback Josh McCown was running for dear life on each play. (more…)

“A Sack Is A Sack”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Gerald McCoy doesn't want to talk about pressures

Gerald McCoy doesn’t want to talk about pressures

Bucs fans have been told that big money defensive end Michael Johnson racking up just 3 1/2 sacks last season doesn’t represent his true performance or ability.

Johnson merely had some bad football luck, was asked to do different things, and he still got pressure and was a sound pass rusher with massive talent. (more…)

Joe Joins The Big Dog At 5 P.M. On WDAE-AM 620/95.3 FM

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Enjoy the “JoeBucsFan Hour” this evening with Steve Duemig, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio on WDAE-AM 620. Joe lives diving into all kinds of Bucs topics, and your phone calls. You can listen online at, or click on through below.


Bucs Facing Ugly History

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
The Bucs are on the verge of a Ray Perkins watermark.

The Bucs are on the verge of a Ray Perkins watermark.

Joe will be the first to tell anyone that preseason is largely pap. Garbage. Glorified practice — at regular season prices, no less!

Joe watches Bucs preseason games because it is his job. That is the only preseason football Joe will watch. (more…)

First-Team Stocker Turns Blocking Corner

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

luke stockerYes, fan-favorite tight end Luke Stocker is still working with the first-team Tampa Bay offense. Joe confirmed that with Stocker today.

And much of that is about blocking. No matter how beastly rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be, it takes years to learn how to block consistently at the NFL level. (more…)

More Options Emerge For Bubble Players

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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Jeff Demps

Joe’s not an accountant and typically is bored by salary cap chatter and other football-business-related stuff. However, new changes to the NFL practice squad eligibility have a potential impact on the Bucs. So Joe’s paying attention. (more…)

“Buyer’s Remorse?”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

RTampa Bay will shovel $9 million into the vault of safety Dashon “Hawk” Goldson this season.

Joe’s raising a late-morning cold one in hopes Hawk has a phenomenal year, because that’s likely what it will take for him to wear Bucs colors next season. (more…)

Great Ticket Deals From

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

August is here, and if you don’t already have your Bucs season tickets, you might be one of those fans who looks for terrific deals on the secondary market.

Enter Joe’s friends at What a safe, secure way to buy tickets!

Giddy About Evan Dietrich-Smith

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Lovie Smith loves EDS.

Lovie Smith loves EDS.

Grousing has already begun about some Bucs free agents, but there is one free agent that has caught the eye of Bucs coach Lovie Smith. In a very good way.

His name is Evan Dietrich-Smith.

When most of the offensive line did its best to impersonate turnstiles in the first preseason game at Jacksonville, there were two players who escaped with their dignity intact. That would be right tackle Demar Dotson and starting center EDS. (more…)

Tim Wright Is Too Good To Bury

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

TimWrightLovie Smith’s public flogging of Tim Wright could simply be a motivational tactic for the second-year tight end, perhaps even a bizarre smokescreen for the Panthers.

After all, Wright, as a rookie playing a brand new position, caught 54 balls and five touchdowns last season. He’s a valuable 24-year-old talent. (more…)

Gauging The Free Agents

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Yes, Joe knows it is preseason and the real bullets don’t begin flying until Sept. 7, when the Stinking Panthers come to Tampa to start the NFL regular season. Still, Joe senses a bubbling murmur under the surface.

That vibration isn’t a faraway earthquake or a nighttime freight train rolling through. No, it is Bucs fans’ sense of frustration about their 2014 free agent class. (more…)

Alterraun Verner: Cornerback, Film Critic

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

roger ebertWant to know aboutrecent movies like “Godzilla” or “America?” Or how about which is better, “The Godfather” or “Goodfellas?” Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner might be able to help you out.

Since Verner has been sidelineed virtually since the start of training camp with a nasty hamstring, he explained to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday that he wasn’t just standing on the sidelines fashioning a floppy hat. He was watching so much film while his teammates were working out that he felt like he was turning into an NFL version of Roger Ebert. (more…)

Morning Cup Of Joe From

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Add car racing flagman as a job Joe doesn’t want to do. [TheBigLead]

This video of a motorcyclist dodging death has to be doctored. [LaneSplitter]

Stop it already with this ice water bucket nonsense! [Vice]

Check out this beast that was pulled out of the Alabama River. Hint: Don’t go swimming in the Alabama River. [AL]

Mike Huckabee skins that imbecile Cowturd. [Mike Huckabee]

NFL expands practice squads to 10 players. In other news, Sheraton has openings in various NFL cities for a concierge. [NFL]

The Rays’ version of Da’Quan Bowers, Wil Myers, still unable to go. [RaysIndex]