Is There A Disconnect With The Bucs?November 23rd, 2011
Joe can remember once upon a time when just about any car with a Florida license plate had some form of Bucs gear on it, whether that was a flag, a bumper sticker or a window decal.
Getting inside the stadium on Dale Mabry Highway was a tough task. If you weren’t a season ticket holder or you weren’t given a ticket, you had to pay through the nose for a ticket from a scalper outside.
Those anecdotes seem like another generation ago. Veteran sports columnist Gary Shelton typed a piece late last night that suggests there is a disconnect between the team and the fans.
In short, Shelton believes that there are players on the team that fans don’t like, so he wrote in the St. Petersburg Times.
Still, I have to tell you, it was puzzling that Jackson not only was active his first game, but started. And he not only started, but was introduced. And he was not only introduced, but was introduced last and carried the team flag as he entered the field. It was a hero’s return to the field, not the return of a guy who had let down his team by being suspended for drugs.
Now Joe sees where Shelton is coming from and he has some valid points. Joe, however, sees a lot of likable people in the Bucs locker room.
Josh Freeman is a helluva guy as is Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Adrian Clayborn, Larry Asante, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn, Corey Lynch, Ronde Barber… Joe could go on and on. Every one of these guys are good people. Stand up people.
Are there a couple of bad eggs on the Bucs roster? Sure, but the few are not reflective of the whole.
As far as Tanard Jackson starting in his first game back, Joe has said it before and will write it again: That move simply demonstrated the vast hole there was on the roster at the safety position.