Nation Will See Plenty Of Bucs Ball In SeptemberAugust 15th, 2012
Troy Aikman took in Bucs practice today, and he wasn’t in town for a good sweat or a quality lap dance on Dale Mabry Highway. Aikman was taking notes and talking to players and coaches to be prepared for calling two early-season Bucs games.
That’s right, the FOX Sports A-crew of Joe Buck and Aikman will work the Bucs’ first two road games, at the Giants and Cowboys. Of course, most of the country will see those games, and combined with the Bucs-Panthers opener being a featured 4:25 p.m. start on FOX, the Bucs are coming away with a hell of a lot of national television exposure for the first three games of the New Schiano Order.
It’s a great and uncommon spotlight for a team coming off a 10-game losing streak. Hopefully, the Bucs will rise to it.
Aikman believes great things lie ahead for Josh Freeman, so he told Joe after practice.
“I liked Josh a lot when he was coming into the league,” Aikman said. ” We had a chance to do a preseason game of his. And then I think we’ve had him just one other time against Green Bay last year. I think he’s a really talented player. Obviously he was exceptional a couple of years ago and I think his play last year was pretty reflective of the team’s. High expectations and just didn’t play with the same kind of efficiency. There’s a lot of reasons for that. And I think that some of the things they’re going to be doing within this offense and the way that Greg Schiano wants to approach this thing, I think it’s going to help him. I expect him to go on and continue to have a great career. I really do. I think a lot of him.”
Writing this really got Joe thinking more about the Bucs’ first three games. Man, these tough, high-profile games are going to set quite a tone for the season.
Joe believes the Bucs will be ready. Whether they’re good enough to hang with any of these teams is the real question.