“Happy To Be A Buccaneer”September 17th, 2013
Joe’s starting to get angry with his brethren in the fourth estate for being so sloppy if not reckless. There have been so many prominent members of both print/internet and broadcast mediums that have gone on various forms of media recently dropping all sorts of inaccurate information about Bucs players and coaches.
First, it was the nonsense peddled last winter that the combine was rife with stories about how Bucs commander Greg Schiano and franchise quarterback Josh Freeman loathed each other like cats and dogs.
Mind you, Joe was at the combine, too, spoke with many people, coaches, reporters, etc., and never once heard such a story. The main peddler of this information claimed he had several “sources” feeding him this information. Yet, ironically, said writer has yet, to date, been able to get one of these sources on the record.
Joe would have been thrown out of journalism school for that.
Now we have another unnamed source claiming — after two whole games — that Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis wants out because he doesn’t like Schiano, allegedly.
Naturally, said source is not identified. Notice all of these reports are coming from people who may visit One Buc Palace twice a year, but the guys (and ladies) who are at One Buc Palace almost on a daily basis don’t have this information? Can you say “plant?” Hhhmmm?
Joe has interviewed Revis a few times, BS’ed with him a couple of times talking about his Alma mater, Pitt, and college football in general, and never had any inkling Revis was remotely unhappy… about anything, short of not being able to rehab quicker.
Well, Revis got word of this rumor that he is upset with Schiano and took to Twitter with a personal message to Bucs fans: He’s a Buccaneer Man and loves the area.
@Revis24: What’s going on Buc fans. Just to clear the smoke. I’m happy to be a Buccaneer & I’m happy to be a resident of Tampa. … I’m excited for this year & I’m excited about this team as we move forward to prepare each week to get a W!!!
Is that good enough for you?
Joe is going to let his readers onto something: There is a cabal out there that either wants Schiano gone or wants Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik gone, or both. The more chaos that is created, some of the cabal members reason, the quicker that Schiano is gone and that in turn may also lead to Dominik being ousted. In other words, if that’s what it takes, if the team (and fans) must suffer to attain this goal(s), so be it.
Joe won’t name the Bucs beat writer he spoke to this afternoon, because Joe is sure that said reporter wasn’t expecting his conversation to be made public, but this reporter told Joe he’s of the belief that, with so many sharks circling the Bucs after starting the season 0-2, that division foes see this and are planting wild stories in an effort to see the Bucs blown up, thereby Tampa Bay not being a factor in the NFC South race for a couple of years (think the upheaval of 2009).
Go ahead and chew on that for a while next time a reporter from outside the Tampa Bay area has a claim that sheds a bad light on the Bucs without sourcing his information.