McCown: I Couldn’t Manipulate My Balls

November 26th, 2014

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Josh McCown likes wet soggy balls and dry balls, but he’s no fan of the kind of balls he was feeling in Chicago.

The weather greatly affected McCown on Sunday, he said. That makes it all the more stunning he attempted 48 passes, the most in his career. [read more]

Nursing Home Neglect Should Never Happen

November 26th, 2014

Click through below to learn more about the experience of local attorneys Sam Harden and Brett Metcalf.

Nursing home neglect should never happen.

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Agent: Jackson, Goldson Should Be Cut

November 26th, 2014
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A former player agent suggests the Bucs should cut WR Vincent Jackson.

You can bet your friendly neighborhood bartender a week’s worth of tabs the Bucs will have a different look in 2015. Whether it is drastic or just new names replacing famous faces, rest assured there will be change.

How can there not be when a team is but one game away from having the No. 1 overall pick in the draft — see Lovie, Joe can play hopscotch math, too! [read more]

Rainey Among Most Elusive

November 26th, 2014
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That data geeks weigh in

Joe knows many Bucs fans become incensed when one suggests running back Doug Martin doesn’t have it any longer. He doesn’t.

Joe has written too many times describing in great detail why Bobby Rainey is a better option now than Martin.

Don’t think so? Just look at what the spreadsheeters over at Pro Football Focus dug up. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

November 26th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Robert Griffin III benched. [NFL]

Steelers getting healthy just as the Saints come marching in. [BSPN]

Woman gets dragged off to jail after slapping boyfriend over game of Monopoly. [Boston]

Seven big-time college programs where coaches have underperformed (even LSU???). [TheBigLead]

New Rays manager won’t be Dave Martinez. [RaysIndex]

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Joe Talks Breakdowns, Rebuilding Plans, False Title Hopes & More

November 25th, 2014

joemugshotIt was that time of the week again — the “JoeBucsFan Hour” with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

Joe dove into all kinds of topics. [read more]

“Buying In More In What The Coach’s Philosophy Is”

November 25th, 2014

jacquies smith 1120How could Joe not celebrate all things Jacquies Smith? What a September pickup by general manager Lovie Smith and Jason Licht, and what a good job developing this guy quickly!

As the sacks leader among Bucs defensive ends with four, Smith has all of Joe’s attention. [read more]

Lovie Takes Will Gholston Off The Hook

November 25th, 2014

GholstonlockerFor those eager to clobber defensive end Will Gholston for his second costly special teams penalty this month, Joe can soothe you.

Sunday’s first-quarter roughing the kicker personal foul on Gholston that gave the Bears a fresh set of downs was bogus. [read more]

Glennon Mob Doesn’t Have To Dig Deep

November 25th, 2014

McCownGlennonIt’s been tough sledding for the Mike Glennon Mob. What a rollercoaster ride this year has been.

Those “19-and-9″ bumper stickers, hot sellers last Valentine’s Day, were emblematic of the movement. But now there’s a new rallying cry fueled by fresh data. [read more]

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

November 25th, 2014

Settle in at 5 p.m. for the feisty “JoeBucsFan Hour” with Joe and the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

Don’t miss the fun.

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Doesn’t Matter Who Is Quarterback

November 25th, 2014

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It just hurts Joe’s head when he hears Lovie Smith talk about being in a playoff race. With a two-win team that can’t win a game at home? C’mon.

Even if the Bucs were in a playoff hunt, the Bucs offense is in dire need of help. Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida believes it doesn’t make a difference who is the quarterback so long as the run game is swimming up stream. [read more]

Bucs Cut Returner Marcus Thigpen

November 25th, 2014
Replacing Eric Page hasn't been easy

Replacing Eric Page hasn’t been easy

The revolving door of returners trying to replace Eric Page keeps turning.

Jelly hands Marcus Thigpen was released today, after Trindon Holliday went to injured reserve and Chris Owusu was cut, after rookie Solomon Patton didn’t last long. [read more]

“Cool Out On It”

November 25th, 2014
Lavonte David told his painful story

Lavonte David told his painful story

Lavonte David is a fierce competitor. Sitting out Sunday, his first missed game of his career, was brutal on him.

David painted a picture of a guy who wanted to go but was denied by team medical staff. [read more]

Football On A Playground

November 25th, 2014
Bucs WR Mike Evans scores Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Buccaners.com)

Bucs WR Mike Evans scores Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Buccaners.com)

One bright spot in this miserable season is the glow of rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. It is hard not to group Evans in with the top tier of receivers in the league.

Sunday, in the loss to the Bears, the way Evans described it, he and quarterback Josh McCown were playing backyard football on his touchdown catch, the lone TD for the Bucs. [read more]

And If They Played To The Whistle?

November 25th, 2014
Teammates let down Louis Murphy

Teammates let down Louis Murphy

The easiest thing about playing football is going hard to the whistle. It takes no talent to give maximum effort. That’s learned at the Pop Warner level. Most plays are no more than six seconds of mayhem. Is that too much to freakin’ ask?

Joe presents Exhibit A from the Tampa Bay debacle in Chicago. [read more]

“They Ate”

November 25th, 2014

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It was almost like two different games Sunday.

The Bucs thrashed the Bears and bratty Jay Cutler in the first half. In the second half? The Bears were wolves. Hungry wolves, in fact.

Bears safety Peanut Tillman, a Lovie Smith guy through and through, explained how Chicago coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker went all “Coming to America” and lit into the Bears at halftime and unleashed the dogs. [read more]