Bucs Team of the Decade?

June 8th, 2009

The Bucs are the team of the decade? Not quite.

But former Bucs beat writer and current SI.com columnist Don Banks ranks all of the teams for the decade, even though the decade isn’t quite finished.

The first three are pretty obvious (thing rinks + playoff wins). But Joe was surprised to learn just how high the Bucs were ranked. In fact, Banks ranks them No. 9.

Regular season: 76-68, .528
Playoff wins/record: 3-4
Super Bowls won/appeared: 1 out of 1
Playoff seasons: 5
Winning seasons: 6
Losing seasons: 3

We told you we valued a Super Bowl run pretty highly in our rankings, and the Bucs prove it. Their .528 regular-season winning percentage is lower than our next two teams (Seattle and Tennessee), but Tampa Bay gets credit for its five playoff seasons, six winning seasons, and most important, getting the job done in 2002, its one and only Super Bowl appearance. That, however, was the only season this decade in which the Bucs won a playoff game.

Though Joe may not agree with the ranking, hey, it’s Banks who decides how he ranks them. And a Super Bowl ring should be more important than teams with more wins but no rings, as Banks pointed out.

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