Vacation Man Scolds Bucs Fans

January 28th, 2010

Maybe the stress of covering the Saints march to the Super Bowl is starting to fray his nerves, but something seems to be eating away at Vacation Man of

In his breakdown of Bucs general manager Mark Dominik’s State of the Bucs address in Mobile, Ala. earlier this week, Vacation Man notes too how the Bucs do not plan on buying any big-name free agent.

Don’t let Vacation Man know your disgust with this. He doesn’t want to hear it.

Yeah, I know, go ahead and start yelling and screaming that the Bucs need to re-sign Derrick Brooks and spend $150 million on big-name free agents. It’s not going to do you any good.

I’m not saying Dominik’s approach is right or wrong, but that’s the way it’s going to be. The Bucs clearly are committed to Dominik and coach Raheem Morris for another year and this is the way they’re going to do things.

You can spend the next nine months griping about what the Bucs don’t have. Or you can spend the next nine months watching what they do add and seeing, over time, if this rebuilding process starts coming together.

Whoa! As the great Mike North would bellow, “TAKE IT EASE-EE!!!”

Here’s Joe’s take: Sure, it can be frustrating to think about what the Bucs are going to do — or not do — this offseason but it’s hardly surprising. Given the lack of funds combined with the looming labor stoppage, Joe can see why there’s little interest in spending money.

But don’t dare tell Bucs fans they shouldn’t be irritated!

Bucs fans have every right to complain. The last thing the Tampa Bay area needs is a bunch of sheep to agree to management’s every move, fall to their knees, open their checkbooks and ask, “Thank you sir can I have another?”

The gall to suggest Bucs fans should grovel and be thankful for whatever crumb is thrown their way!

14 Responses to “Vacation Man Scolds Bucs Fans”

  1. D-money Says:

    “The gall to suggest Bucs fans should grovel and be thankful for whatever crumb is thrown their way!”

    I don’t think he was saying we should grovel. I agree with him on this. Why get our panties in a wad over something we can’t control.

    Im all for evaluating the moves they make. Will this guy be a good fit , is theis guy washed up, was that a good trade, who should we draft etc… but man i really dont have to analyze the sinister motives behind every singal move that is made.

  2. NautiBuc Says:

    Vacation Man can kiss my lilly white a$$.

  3. TpaBayFlyFisher Says:

    I for one am simply losing interest in the Bucs. No skybox, no club seats, next is fishing on Sunday afternoons…….hey I even feel better now that I have admitted it!

  4. B From O-Town Says:

    The NFC South Blogger said: “You can spend the next nine months griping about what the Bucs don’t have. Or you can spend the next nine months…” … I will finish here… “Not watching the aweful product, not paying for tickets or not even wanting to discuss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the water cooler at work until the Glazers hire a REAL NFL coach.”

    That is option C and that’s what will happen.

  5. Eric S Says:

    The bay area helped build that stadium that the Bucs play in. So the least the Glazers can do is put on a competitive product. I don’t need them to go on wild spending sprees. It would be just be nice if they spent some money on free agents. Some of the biggest holes on the team went unchecked when there were players out there that would have helped.

  6. Eric S Says:

    He has a chat on Friday. I will definitely ask him about these comments. I suggest other people do as well. And are there a lot of people screaming for them to resign Brooks now? I think that ship has passed for most fans.

  7. Joe Says:

    Eric S:

    And are there a lot of people screaming for them to resign Brooks now?

    Last year in the first week or two in the season, Joe heard such comments. Since the season has ended, Joe believes even the most diehard of Bucs fans likely believe that ship has sailed.

  8. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Eric I believe that ship you are referring to is the S.S. Bucaneer is a once removed cousin of the S.S. Minnow or maybe it was the Titanic – either one will do. Bottoms up!

  9. buckeyebob Says:

    Why is it that you cannot come to grips with the fact that Brooks did not get picked up by anyone?? None of the other 31 teams could use him…gee I wonder why? Get the hell off that dead horse. This team will be young and built thru the draft. This is a young mans game old slow guys just cannot get it done in the NFL today. Go Buc!!!

  10. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Now lets face it Joe, most Bucs fans NEED a little scolding every now and then. I mean this IS TAMPA BAY after all. Remember the Yuks, the loser Devil Rays and don’t forget the Lightening Dolts?

    Tampa isn’t SUPPOSED to have winning sports teams – those few years of a SuperBowl, World Series and Stanley Cup were just an abberation – not the norm.

    In addition Tampa fans are excellent money managers – especially when it’s other peoples money. I mean look at all the free agents the “fans” could buy with those millions of cap space. I mean gee whiz Joe just think how good the Bucs record would have been last year if the Bucs had signed Haynesworth instead of watching fat Albert go to the Skins!

    Nope I’m GLAD to watch the Bucs wisely spend money on “proven” commodities like the best blocking WR in the league; or that nifty 1.0 million to sign a LB with knee injuries that doesn’t play a game; or how about that nifty 9.7 million WR who waits until training camp before undergoing a knee scope. No wild spending bings for this smart GM

    As for the draft I doubt the Bucs get a top 10 guy. Donuts to dollars says they trade down because the signing bonuses these college kids is just ridiculous. Why shell out $20+ million for a top 5 pick when you can get away for $1 with a top 20 pick instead.

    Better yet just sift thru Rounds 6-7 to find the next Sammy Stroughter he only cost $310,000. Then there’s Maurice Stovell who only cost $535K.

    Don’t forget the Moore boys – I mean considering the Bucs only shelled out $820K for BOTH – now THAT’S a bargin! For these and more interesting highlights:

    But seriously the ONLY Free Agents I expect the Bucs to sign are their own.

  11. Mr. Lucky Says:

    BuckeyeBoB – you were incorrect about no one picking up Derrick Brooks last year – ESPN did.

    Let’s face it Brooks WAS the face of the Bucs – good for the community and a leader on the team. He didn’t need to be cut like he was in the Black Tuesday purge – but then again I didn’t like the hiring of Raheem either so…

    Derrick’s day of playing on the field are over but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a consultant in the future – i.e., like Doug Williams.

  12. Joe Says:


    The main reason why Brooks remained unemployed was that he priced himself out of the market and he all but admits that.

    Brooks has consistently said he wasn’t going to work for league minimum nor was he going to play special teams. Most teams do not run the Monte Kiffin Tampa-2 any longer, so teams were not going to unload the Brinks truck on a 30-something linebacker that doesn’t fit their scheme who refused to play special teams.

    The closest Brooks came in theory to landing a gig was Chicago, but the McCaskeys are beyond cheap and given the fact their season tanked early, they weren’t going to break out the checkbook for Brooks.

  13. Eric S Says:

    I do think Brooks would have signed if his salary demands were lower. It would have been nice if Brooks was here last season and provided some veteran leadership. As I said in the previous post, that discussion has long been over. I don’t get why Pat brought it up.

  14. TpaBayFlyFisher Says:

    Yawn! What time is the low tide?