Contenders Or Pretenders?

September 21st, 2010

Faulk and Sapp

In this video of the NFL Network’s Total Access, Marshall Faulk and former Bucs great Warren Sapp discuss if the Bucs, at 2-0 to start the season, are contenders or pretenders.

Among the things Joe learned in this video is that Bucs coach Raheem Morris is an avid fan of the NFL Network. Not to disparage Raheem, but Joe has to ask, who the hell wouldn’t be, unless they are a woman or have subjected themselves to living in an Out House?

23 Responses to “Contenders Or Pretenders?”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll do it again, for who-knows-what reason:

    What is the reason for disparaging those who don’t have the NFL network, either because it costs too much or because they actually can’t get it because of where they live?

    I mean, maybe, MAYBE it is funny to those who have an NFL network superiority complex. But most likely it just serves to annoy your readers (and I have to imagine it is a sizable amount) who don’t have it.

    (I do believe it is little stupid things like this and other ‘site jokes’ that you have that will prevent your site from being easily digestible by the masses and limit the overall popularity of your site.)

    Just something to think about…

  2. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Matt – Appreciate the feedback. Joe doesn’t really care much about digestibility or annoying readers. It happens every day. Joe just kind of does his thing. Thankfully, it works. Just writing in the third person alone has driven countless people to call this site moronic and stupid, yet traffic is up about 400 percent versus last September, and it’s cruising toward numbers that will make JoeBucsFan the No. 1 destination for hardcore Bucs fans.

  3. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Saw the program last night. I think Warren wants to jump on the Bucs bandwagon, but we need another win for him to jump high up on it. Probably our win against the Steelers will do it. Are they really thinking about starting Leftwich?
    If you look at the rest of the schedule, I dont see a team that we cant beat. Dont say the AINTS, we beat them once last year. Ravens are suspect too.

  4. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I didn’t know Joebucsfan wasn’t the #1 destination for hardcore Bucs Fans in Tampa.

  5. Teddy Says:

    “…my man, Greg McCoy…”

    Is he really your man, Warren?

  6. Joe Says:


    Joe caught the same thing. Maybe “Greg” is his nickname? Dunno.

  7. McBuc Says:

    Matt…Funny thing is I made the move from Brighthouse to Dish, and saved money! The NFL network was included, and it may be what keeps me on the Dish. My wife misses bay News 9 and wants to move back, but I think she is over it now. The NFL network is a must have!

  8. Joe Says:

    My wife misses bay News 9 and wants to move back


  9. Bucc Fan In Hawkeye Country Says:

    Yeah do your thing Joe.. You got me hooked.. Never heard of this site til right after last season ended, stumbled acrossed it, and have been on it multiple times a day ever since then. Must be doin somethin right…

  10. McBuc Says:

    Joe, no worries, I convinced her the contract is too long to buy out! The NFL network is at the McBuc house to stay! I have my internet still with BH, killed the home phone, and have the dish, and I am saving about $75.00 a month. My man card is in tact with a ton of NFL coverage, and my budget is looking better for it.

  11. Joe Says:

    Bucc Fan In Hawkeye Country:

    Glad Joe can give you some solace after a rough Saturday night.

    Thanks for the kind words!

  12. Matt Says:

    @Joe That’s great, actually. I like the uniqueness of your site and don’t mind those quirks. Just wanted to make sure you were aware of the possibility of turning off potential readers.

    One thing that might be helpful though, is a JBF dictionary. Otherwise, you might put off new readers who don’t have a clue what CITS means, for example 😉

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    At the start of the game Sunday, Dick(head) Stockton introduced Raheem Morris as the HC for the Bucs while they put Eric Yarber(I think) on Camera. Whatever the case it wasn’t Raheem. Sapp with the Greg deal and there were a couple other gaffs at the game. Marshall Faulk is getting old, tiring on the show and he should be replaced. He calls Rah’s team a Pretender, and I bet that is the first thing Raheem showed the Bucs this morning in the film room. That stupid clip and Sapp going along with it like he was stoned(as usual) out of his mind an unable to think clearly.

    It is sickening that on the major networks, they would rather talk about the Vikings and Cowboys losing than winning teams like the Bucs or KC. They have their PET teams and that is all they talk about repeatedly.

  14. BamBamBuc Says:

    BigMac – they have the video of the beginning of the game, with Raheem Morris at the bottom of the screen and Jimmy Lake on camera over at

  15. TAC Says:

    I’m no expert, and not a techie type, but I do have a gripe about the coverage of the bucs on Directv Sunday ticket during the game. It seemed that the reception was messed up on some of the cameras, such as during replays. I got this conspiratorial feeling that the Bucs/Panthers was given less bandwidth, or put on worst Chinese made satellite that they had to offer.
    Now I understand their marketing approach to all the big Markets, and will just quit watching them if they continue down the path of ESPN, but I will cancel their asses in a minute if they start giving those Markets the better feeds, and more bandwidth for the compressed digital signals.

    Tinfoil hat on the dish, maybe so, but none of the other channels, and those games were like that.

  16. Joe Says:


    It is sickening that on the major networks, they would rather talk about the Vikings and Cowboys losing than winning teams like the Bucs or KC. They have their PET teams and that is all they talk about repeatedly.

    Much as it pains Joe to write this, that’s actually smart.

    Joe loathes the Cowboys with a murderous passion. But that team is one of the two most popular teams in the NFL. The fact they are losing is more important to more football fans than the Bucs or Chiefs winning. Then there is you-know-who quarterbacking the Vikings.

    TV networks are in business to make money. The best way to make money is to pull in more eyeballs. Hence, the talk of the Vikings and Cowboys.

    Trust Joe, you will get much, much, much more Bucs information on the NFL Network that BSPN.

  17. Ash Says:

    After having NFL Network for a few years on Verizon FiOS, I cannot even stand to watch the espn nfl shows (Live, Countdown, etc). The only good ESPN NFL show is NFL Matchup which comes on at odd hours. NFL Total Access is great and I really like the Playbook shows on NFLN during the week. Last night I also caught “The Coaches Show” with Brian Billick and Jim Mora. Good stuff also. The only ESPN show I’d watch would be if they brought back the old NFL Primetime highlight show.

  18. oar Says:

    Anyone catch the NFL Redzone HD free-view sunday. Now that is an awesome channel! I think I’ll be ordering that one. Saw every team, huge plays(even the ones not td’s), and every td(all 60+ plus of them)!

  19. Joe Says:


    You are so right. NFL Network shows are so far superior to BSPN NFL shows it’s not even funny.

  20. New Era Bucs Says:

    Before the regular season started Sapp picked the steelers over the bucs. I wonder if he will change his pick? I bet he does.

  21. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Fair warning…don’t expect the love to show up if we win the Steelers game. As they said in this video, we’ve played only teams with quarterback issues, and the Steelers are no different.

    The only way we’ll get love is if we win AND our offense outshines their defense…since THAT would be a true test.

    But our defense vs their offense will not get any recognition.

    Strnagley enough, I’m fine with that. What I see happening is an inexperienced team getting experience, winning and getting confidence. It might just be enough to carry them through the tougher games.

  22. McBuc Says:

    Pete…You are right, and I am with you. I hope they keep giving the Bucs no love, that is when we are at our best!

  23. BigMacAttack Says:

    The NFL Channel is owned by the NFL, right??? If so that is all 32 teams, and although you can’t give exactly equal time to all 32, they all have a vested interest in the Station and so do the fans. Fans want to see their team, and on a channel that is all NFL, it should show ALL of the NFL, and not just 30% which is the big markets. The BEST teams should get the most coverage, but they should split it up between all 32 somewhat evenly. It would take much more work on their part to do this and know all of the teams well enough to cover them. They are clueless about 50% of the teams because they just don’t care and that’s BS. ESPN is an independent network and should be able to do whatever they want including not covering the NFL at all if they choose. The NFL Channel as a product of the NFL should cover all 32 at least somewhat. Now they only cover about 12 teams and 6 teams get 90% of the coverage. That sucks and that is why I don’t watch the NFL channel much. I don’t care about the Cowboys, Jets, Vikings and Pats. They can all suck it as far as I’m concerned. I only tune in for Buc Coverage and usually only get 15 seconds of it during the last minute of the show, if I’m lucky. They talk Bucs probably about 3 minutes max in an entire week of coverage. They can hate the if they want but I still want to see them.