“They Kind Of Thrive On The Middle Fingers”

October 6th, 2010

The Bucs have won three consecutive road games, and Raheem Morris was pressed for a hidden reason why during his news conference today.

The defensive mastermind/head coach obliged with an answer, which had nothing to do with Xs and Os. It seems his young Bucs thrive on being ripped by opposing fans.

“A little bit of the advantage we have is we’re so young, I think we kind of like the adversity a little bit. They kinda thrive on it. They kind of thrive on the boos. They kind of thrive on the middle fingers, you know, rolling into the stadium,” Morris said. “You know, they kinda get a little bit of energy of just being angry because everybody hates them. …They kind of thrive on it a bit, that negativity, or that us-against-the-world mentality because they are kind of a young football team and we all listened to Tupac [Shakur] growing up.”

Whatever works to get the Ws. If the Bucs need to be abused to bring on victories, then there’s no reason to limit that to road games.

Team Glazer could hire some F-bomb throwers, middle-finger wavers and angry hecklers to harass players from the moment they pull into the players parking lot off Dale Mabry Highway. They could even pipe in a montage of sports radio talk show hosts’ Bucs takes through the public address system.

Or, they could just have an old-fashioned, no-restrictions banner day, which surely would unleash some ugliness at the players favorite coach.

Perhaps Peter King’s oatmeal-slurping mug next to “2-14” on the JumboTron. Oh, the possibilities.

12 Responses to ““They Kind Of Thrive On The Middle Fingers””

  1. JimBuc Says:

    We may have finally found a career for Thomas, Tampa2 and RahDom!!

  2. New Era Bucs Says:


  3. SkookumSmitty Says:

    Good…Then maybe we won’t hear any players bitching the next time Bucs fans are outnumbered.

  4. Larry Says:

    What happened during the Steelers game at Heinz Field South?

  5. thomas Says:

    Its great to know that our head coach attributes road wins to his players listening to TUPAC! Well it sure isnt coaching, that I agree with.

    A Seattle team that had quit and a Carolina team, well that was Carolina may account for two of those three wins more than Two Packs of Sugar I bet! But we will let Rah Rah attribute it to whatever he wants to.

    Maybe if they stopped practicing altogether and just listened to Notoriuos BIG or Run DMC or LL Cool J they would go undefeated. Heck why don’t they just try attending a rap concert and they may be the favorites to win super bowls.

    Cant you just hear Bellichick saying that their championships had to do with his team growing up listening to U2, Springsteen and Bon Jovi!

    Grilla – you may want to impose the gag order again. More and more embarrassing stuff every day. Thanks for the laughs though Joe by including the ridiculuous unedited jibberish from the HC!

  6. Tommy Boy Says:

    I highly doubt that Barrett Ruud listened to Tupac up in Nebraska. But hey whatever works. West siiiiiiide!!!!

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    In the City…..

  8. Pete 422 Says:

    Go Bucs on Sunday, pound the rock!

  9. Ash Says:

    I knew there would be your take before I even clicked on the comments. Have you not realized that Raheem just tells it like it is and doesnt have much coach speak. He said the team has the me against the world mentality and the team (given their age) listened to the 2pac song “me against the world” growing up. He didnt say they were bumping it to prepare for games. Geez. Reading way to much into it dude.

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Raheem is a funny guy, and he is pretty witty too. He has quick comebacks and cracks a lot of jokes in his pressers. I am enjoying him much more this year. He is more confident yet still humble, and doesn’t sound like the village idiot. I really liked his pool party comments especially as he was leaving the podium. Good Cardio is a key to winning in any sport, and this team is young and dynamic as he says. I like our chances against any NFC team right now and most of the AFC, But there are still a few like the Jets, Pats, Ravens, & Steelers that can take us to school, but by the time the playoffs roll around that might change. Play hard and stay thirsty.

  11. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    “City of the homeless”

  12. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Great Post BMA… absolutely agree with everything you posted (I don’t often post stuff like this…) 😉

    Some people just do not get it. That’s cool too.