First Time “Crowd Was A Huge Factor”

September 30th, 2011

Some fans reading the quote below from Josh Freeman might take it the wrong way and want to tell the Bucs’ QB to jump in a lake.

But Joe could hear the raw honesty in Freeman’s voice saying it and, well, sometimes the truth hurts. It’s been years since the Bucs had a big-time home field advantage, and Freeman was just calling it straight after feeling what a great crowd can do against the Falcons.

“It was pretty amazing. That’s really the first time that I’ve been here playing at Raymond James that the crowd was a huge factor,” Freeman said on The Josh Freeman Show on WDAE-AM 620 on Wednesday night. “That place was rocking. It was deafening. You could tell that the Falcons were have some communication issues. … It was a great experience.”

Immediately after the Bucs-Falcons game, Joe wrote that Sunday’s crowd was the most intense he had heard in years.

Of course, it helps to have fans excited about a strong team and have your defense on the field instead of the offense (relative quiet time) trying to launch yet another comeback.

Hopefully, the Bucs won’t need a 12th man to take out their inferior opponent on Monday night.

11 Responses to “First Time “Crowd Was A Huge Factor””

  1. Buc Fan South Tampa Says:

    Agree. Wife and I were there and all 41k were deafening. Awesome job fans.

  2. patrickbucs Says:

    He must have forgotten his debut game against the Packers in the throwbacks, that was extremly loud and rocking. That was my friend from Michigan’s 1st game at the stadium, absolutley loved the tailgate and game. He thought it blew away Ford Field, which it does.

    Thought the stadium was pretty loud this time, seemed it was more like 50k though?

  3. OAR Says:

    I also agree! My wife and I were able to go for the first time in 2 years, since not being able to renew my season tickets. It was as loud as back then!

  4. Oahubuc Says:

    I could hear it on my ******** **** and kept remarking how I haven’t heard CITS like that in a while.

  5. sunrisejeff Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Been a long time since the CITS sounded like that and I hope it is the start of a new trend in TB.

  6. OB Says:

    Joe, I was there and the main reason was the defense was there, Atlanta could not run the ball and if “Matty Ice” took any time throwing it he became “Matty Crushed Ice”. We yell and the Bucs creamed them. It is a two way street. As that famous Buc of old Isaac Newton stated, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We yelled and the defense roared. Oh and we were winning.

  7. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Some fans reading the quote below from Josh Freeman might take it the wrong way and want to tell the Bucs’ QB to jump in a lake.


    I don’t get that comment at all. NOTHING in that quote was offensive. Freeman was merely being honest and a little in awe. I suspect Monday will be much, much louder. We need to show MNF why they shouldn’t have snubbed us for so long.

  8. Dave Says:

    Pete Dutcher

    Because that is what happens. Nothing McCoy has said is offensive, if anything he is refreshing in his charisma, but fans are starting to nit-pick and jump on him if he doesn’t have a sack every single game he plays.

  9. Mauha Deeb Says:

    That place was stupid loud. Nothing like Michael Spurlocks first kick return, though. My voice was gone for the rest of the game.

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    For the record, The WE-FENSE in my section, 309 is always that loud, at least in the general area. Finally the rest of the fans got on board and it was great for a change. It was the first time I have seen the whole Stadium stand up on 3’rd down in the last 3 years. It was rockin!!! The team rocked too and this is what so many Bucs’ fans are missing that don’t go to the games.

    GO FREAKIN BUCS !!!!!!!

  11. gbuc Says:

    Major reasons it was loud… Cloudy weather, not sweltering heat and everyone was “ready” because of the 4:00 start. Every game in the beginning of the season should be a late start.