“We’re Entertainers”

January 2nd, 2012

The above headline was a favorite one-liner of Raheem Morris. Raheem knew the Bucs existed for the fans.

Though he made a handful of foolish comments, Raheem rarely shied away from putting himself in front of the media and using it to communicate with fans. Few coaches around the NFL engaged with fans more. Raheem was a gem in that area. And Raheem knew his team’s job was to go out there and play entertaining football for the good folks of the Tampa Bay region. But his team tuned him out and hung him out to dry.

Joe’s reinforcing the entertainment point because of the readers whining at Joe’s end-of-regime post below announcing Raheem’s demise as Bucs head coach. Those who think Joe’s a sleaze for presenting Raheem’s demise like Joe presents nearly everything else Bucs — with a goal of informing and entertaining — are really taking sports far too seriously.

Raheem Morris didn’t die today. He’s got $2 million still on the way. He’s healthy, and Joe’s sure in days he’ll be “ready to deal,” as Raheem likes to say.

Bucs fans should take no shame in cheering the necessary change and dancing at the thought of a new era. Be a fan. Enjoy yourself. Pop some bubbly. Raheem would probably come drink it with you. Throw a pool party. Raheem used to talk about those.

Frankly, one reason JoeBucsFan.com began is because Joe was sick and tired of the serious, traditional approach to sports coverage, and coverage of the Buccaneers specifically. So Joe set out to change the landscape and hopefully make a few bucks along the way.

If you can’t have fun agonizing, cheering and booing the Bucs, this ain’t the site for you.

15 Responses to ““We’re Entertainers””

  1. Cleggly Says:

    I like Jeff Fisher.

  2. NJBucsFan Says:

    Well said Joe

    @Cleggely not so much.

  3. jvato24 Says:

    Can’t please everyone. He’s technically still employed for another year. Just has his I’D badge removed

  4. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    I don’t have fun booing the team and I still enjoy this site. It isn’t always negative. JBF just doesn’t sugar coat it like the other outlets do.

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Nice article Joe.

  6. mbaby Says:

    That y I like this site,I known Joe will make me laugh.Keep it up Joe!

  7. AtlBucsFan Says:

    I’m glad he has been dismissed. He lost the players respect as coach, but not as a person. Wish I had a $2M severance package!

    Let the fireworks go off and let’s get this thing moving in the right direction!

  8. holymoly Says:

    Joe I think your’e doing a fine job . This site gives me a place to vent and after this season , you know I need that !

  9. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    You do a great job Joe, and deserve every bit of the success you have been having.
    I still think perhaps a Party for JBF regulars is in order when our new head coach gets announced.
    That was a great time at Honey’s in Tampa with you and Justin.

  10. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Well put Joe…..Being fired is not something you would wish on anyone…Being fired with 2 million dollars as a parting gift is obviously easier to stomach.

  11. Meh Says:

    Please fire me with a $2 mil parting gift. Please?

  12. espo Says:

    Yunemployed was hilarious. Don’t defend yourself on your own site. The traffic here should speak for itself.

    I do feel bad for Raheem. Not from a financial standpoint. I feel bad because he has been here so long, and it would feel great if he had succeeded. That being said, I’m sure that he understands as well as anyone that he needs to be held accountable for the product on the field.

  13. crazy Says:

    I wonder if the player iPads for film study were used more for entertainment or for film study. Maybe more self-study and less film study @ One Buc fractured the 2010 team chemistry.

  14. Lord Vader Says:

    Dear Joe,

    Thank you for helping to perpetuate villainy throughout the known galaxy.

    Your friend,

  15. patrickbucs Says:

    great job Joe, well done. Let’s not forget he made approximately $5-$6 million from the Bucs before this “payout”.

    Ra seems like a nice guy, just not a good fit for the Bucs at this time. I wish him well though, maybe he will be a good coach one day. Maybe Mike Tomlin will scoop him up in some minor role, will be interesting to see if and where.