Halftime Is For Eating, Urinating

August 23rd, 2012

It isn’t just fans packing the stands at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway who need to race to the restroom or load up on grub at halftime in order to get them through the second half.

It is that way for Bucs players as well.

For the second time in recent days, Bucs coach Greg Schiano spent time during his daily confab with reporters to shoot down the constant empty chatter from empty suits behind a microphone babbling about “halftime adjustments.” In short, Schiano said, adjustments are made constantly during the game and halftime is often used for personal matters for players.

“I really think that halftime adjustments are overrated in a big, big way. I think halftime is to take care of your personal business, go to the men’s room, get a drink and maybe something to eat because you maybe had something to eat three hours before kickoff or four hours before kickoff, now you have played an hour and a half later. You are looking at 5 1/2 hours before you have put some fuel in your system.”

The way the Bucs played in the second half of games in 2011, it makes Joe wonder what was being served to players as fans went for another round of brews?

29 Responses to “Halftime Is For Eating, Urinating”

  1. Jarret Says:

    Tacklin’ Fuel

  2. Bulldog Says:

    Spaghetti with Marinara and a couple of melt in your mouth Braciole with some warm Italian bread and a nice glass of Chianti. Then back out to adjust.

  3. Miguel Grande Says:

    My biggest problem with Raheem was that he refused to acknowledge that changes had to be made at halftime. His coaches did make changes, he was just kept out of the loop. If they didn’t alter their plans, the Bucs would have lost 63-0.

    The greatest coaches of all time, win the 3d quarter. They insert a well thought out game plan and make adjustments at halftime.

    The Ray Perkins of the NFL refuse unless in was in the original game plan. That’s why Perkins and Morris will never be head coaches again.

    I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this season.

  4. OAR Says:

    Has anyone else seen that NFLnetwork film segment where players and ex-players talked about having to go during the game, not at halftime? Some would just go on the while on field while standing or playing, some would take towels and tent themselves on the sidelines. It was interesting and nasty to say the least.

  5. OAR Says:

    “I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this season.”
    Just now starting to have a bad feeling? You had us all fooled! It’s been monthes!

  6. OAR Says:

    Wah, wah, wah..goes the Grande!

  7. Bulldog Says:

    His coaches made changes but allegedly kept out of the loop.
    Geraldo , got one for ya,

  8. Drew Says:


    Which part of the article affected your feelings? Was it the urination or the eating and having to take a dump? Just asking…

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    @Michelle Pequeno

    You’ve had a “bad feeling” about this season before the preseason even started. Nothing you say has any credibility.

  10. Stranger Says:

    Actually Miguel, I’m fairly certain Raheem did adjust. That was fairly obvious in 2010. The problem was they had nothing in them. When the offense couldn’t get anything, the struggling defense was left to hang on the field. So by the third quarter, they had no energy or spirit in them to adjust to anything.

  11. Macabee Says:

    I think he was being facetious – offputting towards the media when he said that about halftime. Every coach uses halftime to make adjustments, offer praise, point out specific game observations, etc.

    What I heard him say and I really liked was that halftime was not exclusively used to make adjustments. Adjustments were dynamic – meaning they are made as the game goes on or on the sidelines as things happen. That will be a big improvement from last year!

  12. Ish70 Says:


    Schiano doesn’t say he won’t make half-time adjustments. He says that good coaching is ALWAYS making adjustment. From the first snap you notice things you didn’t prepare for, new wrinkles.

    He’s saying don’t wait until half time: start making adjustments now so that its not 63-0 at the half.

  13. Bobby Says:

    Miguel, please….you are taking up valuable posting space that could be filled by Eric or Thomas. Before posting again you should apply for a permit. I think Joe has a 3 moron limit on any one topic and right now you count for 2. I know, it doesn’t seem right but you graded out high on stupidity. If it makes you feel any better just look at it like the ‘combine’ for idiots and you had a really good showing.

  14. Stevek Says:

    I am a big fan of Schiano’s outlook/methodology.

    Make adjustments instant, and at half time get rested/refueled/cleansed.

    I wish I could follow Schiano on Twitter, oh wait he doesn’t Twitter Twatter, he is too busy devising a way to WIN.

  15. Buc_The_World Says:

    Actually what Raheem said was he didn’t make halftime adjustments, the players actually started playing in the second half the way they should have played in the first. But I still say he and all coaches make adjustments whether it’s scheme or mental adjustments.

  16. Joe Says:

    Actually Stevek, Schiano in fact does have a Twitter account. He hasn’t Twittered anything since he left Rutgers, though.

  17. Stevek Says:

    Bc he is on a 10 game losing streak, that is why NO TWEETS.

    Tweeting= for WINNERS

    GMC aint no winna.

  18. Stevek Says:

    GMC is not a winner yet*.

    Playoffs this year would be doable if he is in the lineup for all 16.

    I hope GMC can play more games than Mike Vick, lol it could be close….

  19. raphael Says:

    lol @ the gmc haterz !

  20. OAR Says:

    Funny, don’t you have to play games to be on any kind streak? Sorry, but Schaino is NOT on a 10 game losing streak!

  21. Stevek Says:

    Schiano is a Buccaneer, man.

    Buccaneers are on a 10 game skid, guilty by association.

  22. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Those of us who were in Tampa will remember that the Tony Dungy led teams made huge adjustments at 1/2 time.
    In fact, we always used to say in Tampa “wait till the second half”.
    Often, we looked like a totally different team, in the second half.

  23. Miguel Grande Says:

    Why do eight comments address my opinion directly? Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one.

    I didn’t write the article. I didn’t quote Schiano.

    I stated what is conventional wisdom in the NFL.

    “The greatest coaches of all time, win the 3rd quarter. They insert a well thought out game plan and make adjustments at halftime.”

    When coaches like Raheem or Ray Perkins go against conventional wisdom, they get your lunch handed to them by smarter people.

    Now that the Little General chooses the same path as those other mental midgets it doesn’t exactly create confidence of success in my humble opinion. I hope I’m wrong.

    He needs eight minutes of half time to snack, drink and take a leak without discussing the game plan?

    I thought this guy was a master of time management and football knowledge? It takes 25-30 years just to understand his defense.

    If the Bucs have a winning record by the bye week, I will apologize to all concerned and since my name seems to offend so many, I will change my name to Miguelito Salton. Which is kind of an insult and a play on words.

    On the other hand, if winless, all these “fans” will owe me an apology. I will then change my name to EL Miguel Magnifico. The ladies call me Miguel Grande, I’ve never really liked that one. It might sound pompous.

  24. lurker Says:

    miguel pequeno said: “I stated what is conventional wisdom in the NFL.”
    haha lmfao

    you, of all people, cannot use “i” and “wisdom” in the same sentence. you have such a lack of wisdom, and then you say nfl, like you are somebody.

    that is as hilarious as thomas “grading” our players.

    you also keep saying schiano is “little” and napoleanic”. by definition, he is not. you, on the other hand, having run marathons by your own account, probably are a little man and only 95 lbs. also, by your own words above, are pompous. since you are a little man, and inflate your skills, are, by definition, have a napoleanic syndrome.

  25. Stu Laake Says:

    That is the biggest question mark I have as a fan…can Schiano make the necessary in game adjustments to keep his team in the game including halftime adjustments…I believe Pewter Report mentioned this as well after Schiano was hired

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “I stated what is conventional wisdom in the NFL.

    “The greatest coaches of all time, win the 3rd quarter. They insert a well thought out game plan and make adjustments at halftime.””


    If that’s conventional wisdom, how come I’ve never heard it? It’s because you just made it up. For your own reference, conventional wisdom states that games are won Monday through Saturday. Nice try though. And generally, it is said that games are won in the fourth quarter. If you are looking for more cliches, you can also use “defense wins championships”. But you can’t just make up your own and call it “conventional wisdom”. You can, however, use “unconventional wisdom”, or “stupid sh!t that I just made up to look smart”.

  27. lurker Says:


    even horned-rimmed glasses and a pocket protector cannot make
    miguel payasito look smart!

  28. BucfanBF Says:

    Miguel- you sir are irrelevant and should not be able to make comments regarding anything football related. It us so obvious that you are so clueless actually makes me feel sorry for you.

  29. OAR Says:

    Opinions? Convetional Wisdom? Sounds like constant bitching and fallacy to me!
    JockstrapGrande is what I will call you, afterall that is what you called yourself. To quote what you said…”I’m an athletic supporter of Talib.”