King Muscle Hamster

November 4th, 2012

Wow. Joe doesn’t know what to write about Doug Martin, known nationally as “The Muscle Hamster.”

Right now he should be known as King Muscle Hamster.

Martin blew up today. Blew up! Destroyed the Raiders. It looked like Martin was playing against a two-bit high school team. It looked almost too easy.

How big of a day did Martin have? Consider Cadillac Williams’ rookie season, he racked up 290 carries and 1,178 yards for a 4.1 yards-per-carry average and six touchdowns.

Martin has 794 yards through eight games with a 5.2 yards per carry average and seven touchdowns.

Ray Rice only wishes he had these kind of numbers.

Martin took time to discuss his record-setting day on the Bucs radio network after the game.

“It was a good team effort, four quarters of football,” Martin said. “We wanted to come out swinging and we did.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the line with Carl [Nicks] gone.

“I was told to ‘Keep your head up’ and if you keep your head up, the body will follow and I did that and I was on the third level [of the defense].

“The line man, I cannot describe how they were able to step in. [Ted] Larsen hasn’t played center in a while. They did an awesome job today.”

Joe just couldn’t believe his eyes the way Martin was attacking the Oakland defense, behind a line that was pretty much put together with duct tape and baling wire, against a pretty solid defensive front of the Raiders no less.

Joe believes we are on the cusp of seeing something really, really, really special with Martin.

35 Responses to “King Muscle Hamster”

  1. Wescoastbucsfan Says:

    +1. To this entire article.

  2. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Have to agree Joe.. I would be the first to admit I was wrong about the guy. I was sold on Blount and though the Muscle Hamster was too small and not durable. I ll eat crow on this one…Truly a wonderful exhibition of rushing. Today’s effort puts him in a class with a lot of elite runners. I would say top 10 based on the list I saw for Single Game Rushing records.

  3. Santos Says:

    credit needs to go to the offensive line coach ( i believe former wisconsin o line coach) he has these guys playing sound football!!

  4. Brain Says:

    On the cusp? I’m sure Martin will have an outstanding career but chances are he never has a game as big as the one he had today. That was a historic performance in terms of yards and TDs and it’ll be tough for him to do better. Even if he does have a better game statistically some day it’s unlikely that he’ll have to do as much of the work by himself. The run blocking was good today but Martin made a lot of big plays with very little green grass available to him initially. Almost any other back and we’re looking at around a 100 yard day.

    So yeah, Martin is already really special.

  5. Hyperryd Says:

    I think we are seeing the next Doug Martin!! No other comparisons needed. If this kid stays healthy a lot of records re going to fall! I love being a Bucs fan!!!

  6. lightningbuc Says:

    I’m eating crow too. Wanted Blount to have more carries a few weeks ago. Now I want him to have less. That fool damn near lost everything Martin worked so hard for.

  7. SensibleBuc Says:

    One thing is patently obvious after watching Dougie’s performance today…Zuttah/Larsen/Jamon should relegate Davin & Carl to the bench 🙂

  8. SensibleBuc Says:

    Anybody watching the Falcons? They’re going to destroy our secondary lol

  9. Andrew Says:

    mmm that crow taste good lol. I too will say I was wrong about him. The only thing I hope we dont do is wear him down like Caddy.

  10. Yar Says:

    Are you ready to let Blount go now that you’ve seen a real RB

  11. Brad Says:

    1st of all Doug hates to be called muscle hamster, 2nd the only stat that matters is Doug set an NFL record today with 3 40+ yards for 3 TDs. Nothing else needs to be said.

  12. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I’m eating crow with Dougie as well but I felt somebody had to defend Blount who has done no wrong.

    Dougie did set an all time NFL record today with 3 TD”s over 40 yards. Think about that. He beat out Barry Sanders, OJ Simpson, Red Grange, Jim Brown, Walter Payton and Emmett Smith. History made today in Oaktown.

    The Glazers should fly his entire family to every game.

  13. JonBuc Says:

    Add me to the list of eating crow on Martin. Not sure the fumble was Blount’s fault but he won’t see many touches here on out.

  14. FloridaGirl Says:

    Time to ship the shoes to the Hall….great game all the way around. Too bad Blount fumbled and removed himself from the role of the closer.

  15. FlBoy84 Says:

    Besides the O-Line (great job coaching by Bostad) you’ve got to throw credit to Lorig & Coach Bynum as well. I remember an article not to long ago saying the team needed to dump Lorig and get a true fullback to improve the run game. Lorig’s vision and blocking has improved leaps & bounds as this season goes along and I think Byner deserves a ton of credit as well. The guys one helluva RB Coach and has done a grat job averywhere he’s been.

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  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “I’m eating crow with Dougie as well but I felt somebody had to defend Blount who has done no wrong.”


    Right there is what’s wrong with so many fans. So to defend Blount, you feel the need to bash Martin? That’s lame, but typical of so many fans.

  18. BucsBob Says:

    I suggest we change Doug’s nickname to an adult one that he (might) prefer: Muscle Martin, since he hates the juvenile Muscle Hamster.

  19. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    To defend Martin many felt the need to bash Blount.

    It works both ways, at least I admit guilt.

  20. miracle Says:

    I have been searching for rookie rushing record for a single game. Does anyone know if such exists. It would be interesting to see how close he came to it.

  21. Fish Says:

    Dougie Fresh

  22. 1976Buc Says:

    Amen Hawaiian. Martin is having some great games and I am on board. Blount is a different kind of runner that just doesn’t fit this style. The fumble today was not his fault. I am a little surprised we didn’t trade him this week and will really be shocked if he is in Tampa next year. I do have concerns with Martin hitting the proverbial wall. I would like to see a little rest for him and it doesn’t matter to me if it’s Blount, Ware or Smith. He needs to be healthy and strong all season.

  23. Andrew Says:

    Martin also had the killer instinct, gashing the Oakland D when they were gasping for breath in the 4th.

  24. Stanglassman Says:

    A friend of mine calls Martin ‘Dig Doug’, I think it’s a pretty good nick name for him.

  25. Joe Says:


    Here are the top 10 rushing performances in one game. Martin is No. 10. You can do the research to figure out if any were rookies.

    1. Adrian Peterson (MIN), SD, 11/04/07, 296
    2. Jamal Lewis (BAL), CLE, 09/14/03, 295
    3. Jerome Harrison (CLE), KC, 12/20/09, 286
    4. Corey Dillon (CIN), DEN, 10/22/00, 278
    5. Walter Payton (CHI), MIN, 11/20/77, 275
    6. O.J. Simpson (BUF), DET, 11/25/76, 273
    7. Shaun Alexander (SEA), OAK, 11/11/01, 266
    8. Jamaal Charles (BAL), DEN, 01/03/10, 259
    9. DeMarco Murray (DAL), STL, 10/23/11, 253
    10. Doug Martin (TB), OAK, 11/04/12, 251

  26. Jordan Says:

    “My Favorite Martin”!!
    I know, that dates me a bit, doesn’t it?

  27. Orlando bucs fan Says:

    The single game rushing record and the single game rushing record for rookies are the same they both belong to Adrian Peterson! On the same month and day Doug Martin had his huge game today.

  28. Travis Says:

    And only 1 month ago Joe, you were trying to sell us on how Doug Martin isn’t very good and that Blount is the better player and he needs to get the ball more. Blount shouldn’t touch the field and he proved that today.

  29. Sneedy16 Says:


    Watch the play Freeman fumbled

  30. miracle Says:

    Dougie is 3rd behind peterson and demarco murray. Thanks everyone for the help and Joe the list

  31. BucFan20 Says:

    Anyone will destroy your secondary if you don’t get pressure on their QB.

  32. BucFan20 Says:

    New placement for a handoff in the NFL. Place the ball high on the RB’s left shoulder pad. When it gets fumbled blame the RB.

  33. FlBoy84 Says:

    How about “Mighty Mite” as a nickname for Martin. Per Wiki – “M422 ‘Mighty Mite’ is a light weight ¼-ton 4×4 tactical truck, suitable for airlifting and manhandling.

  34. BRoy3434 Says:

    ^good comment BucFan20….anyway all you guys should be eating crow for bashing doug, josh and the whole team…the reactions i read after the Dallas loss were ridiculous. Freemans gotta go, doug’s not good, bring in Blount. I can only imagine the crow some of you must have eaten after (i assume) bashing mike williams after his year last year

  35. SacBucs Says:

    Nobody wants to be called a hamster.. I like dougie fresh! What about DMX?