“State Of The NFC South” Ignores Bucs

February 18th, 2013

NFL Network was way off the mark

Joe knows many Bucs fans are outraged when the team is disrespected by national media.

Sometimes it’s hypersensitivity; sometimes not. Joe’s rarely annoyed by such things, though Joe must confess he was somewhat pissed when highlight shows across major networks, including the Man Channel, NFL Network, focused on how Cam Newton lost in Tampa last opening day, rather than on how the Bucs and the New Schiano Order burst onto the scene.

For those who track such things, NFL Network delivered a puzzling State of the NFC South segment last week. The seven-minute video completely ignored the Bucs, except for a brief graphic display (gee, thanks) and a joking reference to Mike Shula, who’s now the Panthers’ offensive coordinator.

Knowing how these features are thoroughly are scripted, Joe’s rather surprised the NFL Network producers said, essentially, screw the Bucs.

Joe wonders whether this who-cares attitude will be adopted by TV executives when it comes time to decide whether to put the Bucs on national TV in 2013.

18 Responses to ““State Of The NFC South” Ignores Bucs”

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    Most media are Parrots and copy each other….ZERO original thoughts or ideas of their own.

  2. Rrsrq Says:

    Unfortunately, if and when the Bucs win they will be the darling of the networks, so they will get a pass, but when they start interviewing our players I hope they call them out

  3. Cannuckbuc Says:

    Hey Joe
    This crap happens all the time on NFL channel why are we ever surprised? we are becoming the punch line again ala yucks

  4. OB Says:

    Joe, it is ratings and nothing else. Low numbers, less ad revenue simple as that, so as long as we lose more than we win and have “no” darling players or cheerleaders, we will not be on. It will be interesting if we come out and win the South going away and they have all the loser broadcasts on.

  5. Andrew 1 Says:

    we are always ignored by the national media, and this fact has nothing to do with hypersensitivity of this issue from the bucs fans. that is the truth. even if we made or make the playoffs we would be dismissed as nothing more than a nobody in the nfl. we have, and most likely always will be, not news worthy to national media even if we are winning. that pisses me off to no end.

  6. Andrew 1 Says:

    they would rather talk about a losing cowboy’s team than a winning buc’s team. lol. its a sad truth. well I say fu@k the national media.

  7. Macabee Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong on this, but I think the way the schedule is arranged on NFL Network thursday night football, every team gets at least one national viewing. However, the national media only wants high performing teams to maximize viewership – and quite frankly, that’s the way it should be!

  8. Cannuckbuc Says:

    Hey guys
    What really p#%s me off is that the panthers get more media this is f#%&ing crazy!

  9. Curmudgeon Says:

    When the Bucs go 11-5 or 12-4 and beat up on the rest of the league, they’ll have to pay attention… but yeah, there is an undeniable bias against the Bucs in the national media. When they win, the story is always framed as how the opponent played poorly and screwed up, and never about how TB played their asses off.

  10. Jimmy Says:

    Iff we had a quarterback instead of Quick Draw McGraw maybe the NFL Network might worry about the Bucs. Not even Muscle Hamster got air time!

  11. Brandon Says:

    I would rather be completely ignored than have stories fabricated or unjust opinions spewed from a total ignorance of the team. Florio of PFT knows nothing of the Bucs yet he still TRIES to make a go of it despite not spending two seconds actually researching and trying to uncover information about the team.

  12. Tbuc Says:

    Why should the national media care, when the fans in Tampa don’t care?

  13. bucbucbuc Says:

    I’m pretty sure Doug Martin alone will earn us some primetime this season, apart from the standard Thursday night game. The league took notice last year, and he is on his way to becoming somewhat of a household name.

  14. 4everBucsFan Says:

    This is a touchy subject for me. I see it all the time, in print, on tv, in interviews. This is not a new occurrence , this has actually been going on for quite some time and it is not only being perpetuated by the NFL. The NFL, MLB, and the media are playing a significant role, on how the Nation perceives Tampa Bay. It mostly started because of attendance issues but it has now morphed into a national tongue whipping. Remember when Coach Schiano was hired? They all said he’s just a college coach and he won’t survive the NFL. I haven’t heard anything like that about Chip Kelly. Remember when Schiano disrupted the kneel down play and it turned out to be perfectly legal. Most of the media couldn’t let it go. They gave Schiano a national beat down and all year at the end of every game someone would joke about the kneel down. Then there was this supposed biased player poll about Schiano. Then their was the shift on a field goal try. Every talking head out there called Schiano dirty and then we find out it was a perfectly legal play by the competition committee, but the media still couldn’t let it go for weeks after that. Every time you turn around there is some slight being made at Tampa Bay. Have you noticed all the snubs lately? Wait till we start winning some games and we still have black-outs. It will get worse.

  15. Jeff Says:

    Honestly, we all know this: The NFL is the one league where market size doesn’t matter. It’s all about $. Ask New Orleans and Indianapolis, two of the smallest markets and both much smaller than ours, if they aren’t getting enough media attention. Bottom line is that they are relevant in a big way, and NFL fans outside those cities want to watch them. If the Bucs break out, they’ll get all they deserve. Until then, we are Jacksonville, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Buffalo, Cincinnati, etc. Stop complaining because there is no conspiracy here. If the NFL or media sees value, i.e. dollars, in our team or its progress, it will be reported.

  16. Mr Lucky Says:

    Of course the national media will overlook the Bucs I mean what personalities do the Bucs have?

    No Sapp, No Rice, No Brooks

    The Panthers, a worst team than the Bucs has a PERSONALITY in Cam Newton. Cam has highlights.

    The Bucs QB, Josh Freeman is a non-personality. I mean what highlights do you have of Freeman, other than the INT’s and a MJ Moonwalk imitation right?

  17. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    To hell with national media. I would much rather have the insightful articles that Joe provides over these “fly by and uninformed” national media guys. You are never going to get more detailed info than Joe can provide. IMO.

    From a national point of view, a team finishing last place in the division got all the attention they earned.

    I can recall the Thursday night game against the Vikings where the broadcast crew from the NFL Network hardly even acknowledged the Bucs were going to be on the field. Then, at half time, I found it quite satisfying that the the very same crew clearly had their analysis of the Bucs very wrong and were back pedaling the rest of the game.

    Yes I also loath Scam Newton! He is a whinnying baby when things do not go his way. He pulls the towel over his head and pouts and says they need a suggestion box to get better. I loved the fact we beat them twice this past season. Good luck with Mike Shula and that salary cap mess your in.

    Joe…..feed me more!

  18. 76buc76 Says:

    We all get to laugh at the NFL schedule.Nothing is more comical then the NFL bigwig’s.Trying to predict who will be worth giving national airtime.Like all those Eagle games late in the season(LoL).A couple Raider and Panther prime timer’s LoL.Cowboy’s getting more prime time games than the Skin’s LoLThey need to start a flex schedule for the monday nighter.The chosen ones will allway’s get more attention and they are 1. the entire NFC East (or as the NFL call’s it div 1),Bears,Packers,Steelers and the Jets.You would think the Pat’s,Niner’s,Raven’s and Bronco’s would garner more attention.But no we get the Jets,Eagles and Cowboy’s news over and over again