Hate Shot At Bucs Fans By Jason La Canfora

December 13th, 2013

Joe gets why national and local media get all nasty and sour over the attendance figures of the Buccaneers and Rays. It’s deserved at times, but mostly it’s a function of media types failing to do research, and attendance moaning is an easy way to fill space and air time.

But sometimes the darts cross a line, and Joe must call them out. Today is one of those days.

In a preview/prediction of the Bucs-49ers game, CBS Sports senior NFL scribe, Jason La Canfora, formerly of NFL Network, either thinks Bucs fans who attend games are thoroughly lame, or La Canfora doesn’t know the Bucs-Niners game is sold out.

It’s inexcusable hate at the Tampa Bay faithful.

Buccaneers (+5½) vs. 49ers: This looks like a trap game for the 49ers. They come off the game of the year in beating rival Seattle, face a tricky opponent with nothing to lose in an atmosphere that could rival a preseason game, and travel all the way across the county. Again. The 49ers might have trouble with the Bucs’ defensive line, especially with some of San Francisco’s injury woes up front. I think this is a close game, and the Bucs actually win this thing outright.

What’s ironic about this is that La Canfora predicts a Bucs victory against the mighty 49ers. He’s not knocking the team. Does La Canfora really think if the Bucs are, in fact, winning — or in a position to win — that the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway wouldn’t be rocking?

The fact is it would be going nuts and screams of “Save Schiano” would be heard across Tampa.

Regardless, this was a needless, laughable shot at Bucs fans. Joe knows the Bucs home-game crowds aren’t exactly the NFL’s nastiest and loudest, but they’re very solid when it’s a full house.

In week 15 of the season, when the 2013 Bucs have had no blackouts and multiple sellouts, La Canfora took a national shot at Bucs fans. Weak.

35 Responses to “Hate Shot At Bucs Fans By Jason La Canfora”

  1. Snook Says:

    Lazy eyes is a hack.

  2. Suq Maddiq Says:

    Look at that beautiful derp face!

    If only you had caught him drooling…

  3. MTM Says:

    The Bucs could win against Niners. Put down the pipe LaCanfora.

    LaCanfora predicted a Bucs win. It’s in the post. –Joe

  4. Adam L. Says:

    He looks like Eric the Midget from the Howard Stern Show.

  5. Curmudgeon Says:

    Nothing to see here.

  6. trusomaroff Says:

    What hate? He said we actually have a chance to win. Is there more to this article? And he gave props to our dline. Very misleading joe unless I’m missing something.

  7. BucsfaninChina Says:

    The “preseason atmosphere” line is ambiguous, kind of jumping the gun that it is a shot at the fans, Joe.

    What the hell is ambiguous? Please. –Joe

    I read it as he is saying that the Bucs will be playing schoolyard ball, not playing the most sensible way, like with onside kicks or going on 4th down. Or maybe the Bucs are playong a lot of backups that normally wouldnt play in a regular NFL game, like the preseason. Really strange statement from the guy who looks identical to Dr. Hudson Honeydew from the muppets.

  8. biff barker Says:

    That’s one impressive orb parked atop those shoulders. Where’s the hook to hang it from the tree?

  9. BucNasty!!! Says:

    We have the talent to beat the 49ers and we actually match up pretty well but I’m sure we will b thoroughly out coached in the 2nd half as always but while the games going I’m going to watch how great roman the 49ers oc use a rotation of 3 backs an make use of creative running g schemes something Schiano and his bell cow approach would never utilize because of stubbornness because we have multiple capable backs that still weren’t getting carries when they were healthy. But any way this is more of an audition for me because Romans my personal favorite for HC but pair him up with a strong d coordinator. …Lovey or am I asking for to much lol 🙂

  10. RealityCheck Says:

    I don’t get it. Where is the “hate shot”? Unless it is 24-21 Bucs with our defense on the field trying to close out the game, the crowd will be more or less quiet. If we’re winning big, the stands will be empty by mid-fourth quarter at the latest so people can get that all important jump on traffic. I’ve been attending games for 20+ years and I’m always the loudest one in my section. People barely clap unless it’s a score. At least this year they finally started using the jumbotron to encourage the crowd to make noise.

    And why keep perpetuating the myth that it’s a “full house” of Bucs fans? I can’t even remember the last crowd that was predominately Bucs fans. Every opposing team has been well supported during their visits to Ray Jay.

  11. Vic Says:

    You guys are idiots. Calling it a “preseason atmosphere” is a direct blast. Starting happy hour early apparently

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “And why keep perpetuating the myth that it’s a “full house” of Bucs fans? I can’t even remember the last crowd that was predominately Bucs fans. Every opposing team has been well supported during their visits to Ray Jay.”

    True for Phil/Chi/Buffalo….but I doubt SF…..all of those fans who live in cold places coming south to see their team help fill our stadium.

    I once was looking for a job & noticed that there were some wonderful cultural events etc. in Toledo….then I realized….they have to have that because the weather sucks!!!
    Not in Tampa….Bucs not only have to win to fill the stadium…they have to win with “personality”…..Sapp, Alstott, Brooks, Lynch…..and CHUCKY!!!

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Well everyone knows by now that I’m going to agree 100% with RealityCheck. RJS is practically a library when our team is on defense and it’s sad. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many fans just sit there and not even make a peep. I have to beg people in my section on gamedays to make ANY kind of noise. Oh I do beg with them, it’s quite comical when I do it. I walk right up to them with my hands locked in begging fashion and say can I get just a little bit of noise from you as I put my index finger and thumb about an inch apart from eachother. Fans in the stands crack up when I do it. I don’t think it’s funny at all.

  14. Chef Paul Says:

    I think he was politely stating the obvious. What he should have said was, “It could be third down, with the 9ers down by 6 with 2 minutes left, and you could still hear a mouse running on cotton in that stadium.”

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    This being the last home game of the season. I’m going to walk up and down the aisles in my section during the whole game and get my section as loud as I can. Lame but true. It’s what I do as a fan. I can only do so much.

  16. Laughing Stock II Says:

    Friday the 13th?????

    What hate shot? Somebody needs a Red Bull…

  17. sneedy16 Says:

    Joe was referring to the line ” in an atmosphere that could rival a preseason game,”. Most preseason games are not even half full. Basically he just said the crowd will not affect the game, due to the fact that, no one will be there..

  18. Buc Fan South Tampa Says:

    Respect you and everything, but I have to agree that I dont see the shot to the Buc fans. “Pre-season atmosphere” to me means that the game doesnt mean anything. Which it doesnt other than a win would be a way to save Schiano’s job.
    Besides the national media is all over the Redskins fiasco, giving us in Tampa a break.


    Its Bunsen Honeydew. And you’re spot on. Hey…. WHERE’S BEAKER?

  20. IamTheOne Says:

    Pumpkin head.

  21. andres Says:

    Have you guys been to the games? It’s a freakin’ tomb in that place even when they’re winning. Pumpkin face has a point.

  22. mpmalloy Says:

    I’ve got his “preseason atmosphere” right here.

    Go Bucs!

  23. Matthew Says:

    When did “Pat” from the SNL skits get his own NFL column with CBS?

  24. PRBucFan Says:

    You should worry less about the “hate” you perceive to be coming from La Canfora and worry more about your best friend on radio (señor D) who is the epitome of “Bucs Hate”.

    Painful to listen to that mans “hate” on your radio segment.

    After coming away from that it’s like he why don’t we just call the niners and forfeit now.

  25. PRBucFan Says:

    Sorry of my last post doubles but one is under moderation and I realized its because you guys screen any post with that radio guy’s name who starts with a D’s in it. So once I realized that I replaced his actual name lol.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    PRB…someone has to do it. It may as well be you.

    The other D word on the radio is filled with so much Bucs hate, he should become roommates with Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times another Bucs hater.

  27. JonBuc Says:

    Backpack toting nerd also was guaranteeing a Mike Sherman HC hire…beat it, nerd!

  28. Paul Says:

    La Canfora could throw a rock at the ground and miss.

  29. flmike Says:

    Actually, Jason is a really nice guy, he’s just doing his job, and he takes subtle shots at every team, that’s his style.

  30. Bawlmerbucfan Says:

    I live in Towson, Maryland (as does Jason La Confora). He and I coached against each other with our kids tee-ball teams. He found a way to argue balls and strikes when we were using the freaking tee! Clearly he doesn’t get laid enough!!! Pay him no mind Tampa, for we don’t in Baltimore. GO BUCS!!!

  31. mike norris Says:

    unfortunately, our reputation is well earned. Hopefuly we are turning it around.

  32. stratobuc Says:

    I guess the truth hurts. Of course, as soon as the Bucs are winning regularly, the bandwagon will fill right back up.

  33. madmacskillz Says:

    Hmm. There were tons and tons of empty seats at the end of the 4th quarter victory against the Bills. It was easily visible on TV. So I’d say his comment was pretty accurate. And this is a non-story.

  34. Shane Marco Says:

    The fans of this town will show up and get loud when the team gives them a reason to. We are 4-9, that’s not a record that’s going to get a lot of people excited, and it’s unacceptable with the amount of pro bowlers we have on this team. That being said, screw you La Confora.

  35. Paul Says:

    The amount of Bills fans at the last game was sickening. It’s all the Yanks that moved down here. Not many Florida crackers in the area anymore..