“Football Doesn’t Really Begin Until November”

November 1st, 2014


That quote from Lovie Smith this week brought a lot of chuckles — and tears — to media types and fans.

And considering it’s Nov. 1, Joe thought it was fitting to mention it this afternoon.

The popular Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 was among the throng that skewered Lovie for those words, and Joe joined them yesterday to talk all things Bucs.

The full audio is below, including the opening where you can hear Lovie speak his famous quote.

46 Responses to ““Football Doesn’t Really Begin Until November””

  1. jason77 Says:

    So the preseason is finally over. Now its time to play some FOOTBALL!!


    The more Lovie speaks & the more games we play, the more credibility he loses. #FireLovie

  3. lightningbuc Says:

    Lovie is a walking, talking buffoon!

  4. Kevin Says:

    Fire this clown

  5. JJV Says:

    I wish the other coaches in the NFL shared his view . That explains now why we are 1-6. It’s as simple as that. Thanks for explaining that to us fans, Lovie.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    And….another missed opportunity for the Tampa media….

    The only thing softer than our Oline & Dline is our media…

    Here is the question……”Did you just say football starts in November? Can we quote you on that?”
    or…”Football may start for you and the Bucs in November, but it seems to have started for everyone else in September, don’t you think?”

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lovie should be hit right after he makes a comment like that….not a day later in a cowardly column…..

  8. Ray Rice Says:

    Yes. November and December football are considered by all the most important months. But this only holds true for teams that have put themselves in good position to compete down the stretch. Our YUCS aren’t close. But they can treat this second half of the season as a new season and finish strong.

  9. ElioT Says:

    I thought before the season that win or lose, Lovie would have at least made the Bucs respectable.

    I’m an idiot.

    This is a SH*T SHOW of epic magnitude.

    They’re in danger of a completely lost season with nothing built and no progression. In fact they could be in worse shape than last offseason.

    Go Sucs!

  10. ihateloviesmith Says:

    another sad quote from the master of ineptitude. lovie smith is a walking wealth of useless knowledge. thank you glazers for selecting this clown for are head coach. what are you gonna do for an encore? bring back respect for this club and fire this buffoon, I am sure there are a lot more qualified candidates out there, if only you would seriously looked.

  11. Patrick in VA Says:

    I don’t know if ironic is the right word but does anyone else think it’s kinda funny that the “it’s a Bucs life” sign is right beside the score on the ray Jay scoreboard? It’s almost like the owners are saying “yeah, we get it”

  12. biff barker Says:

    This guy is a real gem!

  13. Buc1987 Says:


  14. WalkdaPlank Says:


  15. RastaMon Says:

    Used car lot talk…the “Buy Here Pay Here”..kind

  16. P'cola Buc Says:

    Football doesn’t start till November? Oh, what a relief?

  17. P'cola Buc Says:

    Lovie: Don’t forget we are a 4-12 team.
    I guess Lovie just wanted us to remember the “good ol’ days”.

  18. RastaMon Says:

    HaoleBuc…will be here soon to spin this positive….yo HawaiianBuc…I have great seats(2)…any game the rest of this season…FREE…get in touch


    Hey, guys, I guess this means we can still finish 10-6 since we’re we’ll actually be trying now….

  20. BucTrooper Says:

    Go home Lovie… you’re drunk.

  21. JJV Says:

    Well Lovie did say he wanted to change the culture around One Buc……lead and they shall follow your teachings o wise one.

  22. BirdDoggers Says:

    Lovie makes comments that make him seem delusional.

  23. RastaMon Says:

    Lovie was not always in his basement….he did have one side job…

  24. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Lovie (Howell) has said more idiotic things these last 2 weeks than Shiano’s famous “We didn’t practice the no-huddle during the week against 49ers so that is why we stopped it” comment.

    Brownies 35 – Bucs 17.

  25. Soggy Says:

    Brain Fart Lovie Strikes again.. Is he for real or what.. Real smart Lovie pure genius..

  26. CB Buc Says:

    Lovie, thanks to your effort, it’s November and football is over for us.

    Have fun in the next couple of months and all the meaningless games ahead.

    It’s moronic comments like this that will hopefully get you fired at.the end of the year.

  27. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Sounds like something right out of an Ice Berg Slim Novel.


    Glengarry Glen Ross

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Its just like selling water to a well baby…

  29. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Does classify as a Hard sell or Soft sell?

    Either way he go funnel that BS somewhere else

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Either way he can go …funnel that BS somewhere else

  31. NJBucsFan Says:

    The more I hear him speak the more he sounds like Raheem

  32. RastaMon Says:

    “The more I hear him speak the more he sounds like” Chauncey Gardener… from the movie “Being There”

  33. Mitch Says:

    If the bucs hire rod marinelli after this season we’ll be ok.

  34. OB Says:


    If football doesn’t start until November, why does our record count towards the playoffs? You might want to ask him that or maybe he doesn’t know that it does, what do you think?

  35. GO 1976 BUCS Says:

    Please tell me he did not say that? I’m at a loss for words! I know in the NFL teams play in increments of 4 games? So you’re telling me the first 7 games were for nothing in Lovie Land? This is a ridiculous statement. Lovie a little honest at this point might do you a little good. We all are starting to question you as a coach and a leader of our Bucs.

    I’ve been a fan since 76, so I’ve seen bad coaching and all the excuses that have come along with losing, but this might take the cake!

  36. MadMax Says:

    This guy, Lovie, who is he? Not what I thought when we got him, thats for sure!!

    So 2 or 3 more years of this mess with him? Hope we’re looking for his replacement already so I dont check out for too long.

  37. Please Says:

    The worst part about this article is having to actually see the mugs from the boringest radio show on the planet.

  38. bucrightoff Says:

    Lovie needs a course in Belichickese. More often than not, saying nothing is the best course of action.

  39. mike h Says:

    HE IS A A..HOLE!!!!

  40. mike h Says:

    and the glazers think this is normal!!

  41. billy buckaroo Says:


  42. Capt.Tim Says:

    I was really worried, there for a while!

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    We traded Schiano for talk like this. Schiano ALWAYS owned up to the losses and took most of the blame. I’ve yet to see Lovie do the same. Has he or did I miss something?

    Why does he continue to talk to all of us like were a bunch of fools? I mean only some of us are, not the entire fan base….

    Hmmm perhaps he’d make a great candidate for President of the U.S. some day. Because “we don’t expect our fans to be patient”, sounds a lot like Hope & Change.

  44. Howard Cosell Says:

    The sad state of the Bucs is Schianos fault.
    It will take Lovie years to correct Schianos damage.
    Schiano is responsible for domestic abuse and obesity.
    …and the fans. It’s also the crappy podunk fans faults.

  45. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Howard Cosell said:

    The sad state of the Bucs is Schianos fault.
    It will take Lovie years to correct Schianos damage.
    Schiano is responsible for domestic abuse and obesity.
    …and the fans. It’s also the crappy podunk fans faults.

    Yeah, the situation with the Bucs is a lot like how Skippy Holtz left the USF Bulls for Coach Taggert. Chris Landry mentioned on one of the blogs that Joe posted that the Bucs are really talent depleted and probably have been for awhile; going through 2 bad coaching regimes. I have to add to your retort Howard in that we also have to point the finger at the Baby Glazers as well: they have botched things up since they took over operations from their father in 2006! First they go and fire Gruden after 2a pair of 9-7 seasons, then hire an undisciplined Rah and follow that mistake by overcompensating with the hiring of micro-manager/ control freak Schiano all the while having some rather poor drafts and some questionable roster moves. Its been a mess for the past 5 seasons and it could take that long for the Bucs to recover…..

  46. DallasBuc Says:

    LovieDovie&co- what a treat. Respect for this man, his accomplishments, abilities and overall position as HC of a football team plummets with regularity. On pace with opportunities in front of recording devices.
    There is zero shame in that outfit, sadly.