From The Opening Whistle

May 9th, 2015

Bucs owner Bryan Glazer (left) was a fixture on the field of Day 1 of rookie minicamp yesterday

Joe realizes many Buccaneers fans think Team Glazer hangs out with servants catering to its whims and doesn’t care deeply about Tampa Bay’s on-field activities.

That’s downright silly.

In fact, Bryan Glazer (without anyone holding a sun umbrella for him or fetching him shaved ice) was under the broiling sun yesterday for all the Bucs rookie minicamp practice that Joe was permitted to attend — about 75 minutes.

Glazer was seen having an animated conversation with general manager Jason Licht, “animated” as in lots of intense football-looking hand gestures.

Keep in mind these underwear-football practices are quite boring — thought it’s a different vibe with America’s quarterback in town, Jameis Winston.

Yes, Team Glazer smells a winner — or no longer smells the stink of a loser.

22 Responses to “From The Opening Whistle”

  1. Flmike Says:

    Though I was for drafting Mariota, I’m on board with the Winston hype, I hope he has unprecedented success….

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    No one may have stood outside with an umbrella for Bryan, but I bet you his assistant lathered the $hit out of him with sunscreen before he went outside.

  3. Buc4life1979 Says:

    @Ray Rice

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    What is that? That Bryan Glazer is holding behind his back with 2 hands? Is that the list for replacement head coaches? Is that what the “animated” conversation was about?

    more to come about this! Joe, we need a couple of close ups of that paper, and stop using your phone camera and get a real one!!! We want answers!!!

  5. @Hands2theFace Says:

    Phone picture tip: do not zoom in to take the shot. Just shoot away. After you have taken your pictures go back to the gallery and select each picture. Touch the picture and select the menu with the crop tool. Crop the area you want and hit save. Perfect hi-res image every time. The quality of the phone cameras these days dont require zooming in.

  6. billybob Says:

    I read this site daily and can’t believe the crap I see about the Glazers. Are they rich? Yup. But one doesn’t own a football team without being rich. Did they inherit their business? Yup. But does anyone rail against the Rooneys (inherited the team), or, worse, Stan Kroenke – who didn’t merely inherit his wealth, but got it by marrying an heir to Sam Walton. How about Jeff Lurie (inherited General Cinema fortune)? Maras (inherited team)? Woody Johnson (inherited the Johnson & Johnson family fortune).
    I lived through the Culverhouse years where the players were forced to put 50 cents in a soda machine to get a drink. The Glazers care about the team and arent’ afraid to spend their own money to make it better. They don’t meddle like Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder. Those who don’t remember good old Hugh and his daughter who held fans in contempt need to step back. The Glazers aren’t perfect- but true Bucs fans should appreciate them and their commitment to the area. And STFU about ManU. They aren’t the only NFL owners with Premier league teams (and debt).

  7. drdneast Says:

    America’s QB?
    How unoriginal but I’m beginning to expect that from Joe.
    Not only unoriginal but as yet undeserved and unearned.
    Give it a rest Joe IF you want to get wood for Jameis and act like a little preteen girl in love with a Backstreet Boy I don’t care but stop with the never ending hero worshipping in print, it not only makes your reader uncomfortable, but it’s kind of embarrassing for you as well.
    Leave the public displays of affection in print to the romance writers.
    It looks bad on you.

  8. WS99 Says:


    What news of today’s camp? How are the rooks holding up in the sun? Anyone showing flashes of brilliance other than America’s QB and TB Bucs Savior Jameis Christ?

  9. drdneast Says:

    Licht and Lovie have now put their saddle on Winston now. I’m sure he’s aware that if the pick doesn’t work out, he’ll be jockeying for late evening shift times with the Dummynick on Sirrus NFL Network.
    I, for one, hope it doesn’t come to that.

  10. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard saw two senior members of team Glazer in the war room
    at the table w/ L&L at the draft. Maybe they’re finally starting put some effort
    into maintaining this team.

  11. Luther Says:

    I would be pretty animated too if I knew that I just got a franchise QB in a draft that only has 1 available and knew that there could possibly be no other chance over the next few years. Good QBs are scarce and if you don’t have one, you won’t win and the Glazers want to win.

  12. Brandon Says:

    Yeah, America’s QB it’s been said and it makes total sense. There might not be, Brady being the one exception, a more polarizing figure at the QB position in America, than Jameis Winston. Everybody has an opinion on him… that makes him, America’s QB…. that doesn’t make him Captain America Quarterback. But think about it in a political way, debate is the American way. Everybody has a side with Winston, there are few people that reside down the middle. This is why the moniker of “America’s Team” is appropriate for the Dallas Cowboys. Personally, I hate them, and is a big reason why I chose to root for the Bucs 30+ years ago, but with the Cowboys, you either love them, or hate them. There is no in between. That is very American.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    As the said on NFL network.
    Winston has the best record in the history of college football
    Yeah, that makes him Americas QB

  14. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    The anamated conversation was about the Collins situation. The ownership was upset they didn’t spend a 7th rounder on a top 15 talent!

  15. Joe Says:

    There might not be, Brady being the one exception, a more polarizing figure at the QB position in America, than Jameis Winston.

    Glad to see someone is using their noggin. 🙂

  16. Architek Says:

    America has its select choices for specific reasons or what not – I want Jameis to succeed for us Bucs fans first and the rest of “America” can hop on the bandwagon like they do everything else.

  17. Andrew 1 Says:

    I think the Cowboys are propped up as “America’s team” because America needs a team they can identify with and they fit the bill. They do it big, have large personalities and are flashy. They got America written all over them. So even though the “divisive” take is an interesting one, and still true in its own right, I think they are America’s team because they personify America more than any other team.

  18. Buccfan37 Says:

    If Dallas is “America’s team”, I think I’m going to puke. I friggin hate Dallas, the owner and the city. This is where JFK was murdered, and because of that I’ll always despise that sh*thole.

  19. Clodhopper Says:

    I don’t think the Glazers are pompous uppity spoiled kids that don’t care. I just think they are awful at their job. However with Jameis I’m really hoping the bind squirrels found their nut!!

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    One of the best periods of my childhood was spent in Texas (except the day I got thrown by a bull after he bounced up between my legs).

    No better place to hunt or fish. Caught a 50 lb fresh water cat there at age 12. EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas.

    Still, to this day prefer a snowed in mountain cabin with no power for quiet comfort.

  21. Owlykat Says:

    The past few years we got better coverage of these practices. Guess I will have to check out Pewter Report.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Hilarious Owly.

    I go and check out PR for a second and that’s pretty much most of their content over too. Jameis Winston.

    Damn these Mariota guys are so damn bitter…still.

    I was telling them to come to grips with Winston being the pick 6 weeks before the draft. I guess some of them still get come to grips with it.