Fireworks Stupidity Hits Bucs

July 8th, 2015

Updated: Just like surgeons should not carve Thanksgiving turkeys, NFL players should be smart enough to pass on tinkering with handheld explosives.

That’s nearly as dumb as when Josh McCown let his brother Luke hurl an axe at his throwing hand.

The elder McCown, the man who tortured Bucs fans last season, got away with only needing stitches.

In the wake of the Jason Pierre-Paul mess, with the Giants defensive end badly torching his hand in a July 4 mishap, we learn today that Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson, a guy on the 53-man roster late last year, had a serious fireworks accident.

Tampa Tribune beat writer Woody Cummings took to Twitter late this morning and reported Wilson endured a “severe” hand injury on Saturday.

What a mess. Without more details, Joe can’t pass much judgment, but if Wilson was handling lit fireworks than he really was quite stupid.

UPDATE: A North Carolina newspaper citing family sources reports Wilson lost two fingers.

There’s just no excuse.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday, former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik talked about how GMs and coaches often send players friendly offseason texts strategically timed to remind them to avoid trouble. An example might be Lovie Smith shooting a guy, “Have a safe, fun night” at 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night.

It looks like that backhanded counseling might have to be expanded next year to include July 3 blasts of, “Let your friends handle your fireworks.”

Joe wishes Wilson a speedy recovery.

85 Responses to “Fireworks Stupidity Hits Bucs”

  1. Maze Says:


  2. HawaiianBuc Says:

    I’ve done fireworks virtually my whole life, and have never (knock on wood) so much as even had a minor burn. Maybe I’m lucky, but I think it’s more likely because I don’t do stupid things with fireworks, nor do I buy fireworks that are more like small missiles or explosives. I leave the heavy duty fireworks for the shows. I use them the way they are designed to be used. I have a feeling Wilson, and even JPP, didn’t do the same. I highly doubt they got hurt using sparklers. That is where the real stupidity lies.

  3. Strider #FamousJameis Says:

    Hey we in the news.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m reminded of a concert at the Sombrero…on 7/4/1976….Bicentennial…..Eagles, Fleetwood Mac & Loggins & Messina…….Cherry Bombs,etc raining down on us throughout the concert…..sure, stupid, sure dangerous….but survived… was a exciting prelude to the Bucs first season.

  5. Ray Rice Says:


    According to “sources” THE MESSIAH is a home wrecker. Look what they say happened the night he opened the door for that fine a$$ chassy Draya.

  6. Buc-A-New Says:

    I already read the ESPN article concerning this and I couldnt help but going to the comments section and saying “who”

  7. Buc-A-New Says:

    Nice Post TBBF!…………Ahhhh memories! I was at the Zeppelin concert the next yr that got rained out.

  8. OB Says:

    I wonder of these trooper had been drinking with things went boom, that is a cause of a lot of stupidity.

  9. WS99 Says:

    These articles remind me of the new HBO shows “Ballers”. A bunch of rich kids without the knowledge or sense to manage their actions, brand or finances in a responsible manner.

  10. ruggyup Says:

    Dumb is as dumb does. So they say especially if it’s the hand you use to sign checks. Should have used his head, then he could still knock down balls with his head and not feel a thing.

  11. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    I also was at that Zeppelin show, and ensuing riot

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    2 years ago on the 4th I was hovering over one of the those 500 gram cake boxes. The fuse wasn’t lighting for shyte. So I got closer to the box to see what was going on. Then all of sudden the fuse takes off and BOOM my face was right next to it. I felt the heat, was temporarily blinded and had massive ringing in my ears. I just fell on my back stunned for about 2 minutes. If I had been about 2 inches closer the thing would have blown my face off.

  13. buc89 Says:

    @ tbbf

    What did Pablo have to say about this? I’m sure Pablo has a story

  14. Buc-A-New Says:

    Sweet CocoaBchBuc……Not many people I know that hit that concert that I still talk to. It was my second ever. You still in Cocoa? I lived in Satellite Bch behind PegLegs through the mid 80s. Surfed with Kechley, Holland, and both Slaters.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    I went to my first Grateful Dead show at Tampa Stadium. I think it was 1994 or 95. Got hooked on the Dead after that. Planned to go to many more concerts, then Jerry dies a year later. The coolest thing abut the concert was this cloud that formed above Tampa Stadium that night resembled a skeleton. Anyone that went to that show saw that cloud, because everyone kept point up at it.
    That stadium’s gone, but I kind of miss that old dog.

  16. Buc-A-New Says:

    Noice 87. My fav concert at the Old Sombrero was Pink Floyd back in 88 i believe. Freakin Awesome with the hospital bed flying all the way across the stadium on a wire and crashing into massive explosions as they played Young Lust I believe.
    Dam I am getting old

  17. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    I do still live in Cocoa Beach. Now that was some name dropping on the local legends.

  18. Mike10 Says:

    He lost 2 fingers?! Holy $hit

  19. Buc-A-New Says:

    Damn right Cocoa. That is only because it is real. GO BUCS!!!!

  20. Buc-A-New Says:

    I was Way more friends with Shawn rather than Kelly. Kelly was just a grommet when I met him.

  21. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Hey, Tampabaybucfan, I was at that same concert. Down on the field. I still tell that fireworks story now and then. I remember one of the Eagles band asking them to stop as people were getting hurt. Best concert I ever attended.

  22. Fuzzy Red Coin Purse Says:

    WOW! 2 fingers gone! That’s not good for a CB.

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo has done some pretty stupid things in Pablo’s life….but Pablo doesn’t mess with fireworks…>Pablo enjoyed OPF (Other People’s Fireworks)…on the 4th of July. Pablo saves his money for Cervezas and Tacos. Pablo also enjoys OPTD (Other People’s Table Dances)…..Pablo just sits close to the fool with money and enjoys the show!!!”

  24. Buc-A-New Says:


  25. Buc-A-New Says:

    Sr Mo Fo keeping it Real on another article.
    Señor Mofo Says:
    July 8th, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    @TouchDownTampaBay said:

    I really don’t think Glennon was clearly the better player.


    Glennon averaged more passing yards per game than McCown, had a better completion percentage, better YPA, better passer rating on the season, and a much better TD-to-INT ratio.

    Glennon tossed 10 TDs in six games while McCown produced 11 TDs in 11 games. Glennon only had one game with more than one pick, while McCown had four. Glennon had zero games with a passer rating below 70, while McCown treated us to six such games. Also, the Bucs averaged six more points per game with Glennon at the helm than with McCown.

    How was Glennon not clearly the better player?

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Pablo…I’m that fool with money. I spend tons of money on fireworks every year. It’s absolutely my favorite holiday. Joe won’t admit it, but were a lot alike. Drink all day. Chicks in red white and blue bikinis. Barbeque food. Pop off firecrackers, M80’s, and whistle rockets, then at night I break out the arsenal.

    Funny time was (well not so funny at the time)by nightfall one year most of us (like 30 people or so) were too drunk to light the mortars off at night. So we handed the lighter to the Forrest Gump of the neighborhood. So he’s lighting off single, double, and triple shot mortars while we all watched. Then my uncle says to the crowd of us. “Does anyone not have a problem with the special needs kid lighting off mortars?” 2 minutes after he said it one of the tubes tipped over and a triple shot mortar shot out the tube & sprayed the crowd of us with all it’s glory. No one got hurt but many of us had burn marks on our clothing. That was the end of Forrest Gump for the rest of the night!

  27. D-Rome Says:

    Leave fireworks to the professionals.

  28. tampa2bucsforever Says:

    Does this mean the Buccaneers wlll have a shot at signing Jason Pierre-Paul in FA next year?

  29. Buc-A-New Says:

    I SINCERELY hope so Tampa2

  30. Buccfan37 Says:

    This clears up the reason why McCown had so much trouble gripping the football. A halfway decent rush loosened his grip also.

  31. Dave Pear Says:

    So, you almost blew your face off with fireworks?
    From that picture you like to show of yourself, I’d say “Mission Accomplished!”

  32. Buc1987 Says:


  33. Buc1987 Says:

    If you wanna see my face just try and find the MNF game in 2013 against the Fins. Holding up a banner that said 99 FOREVER for Sapp’s Ring of Honor. The wife’s on one side and I’m on the other. The camera zoomed right in on us.

  34. bucs4lyfe Says:

    well lucky him now the football world knows who c.j. Wilson is. if he was GMC then that would be news

  35. Dave Pear Says:

    Seen it.
    You are hideous!
    But at least I know now that it was because you were to stupid to correctly light a simple firework.
    It must suck to walk around telling people that you are NOT an animal like the Elephant Man.

  36. Buc1987 Says:

    Dave Pear Says:
    July 8th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    “Seen it.
    You are hideous!”

    Yes but I always somehow attract the

  37. Buc1987 Says:

    DP…the wick was dead…so I thought. I saw nothing from it at all. So when I went to re-light it, it took off on it’s own before I had a chance to even touch my flame to it. When I say dead, I mean like 45 seconds of nothingness. It truly was a freakish thing. I’d already lit off about 8 of them before that one.

  38. Dave Pear Says:

    Cameras are always attracted to either beautiful or god awful gruesome.
    Kind of like a car wreck.
    Zoom in on the gore.
    You, 87 are the gore.

  39. Dave Pear Says:

    My problem with you is you paint with a broad brush.
    You said you hate ALL Gator fans.
    I am a Gator fan.
    So you HATE me.
    When people hate me…well, I hate them back.
    It’s as simple as that.
    I am not a Ghandi or Mother Teresa.
    So kiss my Gator ass you Elephant Man look a like!

  40. nucifyouBUC Says:

    That’s a USF level intellect at work…

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    DP…actually they were zooming in on the sign, but spin it however you want.

    I actually pity Gator fans.

    Back in 1994 I was a waiter at an Olive Garden. I waited on this table of 6 Gator fans. When they found out I was a Nole they stiffed me on like a $120 bill. Just because I was a Noles fan. I was joking with them about the Gators and I guess they couldn’t take a joke.

    I’m not here for a popularity contest. I could care less who I offend.

    Carry on though.

  42. Buc-A-New Says:

    Hey 87………….How ignorant do you want to be in your Buc Fandom?
    You are acting really ignorant and this comes from a UF Alum that likes you.

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    Why do you think they have vanity tags that say a house divided. Then they have a Noles logo on one side of the tag and a Gator on the other?

    It’s called hatred, but we’re on a Bucs website so I can’t see why some Gator would get his panties in bunch over what some Nole said.

    I guess I’m just racists towards Gator fans, but don’t take it so seriously!

  44. Buc1987 Says:

    Buc…what’s up no houses to build today?

  45. Buc-A-New Says:

    You have false devotions in “pitying” Gator fans
    Between 2006 to 2008 the Gators won TWO NCS in Football and one in BBall and that is just “Mens” sports. This yr we won the Lady’s World series and placed Third in the Mens WS. AFTER beating the snot out of FSU I might add

  46. Buc1987 Says:

    Gator fans getting so huffy and puffy over something someone says on a blog is hilarious to me. My mother-in- law is a Gator alum and I get along just fine with her. We do fight though when she talks about the Gators.

  47. Buc1987 Says:

    Buc…Thanks for that info….How many years ago was that?

  48. Buc-A-New Says:

    LOL 87………..You are correct. I am in a phase where my crew has everything under control because we are in a sheetrock and paint phase which I DO NOT get into. Thanks man. Good to c u doing good too.

  49. Buc-A-New Says:

    OH and Im sure that you can’t add so you don’t know how many years ago that was.
    Just Google ……Math

  50. Buc1987 Says:

    I was just poking a stick at Gator fans when I made that comment yesterday.

    I didn’t expect so much whiny feedback.

    No wonder Urban Meyer left UF! Ha ha ha

  51. Buc-A-New Says:

    JK man. After reading my last comment it sounded mean.
    Just a guy who has been at home all day and now has a buzz

  52. Buc-A-New Says:

    Hey 87……..As long as Joe keeps this site up. I will always consider you an Ally.

  53. Buc-A-New Says:

    Nah………..F%^k that. You hate Gator fans.

  54. Buc1987 Says:

    I hate everything Gator. Like I said before I have one of those stickers on my car window of that Calvin looking dude peeing on a Gators logo.

    It’s all in good fun…but dayum Gator fans are sooooooooo sensitive!

  55. Pickgrin Says:

    Gator Buc(A-New)
    That ’87 Pink Floyd show at the Sombrero was the best concert I ever saw – and I’ve seen well more than 1000 concerts. Awesome. Everything was perfect. I heard an interview with David Gilmore on the radio the next day and he said that band, sound and light crews all agreed that it was by far the best show they had played to that point. Date was 10/30/87 btw.

    Saw the same band on the same tour in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl in April ’88. It poured rain hard the entire show except for the last 15 minutes or so. was miserable. Pink Floyd is the only band I would have ever sat through to see in that mess.

    Never got to see my Favorite band Zeppelin unfortunately. Bonham’s death was a real shame as it was the instant end of the best band ever.
    Floyd is a close 2nd in my book though.

    Oh yea – Go BUCS!! LOL

  56. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonhams drumming is intense. Love that guy. Probably my favorite drummer of all time. Even more than Lars from Metallica.

  57. Dave Pear Says:

    Is it remotely possible that those Gator fans stiffed you on a tip because you actually sucked at your job?
    I mean with a $1200 dollar a week weed habit, you were probably eating their bread sticks.

  58. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL oh no they made it clear when I dropped the bill down. They actually told me they were going to stiff me and why. I used to make on average nothing less than 20% off of bills. I was a stellar waiter actually. I worked for a Hilton resort as my first waiting job for 4 years before that. I was very well trained. I made mad bank as a waiter back in the day. Waitresses couldn’t even compete with the kind of coin I was making.

  59. Buc1987 Says:

    Don’t know how $120.00 per week turned into $1200.00 per week but somehow it did.

  60. Dave Pear Says:

    It’s called “denial.”
    First sign of drug abuse.

  61. Buc1987 Says:

    DP…are you done whining yet?

  62. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    You guys are funny as hell tonight!!! And I’m not even drinking!! Lol!

  63. Buc1987 Says:

    If you have a car containing a Gator wide receiver, a Gator linebacker, and a Gator defensive back, who is driving the car?

    The cop.

  64. Buc1987 Says:

    Why did the Gator cross the road?

    Because it’s easier than crossing the goal line?

    What is the difference between Cheerios and the Gators?
    Cheerios belong in a bowl!

    What is the difference between Steve Spurrier and God?

    God doesn’t think he is Steve Spurrier.

    Why does spurrier wear the visor?

    To hide the circumcision marks.

    What do you get when you cross a Gator with a groundhog?

    Six more weeks of bad football.

  65. Dave Pear Says:

    “I guess I’m just racist towards Gator fans.”
    Hmmm…if you can blatantly hate a group of people that you don’t know at all, what other group of people could you be racist against?
    Just saying.

  66. Buc1987 Says:

    Why did the Gator grad get fired from the M&M factory?

    He was throwing away too many W’s.

    What did the UF graduate say to the FSU graduate?

    “You want fries with that?”

    What should you do if you find three Gators buried up to their necks in cement?

    Get more cement!

  67. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Wow 87!!!! That was some serious damage you just laid down!

  68. Dave Pear Says:

    Let us rehash your life.
    You’re a racist.
    You flunked out of FSU.
    Your’re making bank now at ALMOST $30K a year.
    Has a $1200 a week weed habit.
    Has end zone seats for the Bucs.
    Damn Bro.
    Life’s good!

  69. Buc1987 Says:

    What’s the difference between a Gator and a bucket of manure?

    The bucket.

    Good uses for a UF diploma:
    1. Toilet paper
    2. Proof of need for handicapped parking sticker
    3. Crying towel
    4. Proof of need for welfare

    What do tornadoes and UF grads have in common?

    They both always end up in trailer parks!

    What is the difference between Steve Spurrier and a litter of puppies?

    Eventually, the puppies will grow up and stop whining.

  70. Buc1987 Says:

    DP…would you like to write a book about me?

  71. Buc1987 Says:

    Why don’t Gators use 911 in an emergency?

    They can’t find 11 on the dial.

    Did you hear about the Gators found frozen in a car at the drive-in movie in January?

    They went to see “Closed for Winter”.

    What do you call 12 Gators in a basement?

    A “Whine” Cellar

    How do you get a UF graduate off your front porch?

    Pay him for the pizza!!!!

  72. Dave Pear Says:

    Too boring.
    Now go get me my bread sticks.

  73. Buc1987 Says:

    You Might Be a Gator if…

    The Salvation Army declines your mattress.

    Someone asks, “Where’s your bowling bag?” and you answer, “She’s at home with the kids.”

    Your coffee table used to be a cable spool.

    The taillight covers of your car are made of red tape.

    Your wife has ever said, “Come move this transmission so I can take a bath.”

    You keep a can of RAID on the kitchen table.

    You think a subdivision is part of a math problem.

    MOTEL 6 turns off the lights when they see you coming.

    You’ve ever had to scratch your sisters name out of a message that begins, “For a good time call….”

  74. Dave Pear Says:

    So the firework explosion not only took away your looks, it gave you severe brain damage as well?
    Alright, I’ll stop messing with the mentally disabled.
    Hey 87… Go eff yourself!

  75. Buc1987 Says:

    A guy is in a bar with his dog, watching the Florida State vs. Uf game. The gators surprisingly manage to get a field goal and the dog barks repeatedly. The bartender looks at the dog in awe. After a while the gators score a touchdown and the dog does flips and dances across the bar. Then, the bartender looks at the guy and says, “Man, that’s amazing. What does your dog do when UF beats the Noles?” The guy replied, “I dunno, I’ve only had him 2 years.”

  76. Buc1987 Says:

    I hate Eagles fans, Saints fans, Cowboys fans, Pats fans, and especially Gator fans.

    WTH do you Gator fans want from me love?

    Now go cry me river…

  77. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Drama is just what the Bucs need, right, Joe? I seem to recall you making htat statement a while back to justify Winston. At the time, I think you said we need all the drama we can get.

  78. Buc-A-New Says:

    @ PICK 6.
    Dude I didn’t think Anyone went to both of those Floyd shows back to back. I bought three boxes of trash bags and mad a fortune at the Orlando show and passed the joints under our Bucs Ponchos as best we could
    AWESOME man!!!!~! Im in Montana now but I LOVE my memories

  79. Buc-A-New Says:

    I meant Pickgrin.
    Damit Joe figure out how to let us “edit” a comment.

  80. Buc-A-New Says:

    Now that I have read the comments more thoroughly I dislike Curtis more.
    We Gators are not all bad.

  81. Buc1987 Says:


  82. Buc-A-New Says:

    Pickgrin just moved up Massively in my JBF poster favorites. DAM!!!!

  83. Jeff78280z Says:

    I hope he finds them.

  84. Jeff78280z Says:

    Well I hope he finds them.

  85. OAR Says:

    Taking and using jokes from a Jeff Foxworthy book and substituting the words “Gators fan” doesn’t make for original material. I give a B- on effort though.