Jameis Makes Bucs “Must-Watch”

September 6th, 2016


For Bucs fans living outside the Tampa Bay area who, for reasons Joe cannot wrap his head around, refuse to buy NFL Sunday Ticket, the TV networks are screwing you.

That’s pretty much what Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com types.

He believes, thanks to America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, the Bucs are one of the most entertaining teams to watch and, also thanks to Jameis, should make a playoff push.

If the Falcons and Saints are the NFC South Past and the Panthers are the NFC South Present, the Bucs look like the future. There is no better feeling as a fan than seeing a young franchise quarterback emerge because you know he’s not leaving for a decade. Like every team in this division, the Bucs should have playoff expectations. The top-level talent is undeniable: running back Doug Martin, wide receiver Mike Evans, linebacker Lavonte David, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy can all be among the best at their positions. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith should upgrade Lovie Smith’s lackluster defense from a year ago.

Tampa’s offensive line finally appears settled, and the team should have its first legitimate pass rush in years. Rookie Noah Spence looks like a keeper, and veteran Robert Ayers adds much-needed production.

This has been a nondescript team since almost the moment after it lifted the Lombardi Trophy more than a decade ago, but Winston makes the Bucs a must-watch on Game Pass again. He is unafraid to throw passes into tight windows. He has sped up while the game around him has slowed down. Of the challengers to Carolina’s throne, Winston makes Tampa the most dangerous.

Later in the same article linked above, Rosenthal notes no division has fewer nationally televised games than the NFC South. It’s just wrong, Rosenthal says. And he’s right, just for the starting quarterbacks in the division alone; that’s entertainment.

Joe also enjoyed Rosenthal referring to how national networks constantly shoving the “stale” NFC East teams down people’s throats is tiresome.

Sadly, Joe knows why the TV networks hose the NFC South.

22 Responses to “Jameis Makes Bucs “Must-Watch””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think the fact that every time an NFC South airs in prime time, the game is one-sided and boring plays a big role.

    I’m sorry to say, but only the Panthers have generated prime time quality of late.

    That may be changing this year, but until it does, things won’t change much.

    At least the Bucs didn’t get snubbed this year.

  2. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    He couldn’t have worded that first line any better. Yes indeedy the Buccs are the future. That future happens to begin now.

  3. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Joe I wanna salute you this morning. I’m shouting from a mountain top with every pound of square inch of my lungs we a bad h3ll this season and that jbf poster’s should be raising they’re expectations about this team. The last few days you’ve high-lighted people in the sports world who clearly see the progression of this team’s arrow is pointing sky high. None of whom are stepping out and saying Superbowl, but they seem to be taking a closer look at us and saying”why aren’t people talking more about them”.

  4. Clodhopper Says:

    I couldn’t agree more about BSPN and their cohorts shoving the NFC East down our throats. I’m tired of hearing about the 8-8 Cowboys every time you look for NFL news. I used to hang on and watch BSPN hoping for the one nugget per week of Bucs info. Thanks to the wonderful world of the interwebs I don’t even care anymore that they hate our team and division. With JBF I get all the news I need. Besides, who is going to have better info, guys that have around the team coaches and owners for decades, or a national guy who comes to Tampa 3 times a year?

    As far as out of market viewers, I’ve had Sunday for about 7 years now and even when we were a “4-12 football team” I found it must watch tv. Give me a Bucs loss to watch over another damn Giants- Redskins game any day!!!

  5. Jerry G Says:

    Joe i just read a bullspit article on BSPN about the Bucs(Americas Favourite team)only having a chance at winning 1 of the first 5 games!my eyes hurt joe please submit a new story asap to soothe the madness my eyes have just been witnessed!the only game they have us winning is the Rams.because the broncos are super bowl champs,the panthers are runner up,the cardinals won their division,and ready for the last one?….and no new head coach has ever won their opening game since Schiano!they have us losing to the stinkin dixie chicks!ahhhhh….now i remember why i dont like reading BSPN articles!

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “It was, it is, and it will always be about the QB” Kobe Faker

  7. orlbucfan Says:

    The reason we get the NFC Least shoved down our throats is the New York (City) Giants. NYC is probably the #1 Boob Tube market in the country. Can’t recall when the NFC South has been a true cupcake division. Anyone know? Welp, whatever, Go Bucs On Sunday!! 🙂
    ******SoSBoS: hope you’re right!******

  8. unbelievable Says:

    @clod, couldn’t have said it better myself. All praise JBF !!

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I believe wit every fiber of my being what I’m saying about this team orlbuc.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    ^^^and I’m starting to believe him..

  11. Buc50 Says:

    I refuse to get Sunday Ticket because this is Central Florida. I had it years ago and got tired of my TV going out during a storm. If that can be fixed, I might consider it in the future.

  12. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Enjoy it while u still can carolina Panzies, we’re coming back for our crown, how nice of u to keep polished up for us. Nows it time to go all Debo on that ass and str8 muscle it back from those showboating clowns in Carolina. #dab these

  13. gilhealy Says:

    There’s not a facet of this team that’s wholly inferior to any team in the league. Last year exposed our weak link. All this team needed was a good defense to get the ball back in Jameis and Doug’s hands. What the O did with inferior receivers most of the year was commendable. NoS BoS feels exactly the way I do. 10-6 is the minimum I expect this year. If we stay relatively healthy through out, better than that. There is not one team that strikes fear into me. But the Bucs will strike fear in many. Last year was the prologue, this year is the first chapter. Put your doubts aside, and enjoy the long sought, sustained greatness, that’s about to unfold. Oh, and you know our guy had something to say at halftime last night. That was a confident group in the second half. I’ve seen this pattern for about 3 years now. Don’t see it changing.

  14. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Yes it will take #3 to get us airtime. But we should simply accept the fact that our area and the NFC South is not the most populated area.

    Are New York City and Boston “better” cities because they are much larger than Tampa Bay? Actually if you’re a TV network exec that answer becomes yes!!!

    Advertisers pay for eyeballs. There is a reason it’s the NFC South and not just the Bucs. Charlotte..Tampa..and New Orleans are not giant markets. Atlanta is our only top ten market. The NFC East is loaded!!! New York..DC..Philly..Dallas. blow our division away in terms of available eyeballs.

    Ratings are the actual number of people watching…share is the %. We could kick butt in share and still lose the ratings battle.

    The NFC South will ALWAYS be sucking hind teat. Cam Newton and the Panthers are an exciting team to watch. But Charlotte…doesn’t cut it for Madison Avenue. #3 and the team will have to reach Aaron Rodgers and GB Packer excellence before the big guys pay attention to us.

  15. Louis Friend Says:

    If American Idol drew more fans than NFL games did, the network execs would preempt game coverage to make sure it was on the air and not the game.

    There’s nothing deserved about who gets prime time games, and it’s been that way for quite a while. Unless you’re the Panthers coming off a 15-1 season, a smaller market team is always getting hosed.

    The exception being the Packers, who have a legion of fans larger than anyone in the NFC east.

  16. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    As someone who now spends summers on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula I can confirm your observation about the Pack.

    People in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula LOVE their Pack.
    I’ve seen a Giant G Green Bay Logo carved into what remained of a tree struck by Lightning, Now you pull into the restaurant parking lot with a chain saw created logo that’s pretty cool. GB is truly a regional team.

    Inside all the bars and restaurants it’s all GB! The only Detroit team fans up here root for is the Red Wings.

  17. gilhealy Says:

    I’m here in Ft.Pierce, about 2.5 hours from Tampa, and I’ll get the Packer game this Sunday. How dumb is that? It’s either Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Packers when they play. Only Bucs when their by themselves in time slot. Weak. I’ve called and e-mailed station and they have no control over it. NFL sets the viewing. Unreal, and unfair. They’d rather have fans driving to sports bars and drinking than staying home and enjoying the game. I just watch it online. I think O-town just went all Bucs all the time on WOFL Fox.

  18. gilhealy Says:

    sorry, ” they’re”

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    I can’t get interested in watching any of the NFC East teams ever unless they are playing the Bucs. Dallas in the NFC East is a joke. None of that division deserves the constant repetitive TV airtime.

  20. flmike Says:

    I’ve had Sunday Ticket since the mid 90’s when I was stationed in New Mexico where the only games we got every Sunday were the Cowboys and Broncos, then they would repeat the Cowboy games, it was hell…

  21. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Im a buc fan that lives in WI. For the past ten years i have been devoted to directv because they carry NFL sunday Ticket. gotta get my bucs fix, through thick and thin!

  22. SCBucsFan Says:

    Screw Sunday Ticket. Game Pass needs to let you stream the games live. They can charge a bit more if they must. You can stream thousands of games a season live on MLB TV, but they won’t let you stream the 256 regular season NFL games if you live inside the US?