“This Is South Florida”

July 29th, 2017

Embrace the rain, says Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.

Joe was shocked. When he Twittered out the Bucs were practicing in a heavy rain, this usually elicits rage among Bucs fans.

For some reason, Bucs fans, a good many of them, believe Bucs players are made of sugar and will melt in the rain. These same fans must also believe the Bucs play home games in a dome stadium.

News flash: The Bucs play outdoors. Under the sky. Often in the rains of September, which are as common in these parts as geckos trying to sneak in your house.

It is a safe bet the Bucs will play in the rain at some point this season.

If anyone with the Bucs was complaining about the rain, Joe didn’t hear it. Coaches love practicing in the rain. Wet ball drills just cannot be substituted by dunking a football in a 10-gallon bucket in the sunshine. And the temperature dropped by at least 10 degrees, maybe as much as 20.

Yes, the Bucs are constructing an indoor facility. Fans who come out to training camp practices can see it. The building is set to be open in late-September.

Even so, winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter remarked after practice this morning that even with an indoor facility, he is inclined to practice in the rain.

“As long as there isn’t lightning,” Koetter said. Of the rains, Koetter said, “This is South Florida,” where the Bucs will open the regular season at Miami.

And, no, the Dolphins don’t play in a dome either.

10 Responses to ““This Is South Florida””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    I say wow because I’m less than 100 miles away and we got zero rain…so far.


    Blame it on the Rain…..

    Koetter looking for every competitive advantage and camp stressor, pressure bust pipes or makes diamonds!!!!


  3. darin Says:

    Lol. 100 miles? Ive had it raining in front yard but not back yard for 20 minutes before. Its florida. I hope people arent really complaining about pros playin in rain. If youve never been to a bucs game when it was raining you havnt been to enough games. Im standing in the rain typing this. Go Bucs

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Lovie would have gave the team free time and then take a nap… allegedly

  5. Thespiritof1976 Says:

    Tampa is NOT South Florida. The reason USF is called that is b/c they are geographically challenged due to it being a garbage school that hands out “degrees” like a hooker hands out VD.

  6. DislocatedBucsFan Says:


    Too freaking funny…

  7. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:


    While that’s actually funny 76, I would never call into question your waste engineering degree from Devry.

  8. Dreambig Says:

    How many rain storms do we have at this time of year without lightning? 10% maybe? Point is this, if there is no lightning, then by all means practice in the rain. If there is lightning, don’t call off practice, move inside and continue to do good solid work instead of having to delay practice. Same for dangerous heat indexes where the players have to practice at a reduced intensity level to hold off heat exaustion. There is a balance here between using adverse weather to your advantage and letting it cause you to be behind other teams in preparation due to missed work. Its just basic common sense.

  9. Wausa Says:

    Bucs need to get work in the rain, but the indoor facility will be here soon enough to help the players from wilting under the sun or risk their lives around lightning

  10. SOFIERCE Says:

    The rain immediately brought out the 1st bad snap from our new center Marpet!