Team Glazer Secures Four Planes To Fly Out Staff, Players & Families

September 9th, 2017

The Glazer family moved swiftly to help Bucs evacuations

A hearty handful of Buccaneers were on the move out of town in private planes this morning, was informed this evening.

Team Glazer made an 11th-hour move to secure the jets in response to the shifting of Hurricane Irma.

And in case you’re living in cave, that shift has Irma now pointed squarely at the Tampa Bay area with a late Sunday arrival.

Use of the planes was offered to any Buccaneers staff, regardless of their position, and immediate families, Joe was told by a team official.

The flights to North Carolina are nothing more than a safety evacuation at this time, Joe was advised. There are no official plans currently in place for alternate practice sites or a move of the Sept. 17 game, scheduled at home against the Bears.

Bucs players are (were?) scheduled to report back to work on Tuesday. Many players, Joe learned in the locker room on Wednesday, made plans to fly out of town assuming they could fly back Monday. It’s assumed now that Tampa International Airport will be closed through Monday.

38 Responses to “Team Glazer Secures Four Planes To Fly Out Staff, Players & Families”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Were they allowed to bring their pets?

  2. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Class act by the Glazers.
    God Bless all those in this things path

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo


    “Pablo will be table dancing tonight but will not be dancing tomorrow nite…..Pablo will take the nite off for the sake of safety for Pablo’s fans….Pablo also needs a night of rest before he starts to work on the thousands of Pasco County roofs damaged by Irma”

  4. John Says:

    They have enough booty to fly some of us die hard fans to safety cmon lol

  5. StAugBuc Says:

    Slightly tasteless, Pablo

  6. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Like I said before, where are the bucs going to practice if there practice facility is under water?

  7. R.O. Says:

    There will be no electricity until who knows. Will be lucky to get a walk through in this week before the 17th.

  8. R.O. Says:

    Why would the practice facility be under water? Stay in Wyoming.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Don’t believe the no power claim. It will be restored within a day at most.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Very classy thing the Glazers did.

  11. James Walker Says:

    Smart of the Glazer’s not to over react and make a rational decision when all the facts were in. But, I still as of 8:00pm Saturday see no northern trend in Irma. I am guessing it heads into the gulf.

  12. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    What weather station do you work for?^^^^^^

  13. CalBucsFan Says:

    Great, thanks for the news Joe(s), prayers to you both and your families.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Why would you want to leave a hurricane? Seriously you get to go through these once, it’s pretty awesome so long as you’re not too stupid. Short of living in a trailer or directly on the water, put on your helmet and enjoy the show!

  15. bucs_365 Says:

    Unless the path changes, I would not be surprised if they need to find an alternative practice site this week. Also, the readiness of RJS for next Sunday could be in question.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    I just hope all this drama doesn’t affect my ability to preorder the iPhone 8 on Friday.

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    11pm NHC Notes… “Irma has stuttered near the north coast of Cuba for the past few hours, which may be a harbinger of the north-northwestward turn that we’ve been waiting for. In any event, Irma appears to be moving very slowly toward the northwest, or 305/5 kt, very gradually shifting away from the north coast of Cuba. With the hurricane located near a break in the subtropical ridge, it should turn north-northwestward soon and accelerate near or along the west coast of Florida during the next 36-48 hours. Because of Irma’s hesitation to move northwestward, the new track guidance has shifted ever so slightly westward, and the new NHC track is just a little left of the previous one.”

    Anywho buckle up buckaroos, tomorrow night may or may not be one for the ages. It’s been 1921 since the last direct impact from a hurricane – so we’re due. Just like the super volcano under Yellowstone is due.

  18. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Week 2 IN Chicago. We’re getting royally screwed. Mother Nature is a B!+(H!

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Rod Munch, yes, most people have no idea what I’m talking about when I tell them about Yellowstone. It’s like they don’t believe me. It could blow tomorrow or 100,000 years from now, but it WILL blow. It’ll blow like a hooker short on crack.

  20. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    No offense to any hookers or crack addicts.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Stay safe there in Tampa peoples..Hunker down. All will be Ok. I’m way out West here. But a TB native. Its nice the Glazers secured planes for players/family escape. I can’t help but wonder and pray for the less fortunate though. Stay Safe!!! GODS Speed!!

  22. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    My grandmother is in Clearwater. Less than a 1/2 mile from the water. She refuses to leave, says her house is basically a bomb shelter cuz it’s made of all cinder block. I’m extremely worried about her safety tho. Hope it doesn’t flood too bad.

  23. Mr Ed Says:

    Get out. All of you.

  24. Mr Ed Says:

    8 foot storm surge predicted.

  25. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Good luck everyone. Stay safe.

  26. DallasBuc Says:

    James Walker Says:
    September 9th, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    Smart of the Glazer’s not to over react and make a rational decision when all the facts were in. But, I still as of 8:00pm Saturday see no northern trend in Irma. I am guessing it heads into the gulf.

    Hope you are right. Been asking for days why they, the weather experts, always insist on a seemingly arbitrary pivot from west to north without ever explaining the basis for this given assumption. Since it has not made a northern pivot yet I say why the hell not run out to the gulf?

    Stay safe Bucs fans

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Evans – Actually much of Clearwater, by the water, is pretty high ground. If you look at the eviction maps you’ll see what I mean – a lot of the houses near the water aren’t considered to be at the risk of a storm surge. Also this hurricane will have some surge but it shouldn’t be terrible since it’s coming from the south and is blowing water away from the coast – so depending on where the eye is and how strong it is at passing there might be a moderate surge or a very small one. It depends on her exact location obviously but calm your nerves a bit by looking at the surge maps they have and see where she is. For what it’s worth this will, I believe, be mainly a wind damage issue and solidly built houses should be fine even if they’re close to the coast. Also another tidbit from the NHC says they aren’t finding anything but CAT2 winds right now and it might not be as strong as it looks on radar – they also say shear will begin tearing it apart in about 24 hours which would mean it should weaken the storm just before it gets here. So just some thoughts, perhaps they help a little. Personally if I was you I’d go hang out with granny and have a hurricane party.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    DallasBuc – The turn has happened, pretty much started around the time of the post. I was wondering the same thing to be fair, it wasn’t turning and kept missing the mark on the forecast – but if you smooth out the points over the last few hours you see it moving generally northwest. The NHC seems to have a good amount in cofidence in the forecast track and I’d tend to believe them as of now – and I’m generally pretty hard on them and not one of those bores that panics about it hitting Miami as a CAT5 five days out.

  29. DallasBuc Says:

    Rod Muncher- I hear you on that. Tampa native born and raised. Had my last foolish hurricane party back in 04 when Charlie took a quick about face and promptly forced me to respect the little that I can control.
    After a long and sleepless night last night we decided to grab a few things and said goodbye to our home at 6am. Slumming it with the other refugees in GA waiting to figure out what the next day of this slow motion disaster has in store.

  30. Joe Says:

    Welcome back, DallasBuc!

  31. German Buc Says:

    The prayers from Germany are with you my dear friends. Stay safe!

  32. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    I’m way up here in Wisconsin. Last hurricane I was in was in 04. The one I remember most was Charley. We lived in Port Charlotte and every model had it going more north right for Tampa. It took a sharp turn and came right for us. We weren’t prepared at all and it completely destroyed our house.

  33. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Rod Munch
    Thanks for the thoughts. Stay safe

  34. DallasBuc Says:

    Joe! I still don’t know what I did to get sht canned. I try to follow all the known written and unwritten rules. Sometimes I get after you guys but you dish in kind. Just not sure what happened.
    If you will have me I plan to continue to antagonize my way to some real Bucs talk with some real fn great Bucs fans that for some reason love to hate me dearly. I think it’s because I’m almost always right!
    Do-no-wrong Lovie Smith
    Incompetent Lovie Smith
    Lapdog Licht
    Trash McCown
    Anthony Collins > Donald Penn
    EDS > Zuttah
    EDS > [choose your own adventure on the oline]
    The Great George Johnson
    Mike Evans as a liability in 2015 (admitted)
    Roberto AguaOh,no
    Justin Evans
    Jeremy McNichols
    Do-no-wrong Jason Licht
    Etc,…feeling a little rusty on my rhetoric!

    Tired of mediocrity. I want greatness and happy as hell to have Koetter and Winston leading the way. Go Bucs

  35. MadMax Says:

    🙁 Fort Myers beach, Captiva, Sarasota and Tampa in the direct path….this sucks!!!

    I was at St Pete beach when hurricane charley was coming and had to cut the vaca short….it hit Punta Gorda pretty bad.

    Hopefully it weakens fast as it hits land. Stay safe everyone if you’re riding it out!

  36. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice move by the Glazers to assist any Buccaneers employing who desired help in getting their family to safety.

    Stay safe people – Make good decisions over the next 24 hours if you are in the path of Irma. Looks like our 100 year storm bill just came due. Lord help us that are riding this puppy out.

    Don’t forget to throw on some oldschool REO Speedwagon and crank it up about 1am tonight – assuming you were not negligent enough to leave yourself without tuneage once the power goes out.

    “Ridin the Storm Out – waitin for the fallout…”

    Gary Richrath had his moments didn’t he…?

  37. Destinjohnny Says:

    Have to love wealth

  38. Buddy Says:

    Joe- you need to get your facts straight. It was just the football side of the buccaneers staff that got asked if they wanted to evacuate. The people in ticketing, suite sales, marketing did not get asked. Glazers prob figured forget those peasants who actually bring in some revenue for the team.