Thankful Gay

September 20th, 2019

Joe sure hopes by now that rookie kicker Matt Gay has bought Vernon Hargreaves a couple of 7-day cruise tickets or at least leased him a new Ranger at Bill Currie Ford.

Heck, Bruce Arians and Jason Licht also should have been at least that generous with their starting cornerback.

Hargreaves’ game-saving tackle last week spared Gay from the horror of being the kicker who missed a 42-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the third quarter of a three-point loss. Gay also was “that close” from everyone realizing the undrafted rookie kicker wearing Panthers colors was 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 54-yarder.

Hargreaves also made just about everyone forget about Bucco Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles teaming up to call back-to-back defensive timeouts on fourth down, an unthinkable penalty.

And let’s get offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich into the thank-you game just a tiny bit. When your offense gives up a safety on second down from your 2 yard line in the fourth quarter, you really called the wrong play at the wrong time.

Joe is so eager to see how Gay bounces back against the Giants on Sunday. He recovered against the Panthers to drill a 32-yard field goal. But there’s more redemption needed for the rookie.

The Bucs should move the ball against the Giants, but if Tampa Bay’s red zone woes continue, Gay can expect an extremely busy day.

68 Responses to “Thankful Gay”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Gay is awesome for a rookie kicker so far!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Better than Roberto Flamingo who is outta the NFL now (whata shame)

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    so VHG did a lot more than just save the game…….

    but folks want him gone….lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    I’m so proud of this guy we should throw him a parade. The Gay Pride parade. Who’s with me?

  4. orlbucfan Says:

    Rooting for the D and Gay/ST Sunday. GO TAMPA BAY!!!!!!!!

  5. Todd Says:


    I’m not Gay, but $20 is $20!

    Count me in!

    And while we’re there, let’s take our damned rainbow back!!!

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    $20 ???????????????????????????


  7. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Lets give the Bears their kicking virus back!!!

  8. Adam Lakers Carolla Says:


    Gay is always rooting for the D

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I had serious doubts about VH3. Looks like he is putting it all out there.
    Somebody was complaining about his number of tackles. Were they short of the first down or short gains? He got beat deep once so far, shyte happens. We know
    he stopped a damn good back. More than than that his emotional edge
    probably gets rest of team fired up.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m thinking that stop by VH3 should propel him and the Bucs to greater things.

    As far as Gay……missing that kick is part of a long process for him…..he has the let….and I think the right mindset…..he’ll miss more….it just happens…..but he will also have some game winners for us.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You could also look at the game winning stop by VH3 prevented a game winning opportunity for Jameis & Gay…….we had a timeout and some time left if they had scored…..who knows?

  12. Buc4evr Says:

    The issue isn’t the kicker, it’s the fact that the Bucs can’t score td’s in the red zone.

  13. Ben real Says:

    anyone k ow where I can get a gay jersey?

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    “Buc4evr Says:

    September 20th, 2019 at 10:38 am

    The issue isn’t the kicker, it’s the fact that the Bucs can’t score td’s in the red zone.”


    EXCELLENT POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Ben real Says:

    This gay dude is gonna be very good

  16. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I’ll take the game winning stop option,rather than what if anyday. Good to see your optimism return after game 1 TBBF.

  17. I’m a Gay fan Says:

    I’m such a fan of Gay I’m going to wear a pink shirt and blow kisses to Lorenzo our sexy new male cheerleader at the game against the Giants!

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    We’re all thankful.

    Go Bucs!

  19. LordCornelius Says:

    Thank you for bringing up the safety. HORRIBLE play call.

    In any obvious run situation the Panthers were destroying us. Before the play I said out loud at the bar in the hotel I was at “we better not f*cking run this up the middle here” and then we did and gave up 2 points and great field position.

    The game never should have come down to what it did at the end. Bucs still almost beat themselves in a game they were dominating.

    -dropped TD pass (Perriman)
    -missed FG (Gay)
    -stupid safety (Leftwich/Barber)

    Ignoring penalties because that happens to everyone now and is getting rediculous… but we definitely were unlucky in that game that it was even a contest at the end.

    I want to see our offense explode Sunday. OJ Howard / Mike Evans due for some big games and let’s get ROJO more touches if his footsie is OK.

    GO BUCS!

  20. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    As usual Joe sees the glass as half empty when we come to the Bucs players. He is going to miss kicks. They all do.

  21. LordCornelius Says:

    “Bucs can’t score td’s in the red zone”

    Yeah if Perriman catches that ball then he isn’t even attempting a FG in that situation. Perfect throw just have to make the catch.

    Mike Evan’s potential TD was a lot more difficult – but BA said he still should have made that play too.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    I saw that safety coming from a mile away. It was just the perfect storm…

    Called a great pass play on 1st down but Godwin just missed getting his other foot down in bounds… Then the 2nd pass play doesn’t work even though we were open.

    Now it’s 3rd… you’ve just tried 2 passes in a row… everyone and their mother knew we were going to run the ball. And I knew we weren’t getting it out of the endzone… oh well

  23. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’d love to see Barber keeping a straight face calling the Bucs game if Gay’s number was 69.

  24. teacherman777 Says:

    We never run QB sneaks!

    Even with J- Freeman we never ran sneaks!

    We have another huge QB and we still dont run sneaks on 4th and 1.

    Please start calling sneaks on 3rd and 1, 4th and 1, and at both goal-lines.

    @joe- please do some research.

    How often have we historically called sneaks on short yardage situations since J-Fro? Im dying to know.

  25. 813bucboi Says:



    the TD’s will come….

    dont want this team peaking at the wrong time….last year we peaked in week2….came back down to earth in week3 and never recovered….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  26. BucTooth Says:

    Buc’s fans i just got to say in just two words for Sundays game with the NY Giants and that’s (Trap Game) i can just smell it. Everyone’s saying there’s no way we will lose to the last place Giants ring up a ”W” in the win column i beg to differ i hope im dead wrong but i see a hard fought game right to the end of the game. Like they say on any given Sunday shit happens the game against the 49er’s is an example and with that said GO BUC’S. Come on man.

  27. DooshLaRue Says:

    I don’t think VHIII is a Ford Ranger type of guy Joe.

    Nice shameless plug though.

  28. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Joe, I didn’t read the article, just the title but I get the point..congratulations!

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    That was one special play that Vernon made!!! Truely unforgettable play for me. To each his own I say it’s one of the greatest plays we have saw in close to twenty years. Big tackles and stops and physical plays get me most excited as a fan…….I woke me kids up from that play!!!

    Hearing the aftermath and all the local media talk about that play was somewhat disheartening. Apparently most people thought we didnt really have any chance to stop them short………I don’t know what game these people were watching but I saw a Bucs team dominating the LOS and standing Carolina up on 3rd/4th & 1 all day!!!! I won’t say I was certain we would stop them but I did have some confidence……..At the least we weren’t going to give it up easy. We were gonna force then to earn it with brute Force!!!

    This is a new Era and there is no more doormat defense in Tampa Bay!!!!

    GOOO BUCS!!!!

  30. Player 1 Says:

    Gay seems to miss fairly often from the right hash around the 40 yard area. Seems pretty solid from other distances. Maybe the offense should push us to the left hash in kicking situations around that area until he gets this cleaned up.

  31. DB55 Says:

    everyone realizing the undrafted rookie kicker wearing Panthers colors was 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 54-yarder.

    If JW had a jon Robinson as his gm he’d have a few playoff wins by now.

  32. DooshLaRue Says:

    @Player 1


  33. JimmyJack Says:

    Player 1……Huh? He misses fairly often? He has only missed one kick.

  34. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    “DB55 Says:
    September 20th, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    ….If JW had a jon Robinson as his gm he’d have a few playoff wins by now.”



    OMG…….that’s such a ridiculous statement…….thanks for the good laugh

  35. eoschwartz Says:

    Evans didn’t make that catch in corner of end zone because he one-handed it. If he reaches out with both hands he gets a TD. Perriman whiffed, he let a perfect throw whiz through him. Didn’t even touch the ball. A much easier catch than Evans.

  36. Buc50 Says:

    Reading the comment section is the reason Marvin added the e to the end his last name.

  37. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    This fella is gonna have to prove he can make mid-range kicks…especially from the right hash. The Bucs coulda/shoulda put a dagger in the Panthers with a td on that drive and at the very least a fg to make it a two score lead. You can have a big leg…even Brinda made a 57 yarder; Cantazero a 59 yarder yet inaccuracy lead to their demise.

  38. DB55 Says:


    How do you figure?

  39. Buccfan37 Says:

    Imagine all eyes in the stadium on one player to deliver the goods. Ultimate goat or hero outcome all on your kicking foot.

  40. Bucsfanman Says:

    Lots to grouse about in that game, albeit a win. In the end, however, a win is a win and I’ll take it.
    We haven’t played a good clean game yet and should be 2-0. I don’t know about y’all but, that’s a reassuring sign.

    813- I know you’ve been beating that VHIII drum. I’m happy to see him contributing. Maybe, just maybe, he’s found himself again. I’d like to see a little better coverage though.

  41. #1bucsfan Says:

    Eoshwarts so tru if both those guys made their plays it wouldn’t even have bin a game #3 doesn’t always throw with accuracy but those 2 passes for perfect an they dropped it. Not always #3 fault lol

  42. Louis Says:

    Perriman is the one who should purchase the cruise tickets imo. If he caught the damned ball, all this would be moot.

  43. ElBajito43 Says:

    I ✊ respect his choice to be with whoever he chooses. His personal life is none of my business.

  44. 813bucboi Says:


    been saying since he came into the league he was better suited for the scheme he’s playing in now….poor coaching has been his problem not his talent….

    but any who….

    i want to see better play from everyone….defense, offense, ST…..better execution….

    as long as we continue to get better we’ll be fine….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  45. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    White out Sunday.

    Begin the public flogging.

  46. Bucsfanman Says:

    813- Agreed on coaching, not just him but overall on defense. I cannot fathom how Smitty was given a pass. Oh well, that was then, this is now.
    Go Bucs!

  47. Player 1 Says:

    JimmyJack Says:
    September 20th, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Player 1……Huh? He misses fairly often? He has only missed one kick.

    Im including training camp and pre-season in that statement

  48. Defense Rules Says:

    ROOKIE Matt Gay has hit on 3-of-4 FGs and 4-of-4 XPs. No, he’s not perfect, but 1 miss is pretty darned good. The kicker he replaced, Cairo Santos, is also 3-of-4 in FGs and is 8-for-8 on XPs for Tennessee. So essentially the same production, but Matt’s upside (in terms of making longer FGs) is definitely higher. And besides, if Matt does start having problems kicking, I’m sure that Roberto would willingly sign on as a consultant to help him straighten things out.

    On looking at the Titans, I’m impressed with their defense also. In 3 games to date, they’ve allowed 52 points (17 PPG average), and haven’t allowed any more than 20 points in a game. Granted they’re 1-2 thus far, but they’ve played 2 very close games. Starting at the end of Oct, we get to play them, then the 2 teams who beat them. Could have our hands full with all 3 teams.

  49. DB55 Says:

    So what did we learn from the Patriots?

    1. Cut ties immediately

    2. You can ape all the women you want but the second you do some gay chit you got to go.

  50. Rod Munch Says:

    Player 1 Says:
    September 20th, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Gay seems to miss fairly often from the right hash around the 40 yard area. Seems pretty solid from other distances.


    I heard one of the Bucs podcasts talking about this – that Arians actually said between like 37-42 yards and from one side of the field Gay just doesn’t hit anything. That wasn’t the exact language, but it was that detailed what Arians said, and this kick fell in that range. According to Arians, he’s fine if he’s further away or closer. Not sure what you do about it – maybe you call a play where Winston is told to wait for a route to come open and if it doesn’t he just goes down when pressure gets to him – but man, that would be dangerous.

  51. Tval Says:

    “What did we learn from the patriots?”
    That CREDIBLE accusations are treated as such.

  52. Tval Says:

    Delanie, the run game, and defense have CARRIED the Titans for 4 years. Jameis would have been in the playoffs 3x by now.
    Marcus, a great kid, is GARBAGE!!!!

  53. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Okay. Have we had enough Gay jokes yet and can we stop them? At some point, they’re not terribly funny or original anymore. And no, I’m not gay.

  54. Defense Rules Says:

    @Rod … “Arians actually said between like 37-42 yards and from one side of the field Gay just doesn’t hit anything”. Matt Gay may well have areas where he’s not as accurate as from some other areas or distances, but I’d be really surprised if any coaches ever confirmed that, especially BA.

  55. unbelievable Says:

    Yeah Alvin they were all played out about a week after we drafted him to be honest. Zero originality at this point.

    Guess that’s why nobody commenting here is a professional comedian 🤷🏽‍♂️

  56. Rod Munch Says:

    Defense Rules – I’m like 99% certain it was on the Pewtercast where they said Arians said that. I didn’t see that anywhere else, but they said it as a direct quote. Assuming they didn’t just lie and make it up, I agree, it’s a very very odd thing for a coach to say publicly – which is also what they said at the time.

  57. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Gay has a kicking coach…..surely the coach can help him solve the 40 yard problem from the right hash…..

    It’s possible it was a technical problem that has now turned mental…..

  58. JimmyJack Says:

    Player 1 thanks.

    My dumbass didn’t even think about that. Duh

    Plus Gay had a whole bunch of college kicks you could look at too. I wonder if he was missing from that spot it college too.

  59. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Defense

    I don’t think BA said he doesn’t hit anything…..I thought he said he struggles…..
    but were working on that an thought it was solved.

  60. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    The question now is will AB now be coming to TB?

    Are AB and BA a match?

    @unbelievable “Guess that’s why nobody commenting here is a professional comedian 🤷🏽‍♂️”

    HEY!! I resemble that remark!

    Have you seen my avatar?

  61. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod … I just seems like a bizarre thing for a HC to say. Identifies a liability, and most HCs seem to go to great extremes to hide those.

    TBBF … He has a kicking coach? Is he part of the Bucs’ staff I wonder or is he a private coach (like George Whitfield was for Jameis)?

  62. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … Looking at the Titans-Jags boxscore from last night’s game, it’s bizarre. Jags won 20-7 BUT … they only had 12 first downs, 292 total yards, were only 2-for-12 on 3rd & 4th down conversions and had less than 25 mins TOP. Still, they didn’t turn the ball over, had only 4 penalties and their rookie QB must’ve been quite impressive … 20-for-30 for 204 yards, 2 TDs and a 108 QBR. I guess the legend of Gardner Minshew continues to grow. He started off hot (2 TDs in the 1st qtr) and the Jags defense took over from there (Titans had nothing until their 1 TD early in the 4th qtr). Not looking forward to playing either one of those defenses however.

  63. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:
    September 20th, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    The question now is will AB now be coming to TB?

    Are AB and BA a match?


  64. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Chris Boniol is also a highly regarded coach who will work to improve Tampa Bay’s punting and kicking game.

    They call him a “Specialist Coach”

  65. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Christopher Donald Boniol (born December 9, 1971) is a former professional American football placekicker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. He won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1996, he tied the NFL record for most field goals in a game with seven. He played college football at Louisiana Tech University.

  66. Roberto Aguayo's New Supervisor Says:

    Past bucs kickers are pretty good at washing dishes

  67. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Why do fans want AB? Winston is finally out of the news and some want to go back into that world? Why? WR is the least of our worries. If it was JJ Watt or another premiere pass rusher or an OLman, I’d get it, but WR?

  68. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    87, you said it… Go Bucs! I hope Winston has a good game and we can get to 2-1 before the Rams game. The South looks getable now. Just got to play well. Winning on a short week gives me hope that we can finally get a win in London.