“Whoa, Tampa Bay Baby!”

May 22nd, 2020

When is the last time a Bucs player appeared on a national late-night talk show? On purpose?

Joe suspects it was after the Bucs won the Super Bowl in 2003. Joe remembers Brad Johnson and Keyshawn Johnson appearing together on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and Joe seems to recall Chucky as a guest on “The David Letterman Show.”

And those who collect social security checks remember in the 1970s how Johnny Carson routinely used the Bucs as a punch line about losers and failures.

Last night (this morning?), that changed. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (that is so cool for Joe to type) dropped in (virtually) on the “Late, Late Show with James Corden.”

Gronk, of course, is promoting his made-up sports action show called “Game On!” that premiers Wednesday and just happens to air on CBS, as does Corden’s show. Gronk’s show is co-hosted by Venus Williams and features the Lakers Girls.

(You had Joe at “Lakers Girls.”)

Apparently, Corden has a history with Gronk.

Anyway, Corden asked Gronk how it came down that he decided to come back to football and play for the Bucs. Gronk recounted the phone conversation with park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

“Whoa, Tampa Bay baby!” Gronk remembers telling Brady after Brady signed with the Bucs. To hear Gronk, he had Brady hollering at him before the phone conversation was finished.

You know the Bucs have far exceeded the wildest dreams of Team Glazer for offseason buzz and splash when a tight end appears on a late-night talk show.

A tight end!

That’s what happens when you sign a six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback married to a supermodel, and one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game who dates a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model.

You can see a clip Gronk’s appearance below.

27 Responses to ““Whoa, Tampa Bay Baby!””

  1. Cannon Says:

    I thank the Bucs for being an awesome distraction to the rest of the crap going around in the news.

  2. JP09 Says:

    Now this is funny! It’s going to be exciting watching a team have fun and win!

  3. james west Says:

    superbowl bound

  4. Robert Says:

    “park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.”

    well, I won’t be back.

    america’s qb for the thug and this for the goat.

    no class, I could use the R word, but hey….it’s clear as day

    see ya.

  5. Mikadeemas Says:

    Yeah right, Robert. Buh bye!! GO BUCS!!!

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I wonder how many bandwagon Bucs fans have jumped on since the Brady and Gronk signing…….I would estimate atleast 100,000 fans.

  7. BigHog Says:

    NE12 and Gronk “were” great together back in there years together in New England (full stop)!!! Without any real OTA’s, I don’t see any real chemistry truly coming together, all I know is this is Tampa not New England where these two guys had there way of preparing and I’m sure NE12 and Gronk will need very little time getting it together but what about our group of receivers, will they mash or will they bang heads, you know those things that should be worked out in OTA’s will now linger into the start of the season! And once your skills began to erode, moving south will not renew them…having better receivers will not renew them! A football team is to be built with the future in mind, we sold out for a quick fix ….and we all know about them …more like buying a lotto ticket. HOOK LINE SINKER!!!

  8. Buc Believer Says:

    Damn this gets me so freeking excited for some football!

  9. DanBucsFan Says:

    @ Robert

    Are you serious bud? Please don’t do that with as u put it the “R” word. This is not the place for silly race debate. I AM A BLACK MAN, ( Not that it should matter) but I can assure you that neither ” Joe ” uses the race card and neither one is racist. IT IS A SENSE OF HUMOR when the use the term ‘ Americas QB”. Every time one of our brothers make false accusations of racism it sets our whole country back my brotha. I apologize for even having to get into this type of discussion in this room, especially when its not called for.


  10. Will Says:

    I wonder how many people use the word “Thug” when they really want to use that word that they know they say around their friends but wouldn’t dare say when we’re around.

  11. DanBucsFan Says:

    Gotta LOVE GRONK lol

  12. Coburn Says:

    Eh I think Joe’s nicknames are all in good fun… Something to lighten the day. I told my old man about the sideshow Bob one. Not sure if Joe was the originator but he loved that one

  13. BigHog Says:

    Robert: If you think Mr. 5,000 is a thug…then you need to get out and live a little !!!

  14. Smashsquatch Says:

    This kind of instant metamorphosis from meaningless doormats to globally recognized SB contenders will never be duplicated. I can’t say it enough, bravo to JL, BA and the Glazers for assembling this team. As fans, we’ve already won.

  15. cgmaster27 Says:

    @Robert bye bye, and don’t come back. But somehow I’m sure you’ll crawl out from under your bridge to elate us with you “wisdom” again.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    We’ve been trying to get rid of Robert for years now…

    He won’t leave.

    Thanks Joe.

    Go Bucs!

  17. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:


    I love your site, but Robert is right in theory up there…

    You seriously need to show more respect for the GOAT and drop that disrespectful moniker at this point in time. It was kinda funny the 1st couple weeks to raz him about it, but do you think he’s going to like you guys and/or be super outgoing and engaging with you guys in interviews etc when you disrespect him the way you do by belittling him with that moniker????

    Move on from it, please. 🙏

  18. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    And I rarely agree with anything Robert says ever.

    I’m not using any ‘R’ words, though…

    But Brady’s moniker is disrespectful.

  19. Bird Says:

    Mjoe claims it takes time to get a nickname …yet he decided on those two for the GOAT. 😂

    Yet jameis was given amercias qb before he took one snap in the NFL
    He will even confirm that with you.

    Yet there is nothing to see here. No bias For the former player.
    Remember it all started with the pitt game
    Cause College football matters in the pros

  20. Will Says:

    Like many have said I also don’t like the moniker but I haven’t really cared for any of them. I think it’s a bit high schoolish but I’ve learned to skip over them and just get to the meat and potatoes of the articles. What I’ve wondered though is if any one the people the Joes interview have read their articles and seen their nickname and has it ever been an issue where that person decides to not talk with the Joes any longer. That would suck because then the fans lose out and after all this site is for the fans correct?

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    What a pleasant deviation from the typical Bucs.

  22. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Joe also refers to Brady as a six-time Super Bowl winning champion with a supermodel wife. For goodness sake, laugh with Joe at Tom because it’s funny. He did those things, he wasn’t accused of them. And the home-invading is really a ball buster. I’m sure Brady would laugh. Some of you guys are way too sensitive to every freaking word said. R-E-L-A-X. And if you can’t take the humor, “bye Felicia”!

  23. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    I can assure you Gronk has busted Brady’s balls over both “incidents”.

  24. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    If the bucs start winning and gronk starts scoring some tds and doing his frankenstein td spike, ray jay will explode!!!! Then gronk out on st pete beach or clearwater after a win; this place going to be electric

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  26. ClodHopper Says:

    Brady don’t give two figs about those monikers. He’s the 1st or 2nd most hated person in the NFL depending on who you ask. Those playful innocent monikers roll off his back. He gets ten times worse things written about him every day before he even heats up his oatmeal with quinoa.

  27. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Robert’s been around for years???? Never noticed, thought he was a new jack like from this year.