23 Wishes For 2021

December 30th, 2020

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It’s almost time to flip the calendar on the most bizarre year any of us can remember.

When the ball drops in Times Square to usher in 2021, the hundreds of thousands who traditionally gather at The Crossroads of the World won’t be there. When the Bucs play the Falcons in the regular-season finale Sunday, the vast majority of seats at Raymond James Stadium will be empty.

It’s been that kind of year. Thank heavens it went by so fast.

Yet amidst the carnage, there is reason to celebrate. For Buc fans, 2020 has been a godsend, a jolt of electricity for a franchise on the blink.

The postseason dance is dead ahead and Tampa Bay has been invited to the party. Can’t you hear the E Street Band tuning up for “Glory Days?”

As our New Year’s resolutions are unveiled, let’s see what all those worker bees at One Buc Place are pining for:

Bruce Arians: An opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot in January.

Jason Licht: The chance to see how this talented roster he has assembled comes together in the next six weeks.

Tom Brady: A Super Bowl bauble to adorn his second ring finger.

Mike Evans: Leaving Randy Moss behind in the NFL record book – most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons by a receiver to start a pro career.

Chris Godwin: A fair contract extension that will keep this Hines Ward clone in a Tampa Bay uniform.

Rob Gronkowski: Another glittering playoff run for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Donovan Smith: Four postseason games … zero flags.

Tristan Wirfs

Tristan Wirfs: Recognition as the league’s best rookie offensive lineman.

Ryan Succop: A return to reliable form.

Antonio Brown: A few quick slants to show he still has those jets.

Byron Leftwich: A renewed commitment to stick with the run.

Ronald Jones: A healthy postseason to back up that commitment.

Todd Bowles: Aggressive defensive game plans — from the start.

Jason Pierre-Paul: A hunting party for Tampa Bay’s only Pro Bowler.

Shaq Barrett: A big finish to land that big contract.

Lavonte David: Ditto.

Devin White: Legitimate consideration for All-Pro honors.

Carlton Davis: The health and confidence to shadow the best receivers playoff opponents have to offer.

Sean Murphy-Bunting: The self-realization he’s not there yet.

Antoine Winfield Jr.: A few more exotic packages to showcase his dynamic blitzing skills.

Tom Moore: Another year of good health.

Glazer family: A return to the Super Bowl stage, this time in their own stadium.

Buc fans: A better 2021, beginning with a stirring playoff run.


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11 Responses to “23 Wishes For 2021”

  1. aFEDupBUCfan Says:


  2. james west Says:

    and a lombardi trophy to boot

  3. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Awesome, Ira. For you, good Sir, a 2021 Mustang Shelby from BC Ford. And a fresh pair of OP corduroy shorts to show of those sexy legs built on the tennis courts of Central Florida

  4. mark2001 Says:

    I remember as a HS teenager seeing a green Shelby Mustang Boss 429 with the Cobra insignia on the side, in a parade. Very cool. Prettiest car I ever saw. I That…was a car to remember.

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Cheers to that!

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    cant complain with that list…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Jason Says:

    I would add a full recovery for V.V.

  8. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    We’re the only team allergic to slants, but all these are good wishes

  9. Buczilla Says:

    Great stuff Ira.

  10. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    SAGE: Another FUN year for reporting and commenting on our Bucs!

  11. orlbucfan Says:

    Ungodly CG14 is better than Hines Ward–period!