Bucs Were Stoked On Day 1 Of Tom Brady Era

March 1st, 2021

Restrained celebrations.

It seems both Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians have serious drinking to catch up on.

We all saw the two guzzling Bud Lights at the Bucs’ Super Bowl parade and then bragging how the team would return intact. The next morning, with pounding heads and glaring sunlight in their eyes, the day-after likely brought a different, jarring reality.

The Sickness has changed our lives, at least temporarily, and not for the better. In Licht’s appearance on the Adam Schefter Podcast, Licht hinted he and Arians and the Bucs’ organization were cheated out of some quality drinking.

Licht explained how pumped the team was to sign Tom Brady but the organization could not celebrate like it normally would when landing such a name free agent (Joe wonders how the team celebrated signing the offsides-jumping, Lightning-trolling, belly-shirt-wearing, practice-hating, kicker-heckling, tree-grinding , non-contact-football-loving, chicken-wings-grilling, playing-time-squawking, TV-cooking-star, half-sack Swaggy Baker?).

“The pandemic had just started,” Licht said. “I think we would have, in a normal year, we would have rented out a restaurant and popped champagne and had a party. But we were at home and couldn’t be near anybody.”

Joe also wonders whose AmEx card was saved as a result?

Fast-forward to late-summer when the team finally was allowed to begin training camp and the new offense was allowed to practice together for the first time at One Buc Palace.Because of The Sickness protocols at the time, Licht was not even allowed on the practice fields at One Buc Palace. So he occasionally got a glance of practice through his office window, he said.

Licht said he saw Brady throwing to foot-rubbing, car-littering Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. and noticed Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David and Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh on defense. Licht admitted he couldn’t help but fantasize.

After that first practice, Licht said, Arians bolted into his office all hyped up and said, “You happen to peek out your window? We got some f@cking swag out there!”

As it turned out, the dreams came true.

15 Responses to “Bucs Were Stoked On Day 1 Of Tom Brady Era”

  1. thisisouryear!! Says:

    This season was such a bright spot in a rough year. When do we start hearing about free agents signing new contracts with their current team?

  2. Joe Says:

    This season was such a bright spot in a rough year. When do we start hearing about free agents signing new contracts with their current team?

    When the teams (or players or player’s agent) release that information.

  3. Bobby Says:

    It was fun to watch how greatness doesn’t just happen…it evolves out of hard work and dedication. Like someone building a new and better engine struggling with sputters at the beginning but after the right parts are assembled it’s a thing of beauty. I see swag again, especially from the defense and Devin White in particular. That swag has been missing since we won our last Super Bowl. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching football as much as I did from after our bye week through the playoffs. All the seasons in between seem like faded memories now. We’re back baby! Go Bucs!

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If this team stays together, we repeat. If they don’t, well, we’ll have to see who else comes in.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    I remember some of the low IQ individuals on this board saying the Bucs should have signed Teddy Bridgewater.

  6. thisisouryear!! Says:

    Rod-if you’re talking about me, I did say Bridgewater. I still think Bridgewater may be the better athlete and younger than Brady, but no way would I take him over Brady now. I thought at 43 Brady was washed up. I’m still a little afraid of Brady losing arm strength like Manning did with Denver, but there’s no way I want him going somewhere else.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe….not criticizing…..simply curious.

    You refuse to mention Raymond James Stadium…..calling it “The Stadium” because you say they won’t compensate you for doing that.

    Yet, you credit Bud Light, a team sponsor, on numerous occasions..even though they compete with Big Storm.

    Do you get free beers?

  8. Executive Concerts & Management Inc. Says:

    Look I really enjoy a Brady lead offensive football team. What we have now are a lot of non-studious quarterbacks Mr. Tom Brady is competing against. Most of these other quarterbacks except Aron Rogers to me do very limited homework and at game times it shows. Party hard Tampa because Tom Brady is studying. I studied film of your center’s play during the Superbowl. He does homework. He made some switches and blocked on some incredible pickups. That is the player I would love to meet. He is both tough and plays smart. Football fans look at the centers play during the Superbowl. Yea he made one miscue but over all he played and A game.

  9. Youngbucs Says:

    Rod munch you serious calling people low IQ. You’re were banging the drum for the previous QB. Short memory??

  10. Bird Says:

    No doubt. What has rod munch ever been right about?
    And i am being serious

    Hypocrisy at its finest

    “Go jump off st pete bridge cause i am right”

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    thisisouryear!! – Well the dullards thinking Bridgewater is a legit option are pretty dumb, but no, I was talking about people saying AFTER we signed Brady that they should have signed Bridgewater instead. There were literally people here dying on that bridge.

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Bird Says:
    March 1st, 2021 at 3:17 pm
    No doubt. What has rod munch ever been right about?

    I posted right after Brady was signed the team would go 11-5, get hot in the playoffs and Brady should have 4400 yards, 37 TDs and 12 INTs… He went 11-5 and had 4600 yards, 40 TDs and 12 INTs…

    Yeah, off by 200 yards and 3 TDs, that’s totally off base. LOL!

  13. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Munch, you’ve always been a big Jay Miss guy. You defended each and every interception and boneheaded play almost to an Ndog level.

  14. D1 Says:


    There is a lot of fans who like to use Mannings’s last 2 years in Denver to make inferences to Brady. Age is the most commonly referred to reason as to why manning declined, therefore Brady is going to have the exact same problems.

    Well, that’s just a lot of horse spit! The only thing they have in common physically is age. That’s it. Brady is much healthier by every metric possible than manning. So their age isn’t something that can or should be so haphazardly applied to both men. It’s lazy Azz no thinking required type of nonsense that you’d expect from an enbriated fan at a hole in wall sports bar.

    To clarify something that worries you, manning had neck surgery stemming from an injury he sustained playing with the colts. Many experts believed manning wouldn’t be able to play football again. The Colts believed it and let him go. His arm didn’t suddenly decline, it was the loss of feeling in his tumb and some of his hand that contributed to the ducks he was throwing out there in his last season.

    His arm was never that great at best he was always a guy who had less than average arm strength. You can’t lose what you never had. But he did lose the ability to throw spirals with the accurately he had prior to the injury.

    Brady hasn’t had but a couple injuries nothing…nothing at all comparable to Manning’s injuries. Certainly nothing close to the severity of Manning. Age is not equal across the board. Attempting to do so is just foolishness. But there’s a lot of fans repeating it so …don’t take it personally.

  15. Hissylizzard Says:

    Funny how so many people slammed the Bucs for signing him and said he was just good because of NE system…he had no deep ball,etc….at one point in the season he was the most accurate deep passer and quickest release….then he adjusted to the short and intermediate game for the SB,had a good run game….now there are actually people that are saying they built a good team after Jamis left…let’s not forget how wcen this head coach was backhandidly insulting Brady when they were losing….saying he was calling the play and they just brought in the guys he wanted ….but now he is revered as a great coach…