What Would Have Happened?

March 4th, 2021

What if… ?

The answer to this seems to be really simple for Joe. But apparently, Joe is wrong.

So what would have happened if Cam Brate dropped the Vince Lombardi Trophy tossed to him by park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing Bucs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady?

You remember, the throw across the Hillsborough River during the Bucs’ boat parade to celebrate winning the Super Bowl?

Well, Brady claimed on the “Late, Late Show” this week that the river is 80 feet-deep at the point where he threw the trophy. Joe has heard former Bucs guard and current popular local sports personality Ian Beckles say it was 75-feet deep. Since Beckles works on a local radio show, Joe is sure someone in authority would have corrected him if he was wrong.

Regardless, Joe figured if the trophy would have fallen into the drink, retrieving it would be simple. Just strap on a scuba tank and go get it, though Joe is assuming the vis would have been awful and just gross.

Apparently, it would not have been that simple if Brate dropped the trophy.

Buried in a story about Brady’s “Late, Late Show” appearance, Jenna Laine of ESPN had details of what would have happened to the trophy. Basically, the thing would have theoretically been there until the end of time if it was up to Team Glazer.

Team sources told ESPN that, had the stunt gone awry, the Bucs would have ordered a replacement.

So rather than pay for the City of Tampa to send down a police diver to retrieve it (for a fee, of course), Team Glazer would have just shelled out $50,000? Damn, it must be nice to be able to casually throw away that kind of loot.

But let’s say this did happen. You just know someone would have fished that trophy out by now. And imagine how much that would be worth? A lost Vince Lombardi Trophy? Joe knows Bucs fans with plenty of disposable income who would have paid a pretty price to have that trophy in their den or office.

Talk about sunken treasure!

45 Responses to “What Would Have Happened?”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    There would be a school of saltwater pirhana with air tanks ripping each other to shreds to get that thing.

    Think of the underwater battle in Thunderball…

  2. Joe Says:

    Think of the underwater battle in Thunderball…


  3. 813bucboi Says:

    someone wouldve got it out the water before the parade ended….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. PassingThru Says:

    You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!

  5. Jo_mana Says:

    Hey remember all the negative Nancy’s during the season doubting Brady.

    I guess it’s to be expected when the fan base has a losing mentality

  6. TampaTown Says:

    They would not have been able to leave it there for safety and general public stupidity reasons. Cam Beats said the plan was to throw Scotty Miller in after it because the consensus was he would put up the least resistance.

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    To say 80 feet is fun and all, but didn’t the Tampa police say it’s only about 12 feet deep there? Also, the answer is simple, when a bunch of drunk dudes are on boats in that situation, someone is either jumping into the water to get it, or someone is being thrown overboard to go get it. Now that would have been amazing, Brady throws it, Brate drops it, then you got 5 Bucs going overboard and about 45 seconds later one pops up with the trophy. Maybe next year.

  8. TampaTown Says:

    Speaking of what if’s? What was the biggest surprise of the SB celebrations?
    Mine: 1. Mike Evans shocking lack of dance moves. 2. Devin White doing his victory lap on Dream holding the Lombardi Trophy while wearing a shirt with a picture of himself holding the Lombardi Trophy along with shortie short hot pants and cowboy boots. 3. No one ended up in the water during the boat parade.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    TampaTown – The biggest surprise of the SB celebrating was Lenny killing it on social media with all his JPP jokes. Maybe it’s well known, but I had no idea that Fournette was that entertaining.

  10. mark2001 Says:

    I’m pretty sure someone would recover it. Wouldn’t there been a number of cell phones on those boats? And with some time frame analysis and visual analysis, you woud think they could get pretty close to the location. And as it was a heavy metal object, would think it would be pretty easy to find. With a little scuba gear, and some kind of metal detection, and light system, I’d think very doable. But I’m just speculating.

  11. Joe Says:



  12. Robert Says:

    Did TB apologize yet?

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    They should consider tossing the Lombardi instead of a cross in the annual Epiphany ceremony in Tarpon Springs…

  14. JerGad Says:

    i think the answer is much simpler.

    If Brate had dropped the trophy someone would have picked it up off the deck of the boat and Brate would be looking for something to quell the pain in his foot.

    It would have taken a Dave Casper-ish roll to get that thing off the boat and into the water.

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    It would be like that thing they do in Tarpon Springs where they all dive to get the cross. But thia is the Lombardi version. Lol

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Next year, when we win……we need to make sure the trophy comes with a little “black box”…….

    The moral of this story is…..Brady trusts his TEs…..

  17. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    “You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!” – Classic!

  18. Joe Says:

    It would be like that thing they do in Tarpon Springs where they all dive to get the cross.

    LOL! 🙂

  19. adam from ny Says:

    it woulda been really cool if the lombardi wound up as sunken treasure for at least a little while…

    the glazers are playing fly…someone would have dove down a little later that day to retrieve it from all the muck…there wouldn’t have been a re-order of the trophy for 50k…

    that trophy was gonna be retrieved regardless – woulda been a very cool scenario…

    in fact it would have been the talk of the entire world…

    film crews would have went down to document all the retrieval footage as well…it would have been all over youtube and all tv and social media…possibly trumping the actual victory or superbowl…

    it woulda been just wild…maybe tom being all wasted on the river, would have been sitting there on the boat sobbing for the dastardly deed too…

    let’s just say it would have altered the entire celebration…

    and you know bill bellichik would have been doing a happy dance in his crib rather than adjusting the noose around his neck

  20. adam from ny Says:

    where is jacques cousteau when you need him…

  21. PSL Bob Says:

    RayJay, exactly what I was thinking, the Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration. Guys and gals from both the boats and shore jumping in to retrieve it.

  22. Jerid421 Says:

    Has anyone considered whether it would have simply floated? Is it hollow? If it is, and depending on the wall thickness, than the volume of a football is ~282 cubic inches. If the top of the trophy is to scale (which I think it is) this would give that ball portion alone enough buoyancy force to suspend 4.737 kg or 10.44 lbs. The trophy only weighs 7 lbs. This is also failing to factor in the base portion and whether it is hollow, as that would provide even more buoyancy.

    There are a lot of unknowns here that could only be answered by having access to the trophy. But there certainly is a chance it floats.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Tom Brady is so lucky that probably a real mermaid would bring the Lombardi Trophy back to surface and gently handle it to her daughter

  24. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Tom Brady is so lucky that probably a real mermaid would bring the Lombardi Trophy back to surface and gently handle it to her daughter.

  25. buc15 Says:

    It was a replica trophy anyway they use for celebrations. RELAX

  26. SOFIERCE Says:

    A tradition has been born

    Only a legend could of done it (1 more thing MaHomes can’t touch)

    Toss it to ROJO next year

    No matter what happens, it adds to the mystic!

  27. caradoc Says:

    Pretty sure it’s hollow and would have floated, at least for a little bit.

  28. Michael Lancaster Says:

    The Lombardi trophy is hollow so at some point it would actually float. The density (roughly 10g per cc for sterling silver) and the overall volume of the trophy provided it’s air tight would render the trophy buoyant at some point.

    There were warships in WWII made of concrete so if the water displacement is large enough the trophy will float. It would be fun to see a float test.

  29. theodore Says:

    Getting the Lombardi Trophy would have been a bigger dive than that game we threw to get Jameis.

  30. Michael Lancaster Says:

    On a side note, Tom Brady has a perfect maritime QBR

  31. IrishMist Says:

    As soon as the diver would have fished it out, Spain would claim it.

  32. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    The Lombardi trophy weighs 8 lbs. That thing would have sunk quickly. Even worse, what if it cracked someone across the head and then went in the water. Whatever – I loved it!

  33. DaBux Says:

    Underwater battle in Thunderball wins the Bucs internet today.

  34. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    It’s only 7 pounds. I think it may have floated. A gallon of water is 8 pounds and I bet the volume of the trophy is a gallon or more.

  35. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Dear Bucs Management,

    Please set the trophy in the hot tub for us all to find out if it will float or not. Major Tom needs to know for next year’s parade.


    The fans

  36. David Says:

    It’s not that heavy. I don’t think it would’ve just sunk like a solids stone right away. I’m positive someone would’ve jumped in and grabbed it before it got too far down.

    If they did leave it there… Fair game! Grab your Scuba gear and have at it!!!

  37. Winny Testaverde Says:

    This toss put the cherry on top of Brady’s legendary status. With cheeks oftentimes so tight they can crack walnuts…Brady threw both caution and The Lombardi Trophy to the wind…of course it was completed. Better yet Gisele Jr. ( pictured/frightened ) yelling “Nooo!”

  38. 6throundpick Says:

    …ya mean if TB12 did not make THAT touchdown? Gee, how many times could one ask that kind of question: What if he hadn’t thrown it right? How negative! And how many times did that not happen? Brady throws…Touchdown!

    Now, let’s talk about the things that have been done with the Stanley Cup in the winner’s circle? Lets find something negative to say, and work hard to find as much damning fault as we can. And if that’s not enough, we’ll use more/different words. Yikes!

  39. CalBucsFan Says:

    Cobraboy nailed it, congrats man! No reason to read anymore more comments on this article.

  40. Buc4evr Says:

    @irishmist. Lol good one. From the charts looks like about ten feet or so? People would have been diving off boats like crazy if the SB trophy went in the drink. Maybe they should it put in Brady’s pool and see if it floats. “ I gots to know”. Lol.

  41. BucsBeBack (Artist formally known as: BringBucsBack) Says:

    With all of the divers in this area, I wouldn’t find it surprising if many of them could retrieve it on a free dive, even at a depth of 75-80 ft.

  42. All lives matter Says:

    We could’ve had a magnet fishing contest. The winner gets 5 grand for charity of choice.

  43. Brandon Says:

    I initially would have said POLICE DIVER as well but i’d be willing to bet that a local diver would have gladly found it, pulled it up, and returned it in exchange for a pic with the trophy and the diver handing it back to Brady and the Bucs and maybe an autograph or two, That tarnished, water logged trophy would have been even more priceless than it is now.

  44. Rod Munch Says:

    We need a Mythbusters type test to see it floats or not.

    Joe, use your big boy contacts and make it happen!

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    If Brady threw the thing, Brate misses the catch and it floats, that’s like a Jesus walking on water moment to most people, would probably make Brady the new Pope by default.