The Sell Has Begun

May 13th, 2021

Game 4 opponent.

Joe thinks former Giants quarterback turned CBS Sports talking head Danny Kanell is off his rocker.

Yesterday while substituting for the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM Radio, Kanell stated with authority that the most anticipated regular-season game in the 102-year history of the NFL will come in Week 4 this fall.

That would be the Bucs facing the Belicheats.

Kanell needs to calm down. While it is more than interesting that park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady will return and face the team coached by a guy he won six Super Bowls with, ree-lax!

The Belicheats, in the post-Brady world (for them), are just an average team. Who will be starting at quarterback when the Bucs arrive in New England? Over-the-hill Cam Newton? Rookie Mac Jones?


When Peyton Manning and Brady were in their prime, their annual face-offs were wildly anticipated. Joe remembers well how the Chiefs-Rams game on Monday Night Football in 2018 had NFL fans heavy breathing.

Shoot, Joe was in school with mostly Bears fans in 1985 when the undefeated Bears traveled to Miami to take on Don Shula and Dan Marino in the old Orange Bowl, and Marino handed the Bears their only loss. That game was hyped to the max and there was no internet or sports radio.

Hell, if Aaron Rodgers stays with the Packers, their game against the Chiefs in Green Bay pitting two of the past three offensive MVPs, from a national perspective, seems more appealing than the Bucs-Belicheats.

Would it surprise anyone if the Belicheats missed the playoffs again this winter?

Kannell needs to take a cold shower.

18 Responses to “The Sell Has Begun”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Agreed Joe.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    I just need Mac Jones to start this game. He’s a modern day Colt McCoy

  3. SlyPirate Says:

    I’m all aboard the hype train.

    Beli is a defensive genius. He’s spent a year eating crow for the loss Brady. The team spent the most $$$ as a result.

    You better believe the Patriots brass has that game circled. It’s on!

    (… And TB12 knows it.)

  4. TampaTown Says:

    Are you kidding me? Of course Bucs/Pats is the biggest game and biggest hate-fest ever. Brady and Belicheat each wanting to stick it to the other while both politely saying “that’s not true at all.” Doesn’t get any better than that. I want Brady to throw 5 TDs and run for another, stay cool as a cucumber and do a Royal wave as he runs into the tunnel. That that you jacka$$

  5. 40Forever Says:

    If our D takes care of business Succop is all we need.

  6. Buczilla Says:

    Kannell is nuts. Just off the top of my head, I know that when we faced the Rams in the early 2000’s the hype was insane.

  7. DayOnePaul Says:

    Strong and unique opinions sell radio spots. Nothing new about that. It’s broadcasting 101. Doesn’t matter if you’re right or (Chris Simms) wrong. Just get clicks. Don’t rehash what every other talking head is saying or be boring. That’s all that matters. So who cares what Danny freakin Cannell has to say? Unless it’s outlandish.

  8. sgrd0q Says:

    From a football standpoint – probably not the best game. But from a drama standpoint (Brady vs Bill), the hype is real. I hear ticket prices are through the roof.

  9. SoFloBuc Says:

    Totally disagree Joe!! That game will be the most watched by far until playoff time!! Not the best game, the most watched!

  10. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I tend to agree with Kanell from a national perspective. I believe more New Englanders watched the Super Bowl ( share % ) than in Tampa. Belichick & Brady were together for 20 years…of course it’ll be huge for the league at large.

  11. Jason Says:

    Hyperbole is the greatest most bestest word in the English language ever.

  12. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Really Buczilla, good lord stop. I too think the NE/TB game is overhyped and may end up being kind of a boring game to be honest because NE is average and frankly Cam is not an exciting football player anymore in the least. But that’s kinda beside the point. It is a bit ridiculous to suggest that people all over the country were talking about the Bucs/Rams when the schedules came out. The national media was not anywhere near as abuzz and its frankly a little hilarious it’s propped up like that. This is the first time the Bucs are starting to have a bit of a national following with more super star players and “some guy” at quarterback. I love Sapp, Dbrooks and the boys from back in the day but that team wasn’t rolling like that and those teams were simply too boring to attract any bandwagoners outside of Florida

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think all this scoffing, berating and belittling these opponents (Cowboys, Patriots) just this morning….could come back to bite Joe in the a$$…..I hope not and I agree that we should win….but give these teams some respect.

    I’m sure Brady & BA won’t berate or underestimate their opponents.

  14. Orlando Kevin Says:

    Brady is not going to want to lose that game. Another chance to show the world that he is the GOAT that brought the Patriots those SuperBowls vs Bellicheck.

  15. NashvilleBuc Says:

    I’m with @TampaTown, and I tend to agree that this will be one of the most anticipated games in history. It will certainly be the most hyped.

  16. rriddler Says:

    There’s only one team in the NFL that Ton Brady has never beaten.

  17. chris L Says:

    i disagree. this is monumental. not because of the quality of football but the greatest athlete to ever live returning to his team we won 6 super bowls with.

  18. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    Buccaneers 51
    Belidouche 10

    Fig Newton throws 2 pick 6’s and fumbles twice

    TB12 rides off the field on a huge GOAT 🐐