More National Spotlight For The Bucs

July 2nd, 2021

Joe’s very intrigued by a fresh, backhanded and significant boost to the profile of our beloved Buccaneers.

The NFL announced today that the Dallas Cowboys, the Bucs’ opening day opponent, will be the featured team on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the August/September reality show that chronicles one NFL team annually in training camp.

This no doubt means there will be nuggets dropped about the Cowboys’ focus on opening against the Super Bowl champion Bucs in the NFL’s annual kickoff game, September 9 at The Licht House.

Perhaps Dak Prescott will call Tom Brady a motherf****r, like Brady did to another quarterback last month. Or maybe new Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will admit he’s helpless to stop a Bucs-Bruce Arians offense without Jameis Winston giving the ball away like Tootsie Rolls on Halloween.

It’s doubtful the the exact truth will be shared, but it’ll be interesting to learn who the Bucs will assign to watch Hard Knocks as a scouting assignment. And Joe has no doubt Bucs players will be extra interested.

Regardless, the net result will be more national focus on the Cowboys’ journey to opening day, plus more eyeballs for NBC’s opening night with Dallas at the Bucs.

Joe’s confident the growing Bucs bandwagon will be significantly bigger by Week 2 after the Cowboys get a primetime beating.

26 Responses to “More National Spotlight For The Bucs”

  1. Gofortheface30 Says:

    I certainly hope it’s a beating, but I tell ya what – Dallas has 3 pro bowl offensive lineman coming back, along with Dak, and those receivers. I don’t view it as a walk in the park. It could be a shootout, and not 100% sold our defense will be THAT dominant like they were in the post season. I think Tampa needs to come out firing, Dallas is the perfect team to catch us on our heals, and it could be 21-7 real quick by mid second quarter. Do NOT want them turning our little Tampa coronation night in to a Dallas upset

  2. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Vea to Prescott: “Hey Dak, I would love to have a brief conversation with you on football strategy. Come meet me behind the woodshed”.

  3. BradyBucs Says:

    This game is setting itself up for a major LETDOWN…

    Cowboys will have extra motivation to start their season beating the defending Champs. Bucs may be a little complacent and ‘expecting to win.’

    Our pass rush dominated the playoffs against teams with beat up O-Lines. Dallas will have a solid, healthy O-Line.

    In the games last season when Shaq and JPP were quiet for several games and didn’t get a lot of pressure, our secondary really got exposed. I could see this happening against Dallas and our over-hyped secondary getting TORCHED like they did against ex-XFL Heinicke in the playoffs giving up over 300 yards passing.

    We limped to 7-5 last season, not because our Offense couldn’t score, it was because our secondary had trouble stopping other teams. I’m still SHOCKED we didn’t address upgrading the secondary at all during the Draft (aside from Wilcox in the 7th round) or Free Agency.

  4. SB Says:

    LOL @ anyone thinking we don’t win this game by at least 10. You guys are still thinking about the old Bucs.

  5. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    What some call our over-hyped secondary, I call our young, developing secondary. Not saying I’m right, that’s just what I call em.

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    It’s going to be an epic arse kicking. Zeke will have tough sledding against the NFL’s No. ! run defense, and Dak better be running sprints in training camp, because he’s going to have to scramble throughout the game to avoid saks. Can’t wait to watch this one!

  7. Gofortheface30 Says:

    SB – a dbag mentality. Never assume sh*t. It’s a new yr and should never underestimate anyone. If you’ve allegedly watched football for a long time as you intimate than you should know that anything can (and will) happen.

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    I can’t wait for the season lots of storylines. Dak injury Rogers drama chiefs oline 😂saints QBs patriots hope.

  9. Leighroy Says:


    What exactly in 21 years has given anyone any indication that a Tom Brady led team will be complacent?

    Who was beat up on the Redskin and Saints OLs? Were the packers and Chiefs lines (and a their backups) not professionals?

    Was Vea present during this alleged Shaq and JPP quiet time? Since when is under 7 ypa a “torching?”

    A Super Bowl winning team was brought back nearly 100%, showed growth and development along the way to the title and you’re Capitol letters shocked they didn’t upgrade.

    I’m capital letters SHOCKED that you’re still posting this drivel on this website not expecting the rest of us not to roast you for your poor takes.

  10. Bojim Says:

    Why is everybody covering their bases? Bucs win easily.

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    You missed the word “prime time.” Not that I have no clue what defense could shut down the Bucs offense and I’m salivating for a prime time week one beat down against the Cowboys. Bucs are pumping battery acid.

    On another note, I just saw a video of AB putting in work. He is jacked!

  12. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Has everyone heard about the new Dak Prescott Men’s Cologne ?
    It is for those times you don’t want to Score!
    We will KILL Dallas, on national TV.
    Dan Quinn or no Dan Quinn, they will be unable to stop us.
    IMHO, Dan Quinn rode Pete Carroll’s coattails in Seattle.
    No way they stop us.

  13. Winny Testaverde Says:

    This will be like a Super Bowl game for Dak & Dallas ( and as close to they may get to a real one under his watch ). The Bucs will have to brace for an early all out effort…but should win when it’s all said and done. I still can’t believe Jerry paid Dak sticker price plus coming off a major injury. Yet another reason TB12 looks and feels like a bargain.

  14. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    BradyBucs, how exactly do you have a “letdown” for your first game? You don’t. Everyone is 0-0 and wishing and hoping this is their year. The Bucs are not in a position to either “wish” or “hope.” Brady will never let them have a letdown in Game 1. It’s the first time in 2 years they will play before a full home crowd and the former Den of Depression will be rockin’.
    I’ll stand by my 14-3 prediction.

  15. BradyBucs Says:


    Brady will not let them have a letdown? They were 7-5 last year and had 5 obvious letdowns. Brady himself can’t just ‘will’ the team to wins they still have to perform like last year when they lost those 5 games.

    They’re defending champs, they brought all the starters back, they’re expected to win… that’s how you have a letdown if you buy into your own hype and don’t put in the work. It’s not rocket science.


    You obviously know nothing about football if you honestly are using a “but they’re still professionals” as an argument for players replacing not just starters but Pro Bowlers. Stick to figure skating.

  16. Beeej Says:

    Dallas has Dak back, but I don’t remember them signing a defense over the winter, and Zeke looks spent to me

  17. SB Says:

    Whatever bro. I would gladly give you 5 to 1, but hey. That’s what D’bags do.

  18. Leighroy Says:

    That’s it? All you have for answers is to play the “so they’re not Aaron Stinnie” card? Weak.

  19. Colonel Angus Says:

    Bolts breaking out them brooms! Although I wouldn’t mind seeing them hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup in Tampa.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Lightning are fittin to up the ante of Champa Bay!! They gonna set the new standard of repeat! Im sure Tom and crew is watching.

  21. SB Says:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^Jimmy, I am in Montana and people are getting sick of it but I am PUSHING IT AS HARD AS I CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Dallas has a culture problem. McCarthy was not the answer. There aren’t any Bradys, Suhs,JPPs or Evans type players/leaders over there. I’m sure they will compete and can play with anyone because of their offensive talent but they are missing a key element IMO. One thing Belichek and now apparently BA are good at is bringing in High Character players. It does make a difference.

  23. Eddie Marz Says:

    Embrace the target on your backs. That’s exactly what Tom Brady is doing this off season. Talking sh*t and all. Bring it on. They’ll be ready for anyone. GO BUCS!

  24. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Any given Sunday and Dak has something to prove to earn his enormous pay day. I think it will be safe to say Dallas wins NFC East this year. Agreed they do not have the caliber of talent Bucs do but all this winning hype is concerning. These are pros and KC had NO idea what Bucs were capable until they left SB scratching their heads. Bucs CANNOT let this happen.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucs by 14.

  26. John F Ensch Says:

    Since 1976 the Bucs have never done well after being so overly hyped by the media. I hope it is not true, but I think there is a chance the Bucs won’t even make the playoffs this coming season. The Bucs just can’t seem to get over themselves after playing well. I am hoping that this Bucs team proves me wrong.