Bruce Arians Declares “Camp Cupcake”

August 11th, 2021

It wasn’t too many months ago that Bucco Bruce Arians said he was going to beat the crap out of his team this summer so they wouldn’t feel like they could rest on their Super Bowl laurels.

Today, Arians declared life at One Buc Palace over the past 2 1/2 weeks to be “Camp Cupcake.”

“I wouldn’t really consider this camp,” Arians said. “It’s just practice every day like a normal season. I mean there’s no such thing as camp any more, with days off and then limited days in pads. If it was a camp, it would be Camp Cupcake. But other than that, it’s just normal practice and walk-throughs.”

Joe’s heard from a couple of sources that Arians has made life easier than usual for Bucs players by cutting the overall camp days short, meaning less time in meetings, etc.

Of course, we’ve also seen Arians hand out plenty of “veteran days off,” which all makes plenty of sense, though it doesn’t quite jibe with his bust-your-ass lines before camp.

Joe’s not saying the Bucs are working soft and won’t be ready. Joe’s just enjoying the comedy of it all.

Plus, who doesn’t like a good cupcake?

25 Responses to “Bruce Arians Declares “Camp Cupcake””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Bruce has been all over the map. Pete has some meds to stabilize Bruce if he wants. Just being in that hot sun is GITMO torture

  2. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Maybe Bruce is just waiting for that game where the Bucs get smacked in the mouth and have their arse handed to them. That always brings a team back down to earth and refocus themselves.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    imo, the league should give teams the option to have practice squad players, rookies and 2nd year vets participate in 2-a-days…depth and development are the key….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. bucsfaninchina Says:

    Can’t remember a time when the Bucs were this entertaining (at least in a good way)

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    Back in The Day, training camp was to get into shape, 2-a-days, hitting every day with a full-tilt scrimmage at the end of the week. For two months, including 6 PS games.

    So I hear where Arians is coming from.

    The big difference is today playing ball is a full-time job. Back then it wasn’t. There were no OTA’s or voluntary workouts. You left at the end of December (if you didn’t make the few-team playoffs) and came back to camp in early July. IF you got invited to camp.

    I had a lockermate, an older vet Guard, who made $65k a year. He statred a carpet store in St. Louis on the side to make $$$ of the offseason and beyond football. Nice guy, but he constantly spoke about carpet daily like Bubba Blue would talk about shrimp:

    “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.”

    Except carpet.

  6. SB Says:

    Cobra…… just made me pull that scene up on Youtube

  7. Leighroy Says:

    It’s august. This is a veteran team, who knows the system, played 4 extra games last year and intends to play 4 more again too (5 if you count the 17th reg. game). This isn’t the time to be beating people up in camp. Play the long game and be rewarded!

  8. pewter941 Says:

    Bruce Arians doesn’t owe anyone anything, he can say or do what ever he wants whether its true or not. If you haven’t learned by now that he’ll say one thing and do the exact opposite, without any remorse. You haven’t figured him out yet.

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Cobraboy: Please tell me your old lockermate wore a toupee, or “carpet for his dome”.

  10. 𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗰 Says:

    Soooo…are we really “Dallas ready”?…🤔

  11. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Better than Camp Ice Cream!

  12. Mike Says:

    Arians wanted his team to show up in shape, so he said he’s going to beat the team down in camp. No need to follow through on the threat as the team came to camp in shape and the message was received.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Keep in mind, we had much extra work in Jan & Feb this year that we usually don’t have…..

  14. mg Says:

    cupcakes with 2 legs are my favorite


    Ray Perkins: Three-a-days……ensuring your team is totally dead when the season starts!

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    @Joe in MI: LOL…he was a sort of chrome dome. He had hair everywhere in massive quantities…except his head.

    Nice guy, old timer, very quiet, never said much about anything…but carpet.

    I asked him how long was he going to play. He responded, “until it wasn’t fun anymore.” As a young ‘un having a ton of fun, I didn’t understand why he’d say that…

    …until injury rehab.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    It’s about heat exhaustion not being easy on players. The Bucs have Finally realized the long term effects of being overheated even once. NFL season is only 17 weeks and it could easily take this long to recover as an athlete from heat stroke.

  18. BruceGotYouFooled Says:

    Because hes riding the coatails of a loaded squad… Bruce Arians doesnt know how to develop rookies or get the most out of his players… Dude shouldve stuck to QB coach or assistant coach

  19. Joe Says:

    Bruce Arians doesnt know how to develop rookies

    Devin White, Sean-Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean, Mike Edwards, Tristan Wirfs and Antoine Winfield say hi. 👋

  20. DaBux Says:

    Save your pad days for closer to the season. Then hit a lot, don’t get hurt, hit the tub, and take it out on Dallas a week later.

  21. DaBux Says:

    Joe, you left off Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson. They seem to be on the “path” IMHO.

  22. Wild Bill Says:

    Lots of great talent on this team. No need to push too hard. Save it for game days. Coach pops off for something to do and keep the guys focused. With the solid staff he has he doesn’t have to intervene much. Dude needs to take better care of himself and lose some weight.

  23. Cobraboy Says:


    You are the quintessential casual.

    The DIFFERENCE between this staff and prior staff is these guys develop players.

    Only a maroon would not see that.

    But some players (like Jameis Christ) can’t be “developed.”

  24. Lakelandsteve Says:

    “Brucegotyoufooled”, go back to watching cricket and curling and under water basket weaving. Leave football to people who actually pay attention to what’s going on.

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    BruceGotYouFooled Says:
    August 11th, 2021 at 6:25 pm
    Because hes riding the coatails of a loaded squad… Bruce Arians doesnt know how to develop rookies or get the most out of his players… Dude shouldve stuck to QB coach or assistant coach
    Is this Ndog or Realisto?