Singing The Blues

December 13th, 2021

Joe is old enough to remember the last Buccaneers home playoff game (non-Super-Bowl event).

The scene was January 2008 and there had to be around 15,000 New York Giants fans in the house.

It was ugly. The tailgate scene was infected with vile blue shirts, and the ticket-scalping scene outside (remember that pre-smartphone fun?) was filled with dudes saying Ineeduhticket with their horrendous Jersey accents.

More important, the loud Giants crowd had an impact on the field of play, much like was seen and heard yesterday.

Thousands of Bills fans screamed their heads off and it was clear that Tom Brady had to think about communication in a way that’s not typical for him in Tampa.

So what happened? Well, greed kicked in, starting with Team Glazer and the Bucs, which do little if anything to stop ticket brokers from gobbling up tickets. And Bucs fans cashed in on the secondary ticket market.

Joe has no problem with capitalism, but there are measures NFL teams can take to help limit opposing teams’ fans from flooding the home turf.

Bucco Bruce Arians weighed in on the subject today.

“When we had the ball on defense, they were great, man. We could feed off that energy,” Arians said of the Bucs faithful.

But the head coach acknowledged that the Bills fans were plentiful and loud.

“You can’t control who owns tickets and what they do with them,” Arians said.

Yes, Bills fans travel well and obviously their fan base targeted a December trip to gorgeous Tampa long ago. But still, Team Glazer should take note and put their staff together and try to find a more Bucs-friendly fix.

33 Responses to “Singing The Blues”

  1. Bird Says:

    Yah. I was at both. I remember that giants game. I Went to take a p!ss and remember some giants fans trying to pick a fight. Loud / drunk / annoying

    The few bills fans around me were fine. But listening to some post game analysis / call ins and sounds like some got out of control

    When we were walking out of stadium some bills fans were claiming the bills were the better team and we won only cause of refs 😂

    All i can say is suck it and have a safe flight back. i hear new york is wonderful this time of year. 😂. Just went fishing today as i took off this week. and caught a ton of bass on my fishing kayak. Im sure many live down here or snowbirds but yes , way to many bills fans last night. Probably 65/35 split percentage in our favor though.

  2. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    It’s always been a problem. Cowboys, Giants, Steelers, Packers… All huge traveling fan bases and Tampa is just so inviting. Is what it is but hopefully come playoff time real Buc fans put a stop to the visitor invasions.

  3. Tampabaybuscfan Says:

    While it’s very good for the Tampa economy…..Rental Cars, Hotels, Restaurants, Mons Venus Tips….etc, It’s not good for the home team. With the Bucs winning, the tickets are at least more expensive….and yes….they went home LOSERS!!!

  4. Bird Says:

    Great coverage today joes

    That mike evans throw and catch was pure greatness . Literally a bullseye target window

    Lennys run was almost untouched the blocking was so good

    And perriman to come back after being labeled a bust after getting paid. Smart decision by him and something he will always remember

    Goes down as one of the most dramatic games i have seen in person No bromosas for me today. But some bass fishing and some crown and cokes is a pretty nice little monday

  5. Joe Says:

    But some bass fishing and some crown and cokes is a pretty nice little monday

    A relaxing day.

  6. Bojim Says:

    I was at a game at the big sombrero. The Bills fans were pretty mean by games end. I’m so glad they went home skulking last night. Real glad.

  7. Posey99 Says:

    I remember those days, the greenbay games were the worst back when we played them twice a year. Pre-smart phones, so it was the $100 hamburger and free ticket deal

  8. Anonymous Says:

    It’s the idiots that move there. If you love buffalo so much, haul ass, you’re not welcome.

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    Nope. Nope. Nope. Do not use the word greed in the same sentence as Glazer. They have been extremely generous to this community. As for the fans, they cannot control who they sell to, and they are their tickets.

    Let’s stay focused here. 15,000 Bills fans did not distract TB. No false starts, as one piece of evidence.

  10. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Issue is it’s hard. These fanbases travel so well that you see them infecting places like Arrowhead and even Lambeau. Basic steps to limit these things are mitigated.

    Also Buffalo people are mean hard drinking @$$holes that should stay in the tundra in my experience.

  11. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Granted I am just happy that our stadium is mainly filled with bucs fans currently.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    “Crown and cokes”, “kayak fishing”? Yes and PLEASE!

    It is disappointing to see but such is the norm in the NFL. Freakin’ ‘terrible towels’ are EVERYWHERE, Cowboys (I just threw up in my mouth!) fans come out of the woodworks, and when we aren’t winning most other teams’ fans have come close to outnumbering Bucs fans in general!

  13. D-Rome Says:

    If Bills fans travel down here to watch the Bucs at Ray Jay then fine. Welcome to the great city of Tampa and our state. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

    If you live in Tampa and root for the Bucs unless the Bills come to town then you’re a bad fan and a loser.

  14. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @ the time felt like 50/50. I give them credit… coming after a nasty loss MNF…
    they were loud, specially end of second half.
    they were tailgating everywhere … makes you think why we are not like that??

  15. ModHairKen Says:

    Crazybucs: because in Buffalo, it’s bowling or drinking. Here it’s golf, beach, fishing, etc.

    So when it comes to football, they are just so happy to be outside, they tailgate like there is nothing else on earth. They throw each other through tables, WWE style. They fight. Their beer freezes after they open it. And they lose, lose, lose. Four SBs and one Stanley Cup. Not only that, but every loss is
    always a victory stolen by a referee or an act of Satan.

  16. Mort Says:

    Like I said last week, this fanbase sucks. It’s embarrassing.

  17. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Don’t let the Bills back in the game and you have no issue. They were very quiet when getting their ass kicked. I’ve also always loved the “they travel well” Some, yes, but most live in trailers in Pinellas Park, bitch about EVERYTHING in Florida and how it sucks here compared to their old neighborhood next to the closed down steel mill.

  18. Mike C Says:

    Fanbase is fine Mort, we can’t help it everyone moves to our town cause it is so great. Think about it, NO ONE is moving from FL to Buffalo. (And if they did, they would pony up the cash to pay for a pricey ticket once every 4 years when the Bucs came to town) get some objectivity Mort.

  19. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    It is fun to watch them feel uncomfortable… going down the ramp it was loud and they won’t soon forget the experience. To be the best you have to beat the best!

  20. Beeej Says:

    To my knowledge, the buccaneers did not sell any single game tickets this year, I couldn’t even get them to return my phone call

  21. Jerry Says:

    They came down, went to Disney and made a vacation out of it. A lot of opposing fans do it. And then you add in the transplants. Tons of people originally from New York live in Florida. And if they lived upstate NY they are likely Bills fans. And this is the only game they go to. So they splurge and willing to spend a fortune. That balloons the market price.

    What I can’t stand is the idiots that have Bucs season tickets, root for the Bucs every game until they play their “other favorite team.” Then they put on that jersey. Like seriously…dude, pick a team!!!

  22. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @”..Not only that, but every loss is always a victory stolen by a referee or an act of Satan….”
    lol, sooo true. justify; justify; themselves, and always optimistic.. weird..

    @”…What I can’t stand is the idiots that have Bucs season tickets, root for the Bucs every game until they play their “other favorite team.”…”
    maybe, but my regular neighbors”, were not there…. they sold them… probably made some bucks….but it was MASSIVE, they were everywhere. Sad.
    For next Sunday(saints) Bucs are giving FREE red T-shirt @ the gates. If you don’t have one already.
    That sad too. After SB i though our pride went up… still cheap a$$es. 🤷‍♂️

  23. Buczilla Says:

    The leprechauns have opened up their wallets big time in the past few years and I appreciate the hell out of them for that. I’ll also never forgive or forget how they did us and Raheem when they were buying their stupid soccer team. They also extorted the city of Tampa in order to get the ridiculously generous stadium deal (please, please, free yourself USF from their greedy clutches!) that has helped to make them multi billionaires. They do some good in the community and they should since this community (along with t.v. contracts, etc.) has swelled their pot of gold to near bursting.

    I neither like nor dislike the Glazers and as long as the money is spent to keep us competitive, may fate do as it will with them. If they decide to limit other fan bases from getting tickets cool, but I never expect them to do the right thing.

  24. Irishmist Says:

    I hope at least the Glaziers jacked up the price on hot wings for the game.

  25. LakelandSteve Says:

    Can you imagine spending Thousands of dollars on plane tickets, hotel rooms, tickets to the game, etc… and losing in O.T. So glad you came to Tampa and donated to the local economy, now get your behinds out of Florida. Don’t go away mad, just go away.

  26. heyitsadam Says:

    You cannot interfere with the market.

  27. Max Says:

    As a transplant from the Northeast. I have noticed that the Tampa teams do not have rabid fanbases like many storied franchises. Part of this is the unique nature of S. Florida were many reside partially for the year, ( at least 1/2 the football season). I would also say the facilities could use an upgrade.

  28. Shark Coast Tactical Says:

    The Bills Fans were the most numerous and annoying this season. F@em.

  29. FunkMuscle Says:

    Unfortunately, we just have a really weak, fair-weather fan base, and at yesterday’s game fans were displaying a really low football IQ. Maybe it’s because ticket prices have gone up and we’ve got an influx of bandwagon fans who are just there because it’s the thing to do.

    Yesterday, the crowd didn’t know how to do the “TAMPA >> BAYYY” chant, even with help from the stadium announcer. Fans didn’t know to be loud when the Bucs were on defense, only cranking up the volume when prompted to (third downs). In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, the jumbotron clearly showed a bunch of Bucs fans banging on seat backs and trying to make noise while the Bucs were on offense. Clueless.

    Because we have so many fair-weather football fans, Ray Jay sends out a nonstop barrage of distraction. In even the most tense moments, with the game on the line, any moment in between snaps is consumed by a bunch of cheesy nonsense. Never was this more cringey than at last year’s Thursday Night thrashing by the Saints. The Bucs were getting destroyed, but in between every play Bucs fans were shown dancing and celebrating on the screens, because fans in stands go crazy if you point a camera at them. Meanwhile, actual fans of the team were furious, miserable, and/or despondent.

    I often wonder what the players think: “Is this a city full of morons? Are we playing for these fools?” It’s always been pretty bad, except for a brief period back when the stadium first opened and we were cultivating a loyal following (seriously weakened during the “lost decade.” I would have hoped that last year’s dream season would have turned things around, but last night was worse than ever.

  30. Jimbo Says:

    Just win and rest takes care of it sells
    of itself. If worst comes to worst the Glazers just hold on to out of town tickets request
    They have done it before I
    e Dungy Era.

  31. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol Hey Buff fan hope you enjoyed your 33rd loss to a Brady led Team.

    Only known cure to keep opponents fans from coming is, being a consistent winner for many years.
    But when you have Multiple “Lost Decades” 1980’s also, like the Bucs have since they began playing in 1976, it is just a annoying reality at this time in “The Licht House”

    Especially when you have a warm weather city, and the Buff fans froze off their collective azz off last week in their loss to the Pats, and the fact that they had this game circled since last summer as a vacation trip.

    The Bucs are going to have to create a winning culture, stacking up winning seasons that continues AFTER Brady rides off into a West Coast of Florida sunset.

    Time will tell what happens.

    Yep it is another great day for some Bass fishing in the Kayak lol

    GO BUCS!!!!

  32. FunkMuscle Says:

    Check the seat map at Ticketmaster. Thousands upon thousands of seats available via resale for the Saints game. For any given game, there are tickets available for as many visiting team fans that care to show up. It’ll be the same way for our playoff games. Who is selling all these tickets? Were all the season tickets seized for resale?

  33. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @”..Thousands upon thousands of seats available via resale for the Saints game…”
    That can be explained only in one way, those tickets were not bought by Bucs fans. Bought by other teams fans, living here at the time of the game, and sell the rest.
    Where i sit, except 4-5 people, never seen the same fans on six games.
    I guess tampa bay does not have 60-70 thousand hard core fans, willing to go to the stadium. Sad but fact.
    An other reason why we never were taking seriously by north-east sport main stream media, until TB12 arrived.
    Green Bay; Bills fans fill their stadiums in terrible winter conditions, AND travel here to almost out-pass Bucs fans.