Decision On Bucs Game Likely By Friday

September 27th, 2022

Joe should have hit the road by now to escape Hurricane Beckles. Bucs news comes first! Joe can always find a new house.

Last night NFL insider Jeff Darlington, the pride of Seminole High School in Pinellas County, Twittered that despite the Bucs moving their practices to South Florida to avoid Hurricane Beckles, and the Dolphins playing Thursday night, if the Chiefs-Bucs game needs to be moved, it will not be in Miami.

That seems beyond weird to Joe. But as Derrick Brooks would say, “It is what it is.”

Darlington further revealed that a Midwest venue would be likely and mentioned the Vikings. This seems even weirder to Joe. Why move the game to the northern reaches of the Midwest? Why not somewhere in Texas or somewhere else in the south?

Joe will speculate stadium availability (these stadiums are often used for other events) and the ability to cobble together a support staff on short notice to pull off a game are contributing factors.

Dan Graziano of BSPN reported today the NFL can make a decision on where the game will be held as late as Friday. That late to make a decision will leave quite a few folks scrambling, that’s for sure.

The issue of keeping the game at The Licht House is basically this: Can there be support staff and stadium workers available to host a game? If Hurricane Beckles is as bad as officials believe, a good chunk of the area will be under water.

Also, cops who would work a Bucs game likely would be on duty elsewhere.

Local officials are warning about possible widespread, long-term power outages. Hard to hold a night game if there isn’t power.

Also in the forefront of folks’ minds, would there be structural damage to The Licht House? A light stanchion getting blown loose from its foundation would kill the chances of a night game.

Joe guesses the postponement of Super Bowl-winning coach Bruce Arians being inducted Sunday into the Ring of Honor was a tip that the game will be moved.

26 Responses to “Decision On Bucs Game Likely By Friday”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    All the models have shifted this south to Port Charlotte, so same as Charley. Now this is much larger than Charlie, and it’s allegedly heading north – not towards Orlando (we’ll see), so we’d still get something, likely like Irma a few years ago, meaning tropical storm winds, lots of downed trees and power outages – also, supposively, tons of rain if this thing actually stalls, but considering how bad they’ve done forecasting this, it wouldn’t shock me if it blows out of here much sooner than expected. But for this area, once again, it’s a dud if you wanted to see a disaster movie filmed here.

    Normally I’d trash the NHC for getting it wrong, yet again, but in this case they were pretty open about not having a clue where this was going.

    Still have to watch it for the next hours or so, just to make sure it doesn’t make a jog to the west, but, if the last 18+ hours of model runs are accurate and keep trending south, they should have the game here on Sunday.

  2. Bojim Says:

    Wife left St Pete this morning. Took her four hours to get to Orlando. It will get crowded on the roads later. Please consider. It’s a really mean storm and the surge might last a couple days even if it’s not a direct hit.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    FedEx in Washington DC is open Sunday……and the Governors have been sending loads of potential stadium workers up there…..

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    Bojim – that’s not how storm surge works. It’s blowing the winds offshore if it hits to the south, literally pushes water away from the coast. Now if you’re on the west inside portion of the bay, like downtown St Pete, you’d get some surge, but this is going to be dramatically weaker than hyped by the time it gets here. Maybe 3-5ft at the most. For all the beach locations, they wouldn’t be a surge until it gets to the north of us, and again, it should be dramatically weaker by that time, so you’re talking probably 1-3ft surge.

    Just wait, at 5p, the ‘official’ forecast is going to shift it south yet again – and it will hit even more south of that. Also it’s moving slow, so once it makes landfall, if it’s not moving, it’s going to weaken pretty quickly.

    Now if you’re down in Port Charlotte, I hope you learned the lesson of Charlie and put zero faith in the NHC and you’re fully prepared. If not, you got like 10-12 hours to do so, and this is a very strong storm, so you should probably get out of there. This will likely be about as strong as Charley (CAT4) but because it’s so much bigger, this time around you should get a storm surge – just depends on eyewall cycles and how much time it has to build up that wall of water. But if you’re down in Port Charlotte, in those areas, I’d make sure you’re in a concrete block house and not by the water.

    As for Tampa Bay, we just need to sit and watch and see. This will slow down as it gets north, so if it unexpectedly moves west, meaning we’d end up getting hit, it still wouldn’t be until very late Wednesday, or likely Thursday morning.

  5. Crickett Baker Says:

    I remember a guy waterskiing up Bayshore Blvd. Had a good size boat, too. lol. The stadium has withstood many hurricanes and should be fine. We lived in Sunset Park after one, and had to park way out in the street and a guy was giving rowboat rides to get people to their houses. Tampa holds up pretty well to the winds.

  6. Miller5252 Says:

    Sounds like Florida’s Elite Restoration is going to be busy and then some.

    Joe’s and Ira, I hope the JoeBucsFan world headquarters survive the storm. You guys, all the other JoeBucsFan readers and your family’s stay safe and take care! Hope you all make it through with no issues!

  7. SB~LV Says:

    It’ll be in the RayJay, Ft Myers is looking like Tampa did this time yesterday. Maybe some squally gusts to hurricane force winds but more likely 30 hours of gale force winds and torrential rains..

  8. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Midwest field is BS. Chiefs fans are everywhere around here. Not many Buc fans. It would be a home game for them.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    SB~LV Says:
    September 27th, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    It’ll be in the RayJay, Ft Myers is looking like Tampa did this time yesterday. Maybe some squally gusts to hurricane force winds but more likely 30 hours of gale force winds and torrential rains..


    I was just checking some of the lesser models, which have been leading the charge south on this, and they’re not having it basically, exactly, follow the path of Charlie — just much slower. So if that holds true, Orlando would get hit again. BUT, because of the much slower movement, it would likely only be a tropical storm. Here, it’s hard to say, it’s a much larger storm, so we’d get something, but it might just be a lot more intermittent rain, and certain places getting trained with the rain and perhaps they get like 15 inches or something, while other places might only get 1 or 2 inches. Its too early to say on that part.

    But barring a last min move to the west, which isn’t impossible, to be sure, this will end up being a dud, for us, compared to what people were expecting. It still could be bad in certain areas, could still lose power, but compared to a legit hurricane, we might not get very much at all.

    I want to see how the NHC talks their way out of the shift totally away from us in this 5p update coming up – or if they just ignore the models like they did with Charlie and keep wanting to scare us into believe it’s really coming.

  10. CannonPowder21 Says:

    A veteran team like this should be well equipped to handle the adversity. Closed practices this week with no media so let’s hope those injury reports bring good news.

  11. SB~LV Says:

    RM I have been using among others, Ventusky, and even yesterday there projection was Cape Coral and I couldn’t believe my eyes because at the same time even my best source showed Tampa Bay, I don’t know what modeling they use but it’s looking accurate now.

  12. Hodad Says:

    Don’t move, hunker down. Your more likely to die fleeing in your car . My guess it exits just north of the Cape, and you all will be fine. I live south of the Cape. It’ll move fast, and weaken fast once it gets picked up by a cold front just to our north.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    SB~LV — If this does end up going to Orlando, people are going to be piissssssed, in particular those that fell for this with Charlie as well.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have traded online Doctors, armchair QBs for cyber Meteorologists…..

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Tampabaybucfan – yeah, I know, how dare anyone but the ‘experts’ have an opinion on something. SHAME SHAME SHAME! Hopefully big government will remove any unapproved opinions in the future, in particular if they make the state look bad.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    We are all anonymous experts……

  17. DBS Says:

    The entire time they have said it depended on how fast the front moved down moron. That is all they have said. and the computer models would change east or west. Also depended if it stalls in the Gulf for a while. They always say DO Not follow the what? Idiot

  18. adam from ny Says:

    a weather channel pal of mine said it’s all hype

  19. DBS Says:

    Adam. Go thru Michael like we did up here in North Florida then you know where to stick your hype.

  20. AbucAway Says:

    As an ol boy sitting in Arizona, and having taken a drunk day off work, I’d like to send some prayers and good vices to all you JBF’ers and families.

  21. AbucAway Says:


  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ian has decided to cross via our Southern border……an easier path for it.

  23. SB~LV Says:

    Pasture flooding rains will be the story that everyone will share in . Hurricane force winds from landfall to Orlando.

  24. orlbucfan Says:

    This fact is for sure: this game won’t be played in Tampa Sunday pm. RJS is real close to the bay, and even without a direct hit, forget it. It will be fun to watch the yahoos in sports/craporate broadcasting handle this one.

  25. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We always refer any of our customers who have water damage to Florida Elite Restoration.
    It is fairly obvious now that Tampa will nit be ground zero for Hurricane Ian, but when we were NONE of our local stations here in the Tampa Bay area were well represented in any Google Search about Hurricane Ian.
    LOL, Channel 8 here in Tampa I think INTENTIONALLY Hid Amanda their weather girl. Every red blooded American Male wants to watch Amanda from Channel 8 do the weather, hoping she will turn sideways!

  26. Yrral Says:

    Tampa will be feeling the impact of be Ian , before sundown,and about 24 more hours ,12 pm Wednesday this was posted ,you still have time to go too the Miami area Google National Weather Radio Miami Dade Google Darksky Tampa Bay Radar