Expect A Sea Of Cowboys Blue

January 9th, 2023

A quick peek at the Buccaneers’ official ticket partner, TicketMaster.com, reveals thousands of Tampa Bay fans have lined up to sell their playoff tickets to the highest bidder.

It’s kind of a somber sight, but Joe certainly is not against fans wanting to cash in. That does mean, however, that Tom Brady best be working on his silent count this week in practice.

Todd Bowles might as well bring in the noise machine so the Bucs can practice communication on third down — because legions of Cowboys fans will be screaming when the Bucs have the ball on Monday night.

When Tampa Bay hosted a playoff game back in January 2008, a sea of blue (Giants fans) filled the stadium and the tailgate lot. Joe remembers it vividly. There must have been 20,000 Giants fans in the house. (The photo above is from that day.)

There were no home playoff games during the 2020 season playoffs (only the Super Bowl) and last year Eagles and Rams fans didn’t travel extremely well to Tampa when the Bucs hosted postseason games. But it will be different this season. The Cowboys are “America’s Team” (barf) and while the Bucs are Tampa’s team, they have been rather uninspiring this season.

The Bucs have an online strategy for Bucs season ticket holders to access extra tickets with verification of their commitment to Team Glazer’s wallet. But that will only help a little to bit, and they’re unlikely to buy — and keep — all the available tickets. Season ticket holders are not obligated to buy playoff tickets, so those unclaimed get released to the masses.

Monday should be a wild night at The Licht House, on the field and in the stands.

43 Responses to “Expect A Sea Of Cowboys Blue”

  1. Jack Clark Says:

    Hopefully the Bucs start the playoffs like they started the season–beating the Cowboys in front of everyone.

    TEAM no risk it no biscuit!

  2. View from 132 Says:

    I had season tickets back then for years. The away fan thing is overblown. If you play well, they get quiet in a hurry. If you stink, they seem like 80k fans.

    Like when Brett Favre said our crowd “turned on their team and start cheering for us” but he didn’t realize Bucs fans were quiet and Packers fans were loud.

    Dak throws 3 picks, Boys fans will be rowdy drunks but not very loud collectively.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t blame ticket holders for selling……Bucs lost 4 home games this year and didn’t put up impressive numbers when they won.

    If the ticket holders get back some of their money so be it.

  4. Fire the Gannons! Says:

    This story, just another of the many reasons the GOAT is jumping the pirate ship after this year. After being insulted mostly in his first year (remember all the nicknames JBF bestowed upon the “farm animal” before he won the Super Bowl?), he got snubbed for the MVP in a vote we all had to wonder where Ira’s allegiances were, to the 3rd year where the Brady-hating, Tampa-loving trolls have multiplied by a factor that cannot be quantified.

    Brady has never taken off his shoulder pads during a live game in 23 years. Did that happen this happen this weekend?

    Brady does not fold his arms at press conferences. Did that happen?

    Go ahead and look up what that means, folks. When someone folds their arms.

    Brady is gone from Tampa after this year. And he’s coming to stick it to you or Belichick or both of them in the final year or so he has left.

    The last franchise that signs him up will cater to him FINALLY (he’ll make that a prerequisite to signing) after all the bullspit he’s had to endure from crappy management and egomaniacal coaching (Yes, Bowles finally disproved my theory that he was a good coach this weekend when pulling Brady too early).

    Cmurda, O’Neilbucs, Orly, Lamarcus Ttbucs3, those clamoring for Trask and all the other buttheads amongst this crappy fanbase will rue the day.

    GOAT will retire on top. Even at 46 or 47 or 50. He will. And Tampa fans can suck a lemon when it happens.

  5. WeAllBleedRED Says:

    It’s nothing new for a man that has been in the league for 23 seasons…GO BUCS!!!

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Yeah….but Florida has always been a Transplant state……it’s very hard to actually find a person from Florida who’s LIVED in Florida their whole lives…..

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Fire the Gannons!

    Ok…..well you can hate all you want on everyone….

    JUST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS we get to see another BUCS playoff game with the GOAT at QB……cause there will never be another Tom Brady in NFL history….nope!

  8. DungyDance Says:

    FL native here. Bucs fan for life. We always used to remind the northeastern transplants chanting for their “home” teams that I-95 runs both ways.

  9. tampabuscsbro Says:

    I mean to be expected no matter where the cowboys play in the playoffs.

    They could be in Green Bay and there would still be a sea of Blue.

  10. Goatfarmer Says:

    Simply more evidence that strikes right at the heart of what the Glazers care about — their wallets. Imagine the mass abandonment of season tickets thanks to Todd. Imagine home games filled with opposing fans next season.

    Or, the Glazers can make a change.

  11. alton d green Says:

    firethecannons says: wow man you nailed it!!!!!!!! I’ve been a Brady fan since he was a Jr. at Mi. I have NEVER EVER seen Tom like he was at the press conference after Bowles pulled him out of the game. Trust me my friends, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. WILL NOT be in a Bucs uniform next year. The class act that Tom is was actually talking professionally. I would have been screaming like a monkey.
    Remember when a certain President said about a future Presiident??? Let me remind you; “never underestimate Todd’s ability to EFF something up” hahaha Well Todd has been “effing” up since the 3rd game. You know i gotta wonder what the hell was the Glazers were thing. BUT BA shares some of this used toilet paper

  12. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Goatfarmer you know most of that is fans selling their season tickets right?

  13. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    I got offered a significant amount for our 4 stadium club seats and even though I did sell the Bengals, Panthers, and Saints tickets at face value, but unless someone offers me a crazy amount we are going. This will be the last time we see Brady in a Bucs Uniform and possibly from Bucs to Yucs so going to soak it all in one last time. Didn’t renew after 16 years and it was an incredible first two years and obviously a frustrating season this year. Still holding on to our Lightning tickets and have been season ticket holders since the barn. Go Bucs

  14. Chuckstutz Says:

    Expect a cowboys sea of blue crying blue tears.


  15. Kenny Says:

    why would brady leave?? he is building a house in Miami to be closer to his kids, so why would go? to the west coast? nope, east coast? nope midwest nope? He will stay another year or so.

  16. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    I will be there!!!!!



  17. DoooshLaRue Says:

    America’s Team (barf)

    America’s QB (Dry heaves)

  18. WokeizDunn Says:

    Love that Brady is our QB and happy to see the Bucs in the playoffs even if they don’t really deserve it, including due to things Brady did (leaving team on a road game to go to Kraft’s wedding, etc.). I don’t blame him for leaving but let’s be clear…he seems to have gotten everything he wanted. That said, season ticket holder for two decades and dumped my last four home games because is the Bucs don’t care, why should I? They raised ticket prices during a pandemic, concessions up another 30% this year (burger, fries, coke $31). Dude cheerleaders dancing like girls, cute makeup and all, cutting perks for club members…taking away gameday festivities like smoke and pyro. Gawd awful. Bucs wanted me to pay $3K for my playoff plan (3 games for two tickets). So I passed. In desparation, today they NOW offer playoff tickets are regular playoff prices but not at member price. So they STILL don’t get it. What we on the field yesterday in the second half is the near-term future of the Bucs. Bring back the days of Lovie and Schiano. But the Glazers and guys like Licht and of course, Bowles, will be fine. Sorry…no more money to the Bucs.

  19. WokeizDunn Says:

    ^^^If you a season ticket holder, you should ask the Bucs that of course NOW, you don’t force me to tie up money for 3 “possible” games like you did three weeks ago, and now offer ONE game (Cowboys) that are NOT at member prices…then how much do you really want to see a home crowd? In future, sadly, fans will be able to buy resell tix for the ocassional Bucs game at cut rates…because like it was during Schiano years, the Bucs won’t be able to GIVE the tickets away. That is exactly whap happened too…crowds 45-47K when outlets like WDAW and the Bucs themsevles givin tix away like M&Ms.

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    bucsbro — yes. And next year those same fans simply won’t be buying, renewing, or going to the games. It will once again be the den of depression, the ghost town that welcomes opponents and their fans like it’s another home game for them. Yes I know it’s Bucs fans selling the tickets, why wouldn’t they? Who wants to watch two mating sloths get run over by a truck.

  21. OrlandoBucFan Says:

    I was looking forward to the game, but Monday night is the worst possible day for me. I am a college professor and teach on Tuesday mornings, so driving back to Orlando after the game is not in the cards. I’ll sell my tickets.

  22. Jerry Says:

    Maybe don’t schedule a playoff game on a Monday when people have work and kids in school that day. It’s more difficult for people to plan the time off on short notice. Especially when they just likely took a lot of time off for the holidays.

    Completely stupid to have a playoff game on a Monday.

  23. gbobucsfan Says:

    How many of those tickets were purchased by scalpers looking to cash in on Brady’s “final season”? $400 for tix that are usually $90? No thanks, even if it is a playoff game.

  24. Chris Stewart Says:

    The Tampa bay area is a BoomTown transplant city with a unspecific culture and no identity. Meaning not all, but most people that live in the area come from other places. Throw in a lackluster season, and a non-loyal fan base with a history of loosing and it’s not surprising It will be like a home game for Dallas.

  25. John Buc Says:

    Unfortunately Joe, a lot of these Bucs fans are actually cowboys fans. I tailgate next to season ticket holders same people each week and they are Bucs fans until the cowboys are on. They will change their jerseys on Monday night to support the team their Dad loves growing up.

  26. Wokizdunn Says:

    Chris Steward some of your points make sense. Most people that live in most places come from other places. The Tampa Bay Area is not as large as say, the CHI metro area and the Bucs have not been around as long as the Bears. BUT they have been here for 45 years and the culture is one of losing by the original owner and now the Glazer family. Fans are loyal but are NOT going to go see a game that cost so much for so little with arguably more to do in Central Florida than in say…CHI or GB. Winning is everything but the owners perpetuate it while expecting people to take it in the shorts. The owners and those that run the Bucs chose between having a Cowboys home game and padding their wallet. That is their call, but I wouldn’t call fans disloyal. I’d say they’re not stupid.

  27. Wokeizdunn Says:

    Chris Stewart…some of your points make sense. But consider that most people that live in most places come from other places. The Tampa Bay Area is not as large as say, the CHI metro area and the Bucs have not been around as long as the Bears. BUT they have been here for 45 years and the culture is one of losing by the original owner and now the Glazer family. Fans are loyal but are NOT going to go see a game that costs so much for so little back with arguably more to do in Central Florida than say…CHI or GB…to compete for the dollar. Winning is everything but the owners perpetuate losing it while expecting people to take it in the shorts. The owners and those that run the Bucs chose between having a Cowboys home game and padding their wallet. That is their call, but I wouldn’t call fans disloyal. I’d say they’re not stupid.

  28. Carol McClure Says:

    Like me, a lot of people love Tom Brady, here’s why:
    * He was a David fighting Goliath after Goliath.
    Each step in his athletic career was that of an ordinary athlete that worked his way into the spotlight when he was given a chance. Nothing was given to him. He rarely dominated but just worked hard and learned so he could find a way to beat you if it meant at the very last second. Death by a thousands cuts is the way he worked. His courage was his weapon. He was fearless when all others were asking if he was scared. We saw ourselves in him. He was an ordinary man that could instill belief in anyone, and because of that, accomplished incredible things. * Above is a Quote From “the Man in the Arena”. Thank you Tom Brady!

  29. Pryda...Sec 147 Says:

    Ill be there My Gf and our section is lit Corner endzone under pirate ship 😎 Lights are bright on MNF Wildcard !!! Bucs winning by 3!

  30. brooks Says:

    Id sell.mine to. Doesn’t matter winner gets a trip to Philly too get thumped

  31. Mike C Says:

    So the inconsistent Bucs can’t possibly win against a inconsistent dallas team that they already won against…… alright trolls even you can see that this is just bad logic….

  32. I’m not tired anymore we just won the Super Bowl!! Says:

    Season ticket holder here and I will be there loud and proud! Section 309 knows me. Haha. It’s our duty as fans to be there when our Bucs are in the playoffs. As a collective unit we will WIN! Go Bucs!!

  33. Mike C Says:

    And dallass fan can’t feel great about that last game, might dissuade some from coughing up the cash

  34. NEfan Says:

    $400 a ticket??? Dude it’s double sometimes triple that in NE. $400 don’t buy you bleacher seats. A freaking bottle of water is $8. It might be worth it to book a flight and go to the game for that price. It’s no wonder Dallas fans will saturate your stadium at that price.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    This is almost certainly the last game Brady is going to play in a Bucs uniform. If you’re a season ticket holder and skip out on this game, you’re an idiot, this is the one and only game you absolutely shouldn’t skip out on.

    But yeah, sell your last Brady game ticket, then enjoy Tanking with Trask next year since you agreed to buy two season worths of tickets.

  36. macajubav Says:

    any loyal buc fan wanna buy my tkts ?, listed for 1250, sxn 310, just over from that knuckle head Im not tired anymore.
    Brady and the Boys gave us many a painful games to watch this year, these tkts will hopefully compensate me for my poor investment.

  37. Ed Says:

    For any Buc fan looking to purchase season tickets for 2023 season, there will have to be some major changes in the coaching staff to convince us football lovers that the team wants to get better.

    If Bowles is back, it is a very bad sign to the fan base. We don’t expect to win every game and tough losses are hard to swallow. But the Bucs havn’t tried hard enough to win some games by failing to adjust, attack or scheme plays that can get the fans off their butts.

    This has been one of the most unexciting teams to watch. Its so sad to see these coaches can’t get more out of the team while you watch the ultimate loser team, the Detroit Lions getting fired up to knock Green Bay out of the playoffs. That is all we want, a team that has pride and works hard.

    Frankly I don’t see it. How many fans thought Jarred Goff was a loser. Sure looked like he wanted to win last night.

    Likewise, the Washington Commanders with nothing to play for, beat the snot out of the Cowboys in a very aggressive attacking game plan.

    When the Bucs show that kind of mental toughness, then the fan base will show up but who really wants to pay to watch weak minded coaches putting players out of position and failing to adapt to the modern game.

  38. Mike C Says:

    Yeah Ed, should probably just forfeit the playoff game against a team that has already been beaten by this one …… smh gtfoh

  39. Mike C Says:

    Macajubav or whatever the #%$@ that name is, we don’t need weak @$$ fans like you in that place anyway, this team handed a SB to this fan base without any home games, think the fans owe the bucs one more crazy playoff atmosphere to help them win a game.

  40. Jerry Says:

    But it has been a concern this year, Mike C. Remember even Devin White said he was “bored” during one of the games? Now if players are “bored,” that’s a coaching issue. It means the coach is not motivating this team. Bowles was asked if he was going to say anything to the team leading up to the Carolina game. He said, “nothing needs to be said.” This team has taken on the personality of their coach. If he doesn’t seem to care, why should the players?

    A lot of these guys seem to have lost the fire once they got their ring. We started seeing it last year and it has really shown this year. Complacency. Laziness. Etc. and not just during games, but during the off-season. Brady taking vacations during camp. Fournette showing up overweight. And obviously there are strength and conditioning issues leading to all these injuries. The coaching is a problem here. It’s not the fans that are the problem.

  41. D-Rome Says:

    Fakest fanbase in the NFL. Most Cowboys fans have never been within 500 miles of Dallas.

  42. NEfan Says:

    Sure we have all watched bad games but seriously how bad was it watching this team all season. This team went from exciting as shat to watch to unbearable.

    Why??? Bowles is dull, this team became dull. They took the personality of their coach. Fortunately McCarthy is also a dud. Square off of the mental midgets.

  43. David Says:

    I hate the way they do tickets but I understand it. When I had season tickets, I would go to half the games and sell the other half. Once the Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith eras rolled in, it got harder and harder to break even let alone make a profit.

    That said, I would never sell playoff ticket