Gameday Tampa Bay

January 1st, 2023

Game 16

Stinking Panthers (6-9) at Buccaneers (7-8) 

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: FOX (WTVT-TV Channel 13, locally).

Streaming: NFL+ and (Geographic restrictions apply).

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa). Additional stations throughout Florida on the Buccaneers Radio Network can be found here. The game also will be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 226 (Buccaneers Radio Network broadcast) or SiriusXM NFL Radio Channel 88 (Westwood One Radio national feed).

Weather: Per, outstanding day! This is why we live in Florida. It’s January 1 and it’s beer-drinking weather. With many Midwesterners in town for the Outback ReliaQuest Bowl (what the eff is a “ReliaQuest?” Bring back the Outback Bowl!), real estate agents will make cash from today’s Bucs game and the bowl game tomorrow. Tailgaters will enjoy weather around 70, topping out at 76 by the second quarter. Once the game is over, expect temperatures to hang in the low 70s for the rest of the night. All under mostly sunny skies. Damn, Joe loves Florida!

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of midnight, Bucs -4; over/under 40.5.

Referees: Alex Kemp is today’s referee. His crew is known as a fair crew. Two of the past three seasons, including this year, Kemp’s outfit oversees a .500 record for the home team. Overall, Kemp’s gang is a let ’em-play crew. Rarely does Kemp throw more than seven flags in a game on a team.

Injuries: Stinking Panthers — Out: Jaycee Horn (wrist).  Questionable: DE Marquis Haynes Sr. (ankle), G Cade Mays (knee), TE Tommy Tremble (hip). Bucs — Doubtful: CB Carlton Davis (shoulder), OLB Carl Nassib (pec). Questionable: CB Jamel Dean (toe), S Mike Edwards (hamstring), WR Julio Jones (knee), LT Donovan Smith (foot), NT Vita Vea (calf), S Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle).

Outlook: Either the Bucs are a playoff team, or they have to do serious praying to back their arses into the playoffs. That’s how sad the Bucs are, even with Tom Brady. In a horrible division, the Bucs need to win today against a six-win team that fired its coach midseason. That would give the Bucs the NFC South title. If the Bucs lose today, they have to beat the Dixie Chicks next week on the road and hope the slimy Saints save them and beat the Stinking Panthers. Sadly, given how this team has played since returning from Munich with its only decent win, Joe has little faith in the Bucs winning today. That’s the sad truth. Their offense is just downright horrible thanks to failing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. This team cannot score unless it’s in desperate moments late in the game, and even then it’s against trash teams.  If not for Tom Brady’s late-game heroics, the Bucs would be on a 1-9 run since the Bucs (barely) beat the Dixie Chicks. That kind of tailspin can get a coach run. With Jaycee Horn, the stud Stinking Panthers cornerback out, you would think with the weapons Leftwich has he would target Horn’s replacement. But as we have unfortunately learned this year, Leftwich doesn’t believe in matchups. Joe does not have a good vibe on this game or the team. If the Bucs win, it might have to be on the magic of Brady’s right arm in the final minute. Again.

Fun facts: When Akiem Hicks and Vita Vea are both on the field, the Bucs are 5-1. When one or the other doesn’t play, the Bucs are 2-7. … When either Hicks or Vea is missing, the Bucs allow an average of roughly 60 more yards rushing a game compared to when both are on the field.

19 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I LOVE that you post this pic every time. Inside joke for the OGs.

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    An annual classic.

    The Nose and the Ho!

  3. CrackWise Says:

    I was at Banna Joes when these chicks got ran!!!

  4. CrackWise Says:

    Banana Joes

  5. Joe Says:

    I was at Banna Joes when these chicks got ran!!!

    Tell us more. Much more.

  6. Joe Says:

    For those who don’t know what these comments are about, please click on the photo of the two (former) Stinking Panthers cheerleaders.

  7. teacherman777 Says:

    @fun facts

    If our record is so bad when Vea or Hicks is out,

    Perhaps we needed a third DT to back them up and rotate?

    Imagine if we had kept Suh?

    JTS cant stop the run. Barrett is out. Perhaps we could have used JPP as a backup?

    JPP is also good at DT on passing downs.

  8. DoooshLaRue Says:

    JPP is done.
    He was great for us for a few years but time and luck caught up to him.
    Maybe he would have helped but he was starting to slip as well.
    Too bad players don’t come with a printed expiration date, huh?

    Hindsight is great.

  9. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Some girls play both sides of the ball.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Lol… I loved to see those two photos in 2023

  11. Jeff Says:

    I miss these two. My king of gals!

  12. Tbeartbb Says:

    You still have that picture- how many years has it been

  13. Bo Says:

    just looking at those two lesbian cheerleaders still bring a rise out of Mr. happy.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I love these pictures!

  15. kyle Says:

    love those panther cheerleaders!!!!!!

  16. CrackWise Says:

    For starters, you have to know the scene. Back then, in Tampa, a certain NON addictive DRUG that would literally put you in a state of ecstasy was being passed around like candy.

    This was at the peak of the Ybor City nightclub scene and also unfortunately marked the beginning of the end for an underground parting era. Gone were the days of driving to 3 different locations to find the password THE MAN gave to find the Rave

    Unfortunately, Banana Joes was a little to mainstream for this scene. The crowd was heavily mixed with Ravers and Prunes. And for those of yall that don’t know, the Rave scene was carrying on the hippy public tradition of public displays of affection. Only exception was it was more about the touchy feely experience vs the visual experience. Despite what a certain prideful group has turned public displays of affection (more like attention) it into. Ravers at least still had the decency to try and find some privacy when things got frisky.

    ANYWAYS, The Man was at Banana Joes that night. In fact, he was on the turn tables. SO, IT WAS A HUGE PARTY. But, it was kind of known from the start that the club was HOT and the boys in blue had there narks EVERYWHERE.

    I remember, we were trying to get everyone to leave but no one wanted to go because of the DJs. So once the Prudes started invading it was all downhill from there. In fact, there were many altercations and guys getting heated cause their women were getting flirted with and hugged on. It was only a matter of time before a fight was going to happen. THEN, it did, when these girls got arrested it was a major bummer because they and several others where kinda at the center of our fun. We knew they were from outta town, and that club was NOT where we wanted them to be. They knew people there, I guess there group was to big to get to leave. We wanted to go to Franklin St and Cast. Club 301.

    ANYWAYS, we heckled the cops and the party pooping chick that got B-Slapped and cried to the cops. THEN, we left and went to where the real party was at.

    Wasn’t until later when someone told me it was a group from Carolina, that I realized who and why we couldn’t get them to leave.

    For the Record, from my experience, every bathroom was super clean at clubs like that back in the day. At least they were clean enough.

  17. Hey Says:

    Joe, you should do a where are they now!

  18. DrunkinYbor Says:

    I forgot the story of those 2 kitty cat cheer leaders. They look like meth addicts.

  19. DrunkinYbor Says:

    All I had to do was click their not pretty faces and you had the article right there. Thanks