Buccaneers Introduce Throwback Jersey!

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The infamous creamsicle orange is back in the Bay Area, as the Buccaneer’s finally succumbed to the throwback trend. And with the advent of HD technology, FOX might just have to warn in advance of possible vision damage and/or blindness as a result of the Orange returning.

Let’s not forget the return of Bucco Bruce, whose portrait adorns the helmet and completes the (obvious) 70’s gridiron ensemble. Legend has it that he wasn’t even a pirate at all, but just the leading man in a really bad 70’s porno. What were they thinking back then?

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In all seriousness, I love the orange! It’s definitely unique… to say the least. But here in Buc Town, it’s also synonymous with losing, a lot. You can count the winning seasons in orange on one hand over the 20 year span of the Creamsicles. The Glazers, and more prominently, Jon Gruden had zero interest in digging up the sweetest atrocities in all of sports from the grave.

That is, until the expectations for this season went down the toilet bowl, along with the economy and season ticket holders. The Bucs are practically begging people to buy tickets. So of course, from a marketing and merchandising standpoint, this will serve as additional revenue. With an anticipated losing season on the horizon, any hype is welcome.

Antonio Bryant as wondering if anyone is scurred and confuz’d about the return to Orange.

The Heap applauds the jersey, but not the act of desperation by the Glazers (who just want to have some cash to buy more players for Man U anyway. Sigh.) Possible purchase in the future? To date the only throwbacks I’ve seen was Leeroy Selmon’s 63 and Mike Alstott’s 40. I’m not sure which player I’d buy if they were to sell them now.

So the Bucs have committed to using them at least once for the next 5 years! This year’s game will be November 8 against Green Bay.

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Who’s My Favorite Player?

Mr. Derrick Brooks.

Unfortunately, he was cut yesterday afternoon by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with the likes of four other notable veterans, including Cato June, Ike Hilliard, Joey Galloway, and Warrick Dunn. This day will mark the end of an era for the Buccaneers, as the final pieces of the “old school” Bucs (Brooks and Dunn) make their exits from the organization. (We all know that Ronde’s skill has been non-existant for a few seasons now, so his exit was in the past)

What is the team left with? Many see shambles and a humbling very sub .500 season in the immediate future. While others feel that this was a necessary, inevitable decision, and perhaps evidence of gut-wrenching dedication to establishing a new foundation to the team.

I’m with the latter group. I love these veteran players. While injuries surely resulted in the gradual phasing out of Galloway from the offense this past season, he presented a deep threat that had never been a daunting part of the Buccaneer offense in recent memory. (See: Jacquez Green and Reidel Anthony = fail.) We can only hope that we continue to continued production from Antonio Bryant to fill this void.

Losing Hilliard is monumental as well. I don’t know if we have a replacement in the fold as of yet. He was, for the years he was here, our best 3rd down receiver. As one post said on the Tampa Tribune website, he was the only one with the “stones” to go over the middle AND actually catch the ball. Yet he too faced a similar phasing out as Galloway.

And let’s not forget how June had to learn the SLB position. While he didn’t emerge as the anticipated defensive force we had hoped, he was still a solid at the position. He’ll be a big signing this off season for another team looking to fill a WLB vacancy.

And then, Brooks and Dunn. Future Hall of Famers. Class acts all around. Now out of a job.

They will be remembered for their abilities on the field. But for many families and children in the bay area, these two men directly affected their lives by education. Dunn is known for his Homes for the Holidays campaign, giving a family in need a much deserved home. Brooks’ Bunch, Derrick’s foundation, goes on special trips each summer, one of which included a trip to Africa. Not to mention that these individuals are men of outstanding character and a genuinely positive influence in the sports world.

Everyone will be missed, and while I do not agree with the way DB55 was treated, this is the direction the Bucs need to take. Teams are consistently getting faster and offenses more creative and able to counter the signature Tampa 2. While defense has been what the team has always hung its hat on, it’s become nothing but a fragile reputation. Heck, I feel that at times we’ve overachieved in recent seasons on defense, given the age and (in)experience. Losing a leader like this is never easy. It will be time for players like Barrett Ruud and other incumbents to take over and grow together, much like how (oh so long ago) the young, newly drafted Brooks, Sapp and the rest of our young defense developed into one of the greatest of all time.

It can happen again. The only difference this time is that we’ve been spoiled by the taste of success, and now it is expected. I guess 20 or so losing season can make anyone desperate to never want to be that bad again. Let’s wait for how Dominik, Morris, and the Glazers approach the offseason and the draft before we write off the season, staff, and administration. We can denounce the treatment of one of our most iconic players. It was a classless, irreverant move, and Derrick Brooks (and even Warrick Dunn) deserves much better.

So to Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn: Thanks for making the lives of others that much brighter, whether it was through on-field excellence or a passionate dedication to the community. You both will be missed.

And of course we can’t have a Derrick Brooks post without showing of the greatest United Way commercial of all time.

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Bay Watch II

And we have a winner. B-R-E-T-T is going to the Jets Jets Jets. The New York Jets and the Pack have come to an agreement which will send Brett Favre to the Jets and NOT to the Bucs. Fox Sports broke the story, and senior writer Jay Glazer already has a nice little article which you can read here, which explains the situation. Both teams come out winners, as the Jets upgrade at the quarterback position (especially in durability) and the Packers unload Favre to the AFC. A deal to the Bucs would have resulted in one guaranteed meeting, since the Bucs and Packers play this season, and perhaps a post season showdown as well.

I feel that the Bucs come out on top as well. Jeff Garcia is enough of a locker room presence, and a proven leader. Oh yeah… he’s not too bad at playing football either. His frustration with the situation has been publicized, but he’s been as classy as you can be. We, of course, here at the heap., love it when a trash is met with class. Today at camp, after the afternoon session, as reported by Bucs blogger Roy Cummings as Garcia was walking to the locker room, a reporter yelled out that Garcia was walking the Green Mile, to which he resonded, “Yeah, Dead Man Walking. We can only hope that despite the clear interest in Favre, the Buccaneer quarterbacks can put it behind them and continue to gel and develop. As for the Jets… adios Chad Pennington.

I’ve been getting some comments about the heavily sports themed posts. Not to worry, we’ll begin much different content tomorrow!

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Bay Watch I

Favre in Jeans

Rumors are running a muck. But of course, they have been ever since Brett Favre decided to unretire AGAIN. In case you aren’t aware, that Wrangler – wearing Southern gentleman, Brett Favre, the perennial “Buc Killer,” MIGHT be on his way to Tampa Bay. Not to mention arguably the best quarterback to play the game. A living (and actively playing) legend, thanks to Commissioner Goodell’s decision to reinstate Number 4.

For the past two days, there have been reports that Favre allegedly passed on the opportunity to be traded to the Buccaneers. He, instead chose to try to return to the “Pack” and was supposedly going to be given a “fair” chance at winning his job back. Not so fast. After a 6 hour marathon-like meeting with higher Green Bay officials, including Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it was concluded that Favre “was not in the right mindset.” This, of course, could mean a plethora of things. Perhaps it was expected that he should have a “backup” frame of mind. Maybe Favre walked in thinking he was God’s gift to football, which he might as well be (Until Peyton Manning reaches the end of his career, maybe). In either case, Favre will not return to the Packers this year, nor will he be released, to insure that he won’t be playing for any NFC North foes.

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Can you imagine that? Nice Photoshop job by the way.

Speaking of other strange Brett Favre pictures, here’s one of him trying to do his best David Blaine impression.

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Do you have a Brett Favre fetish? Check out this site- Funny Brett Favre Pictures. Brett Favre as an astronaut is my personal favorite.

Here at the heap., we actually don’t know how we feel about the Brett Favre situation. A potential legend playing for the hometown team? I like it. I mean, at least we wouldn’t have to watch another excruciating Lambeau come back by the Pack. I can’t even count the times the Bucs would have a lead only to see Favre lead the Packers back… especially when the Bucs played in Green Bay in the glory days of the classic NFC Central match ups. The quarterback situation in Buccaneer camp is already pretty complicated and quite jammed up. Garcia is hurt, thus we have Luke McCown starting this weekend against the Dolphins in preseason game 1. Of course, we have the indefatigable Brian Grease, who is back for another stint. And don’t forget the Chris Simms saga. He is working hard in camp despite the “irreparable” relationship between him and head coach John Gruden. There is also the Bucs’ most recent draftee, Josh Johnson, a rookie from the University of San Diego. Despite Gruden’s hesitance to “marry” his quarterbacks (thanks Jeff Garcia), this would provide the Bucs a great opportunity to essentially “rent” a proven quarterback, one that is hungry to reach and win one last, final, championship. I mean, isn’t that what the Buccaneers’ organization did when they hired Gruden? Apparently, it was a rent to own bargain… the jury’s still out on the Gruden era.

We’ll keep you updated here on the heap. posting any further developments.

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