Posts From Mark Cook

Tampa Restaurant Promises Winston Crab Legs

1 comment 📅April 26, 2015 9:13 am

For those Bucs fans worrying about Jameis Winston raiding area Publix supermarkets if he is in fact the Bucs No. 1 draft pick on Thursday night, have no fear. According to, Skipper’s Smokehouse off of Skipper Road and Nebraska Avenue has Winston’s wants covered.crablegs

Skipper’s owner, a 1968 FSU graduate, is reportedly “gonna hook him up with all the legs he can eat.”

You can checkout Skipper’s Smokehouse here, a place I highly recommend. Not just for the crab legs but the fried gator tail, oysters and a killer Key Lime pie. They also have a great outdoors music venue. Okay, that’s enough free advertising for them.

Five more days Bucs fans. Just five more days.

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(Podcast) Cook Talks Bucs’ Draft With 104.3 In Denver

4 comments 📅April 25, 2015 7:32 am’s Mark Cook 104.3 The Fan in Denver to discuss the Buccaneers and their overall No. 1 pick in next thursday night’s NFL Draft. Cook discussed Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and shared who he thinks the bucs will select.

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Alstott To Announce Bucs’ Second Round Pick Next Week

3 comments 📅April 23, 2015 12:12 pm

Alstott runs with ballIn the last few years the NFL has brought in former draft choices to announce team’s second round picks. John Lynch, Dexter Jackson and Derrick Brooks have been some of the previous Tampa Bay players to make the call from the podium, and this year former great Mike Alstott will be announcing Tampa Bay’s first pick on day two of the NFL Draft which begins next Thursday night in Chicago.

Alstott, a second round pick out of Purdue in 1996, was a Bucs’ fan favorite and still remains one of the most popular players in the franchise’s history. Affectionately known as the “A-Train” Alstott ran for 5,088 yards and scored 58 touchdowns during his Bucs career. During his time in Tampa Bay, Alstott made six Pro Bowls and helped the Bucs earn a Lombardi Trophy in 2002.

Here is brief Alstott highlight video to remind Bucs fans of his style.

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Winston Crab Legs Caper Solved?

36 comments 📅April 22, 2015 10:08 am

jwcrab1When making a list of issues former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had while attending FSU, the theft of crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix has drawn the most laughs and internet memes. All jokes aside, a Heisman winning quarterback, who is most likely the most recognizable face in a small college town walking out without paying for merchandise is a bit concerning – on the surface. But was it an actual theft?

On the latest edition of ESPN’s “Draft Academy” that aired Tuesday night, former 49ers head coach and current coach at Michigan Jim Harbaugh put Winston through some simulated questioning as they prepared for interviews that would take place at the then upcoming February NFL Combine. The topic of the theft of crab legs came up and Winston made a revelation.

“Well, a week before it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude that worked inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, anytime you come in here, I got you.’ So that day we just walked out and he hooked us up with that. And when I came in to get crab legs, I did the same thing and he just gave them to me and I walked out. And someone from inside the store had told the security that I didn’t pay for them. And that’s how the whole thing started.”

FSU fans and others have speculated for some time that this was most likely the case. What does this mean for Winston? Most likely nothing. In fact, it may ease the fears of some who were concerned that Winston could have a problem with shoplifting (see Cowboys Joseph Randle). And although most of us have had a friend hookup, it still doesn’t excuse Winston’s action, hookup or not. As FSU’s “face of the franchise” it clearly, at the very least, showed poor judgement on his part, but now some of the questions have been answered for the general public, as the Buccaneers surely knew the full story way before the ESPN special aired.

To see Winston’s explanation watch the below video.

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Licht On Winston: “I Don’t Think He Is A Bad Person”

8 comments 📅April 21, 2015 9:47 am

With just nine days before the Buccaneers hand in their selection to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the annual NFL Draft on April 30, the talk is still all about the quarterbacks.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht joined Rick Stroud and Tom Jones on WDAE 620AM/95.3FM’s Sports Page morning show on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming draft. recently had a controversial Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota comparison – Photo by: Getty Images
In the interview Licht noted that it isn’t just Jameis Winston the team has been spending a ton of time learning about.

“Believe it or not the general public thinks we’ve spent 90 percent of our time on Jameis Winston, but we’ve spent almost as equal amount of time getting to know Marcus Mariota,” Licht told Stroud and Jones. “There’s more things with Jameis off the field that we had to become comfortable with than Marcus, but still no matter who you’re taking if we’re taking one of those two with the quarterback position you need to know everything about them.”

Licht was asked about his feelings on Winston’s immaturity  issues that plagued him during his time in Tallahassee.

“We’ve all said that we feel comfortable and he’s been a lot of fun to be around.  Since 2012 he’s grown up significantly and since this past season he’s grown significantly.  I would lean toward being immature, I don’t think he’s a bad person.  I’m not giving away our hand on who were taking, but he’s been somebody that we’ve really gotten to know and we feel more and more comfortable every time we’re around him.”

Also of note, in the interview Licht addresses the picture that was circulating last night of Ben Dogra wearing a Bucs hat and posing with an Adrian Peterson jersey.

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.


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HOF GMs Wolf And Polian Split On The Winston Mariota Debate

8 comments 📅April 20, 2015 7:47 am

Rising Agricultural Costs Force Food Prices’s Peter King served up a warm plate of his Monday Morning Quarterback column today, and as been the case of late, it came with a small slice of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston on the side.

King spoke to Hall of Fame general manager former Colts top dog Bill Polian, and also former Bucs GM Ron Wolf about Tampa Bay’s upcoming decision in the 2015 NFL Draft. Both GMs have been been in the Bucs’ situation, and both ended up identifying future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Polian with Peyton Manning and Wolf who saw the potential of Brett Favre.

Polian told King it was very close, but preferred Mariota by a small Margin, and Wolf said the same thing but preferred Jameis Winston.

To read the reasoning behind both of their decisions, make sure to check out King’s latest MMQB.

10 days and counting Bucs fans. Just 10 more days.

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Wonderlic Scores Leaked; Both Mariota, Winston Do Well On IQ Test

8 comments 📅April 14, 2015 10:43 pm

For those on either side of the Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota debate that wanted to use intelligence to help their cause, you will have to look elsewhere, as both players performed well on the Wonderlic test given at the NFL Combine.
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The former Duck took Winston in the head-to-head matchup, reportedly scored a 33 with Winston checking in with a respectable 27.

According to Wikipedia, “The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (formerly known as the Wonderlic Personnel Test) is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. . It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.”

The average score for NFL quarterback is a 24, and surprisingly offensive linemen have historically had the highest average score with a 27. One person in NFL history scored a perfect 50, that being former Bengals punter Pat McInally, a Harvard grad.

Some notable NFL players scores include Drew Brees and Peyton Manning reportedly scoring 28 on their tests, while Tony Romo came in with a 37 and Aaron Rodgers scoring a 37.

To see an example of the Wonderlic and see how you score, click here. And no, I am not revealing my score, but let’s just say I am no offensive lineman.

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ESPN The Magazine Offers Up “Jameis Winston Is On The Clock” Feature

4 comments 📅April 14, 2015 3:48 pm

Say what?

ESPN wrote a Jameis Winston feature story without condemning him or slanting it to draw the ire of haters? I kid. ESPN didn’t jump on a table on campus and scream a vulgar internet meme, or walk out of a Tallahassee Publix with unpaid for crab legs, among other indiscretions. Florida State v Clemson

But this article will be pleasing to the Winston fans and maybe even a little eye-opening to the vocal anti-Jameis crowd. It begins in San Diego where Winston is working out with QB coach George Whitfield, then tours Winston’s hometown of Bessemer, Ala. and sheds a little light on the personal side of Winston that many may not be aware of.

Winston fans will say I told you so, while those who are disgusted with the former FSU QB will most likely say it is a rehearsed contrived article of saying all of the right things when the microphone is on. Most likely it falls somewhere in the middle, but regardless, it is the most extensive inside look at Winston that has been written – or allowed – to be done by the media.

To check out the lengthy feature by author Kurt Streeter, click here.

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Lions Dispute Contract Johnson Signed With Bucs

11 comments 📅April 13, 2015 3:27 pm

For those hoping the Buccaneers would officially announce the addition of the some pass rushing help on Monday afternoon, they will have to wait.

Tampa Bay signed RFA George Johnson to a three-year, $9 million deal last week in hopes that the salary cap strapped Lions would be unable to match it. On Monday afternoon Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tweeted that the Lions had contested the structure of the contract and that an NFL arbitrator would settle the matter. The time frame is 10 days and then two additional days for the Lions to match the offer according to reports.
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Johnson, who signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Rutgers, and remained with the Bucs through the 2012 preseason before he was released. Johnson notched a team-high three sacks in the 2011 preseason, but was placed on injured reserve later that year with a knee injury.

After an uneventful two-year stint in Minnesota, Johnson signed with Detroit last year and notched 29 tackles and the first six sacks of his career. The Lions might not match Johnson’s offer because they are bringing back five defensive ends from last year’s team – Ezekiel Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor, Darryl Tapp and Larry Webster, last year’s draft pick. Detroit also signed former CFL standout Phillip Hunt.

With defensive end being one of the weaker positions in terms of talent and production, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Johnson would be a welcome addition, especially with the recent departure of Michael Johnson, a free agent bust from a year ago. The 27-year old Johnson still has plenty of upside that defensive line coach Joe Cullen and new assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer can develop.

Signing Johnson would also take some of the pressure off Tampa Bay in terms of having to select a defensive end early in the draft.

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Mariota And Winston Debate Stirs Up Twitter World For Bucs Fans

12 comments 📅April 13, 2015 1:06 pm

Well that escalated quickly.

Earlier on Monday friend of @NFLosophy tweeted some information that sent Twitter into an uproar (at least from Bucs fans) stating the Bucs would take Oregon QB Marcus Mariota over former FSU star Jameis Winston if they couldn’t find a suitable trade down partner.


The tweet and the discussion that ensured prompted Denver radio host and nationally known NFL pundit Benjamin Albright (@NFLAlbright) to add his two cents.
Finally this prompted Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) of to respond via Twitter as well.
What does it all mean? Maybe nothing, but it certainly caught the attention of fans in the Tampa Bay area and proved the power of social media and how quickly this can begin trending and catch the attention of some of the national writers. Tis the season for teams to release information to different outlets to create smokescreens and vapor trails to throw off other NFL teams (as well as the media at times). still firmly believes Winston will be the pick, but also has no doubt there is still some internal dialogue going on inside the walls of One Buc Place, just as there should be. With the Buccaneers having the first pick in the NFL draft for the first time since 1987, Tampa Bay needs to make the most of this and get it right. Whichever QB the team decides on.

Get your popcorn ready Bucs fans, the draft is just 17 days away and in the next two and a half weeks expect many more social media and internet debates.

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