About the author

Profile gravatar of Mark Cook

Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com

Related Articles

22 Comments

  1. 1
    Profile gravatar of Matthew

    Matthew

    Can we please not make this a huge thing. If he feels a certain way he has the freedom to express himself, whether you agree with him or not. This doesn’t have to become a huge deal.

    5+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
    • avatar
    • avatar
    Report user
  2. 2
    Profile gravatar of Horse

    Horse

    Sorry Mike you took that kind of a stand. I suggest in the future you help to support your candidate more before the voters go to the polls. I hope you actually voted too. You’re a young guy so I know you don’t get it yet why we don’t disrespect our flag. Many have Fallen because they believe in our Democracy; you did disrespect them whether you realized it or not.

    2+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
    1. 2.1
      Profile gravatar of AtlBucFanDan
  3. 3
    Profile gravatar of Bucfish7

    Bucfish7

    Mike, Mike, Mike…c’mon man. I still love you because you’re still real young and naive, but please go have a conversation with Vincent Jackson about this. My father, a colonel in the Army, died in the line of duty. It makes me very angry when people talk through the national anthem, but to sit? Bro, you have to find another way to protest. Please don’t continue to disrespect those that serve our country. You hurt not only those currently serving and those that gave their life for this country, but their families too.

    If you continue to sit, I’m not going to stop cheering for you because I think you’re truly a good dude with a good heart, but it will be disappointing. Like him or not, Trump is our president. It’s done! We can’t go back, so let’s get together…not sit and cause further division. Peace!

    3+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
    Report user
  4. 4
    Profile gravatar of dbucfan

    dbucfan

    Good to see the young man taking an active interest how one responds to issues that bother him – hopefully he isn’t one of those who simply jump in when he gets the itch – I presume he has a solid history of community service as well as participating in voting when anticipated.

    0
    Report user
  5. 5
    Profile gravatar of jiggyjoe

    jiggyjoe

    By doing what you are doing you are disrespecting yourself. I feel sorry for you.

    2+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
  6. 6
    Profile gravatar of Mcpo23

    Mcpo23

    Mike, you obviously have bee mislead somewhere. Now you are joining the band of misfits that are not accepting the results of our democracy. Shame on you! I know you have a right to do what you did but in the eyes of your fans, you haven disappointed them tremendously. The arguments you gave for doing what you did show you are immature and very misinformed. Again, shame on you!

    2+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
  7. 7
    Profile gravatar of CaliforniaBuc40

    CaliforniaBuc40

    He does realize that the state he plays in was one of the large reasons for why Trump was elected right? Why not just tell the press his 2 cents and leave the national anthem out of it, it has the same affect of people caring about his opinion and the same affect of change that will never happen.

    1+
    Report user
  8. 8
    Profile gravatar of fredster

    fredster

    Just lost all respect for him. I don’t vote for Obama, but I took 8 years of him and never protested or even thought about not standing for national anthem. I voted and accepted that my candidate lost. The people spoke, its a democracy, deal with it you bunch of frigging cry babies.

    3+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
    Report user
  9. 9
    Profile gravatar of fredster

    fredster

    It’s not a big deal Matthew? No big deal he disrespects this great country so close to Vetarans day with all the men and woman that have died for our freedom. You sir are a moron.

    1+
    Report user
    1. 9.1
      Profile gravatar of Matthew

      Matthew

      I understand what you are saying. It was extremely poorly timed but what I meant is I don’t want this to drag out because we can’t change what he did. Blast him all you want it won’t change anything, just like him kneeling will change nothing.

      2+

      Users who have LIKED this comment:

      • avatar
      Report user
  10. 10
    Profile gravatar of nybuccguy

    nybuccguy

    The rednecks are gonna be all butt hurt over this one.

    1+
    Report user
  11. 11
    Profile gravatar of Kyle Strohl

    Kyle Strohl

    Hey Fredsterr good to see you like to resort to name calling. Mike Evans is entitled to his opinion. and guess what
    his opinion isnt different from yours anyway. it has nothing to do with the military. wake up

    3+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
    Report user
  12. 12
    Profile gravatar of cgmaster27

    cgmaster27

    While I agree that he has a right to do so, he picked a bad weekend to do it. Why not start next week? Anywho, I voted for Trump and disagree with Mike completely on this, but again, it’s his right. As long as it’s not a distraction to the team, I could care less.

    2+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
    1. 12.1
      Profile gravatar of Matthew

      Matthew

      Yes no need to drag this out and make it a huge deal, whats done is done.

      1+
      Report user
    2. 12.2
      Profile gravatar of AtlBucFanDan

      AtlBucFanDan

      …as long as it’s not a distraction to the team.

      Unfortunately, this will be a media spit storm and will be not only a distraction, but is probably going to be the nail in the coffin for the rest of the season. At least we will have a scapegoat that is not a coach this year.

      0
      Report user
  13. 13
    Profile gravatar of areohwhy10

    areohwhy10

    Good for him, takes courage to stand up (no pun intended) for something you believe in, even if it’s unpoplular

    1+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
  14. 14
    Profile gravatar of plopes808

    plopes808

    First off, as a veteran I’ll tell u that the national anthem and the flag represent our country and those who have fought and died for our freedoms. Sitting during the anthem IS disrespecting the entire nation and all those who have fought for it.

    Trump won the election, therefore he is president. That’s how democracy works! Like it or not, the winner of the election is president for 4 years. People need to get over it and stop protesting every time they don’t like a certain outcome.

    Mike is young and naïve, like 95% of these protesters. It’s the flavor of the week to “stand up” against perceived injustices. Are there things happening in this country that need to be changed? Of course, but don’t crap on your entire country and all it stands for just because the candidate you wanted didn’t win

    1+

    Users who have LIKED this comment:

    • avatar
    Report user
    1. 14.1
      Profile gravatar of AlstottUpTheGut

      AlstottUpTheGut

      Flavor of the week?!? Did you sleep through US History??

      0
      Report user
      1. 14.1.1
        Profile gravatar of AtlBucFanDan

        AtlBucFanDan

        Just what US History lesson is he missing?

        0
        Report user
        1. 14.1.1.1
          Profile gravatar of AlstottUpTheGut

          AlstottUpTheGut

          Um the part where we stand up to injustice after injustice? From no taxation without representation to slavery to African American/women’s rights…the list goes on. We have ALWAYS stood up against perceived injustices. It’s in our core. (Ironically, it’s what our military has done on our behalf and on behalf of other countries in need repeatedly. And in fact, the rest of the world looks to us to be that type of leader)

          I could keep going but I’d have to charge you two for tutoring you in the things you missed in middle school.

          0
          Report user
  15. 15
    Profile gravatar of AlstottUpTheGut

    AlstottUpTheGut

    I agree that this protest was maybe mistimed given that it was Veteran’s Day weekend. But…

    I would guess that the overwhelming majority of commenters here are white males. (That doesn’t make me reverse racist or whatever is running through your heads right now, hear me out).

    This election – this candidate – does not just represent differences in fiscal policy or government reach. The President-elect’s comments are hateful and bigoted and embody the complete opposite of what this country stands for. The protesters are not fighting against his policies but instead fighting against that unempathetic bigotry that so many across the nation have embraced as acceptable and anti-PC.

    If you truly did fight for our country, thank you. But if you think Mike’s protests are wrong or that this President’s comments are okay, then you did not know what you were fighting for.

    1+
    Report user

Leave a Reply

© 2016 PewterReport.com All Rights reserved. Tampa Web Design | Visual Realm