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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 [email protected]

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    Looks like a legal hit by today’s standards. But, they would probably flow a flag.

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      Opp. I meant throw. I hate auto correct sometimes.

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    Brutal! THE most vicious hit in Buccaneer history. I have seen this many times and still wonder how Hipple ever recovered. Type about a car crash!

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    That looked clean to me. , but there is no doubt there would’ve been a flag in today’s game. Probably the cleanest and most recent bomb I can remember is pre-season two years ago, when Kwon leveled poor Mccown . It was the purest most beautiful tackle I’ve ever seen. They were parallel for a split second, and that’s when I knew I loved me some Kwon. haha.

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    I was there watching that one live.

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    The hardest hit in team history was Curtis Buckley’s called shot on Brian Mitchell. Read about it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/243598-buckleys-knockout-hit-by-jack-bechta. Curtis Buckley was a beast and a bright spot on some bad teams as a guy who gave 1000% effort.

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    Why would that have been illegal by today’s standards?
    A) Hipple was across the line of scrimmage and would have been considered a runner, not a protected QB
    B) Brantley, didn’t leave his feat launching into the opposing player, didn’t use his helmet as a weapon, hit Hipple in the shoulder and chest, with his shoulder.
    C) Even though Hipple lost his helmet, replay clearly shows there was no helmet to helmet contact.
    D) The hit was in bounds.

    Seriously, what about the rules today make that an illegal hit?

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    Sorry, but I disagree.
    Hardest hit I ever saw was when Mark Cotney connected with Redskin receiver Frank Grany who was running a deep cross in 1977.
    Cotney got his shoulder pad up in Grants face mask and not only decleated him, he KO’d him and broke his nose.
    The last we saw of Grant in that game was the trainer walking him off the field with Grants nose hangiing down to his chin.
    Hipple, I believe, came back to finiish and win the game for the Lions.

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    Michael Hotaling

    Not bad but please…. That was a slow weekend for John Lynch.
    He knocked out his own brother in law!

    Here’s just a few highlights –


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    I remember a pretty brutal hit by Lynch on his own brother in law. It knocked him out cold.

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    Mark Cook

    I’ll look for some more had hits for next week.

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    Like many on this board, I too witnessed the hit live. Hipple’s helmet flew into the air and nearly into the stands which made it even more dramatic.

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    The best thing about the Lynch hit was as they walking the woozy bro in law off the field Brad Culpepper shouted at him, “hey buddy, He’s sleeping with yur sister, too.”

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