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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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    Keep it up coach. We can turn this season around. Rodgers deserves the game ball. Maybe he can share it with Evans and Winston. Watching Winston and Evans grow up together in the NFL is going to be a thing of beauty.

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    Are we seeing the signs of a culture change in our team? Have we turned the corner on negative attitudes as a team? (“We secretly expect to lose so we give up when we are down.”)
    In the last two games our Buccaneers have not rolled over and quit when things looked really bad. Result … wins!
    Now we need to see a change of attitudes in our fans. We will see what kind of support the Buc fans give as the “12th man” in our next game at home against the Raiders.
    Go Bucs!!!

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    I’ve seen the same thing Wintergreen. Perhaps this is the “culture change” that has been needed since the Sapp, Brooks and Lynch years.

    There will no doubt be a hoard of Raider fans since many our our season pass members so often sell their tickets. This is a good Raiders team so the good guys will have to get “all hands on deck” to defeat them. Let’s hope Ayers, McDonald, Murphy and maybe Martin get well this week.

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    Not sure what’s going on in Tampa. When I went to the Cards-Bucs game in Glendale, I was surprised to see maybe 20% Bucs fans. We were all over the place. I thought maybe the mood had changed in Tampa. Raymond James Stadium is a terrific stadium to watch games with great scenery. Sunshine, football, hotties, palm trees, and a pirate ship, why aren’t folks out at the game?

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    Because Tampa has some of the worst most front running ignorant fans in the league, arizonajoe.
    I’ve been a season ticket holder for 36 years so I think I can say that.
    Not only that, but because the wage scale is low in Tampa, thanks in part to a legislature and Governor who continually brag about the low wages in Florida to bring in high paying jobs from companies like WAWA, there isn’t as much discretionary income here for fans to attend games.
    Russell Shepherd should definitely get a game ball after this game. Stepped up big.
    Hope the team doesn’t get a big head after this win in fact I heard Kotter say in his post game speech, “Stay humble in victory.”
    The 49ers are hardly the juggernaut of an NFL team. Still, it showed great resiliency and character to come back from a 14 point deficit.
    The memory of how this team acted after the Falcons wins should still be fresh in everyone’s mind including the players. Now isn’t the time to pat yourselves on the back. It’s time to allow that victory to let you focus more clearly on the tasks in front of you.

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      Too bad to hear that drdneast. I knew Tampa took a hit when housing went down. But I figured they would’ve recovered by now. I hope Tampa can get more fans into the games. It truly is a great place to watch NFL games. If I lived there I would be a season ticket holder for sure. Maybe I should retire to Tampa in 10 years or so….

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      Drd-wasn’t there also some animosity over the years as a result of the blackouts?

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    All I know is I have tickets to the Chiefs Bucs game Nov 20th. I cant wait to see my Bucs live.

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    Heading down from Chicago for the Raiders game!!
    As our Bucs [email protected] much later in the season last year, I will temper my enthusiasm as to the ‘culture change’ for now…But it starts w/ winning at home for the Bucs Faithful-
    Go Bucs!

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