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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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    If the Bucs did sign that Anti American Commie, the Bucs would cease to Exist in my mind. But lets be real, the Bucs Struggle to put people in seats at Home Games, so the ONLY reason the Bucs would not sign him is they are Capitalists who need to make Money, and they would make NO MONEY by signing him.

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    I have no problems with Kaepernick playing for our team as long as he stands up for our flag and our song. Let’s leave politics out of this. It is very disrespectful to our Fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m sure the family and friends of the Fallen would appreciate too if he would show respect.

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    I couldn’t care less if Kaep twerks during the National Anthem. If he can beat out Fitzpatrick, Griffin and Seth for the backup job then we should do it. Let others froth at the mouths over the flag and the “disrespect” while I sleep a little easier knowing that the wheels won’t completely fall off the wagon if Winston goes down.

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    I love the website Smokin’ Jay Cutler. Hilarious.

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    Having watched Fitzpatrick through most of camp, I really don’t think he is going to help us .. I also think we should grab whichever K gets cut by Cincinatti Bullock or Elliot…

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    Many many many active duty and vets say they are not disrespected. It seems its the ones who have not served are the ones up in arms. Btw……cops over the weekend have come out in support of kap. The bucs are being foolish to continue to trout out fitzpatrick. He has sucked his whole career, he has sucked in training camp and sucked during preseason. Who cares if he “fits” the system if he can’t execute the system? The bucs should definitely take a look at kap.

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      I try to stay out of this topic, but I feel its appropriate to not.
      As I type this now, Im in uniform. 15 years of service and counting. Ill stand for the anthem. Always have, always will. That said, I take no offense to those who do not. Its a right that we have fought for. Voice your opinions of injustice. Many of them are valid. No qualms here.

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        Buc-n-Philly Fan

        Thank you for your service Sir! I am not a fan of the kneeling but at least we have the right to do so in this GREAT Country! Go USA and Go Bucs!!

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        I’m a eight year Army veteran who hasn’t been boots for more then 20 years. I agree completely.

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    Kap sucks. He hasn’t done crap last couple years and he’s not employed now because of it. If he was good he’d have a job. You don’t see Seahawks benching Bennett do you? He’s an idiot too. Lot of other ways they could get their stupid message out. What Vets are you talking to because I haven’t heard any say that they aren’t offended by this non-sense.

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      Anyone that has felt “disrespected” because Kap didn’t stand for the anthem is just being stupid. Half of you fat disgusting tubs of lard don’t stand for it, or are on your phones. He’s better than Fitpatrick, but because of faux-“patriotic” people he will be out of a job. I don’t stand for the anthem, never have, never will.

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    Its a stupid message to promote love and inclusion? Its a stupid message to hold rogue cops accountable? You are blind. Google is your friend sir. Google “veterans for kap” and watch the responses. I have family members who have served in the military going all the way back to the tuskeegee airmen aka red tails. I have a grandfather who faught agains the nazi and a cousin who retired from the military 15 years ago. His son is in afganastan right now. Oh and my mom retired from macdill after 35 years. Oh yes. There are many active duty and vets that have no problem with the protest. Google cops for kap while you are at it.

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      Fyi…kap has the #39th selling merchandise in the nfl and he is not even on a team. That means many people do not feel his message is stupid.

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        You’re missing the point. I don’t know what you did in the military, but you didn’t have anything to do with the Fallen. I did many times. It does matter and we should not disrespect the sacrifice they made. These young and none informed NFL players need not use this as a political stand. Mark cook should know better bringing this up again because this is what divides our country even more when the uninformed speak out and should be silent.

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    The Anti-Java

    The best solution to the problem, that I have heard is……..Play the anthem, then the players come out of the locker room. Problem solved.

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      Except that completely avoids the substance of the issue, and is precisely the reason why they kneel in the first place.

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        The Anti-Java

        They can protest all they want when they are off duty. If I protested while working, I would get booted out the door in 5 minutes.
        And the NFL is a private company, they can do what they want, in regards to protesting, or handing out fines and suspensions.
        They are not bound to abide by the Bill of Rights.

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    Kaepernick is a good talent. I know I will take some heat, but I would love to see him on this team. We have back-ups that look ok here, but in my mind, if Winston goes down, this Season is over. Kaepernick could step in and the quality of play would not diminish. I could care less if he kneels on the sideline. I want the Bucs to go to the playoffs. The dropoff at QB is huge after Winston.

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    One more controversial comment. McCoy in my mind has more to prove than anyone. And by that I mean, he is a fine DT, but he has not established himself as an elite Talent in the NFL, Pro Bowl withstanding. His stats are simply above average. No better. I want to see him over 10 sacks every year. I want to see him in the backfield every play. Until he does that, he is just another DT with 6 sacks a year and 32 tackles.

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      Gerald McCoy literallly has LESS to prove on the Bucs’ current team than any other player.

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    I’d like to focus on football. Tired of politicizing everything. I watch football for entertainment. Not sure of Kap’s ability. Harbaugh knew how to utilize his talents. Coaching and diminishing talent on the 49’ers could be more of what has impacted his play the last few years. But he’s poisoned the well for me by making his statement during an entertainment event. And the conversation will always veer into his views, his protest, etc. Not what I want on my team, regardless of talent.

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    Any player that makes himself an object of controversy is going to be shunned by the NFL owners because they are running an entertainment business, not a social justice organization. It’s about money, and not offending paying fans.

    It’s the same in any business. Show up at a demonstration supporting neonazis and KKK, and get video’d or photographhed, and your employer is likely to fire you. Sit down for the national anthem, and make a huge big deal about it, and make yourself a lightning rod of political argumentation, and when your play doesn’t speak as loud as your political talk, you will be without a job in the NFL.

    It’s not a conspiracy. It’s life.

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    Mark disappointed that you would even bring this up about Kaepernick. Things like this is what divides our country. Whether you realize it or not, or those who gave a negative hits, to what I have said in my comments above, this honor our Fallen.Fallen They have earned the right not to have uninformed people make comments about it. I have retrieved,processed, notified families on behalf of the Fallen Soldiers. Our flag, taps and song is what a soldier is about; Honor, Duty, Country.

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    OK, I don’t like talking politics on my favorite Bucs website. However, several of you have commented about Vets or Police that you know that are OK with Kap’s protest and I feel compelled to respond. I know I’m not the first or even the only Active duty service member commenting on this site. I am still on active duty and have served in combat overseas. There is but one response to what Kap does during the national anthem. Only one whether you like it or not. And that is that he has the protected right to do what he’s doing. I proudly wear our nation’s colors on my right shoulder everyday. And that flag represents many things. But one of the things our glorious banner represents has always been and should always be that an American citizen actually has the right to disrespect that flag. I absolutely defend Kap’s right to disrespect our anthem and flag because in part that’s what our anthem and flag embody. So I giggle at his childish ignorance because his intentions are misdirected. But as a military member I will defend his ignorant actions to any and all. And yes it is disrespectful and ignorant. But someone’s emotional reaction to his actions in no way relieves him of his rights. I wish more people in our nation would realize that you can’t just demand what you want just because you’re offended. Tearing down statues is a crime even if you feel like it’s for a good reason. Oh yeah, our flag represents a nation of laws not kneejerk emotional responses. Now the true bottom line is that if Kap could complete a pass in the NFL he’d have a job. I’m no racist. But I am a completeyourpasses’ist. So keep him off the Bucs please.

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      Thank you for your service.

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    Twisted i was agreeing until you called it ignorant. I am sorry, but it is not ignorant to want equality for all people. His intentions has worked. People are talking about the mistreatment many endure. More players have added to the protest. To say there is no mistreatment or turn a blind’s eye would be childish ignorance. Google two co’s plot to kill black inmate. Once you have googled that and read, ask yourself is it so far fetched that some who police the streets daily would not have the same malice in their hearts?

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      I guess I didn’t explain well enough what I considered ignorant. I wasn’t saying his intentions were ignorant. I agree with you there. What is ignorant is the fact that he chose to make a statement about the flag and the anthem to promote his intentions. The flag and anthem stand for an ideal. They stand for what he’s fighting to gain for some people that don’t enjoy that ideal. Our nation stands for something that is pure and amazing. Unfortunately the nation has not existed in that ideal ever in it’s history. But that doesn’t change the fact that the goal still exists and the ideal remains. Yes, we should all be fighting to improve the nation and allow more and more people to enjoy the ideal America. Eventually even every legal citizen should live in that ideal. The flag and anthem represent that ideal goal. He should be celebrating it and waving a huge F*&%$# flag while making his point that some people still seek the ideal America. What’s ignorant is that his “Good intentions” are misplaced toward the flag and anthem when they are the symbols of ideals for which he’s fighting.

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    I’m all in favor of this team signing Kaep. Even if he just ran the wildcat every play he’d look better than Fitz has.

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