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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    I remember at the beginning of the season after looking at how tough the Bucs schedule looked, so many “fans” were predicting a 5-11 or 6-10 season. Even I thought it would be a big improvement if they finished 7-9 or 8-8 against such a schedule.
    But as things so often happen in the NFL, teams not only change, they do so during different parts of the season.
    However, I digress.
    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of the five games.
    Probably the most important was the Carolina game where the Bucs were down their entire defensive front line but still came out with a win. Talk about character.
    Probably the most impressive wins were the ones against the Chiefs and the thrashing they gave to the Seahawks. And make no mistake about it, that game was a pure beating of a rented mule.
    The funniest part of the game and also the most outrageous, was as you noted, when Evans beat Sherman at his own physical game.
    It became even funnier when both Sherman and their Jim Carroll started whining and crying about the physical interaction between the two during the play. It was laughable when the two of them continued on and on with it.
    What was outrageous about it was the refs finally listened to it and appeared to go over to Evans to caution him about it after the constant complaining. I have never seen an NFL ref do that in my entire life.
    How disgusting.
    As for the Cowboys game. if he had had a serviceable right tackle its very likely we would have won that game as you said.
    Against the Saints, we simply ran out of offensive weapons
    Still, all and all I consider this a successful season and it wasn’t done against a cupcake schedule like it was by Freeman during our last winning season.

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    While I appreciate the effort Trevor, I’m sorry to tell you that the reasons you put forth are way off. The true fans know the real deal about wins and losses. It has nothing to do with the players, the coaches, the systems, or the team playing like a family. It does, however, have everything to do with what we fans do on game day. Seriously. I am a military guy stationed overseas. I have to watch the games on the computer and since most of the games this year were late games they didn’t start until late in the evening for me. So I would have to decide to either stay up until 2 AM or just get up early the next morning and watch the game on NFL Gamepass. Well, I have to tell you that early in the season, every time I stayed up to watch, the Bucs lost. Every time I got up early the next day to watch the game in my cold dark office all alone with no one to share it with, the Bucs won. So I decided the team needed me. I did what was necessary for this team to win and gave up precious sleep. And so began the 5 game winning streak. Every week, here I was at 0600, at my desk, watching on a computer screen, sacrificing for the team and enduring buffering freezes. Like the Tandy interception of Brees late in the 1st New Orleans game. The video froze right when Tandy was coming in from the right side of the screen. I could see him coming in a blur of red. But I didn’t know what happened for about 10 seconds until the video caught up. Of course we know what happened now. He picked it off and the Bucs won. Until I screwed it all up at the Cowboys game. I couldn’t watch the game like the previous 5 weeks and had to watch at a different time. I am so sorry for ruining it. It couldn’t be helped. And then I did it again the next week. My schedule just forced me to watch that game live and I cost us another win. Now of course I’m being sarcastic. But only partly. I know everyone of you reading this does or believes something that in your world makes or breaks a win. Some people would say that all of them are simply ridiculous. But I know differently. Now I’ll be back in the states next year so I can watch games on a real HD TV with actual people around and eat some American football food for the first time in 3 years. Unfortunately you will all know why the Bucs will suck next year then. Sorry.

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      My work day starts at midnight. There was no way I was going to miss any late games for something as trivial as sleep.
      I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
      Good for you man.
      GO BUCS

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    Excellent piece Trevor and excellent comment by Dr. D. You nailed the differences between past seasons and this season right on the head. Not one time did I witness this team cowering to the opponent. The reason is the players who have the “refuse to lose” demeanor. They simply don’t quit. The fans notice and do their part to support the effort their team. The “Sea—–Hawks” cheer turned into “See——–Y’all” after the Bucs win over the Hawks. Finally it was fun to go to the game.

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    I didn’t hear that chant thing Scu. Thanks for bringing it up. I love it. Put it right back in their face!

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    Scubog, where do u think those players discovered that new found attitude?

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      I think it’s been there all along, but the coaches we had in Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith took extreme means to squelch the few “fire starters” on the team. Teams need the alpha dogs in order to keep fighting even in the face of adversity. Koetter unleashed them.

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    I remember Sherman whining like a girl after Evans beat him. Thought he was gonna cry. Poor baby.
    Tell you who else a whinny little girl, Josh Norman.
    Out of all the reasons that you give I believe that the BUCS just toughened up. And I’m talking about Mike Evans here, no ridiculous posturing if things did not go his way. In essence the kids grew up a bit. I still have to remind myself these are 20 something men. Man, I couldn’t find my ass with both hands when I was 22.
    All the credit goes to Koetter, he is in tune with his team. and that is saying something, besides Koetter the only coach that was this much in sync with the team was Kiffen and Dungy.
    If Gruden had this kind of chemistry with the team, well, it would have been special.
    All the good vibes this year are awesome.

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    Love the piece Trevor… Keep it up sir.

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