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September 30, 2011 @ 5:02 pm
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It's Official, Bucs-Colts Monday Night Football Game Sold Out

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Mark Cook

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After weeks of speculation local Buccaneers fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the Monday Night Football matchup with the Colts has officially sold out according to a team official.

It’s official. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts Monday night Football game will be shown live on local television ending a 10-game blackout streak.

A source with the Buccaneers confirmed to PewterReport.com at 5:35 p.m. that the game has officially sold out, ending a month of speculation and worry from local fans.


The last Monday Night Football game to be blacked out was in January in 2000 when the San Francisco 49ers traveled to Atlanta to face the Falcons in Week 17 of the 1999 season.

After a year’s worth of non-sellout games, the Buccaneers are excited to play before a packed house of 65,000-plus Tampa Bay fans. However, the 45,000 fans that were in attendance for last week’s 16-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons were plenty loud, according to several players.

“It was nice last week, it was actually pretty loud,” right tackle Jeremy Trueblood said. “I could tell when the defense was out there. As long as we give them a good game our fans are always loud. It’s going to be even louder when it is packed.”

Bucs safety Corey Lynch, who replaced the injured Cody Grimm last week, is looking forward to the noise a sellout crowd can make to aid Tampa Bay’s defense. “When I went in I could barely hear the defensive calls with only 45,000 there,” Lynch said. “Hopefully it will be a fun night with 20,000 more fans there and hopefully we can come out with a win. We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great game against a great team. Everyone is psyched. A lot of people are saying we’re going to win because [Peyton] Manning isn’t there, but they are a heck of a team and we still have to go out and play. We’re king them lightly and we’re going to be ready.”


Fifteen-year veteran cornerback Ronde Barber, who has seen his share of prime-time battles, is looking forward to his young teammates getting the overdue attention he feels they deserve.

“It will be nice,” Barber said. “We have been toiling down here in Tampa for a long time not being recognized. [It is] somewhat our fault. But you have to relish the opportunity to play in front of everybody. It’s the only game in town that night. Everybody is watching and you get a chance to showcase. So we will put our best foot forward and hopefully we can get up on a down team.”

Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, who also serves as the team's defensive coordinator, can't wait to see Raymond James Stadium packed and having a capacity crowd help his defense out by creating a very loud environment.

“It would be awesome,” Morris said. “It would be awesome to pack the house any night. That brings up a good point. [On Sunday against Atlanta] I know it wasn’t packed, sold out, blacked out – whatever you guys want to talk about it – but those guys in the stands on third down [with] the defensive chants to get us going – it was awesome. That’s what Tampa Bay Buccaneer football is all about. When we do get to the point where we pack this thing back up again it is going to be an intimidating place to play for anybody and we look forward to it.”

Sources also have told PewterReport.com that the nationally televised NFL Network December 17 match-up with the Dallas Cowboys is the team's next best hope of a sellout after the Colts game, as ticket sales are outpacing the remaining home contests against other teams.

Even though all 10 home games in the 2009 season were officially considered sellouts, is it widely known the Glazer family purchased the remaining unsold tickets each week to ensure the games would be broadcast locally. Coming off a 3-13 campaign in Morris’ first season as Buccaneers head coach, the 2010 opening day attendance for the home opener against the Cleveland Brown was 47,211, and the 10-game streak of games that were blacked out from local television began.

The Buccaneers were the only team in the NFL to have all of its 2010 games blacked out, and the only team to not sell out its home opener for the 2011 season. Tampa Bay drew just 52,274 for the Lions in Week 1 and only 46,995 for last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Buccaneers' last Monday Night Football appearance was December 8, 2008 at Carolina. The 38-23 loss began a four-game losing streak and Tampa Bay missed the playoffs ultimately costing head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen their jobs.




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    This sell out might be because the Colts fan may have had an away game package deal prior to Manning not playing. It doesn't matter because all I care about is that the Bucs stay focused on the game and not the circus around them. As said before; we have a bad habit of making a has been or a new quarterback look like a super star and they beat the heck out of us. Please lets get this win! The hype don't mean nothin. Win! Win! Win!
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    Isn't it odd that the economy, that is blamed for low ticket sales, improved enough for fans to buy tickets to go to a game on Monday night? Why? Because it is the place "to be seen." That's the way it was the first 10 years at Ray Jay. It was the vogue thing to do. But after a series of up and down seasons and failed free agents and draft choices, season ticket holders didn't renew their 10 year commitment. Going to a Bucs game lost it's pizazz when the stars that won the Superbowl started to fade. Now the team is acquiring new home-grown talent. When the fans embrace them and see them as celebrities as much as players, it will again become a source of pride to be a season ticket holder.
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    Awesome! I'm really glad I don't live in Tampa because I wouldn't be able to stand not being able to watch the games. I live near Oakland and see how much Raider fans miss out on.
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    YES!!! Go Bucs!!! Go Rays!!!
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    Way to go, Tampa!!!! Go Rays!
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    Mark, only one correction. The last Monday Night home game was 2003 Vs the NY Giants. Not the Colts game which was Week 4. The Giants game was week 11.
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