When you add an additional 40,000 square feet of video board space in a remodeled stadium, the last thing you expect to hear are complaints. 

But Panthers kicker Graham Gano isn’t a fan of the new video boards – or at least those who operate them.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Gano claimed the board operators used some optical illusions with the massive new HD boards to affect his kicking on January 1, when the former FSU kicker was just 1-of-4 on the day.

“After missing three of four field goals in the Panthers’ 17-16 loss, Gano said the end zone videoboards showed live footage of his placements while displaying the Bucs’ logo against a solid red background when Tampa Bay’s Roberto Aguayo was kicking.

Gano said it was distracting to look up and see two sets of goalposts – the actual uprights and those on the screen. Gano also said he’d experienced the same issue in Tampa Bay previously, and the league had reprimanded the Bucs.”

However despite the complaints, according to Person, the NFL found that no rules were broken by the Buccaneers or the operators of the boards.

Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo also had a poor day in the final game, missing one field goal while having another blocked. So far he hasn’t complained about the video boards. It was most likely just a bad all-around day for FSU kickers on New Year’s Day at RayJay.

And while Bucs fans still talk about the quarterback curse of Doug Williams, maybe someone should look into a possible Bill Capece curse, another former FSU kicker who struggled during his time in Tampa Bay. Capece struggled so much in 1983 he was cut prior to the team’s season finale when former head coach John McKay famously told reporters, “Capece is kaput!”


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About the Author: 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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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4 years ago

well I guess Aguayo can use that for an excuse too! As far as I’m concerned the game board during the Red Zone should go to a neutral color including the kicking in ALL STADIUMS.

4 years ago

Can’t WAIT for Gano’s return to the Ray Jay next season! LOL

4 years ago

Good grief! I’ve heard it all now. Don’t most kickers keep their head down? Perhaps we could show the bouncing cheerleaders on the board next time. That always distracts me.

Maybe he’d prefer a target. How about a picture of a scowling Coach Ron Rivera? Didn’t hear fellow FSU kicker Sebastian Janakowski complain about his misses being the fault of the video screen.

We need to ask Roberto what picture he prefers. It can’t hurt.

4 years ago

The bouncing cheerleadets would definitely distract me scubog.
Now that we know what is distracting, i hope we keep it up.
Favorite kicker story was when one kicker in training camp told his coach that John McKay made him nervous while watching him kick.
Mckay, of course, quipped, “please inform the player I intend to be at every game doing the same thing thing.”