“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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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