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“Will the pirate ship cannons fire for the Buccaneers when they get into the red zone and score at Raymond James Stadium during Super Bowl LV?”

Bucs fans have pondered that question, and the NFL finally issued an answer on Tuesday.

NFL spokesperson Michael Signora sent the following memo to PewterReport.com:

“The Super Bowl is a neutral site game, and each year we equitably incorporate elements unique to home games of both participating clubs. As a result, the cannons will not fire in the same fashion as at a traditional Buccaneers home game.  Cannon fire will be heard when the Buccaneers are introduced, and should they win, the cannons will fire loud and long at Raymond James Stadium and throughout Tampa Bay.”

Bucs Pirate Ship

Bucs Pirate Ship – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Upon hearing the league’s ruling on cannonfire during Super Bowl LV, the Buccaneers, who became the first team in NFL history to play in and host a Super Bowl, issued a statement of their own on Tuesday:

“The firing of the cannons after big plays in a tradition that defines what it means to be a Buccaneer fan and serves as a signature element of our home game experience at Raymond James Stadium. However, we also acknowledge and understand the NFL’s position with regards to maintaining the integrity of a neutral site atmosphere for Super Bowl LV. While the cannons may not fire in their typical fashion, we look forward to showcasing parts of our tradition while working within the league’s guidelines.”

So the only time the cannons will be firing from the pirate ship is when the players are introduced before kickoff and afterwards – if the Bucs win.

Sounds like all the incentive the Bucs need to hear the cannons fire one last time to close out the 2020 season – as Super Bowl LV champions.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Spitfire
7 months ago

It makes sense. Kinda too bad they wouldn’t just fire them for each team I guess, but in the end the cannons will fore after we win and are holding that trophy!!!

BucNnole
7 months ago

Who wants to throw down on a mini cannon? I’ll park that bitch right off Himes and let it rip every TD we score.

plopes808
Reply to  BucNnole
7 months ago

post the venmo

drdneast
Reply to  BucNnole
7 months ago

Take the cannons outside or hire some Republican seditionists to storm the pirate ship and take it over during the game/

Horse
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Good one.

spartan
7 months ago

Seeing as everyone has been making a big deal of the Bucs being the first home team to host the superbowl, I think it flies against the hype. If the Bucs are indeed the “home” team they need to be able to behave like it.

drdneast
7 months ago

Although the Super Bowl is a neutral site, the Bucs have not only been designated the home team, they battled and won for the right to be so.
Let the cannons fire

Horse
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Agree, but it’s not going to happen.

seat26
7 months ago

Fire them for both teams. That gives the Tampa Stadium some National exposure that is positive and then it doesn’t favor the Bucs only.

eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Cannon fire for the Bucs or no cannon fire at all. The cannons are a Buccaneers tradition, it would be disgusting to fire them for the opposing team. Even from a logical standpoint, cannons have nothing to do with any other mascot.

Dave
7 months ago

So my question is this. If the Packers were the NFC representative, would they be doing the cannons? If not, this is a non issue. But if they are deciding against the cannons, strictly because the Bucs are the NFC representative, that’s a joke. Why should the Bucs be “penalized” because they fought hard, and earned the right to be the first team to ever play in the SB in their home stadium. Why is it their fault? They earned the right to hear the cannons go off like normal in their home stadium. At the end of the day,… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  Dave
7 months ago

If the Packers were playing as the home team in Tampa they would be firing veal cutlets out once they hit the 20 and brats out if they scored.

Horse
Reply to  Dave
7 months ago

They would be firing cheese curds!

Dude
7 months ago

They should fire the cannons for both teams, once when KC scores and twice when the Bucs score, since they are the home team in their own stadium. Well, at least they aren’t making them cover up the Ring of Honor.

scubog
7 months ago

No cannons………No war chant. Perhaps we Bucs fans attending the game can make a collective “BOOM!” sound ourselves.

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