“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 – 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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