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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

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    You’re right Mark. The town wants to believe, but most are still cautious about getting too emotionally involved until there are some further signs that the “culture change” has occurred before exposing themselves to the all too frequent disappointment. What I’ve liked is the “fight back” the team has exhibited the past two games. “Casual fans”, as my old friend BF47 used to call them, are on the cusp of allowing pent up emotions to surface. Still in wait and see mode before flying the flags.

    A win at “home” over a good Raiders team will do wonders for the area. There will be a burst of enthusiasm heading into the Thursday Night game with the Division lead on the line. A victory against the Falcons on national TV will have a similar effect as one of those little blue pills. Bucs fans everywhere will be standing tall…………..maybe even longer than 4 hours.

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      Cute stuff Scu, Whatever happened to Kenny Bell?? Thought he would get a chance. Out of the area so I miss things. Did we release him.

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    I hate to sound negative, but we have been let down and waiting over 10 years for a team and coach that’s not laughing stock of NFL.

    I want to believe, but a meltdown and bad loss against Raiders still seems very possible to me.

    Like Saints game last year when we were 6-6. Different team and coach so perhaps I’m wrong but they have looked like last years Bucs a lot on defense.

    On the other hand the secondary is improving no doubt. Just need D line guys back and healthy.

    I so hope I’m wrong and we can somehow dig deep and win it at home. Been so long since we had a winning record!

    As far as Aguayo I don’t see him getting better. Hope I’m wrong about him too. I just know at some point in a close game he’s going to March out to make a very makeable FG under 50 yards and miss. Have no faith he turns it around. He’s horrible. Like a bad golfer it’s in his head now.

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    Good answers Mark. Scubog said it all; we all would like to start believing the corner has turned. Next 3 games we have to get atleast two wins. Go Bucs!

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    What is gratifying is how well this team is playing despite all the injuries. I was not surprised by Shepherd’s good plays this week. I felt long ago he should be the backup to VJAX should VJAX get hurt. Shepherd should be the new second receiver in our Offense, even when VJAX comes back. Our Defense is playing better despite McCoy not being 100% yet. I think part of that is what I said at the start of the season: that it will take awhile for our defense to pick up the new system. Our DC continues to add more blitzes and that paid off against San Francisco. I love our running game! I think the Bucs can win this Sunday, especially if we can get our best DE back along with and our long injured experienced receiver too, but it won’t be easy because the Raiders have proved they are the real deal this year. I actually wanted us to take their QB in the draft, and he is playing like an elite QB now. They have a great running game too and a tough defense as good as ours. They have won big games away like we have too. Go Bucs!!!!

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    With the Bucs it’s always “wait and see”. If the Bucs were going to be slam dunk champs forevermore, it would be fun but also boring. Look how many tens of millions of NFL fans are bored by the Patriots always winning … which is why, like a certain politician these days, the fans of teams that Belichick and Brady always beat generally bitch about the “Cheatriots”, and that it’s “rigged.”.

    Look, even after we won our first and only Super Bowl, gloriously beating down and not merely defeating the Raiders, we then went out and stunk up the joint for the next coupla seasons, and didn’t return to the playoffs again until 2005.

    With the Bucs, it’s always “wait and see”. “Believing” is for suckers, at least when it comes to being a Bucs fan, unless one enjoys being disappointed. Enjoy the wins and winning seasons and playoff seasons whenever they occur, knowing that, like the name of this league, it’s probably “not for long”.

    Right now I’m enjoying our two game win streak and hoping it’ll shortly be three.

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