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Legendary sports columnist Gary Shelton returns to PewterReport.com for his second season of providing post-game commentary on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers like no one else can. No one has won more sports writing awards than Shelton, who has covered Tampa Bay area sports for decades with his unique brand of humor and insight. Bucs fans can Shelton daily on GarySheltonSports.com and follow him on Twitter at @Gary_Shelton

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    seat26

    Who cares if they tanked ? They are going to get the #1 Pick and they have all kinds of options. Everyone wants Mariota. Lets see what other teams will offer for the #1. If someone gives up 2 $1’s and 2 #2s and a player I say take it.

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    Horse

    I care if they tanked!!!! Lack of character and respect from me for losers who try to say we got the No. 1 pick; as if we know who to pick because it’s a sure thing. Ha Ha! I so disrespect cheaters and tankers. what we did today was disrespectful to the game itself. Didn’t the Saints lose a No. 1 pick for spying on others? We should lose our No. 1 pick for cheating because that is what tanking is all about. Gary you’re absolutely right. They tanked it!! What a bunch of Losers!

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      jongruden

      Yep, the Colts tanked their season too for Andrew Luck- morons, lol

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        mjmoody

        Beat me to the puch Coach. Those exact words were running through my head while reading Horse’s post. Indy will have plenty of time in the playoffs to think about what they’ve done.

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      Dbuc63

      Ditto Horse! What a horrible message sent to the players…yeah, they’re not stupid. No respect for Lovie and the Bucs…No more season tickets at the club either…I’ll root for them at home now.

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      DrT1066

      Horse
      There aren’t any moral victories in the NFL – just victories.

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    KINDERRT

    For the people who think we tanked for the loss you have not watched the previous games. We sucked all year and today was no different. IF we did TANK don’t you think the Colts tanked for Luck? I went to the game as I have done for more then 20+ years and I have no problem losing a meaningless game if it makes the team better for the next ten+ years. Being at the game it looked like the Saints were the ones tanking the game in the first half knowing they could beat us in the second half. The people that bet on games ( I did for many years ) It’s amazing how Vegas can call the spread so close on MANY games , have you ever thought the games were FIXED? If you think everything is on the up and up you are not living in the real world.

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      Dbuc63

      What profound logic and reasoning. You should be on the head of society for Mensa!

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    BucsnNoles

    Do you even proofread, bro?
    “Marcus Colston on a 36-yard interception that gave the Saints the lead.”

    His name is Marques Colston and he plays offense. I stopped reading the article here.

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    surferdudes

    I’m with Kinderrt, the Bucs did what they’ve done best all season, loose!! If this was the 8th game of the season we’d be saying how they were out coached in the second half, how bad McClown, and the line were, how the D bent to much then broke. You know, how they’ve played most of the season. But since it was the last game with the #1 pick on the line we tanked? Personally I think the tank job started when McClown replaced Glennon, because as Lovie said, wink, wink, he gave the Bucs the best chance to win. Although Lovie wanted to see young players get some playing time, Glennon wasn’t one of them. Three points last week, no more wins then Glennon, and you trot that 36 year old garbage out on the field for the last 8 weeks?

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    mjmoody

    Morality in sports. Very interesting topic guys. Since we’re splitting hairs, what about the Pats? They sat 6 starters yesterday and tanked a meaningless game to Buffalo–a division rival–just so they could enter the playoffs with a healthier team. How is that any different?

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      jongruden

      Mjmoody- excellent point, when teams have the seed locked up they always lay down

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    bigbuc

    #undeniablyworstcoachedteamnfl

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    dwilkes36

    I can’t believe anybody thinks we should have NOT tanked. Not only for the team to have their choice of QB’s (whether you think Jameis or Mariota is the right pick, do you really think Lovie would want a clown like Jameis as the face of his franchise?), but also after the first round, there are always a couple guys left on the board that nobody can believe slipped out of the 1st round. The team with the #1 pick in the second round is the one getting that trade action, not the #2 pick.

    Also, do you really think a win would have carried some kind of pride or momentum over into next season? So many times we’ve won meaningless games at the end of the season to cost ourselves draft position, and somehow that “momentum” never seems to be doing much for anybody in September (note our records in all past seasons in recent memory). Also, with the amount of roster turnover expected this offseason, even if there was some kind of positive carryover to next season, a lot of the people feeling that won’t even be around. Think back to previous seasons, do you remember any of the late season wins? Are those a source of pride for you, do you think they are for the players? Then take a look at past drafts, bump us up a few spots and see who we could have gotten instead…do you think we are better off with those wins you can’t remember, or would you have rather had picks a few spots higher?

    “Trying to win every game” (even when you are 2 – 13 and have nothing to play for) is of course the company line and I expect to hear it from all coaches and players. But it’s incredibly near sighted to be more focused on that than the long term success of your franchise. In this wasted garbage season, the fact that Lovie tanked this is one of the few things I’ve seen that actually gives me hope that he might know what he’s doing, and that maybe the game hasn’t passed him by.

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    EastEndBoy

    Lovie coached on Sunday…that’s all. A good coach does what’s best for the team and what was best for the team was to lose. He is not the first and won’t be the last. Would it have been a better coaching effort – better for the franchise – if he played his starters and blitzed Brees to death so that we won by 20 points…what would he have proved….we’d all be talking about how the Bucs best a Saints team that was laying down and the victory meant nothing (we’ve been there before too).

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    Bucmeister

    Although we have the first pick,here is an interesting scenario. What if MM decides not to declare for the draft in April but rather delays and declares for the supplemental draft ala Bernie Kosar? Can we then trade our April #1 for additional picks and use our supplemental #1 to draft our QB as I believe we would also be first in that draft.

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