SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL:
FAB 1. WINSTON’S HUMILITY, PERSONALITY, 3 RULES OF LIFE COMES FROM HIS DAD
The first annual Jameis Winston Pro Camps youth football camp came to Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. this week and it was hard to tell who had more fun – the hundreds of kids in attendance or Winston himself.
Tampa Bay’s second-year quarterback cheeks must have been hurting after the two-day camp ended from all of the smiling and laughing he did. Winston was there an hour early on both days, and threw touchdown passes, caught a few scoring strikes himself, taught kids how to play-action fake, and encouraged the masses with his trademark positivity.
I spent all six hours at the Jameis Winston Pro Camps camp watching Winston interact with my sons, Logan and Caden, and the hundreds of other young football players in attendance. If you doubt Winston’s sincerity when it comes to interacting with kids at civic-related events I have one word for you – don’t.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Slim/South Pasco Predators
This was no public relations stunt, as some skeptical no-nothings in the national media suspect it might be.
Winston doesn’t go to Bucs-related community events, or visit an Orlando hospital following the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse – as he did this week – or hold football camps to better his image, which was tarnished by an alleged rape accusation at Florida State and several other widely reported incidents during his three years as a Seminole.
Winston’s youth camp could be summed up into two things – his love for the game of football and his passion for kids.
Also in attendance as an assistant coach was Winston’s dad, Antonor, who happened to coach Logan, and spoke with me at the camp’s conclusion about his son’s humility and desire to help others.
He had a strong message for Jameis’ naysayers.
“What you see – it’s all the way genuine,” Winston said. “What I would like to say to those people – and this is what I live by, and what my family lives by – it’s easy to make assumptions when you don’t know a person and don’t fellowship with a person. All you have to do is look at the past history and go back to his high school days when pastors used to invite him to their pulpit to speak to their church. Not just to their youth – but to their church. He’s been doing it since Day 1. I don’t want to go back and being facetious about it, but he’s been doing this all the way back to middle school when he started doing camps for little kids. I just want to challenge people to do their research. Just like folks listen to the media and the lazy journalism and the people that don’t know him, I want them to do their own research and then make their decision about Jameis.
“The only reason you can tell he’s genuine is because you’ve gotten to know Jameis and fellowship with him. If you don’t know Jameis you might say he’s fake or this is a façade and that the P.R. people are having him say and do things to better his image. But let’s challenge that. He’s grown up on the three rules of life: God, school and anything he puts his mind to. He’s been raised that way since he was four years old. If you keep repeating those three things in a child’s mind that’s how they’re going to react. I’m not going to say they’re going to be perfect. I’m not saying they’re not going to make mistakes. But that’s how he was raised.”
Antonor Winston with Caden and Logan – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR
Antonor Winston imparted that wisdom not only into his son, but also into the team of elementary school kids, including Logan, he coached at the youth football camp. Spend a few minutes with Antonor Winston and it’s clear to see where Jameis not only gets his outgoing personality, but also his confidence.
“Growing up on the three rules of life is 50 percent of it, and God Himself is the other 50 percent that gave Jameis his confidence,” Antonor Winston said. “We’re confident people – you know that!”
Jameis Winston projected his confidence on to the kids at his camp with his opening statement and echoed those remarks at the camp’s close.
“We’re going to be confident,” Jameis Winston said. “We’re going to be confident in everything we do. And the reason we’re going to have confidence is because every one of you is special. We are all special. And everybody on this field has a teammate and the phrase I’m going to leave you with from this camp is ‘teamwork makes the dream work.’”
There’s a fine line between having confidence, which is a noble trait, and being cocky, which can be off-putting. Those that are around Jameis Winston and know him, see his genuine humility. Those in the national media that want to believe allegations and misconceptions about Winston don’t see or appreciate how humble he is despite his fame and adoration.
“Jameis has always had a humble spirit,” Antonor Winston said. “Jameis’ downfall has always been wanting to win so bad that it took over. When he loves his team, he loves hard. When he loves people, he loves hard. That is Jameis’ weakness. He goes overboard with his passion for winning. If you don’t know him, he can appear to be outlandish that way.
Antonor Winston – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR
“People really don’t know how humble he is because of the athletics. If they had to know what he’s had to endure growing up from middle school to high school. Before people judge or criticize, get to know him – not by lazy journalism or the media. Get to know him at his events, not just on Sundays (at Bucs games). Come on out and get to know him as a person. He’s not perfect. Everybody has their bad days, but I think the more people do that the more perceptions will change.”
Antonor Winston was dressed head to toe in Florida State attire on the first day of camp and then in Buccaneers gear the second day. If you’re wondering where Jameis’ personality and his confidence comes from look no further from his outspoken father, who is always grinning – just like his son.
Antonor Winston’s effervescent personality stood out as much as his son’s, and the bond between the two is incredibly strong. When Jameis was joined by Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, wide receiver Louis Murphy and left tackle Donovan Smith on the second day of his camp, they all took part in a 40-yard dash with the kids – and Winston’s unusually spry 45-year old father.
Jameis Winston, who has been chided for his slow 4.97 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine, poked fun at himself and ran his 40-yard dash with a stopwatch that he stopped prematurely before the finish line.
“Hey, look!” Jameis Winston shouted out for all to hear. “I just ran a 3.8!”
Like any proud father, Antonor Winston is quick to defend his son’s supposed lack of athleticism – despite the fact that he set a new Buccaneers record for most rushing touchdowns by quarterback in franchise history with six during his rookie season. Jameis Winston did trim down this offseason, but not to the extent that one might think.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Pat Donovan/620 WDAE
“He looks good, and I want to straighten up the perception on that,” Antonor Winston said. “He’s actually kept the same weight, he’s just lost the body fat and added muscle. I’ve known Jameis for a long time and when it comes to the 40-yard dash … uh, no (he’s not that fast). But you put him on the field and he has football speed. Don’t write that, though because that’s our secret weapon! (Laughs)”
In just three combined years of playing in the limelight at Florida State and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston has accomplished so much from winning the Heisman Trophy and a national championship as a record-setting redshirt freshman to helping the Seminoles post a record 26 consecutive wins as a sophomore to becoming just the third NFL rookie to throw for 4,000 yards, Rookie of the Year honors and earning a Pro Bowl berth. I asked Winston’s dad what on-field exploit impressed him the most.
“I really don’t have one,” Antonor Winston said. “And we’re talking about the national championship game. We’re talking about the Pittsburgh game (in 2013, in which Winston had a combined five TDs and completed 92.6 percent of his passes in his collegiate debut). I’ll tell you where my mind is. His best game was the Syracuse game when everything broke down and the stories came out. That was a phenomenal game. The Syracuse game was one of his best games in 2013, but I don’t get caught up in his best games.”
Antonor Winston marveled at his son’s ability to compartmentalize the distraction that the sexual assault allegations could bring and stay focused on the task at hand – beating Syracuse, 38-20. He did so while completing a machine-like, season-high 83.3 percent of his passes for 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Jameis’ career isn’t done yet,” Antonor Winston continued. “Once he gets three or four years into his (Bucs) career then I might be able to go game for game with you once he reaches his athletic potential. Then we can start judging games. We’ve watched too many films since he was a young boy for me to be judging games now. But the Syracuse game for him was all about handling adversity. Everything came out against him in the media and rose to the occasion because of God, school and anything you can put your mind to. As a dad, there’s no way he could do that without focusing on those three things. If you focus on God and your school, there’s nothing you can’t do. When he went out there and played like that, there was no doubt in my mind he believed in those things.”
As for the off-field exploit that stands out in Antonor Winston’s mind, he didn’t mention Jameis’ charity work, his community service or his hands-on participation in the first annual Jameis Winston ProCamps youth football camp. What impressed Winston’s dad was how quickly Jameis’ Buccaneers teammates accepted him.
“His teammates,” Winston said. “These are professionals – grown men – that had heard stuff about him that wasn’t true through the media and they had some doubts about him at first. Even Dirk Koetter said he had some doubts about him. The best part about it is that his team rallied around him and said, ‘We’re going to learn about you by ourselves (without the media).’
“I had several of his teammates reach out to me and said, ‘Pops, if he’s an asshole, we’re going to call him an asshole. If he’s not, he’s not. And he’s not.’ Most of the guys came in real early and shared fellowship with him and got to learn about him for themselves. I shed a tear for that. Gerald was one of the first guys. Donovan Smith and Jameis became good friends early on. Louis Murphy and his dad were phenomenal for Jameis, and so was Vincent Jackson.”
When Winston’s two-day football camp concluded it was clear that that it wasn’t the kids, the guest Buccaneers or even Winston himself that had the most fun. It was his father, Antonor Winston, who got the chance to coach, preach, inspire, dance, run, and be proud of his 22-year old son.
And the chance to set the record straight about Jameis, too.
FAB 2. THE BROTHERHOOD: JAMEIS, JONAH AND VINCENT
From a BB gun fight on campus, to stealing crab legs to a sexual assault allegation, Jameis Winston was almost known more for his off-field incidents than his on-field accomplishments at Florida State. But all of Winston’s off-field hi-jinx at Florida State came to a sudden end on September 14, which happened to be the day he was suspended for the Clemson game due to standing up on a table and yelling a profanity in the student union.
For all the handwringing by Buccaneers fans that sweated Tampa Bay drafting a person of supposed questionable character and wanting Marcus Mariota instead, Winston has been problem-free since the Clemson game. That includes his first year in Tampa Bay, too.
Before the Bucs drafted him, I wrote about Winston maturing last April in my SR’s Fab 5 column. Prior to the 2015 NFL Draft Winston discussed how missing the Clemson game changed his behavior.
Jameis Winston at Florida State – Photo by: Getty Images
“I changed after the Clemson game drastically because that’s the first time I’ve been told that I can’t play,” Winston said. “When you see your teammates on that battlefield, and you’re told, ‘No dog, you can’t play.’ That hurt me. I’m a fun-loving guy, but all that stuff is behind me. After that Clemson game, when you love the game so much and you have a passion for the game and you see your brothers out there and when they won that game … if they would have lost that game everybody would have been talking about ‘Jameis wasn’t playing.’
“I haven’t changed, but I’ve grown,” Winston said. “I’ve grown into the role of being a quarterback, and not just one of the guys. As a quarterback you have to carry yourself in a certain way. You can be one of the guys when the cameras aren’t around. One thing my dad always taught me was character is what you’re doing when no one is looking.”
Letting his Florida State brothers down is one thing, but there’s another side to that story that hits even closer to home. In being suspended for the Clemson game, Winston let his own brother down.
Family means everything to Winston and the bond between Jameis and Jonah, his elementary school-aged brother, is one of the most important things in his life. At the Jameis Winston ProCamps youth football camp this week I spoke with Antonor Winston, Jameis’ father, to discuss one of the most fateful phone calls Jameis ever made.
Jonah and Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
“Jonah – that’s really Jameis’ child because of the age difference,” Antonor Winston said. “Jonah’s a baby. He’s eight. Jameis is 22. I stayed on Jameis a lot, and he was always yearning for a big brother. Once Jonah came into the world he said, ‘I’m going to be a big brother!’ But he mostly turned into a dad. His relationship with Jonah is going to be a great bond forever because I think he sees a lot of him in Jonah.
“Missing the Clemson game and the phone call he made to Jonah about it really affected him. We were riding down on I-10 towards Tallahassee when we got the news that Jameis was going to miss two quarters. When we got down there I talked to them and that’s when they didn’t say he was going to be suspended for the whole game. We didn’t find that out until the next morning when we were at the hotel. He called Jonah on his mom’s cell phone. He didn’t call my cell phone – thank the Lord! He called my wife’s cell phone – I remember it as clear as yesterday – and he asked to speak to Jonah. He never calls us before game time, so I knew something was up. Maybe he called to tell Jonah he was suspended for those two quarters? Well he told Jonah he was suspended for the whole game – and I didn’t listen to it because it wasn’t on speakerphone – and my baby boy started crying. Just tears running down his face. I had to grab the phone and ask Jameis what was the matter. He said, ‘Dad, I can’t play the whole game.’ That’s when it hit him.”
Jameis Winston made his little brother Jonah – who absolutely adored him – cry. Jonah loved watching Jameis play, and Jameis’ actions let him down. Crushed him to the point of tears.
Never again would Jameis do something to shame his family and make his younger brother sad or embarrassed. Unless something unexpectedly crazy happens this summer, when the Buccaneers kick off the 2016 NFL season at Atlanta on September 11, it will be nearly two full years since Winston has had an off-field incident.
Photo courtesy of Antonor Winston
The bond between Jameis and Jonah runs deeper than any relationship Winston had with a Florida State Seminole or a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
“That’s his son,” Antonor Winston said.
As much as Jameis Winston loves football, God and family mean the most to him. So it came as no surprise that on Winston’s 21st birthday that he wasn’t in the bars or night clubs in Tallahassee, Fla. getting drunk and partying.
Instead, he drove to his house in Hueytown, Ala. on January 6, 2015 where he could seek the counsel of his parents and the Lord about whether to turn pro and enter the NFL Draft or return for another year of baseball and football at Florida State.
“That was a long drive home for him from Tallahassee,” Antonor Winston recalled. “It’s four and a half hours from my door to Jameis’ apartment. During the drive home I told him we’ll talk about his decision when he gets home. When he got home he immediately grabbed our hands and we started praying about it. It didn’t take long for him to say, ‘Let me make a grown man decision.’ Most people think we wanted him to turn pro, but we really wanted him to get that degree. We wanted Jaboo to get that degree. We hoped one day he could maybe play both sports, but we wanted him to get that degree. I will be a proud daddy when he gets his degree.
“We prayed about it and he made the decision. He made every decision on his own at school, and as a father that is raising a child, that’s what you enjoy. He made the decision to be a podiatrist. He went to school to study podiatry, and then he wanted to switch his major to be an engineer. I was like, ‘What a minute, I would stick to podiatry.’ But that was his decision. He wanted to switch to a higher major. Hey, anything you can put your mind to, right?’”
Winston’s father admits that some of his son’s decisions led to mistakes at Florida State, but lessons are to be learned when one leaves the nest.
“As a parent, I never talked to Jameis on growing up issues,” Antonor Winston said. “I talked to Jameis on disciplinary issues. A lot of people don’t know why Jameis didn’t go to the pros right out of high school. Well, Jameis is a kid. He’s a child at heart. I didn’t want my son on a bus with grown men. He wasn’t ready. I said, ‘Jameis, work hard and think about it. Are you mature enough to go play professional ball right now with grown men? He said, ‘No, dad.’
“So go to school and work on your maturity. If the Lord leads you to play pro ball, then so be it. We had to wait on the Lord and see what he had in store for him. Go to college where you are supposed to get all of this (immature) stuff out of you and then be a man. That didn’t work for us to get to school to be mature, unfortunately. We had to go another way to [become mature].”
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson – Photo by: Getty Images
Winston always wanted a big brother. Instead, he became one when Jonah came into his life.
As it turns out, Winston’s family has grown this offseason in a decidedly unexpected fashion. Winston’s father dropped a bombshell in my interview with him on Tuesday.
“We just found out we’re related to Vincent Jackson,” Antonor Winston said. “My wife’s brother married Vincent’s aunt. We just now found that out, so it’s been phenomenal. Jameis is throwing to family now, but they didn’t know that last year. We just found this out this offseason.
“Jameis always said Vincent was the older brother he’s never had. Vincent treats him like an older brother would, too. Since they found out that they’re family I think Vincent is going to adopt him! After he retires he’s going to do great things. Everybody knows Vincent is going to do great things. After Vincent leaves we’re going to adopt Louis (as Jameis’ older brother on the Bucs). Jameis has always wanted an older brother. Now he’s got one in Vincent.”
FAB 3. JAMEIS WINSTON FOOTBALL CAMP OBSERVATIONS
I spent two days at the Jameis Winston ProCamps youth football camp at Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. and have several observations I want to share with you. No, I didn’t do any practice reports on any Pop Warner all-stars in attendance.
Although my South Pasco Predators organization was well represented at the camp and placed three of the fastest kids in the 40-yard dash in Ryan Johnson, and Drew and Wade Woodaz; in addition to my son, Logan, winning player of the day for his team on Monday after he caught a touchdown pass from Winston on a deep flag route and tapped his toes in the end zone. Not bad for a big 11-year old defensive tackle.
Even Gerald McCoy was impressed. Speaking of McCoy, he’s grown even closer to Winston this offseason and any idea that he was ever jealous of the star quarterback is absolute rubbish. McCoy and Winston spent time at each other’s youth football camps during the Bucs’ vacation period and earlier this offseason they went to a UFC fight together with teammates.
Louis Murphy, Gerald McCoy and Donovan Smith – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR
When introducing McCoy to the campers prior to the start of practice on Tuesday, Winston called McCoy a five- or six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. McCoy corrected him and said he was a “four-time Pro Bowler.” Then Winston said McCoy would be embarking on his fifth Pro Bowl this year. These two high-profile Bucs are tight and becoming even tighter.
Winston saved the best introduction of the day for Donovan Smith.
“A future Pro Football Hall of Famer, my best friend and my blindside (protector), one of my greatest teammates of them all, Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith,” Winston said.
Smith and Winston have palled around together all offseason, which is a great sign. You want your left tackle and quarterback to have that mutual trust and responsibility to each other.
In last week’s SR’s Fab 5, I gave quite the props to second-year receiver Adam Humphries, who has been the starting slot receiver for Tampa Bay this offseason as Louis Murphy continues to rehab from his torn ACL, which happened on a 29-yard catch in a 31-30 loss at Washington. Well don’t count Murphy out.
“It was very unfortunate, but that’s in the past,” Murphy said. “All I can do is keep working. I trust the Bucs training staff and I know I’ll be ready for the season.”
Murphy is one of Winston’s close friends and favorite receivers, so when he’s back in action he’ll get every opportunity to make the team, especially after signing a three-year deal worth $4.6 million last year.
“We have to leave it in God’s hands and in the training staff’s hands,” Murphy said. “They haven’t said anything yet about a time table (for training camp). I’m just working every day and making steady progress. I know the offense and know the plays, I just have to get the knee right, get healthy and get ready for this upcoming season. It’s going to be a long season. I’ll be ready to go Week 1.”
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Murphy loves the fact that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was promoted to head coach to replace Lovie Smith, and believes the relationship between Koetter and Winston will take Tampa Bay to new heights.
“We have a new head coach, but we still have continuity because Dirk was here last year,” Murphy said. “If you look at the great teams with Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady – they all had the same offense and the same offensive coordinator for years. You’re not learning a new playbook each year. That just comes with time and building chemistry every year. A lot of the great quarterbacks have the same system and the same O.C. for 10 or 12 years.
“It’s scary. It’s scary to think of how good Jameis Winston can really be with Dirk. He’s a great coach and he has a great philosophy. He’s a player’s coach. He has all the support from his players and a lot of guys look up to Dirk.”
Murphy wasn’t the only NFL wide receiver helping Winston out. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess, who befriended Winston during the pre-draft process last year, was in town for both days of Winston’s camp.
“It’s good because Jameis and I – we’re the same person, he’s just more outgoing,” Funchess said. “We both love helping kids out. I’m just out here supporting him and making sure everything is good with his camp.”
Winston will return the favor next month at Funchess’ youth football camp in Michigan, and had a great time working with the 300 elementary school-aged and middle school-aged kids in attendance in Pasco County.
“Ever since I had my little brother, I looked at the way my dad raised me and I always looked at it like, “Man, I want to have a big brother,’” he said. “Any type of big brother influence I can put on any kid – any type of effect I can have (is good).
“Every one of those kids out there is like my little brother. I’m just trying to have as much fun as possible and trying to engage with them.”
As expected, Murphy sat out the 40-yard dash at Winston’s camp and didn’t participate because he hasn’t been cleared to run yet. But when Funchess, Winston, McCoy and Smith all decided to run several 40-yard dashes with the campers, all I could think about was how awful it would be if one of these guys tore a quad or ripped a hamstring during the impromptu sprints.
Thankfully, no Buccaneers were hurt at Winston’s camp, and a great time was had by all.
FAB 4. PARENTS, LET YOUR KIDS PLAY FOOTBALL
I hope all of the dads and grandfathers that visit PewterReport.com and read my SR’s Fab 5 column had a great Father’s Day last Sunday. In keeping with the Father’s Day spirit I wanted to share something that is near and dear to my heart with you.
As many of the long-time readers of my SR’s Fab 5 column know, I have coached my son, Logan, in Pop Warner football for the past five years. He’s a defensive tackle and I’ve been his defensive line coach (and sometimes defensive coordinator) since he started playing when he was five years old.
If you think I’m crazy for letting him start playing tackle football when he was five years old, you’re wrong. It was the best decision I could have made as it has brought us closer together as a family and it’s a way for me to give back to the community and share my knowledge and passion about the game of football from my 22 years of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the kids love it when I bring a Buccaneer or two out to practice each year as I’ve done since I started coaching years ago.
Logan Reynolds (37) makes a tackle for the South Pasco Predators
Because of my profession, Logan has watched football with me since he was a toddler. When he was four years old he begged me to sign him up to play tackle football. I told him he had to wait until he was five, but there was a problem with that.
During Logan’s fifth birthday party he came up to me and told me he was ready to play. I said, “Ready to play what?”
“Football!” he replied.
The only problem is that his birthday is in February. When I told Logan he would have to wait seven more months until the Pop Warner season started in August he broke down in tears.
He was ready to suit up in February! As a result I made my kid cry at his birthday party, which we laugh about to this day.
Since he’s been playing we’ve had a lot of great memories and he’s benefited from the teamwork, work ethic, physical toughness and perseverance the sport of football demands from its players. Logan is not the most gifted athlete, nor is he the best player. He just loves playing football.
I call the five-year old tackle football players “Bobbleheads” because their helmets are bigger than their bodies. The beauty of kids playing football at such a young age in the Tiny Mite division (ages 5-7) is that there is such little force generated at that age that concussions or serious injuries are incredibly rare.
Logan and Coach Scott
Most injuries occur later as kids get older, and concussion fears have caused a noticeable dip in enrollment among younger players, which is a shame. From my observation, the safest ages for kids to play tackle football are from 5-7.
I’ve always told my son the first time he gets a concussion or serious injury he’s likely done playing. I have seen very few concussions over the years, and thankfully that hasn’t happened yet to Logan.
What I have seen is parents make the mistake and wait until their kids are older, such as nine or 10, to sign them up for Pop Warner or other youth football leagues. Football will make your kids tougher. There’s no doubt about it.
Some kids are naturally tough or aggressive and they transition just fine. Yet other kids aren’t as tough and it’s a much rougher transition going up against kids that have been hitting, tackling and learning how to take a hit with a four- or five-year head start.
I sympathize with those kids and know how to coach them up and get them caught up to the other kids with remedial tackling drills because I was the only kid on my freshman football team in high school that didn’t play organized tackle football. My freshman year was a rude awakening and I was barely a competent player. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I had fun as a confident player. Then I hurt my knee and my football career was over after just two years.
Knowing all the fun I’ve had coaching kids and the fun my son has had playing football (and winning a lot of games, I might add), I wish I could have convinced my parents to let me play Pop Warner football when I was young. At his first annual youth football camp I asked Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston what his message would be to parents that are considering letting their kids play tackle football.
Logan Reynolds and the South Pasco Predators
“My message would be to let your kids have fun,” Winston said. “When you are playing [and having fun], and you’re in the right organization, and their safety is a concern … but when you are having fun you are not going to care [about getting hurt]. You are not going to really get hurt. It just depends on what organization it is because I played football at a very young age. I started playing football at four years old. Just being out there, staying active and having fun. At a young age, your main purpose is to go out there, win with your teammates and get a trophy at the end of the year. I truly recommend that because these kids will learn a lot from youth football.”
It’s been my experience that the safety training has gotten better and better each year, as has the protective equipment. The South Pasco Predators organization is getting new, top-notch Riddell helmets this year, and football is a lot safer than I when I played back in the 1980s.
In doing some research about the concussion risk I found results all over the board, so I’ll let you do your own research. Because football is a collision sport, it is higher than most sports with lacrosse a close second. But there are also concussions in soccer and basketball due to the fact that kids don’t have helmets or padding outside of shin guards in soccer.
Caden, Logan and Coach Scott
If you are considering letting your kid play tackle football, do your research. Find the best local organization in your neighborhood, whether it’s a team from Pop Warner, TBYFL (Tampa Bay Youth Football League) or PAL (Police Athletic League). Good coaches and good organizations make all the difference. Good coaches care just as much about player safety as they do winning games. I know that is the mantra in the SPP organization I coach in.
The Predators teams I’ve helped to coach have made the playoffs the last four years and most of the South Pasco teams do. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the last Pop Warner FYD league championship team three years ago, and my daughters’ cheer teams both went to Nationals last year and placed sixth and eighth in the nation, respectively.
If you live in the Land O’ Lakes, Odessa, Trinity, Lutz, Wesley Chapel area, I recommend the South Pasco Predators organization. All teams – Tiny Mite (5-7), Mighty Mite (7-9), Junior Pee Wee (9-11), Pee Wee (10-12) and Junior Varsity (12 and up) are still enrolling football players. If you are interested in signing up or want more information on the SPP football and cheerleading programs, please e-mail [email protected]
FAB 5. SR’s BUCS SHOTS
• Mark Cook’s PewterReport.com story about former Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen getting upset at an ESPN article, which suggests that four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy didn’t work hard over the last two years in the Lovie Smith regime is getting a lot of traction. After texting and speaking with Cook, Cullen was so infuriated that he called me and provided me with some additional quotes.
Ex-Bucs DL Coach Joe Cullen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“In my time with Gerald McCoy, as great a player as he is – and I consider him to be the best defensive tackle in the National Football League – he’s as hard a worker and the true epitome of a pro that you would want,” Cullen said. “He’s the hardest working player I’ve ever been around and his preparation never ends when it comes to getting ready for an opponent. You see some guys sign a big contract and things change, but his work ethic never did. In fact, his work ethic went even higher in my opinion – and not that it could go much higher to begin with.
“Scheme-wise, he loved the scheme. It was the same scheme Warren Sapp played in and Gerald could attack. He had back-to-back years of 8.5 sacks, which I think is second in the NFL (among defensive tackles) in that span. Sometimes people put things out there to motivate a guy, but I don’t know. If you’re an Atlanta columnist, what kind of source are you going to have within the Bucs in my opinion? You know what I’m saying? Say a guy isn’t a great player or whatever, but question a guy’s work ethic? C’mon!”
How furious was Cullen over the ESPN report? He took time out of celebrating his three-year wedding anniversary with his wife to reach out to PewterReport.com twice to blast the report.
I’ve covered McCoy since he came into the league in 2010 and he is easily the hardest-working defensive lineman in Tampa Bay. I’ve seen him at practice in OTAs, mini-camps, training camp and during the season, and what Atlanta-based writer Vaughn McClure said doesn’t jive with what I’ve seen or what Cullen said.
I remember the NFL lockout during the spring of 2011 when McCoy helped organize an offseason mini-camp with the Buccaneers at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. In his second-year with the Bucs, McCoy served as a willing participant and as the team’s defensive line coach. Like Cullen said, criticize the guy in any area you like, but don’t question McCoy’s work ethic.
I’ve used unnamed sources before and understand the need to do so, so I’m not going to necessarily knock McClure, but the danger of doing that is opening up yourself for criticism when even better sources – like Cullen in this case – are willing to go on the record to refute what you report.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston & RB Doug Martin – Photo by: Getty Images
• Not quite sure who ESPN is hiring these days in the NFC South, but I certainly miss Pat Yasinskas’ coverage of the division. In the same roundtable article, which asks if the Bucs made a mistake by firing Lovie Smith, David Newton, the Carolina reporter, said letting Smith go was a mistake and had this to say: “That the Bucs haven’t shown a lot of progress defensively the past two seasons is somewhat concerning. But the offense has been dreadful, which makes being sound defensively hard because players are on the field too long.”
An observant reporter could say that about the 2014 Buccaneers, but how could an objective, informed journalist suggest that was the case about Tampa Bay’s offense in 2015? The Bucs had the fifth-ranked offense in terms of yards, eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark for a season for the first time in franchise history, had the league’s second-leading rusher in Doug Martin, the Pepsi Rookie of the Year in Jameis Winston, who became just the third rookie QB to throw for over 4,000 yards in NFL history and a 1,200-yard receiver in Mike Evans. Tampa Bay wound up placing three players – Martin, Winston and left guard Logan Mankins – in the Pro Bowl, too. Go figure.
• Tampa Bay wide receiver Louis Murphy said the best is yet to come for the Bucs offense now that Dirk Koetter has been promoted to the role of head coach this year.
“We had the league’s second-leading rusher and a 4,000-yard passer as a rookie quarterback last year, but we’re just getting started,” Murphy said. “It’s a player’s dream. The way Dirk calls plays, any receiver, running back or quarterback would love to play for him. Look at what he did in Atlanta with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez. They had so many weapons and they all got the ball. We know we’re going to be great. We just have to prove it to everybody else.”
• If you think Jameis Winston is a special player, look out for his eight-year old brother, Jonah, according to Winston’s father, Antonor.
“My other son, Jonah, doesn’t understand the game the way Jameis does,” Winston said. “But he’s a better athlete than Jameis. This is Jameis’ first time where he’s able to be an athlete. If you go back and look at all the awards – he’s always been in two sports his whole life. And there has been a lot of travel ball (with baseball), so he never got a chance to be a great athlete. I’m looking forward to see how good he can really be. I already knew he was humble. I already knew he was smart. I already knew he was a good teammate, but I never knew how good he was. Now we’ll see.”
• I touched on a lot of topics in my conversation with Antonor Winston this week, and Jameis’ father set the record straight on a couple of issues, and one area we ventured into was Winston getting suspended for the Clemson game and getting criticized by some in the media for wearing his Florida State uniform during pre-game warm-ups.
“You know the extent of it – people said he walked on to the field with his uniform on,” Winston said. “But it was a whole administrative problem because they made the decision to suspend him that day (the day of the game). The (equipment) staff wasn’t notified to take away his uniform. That’s why I was upset with the media because they didn’t tell the truth about that.”
Antonor Winston said his son wasn’t trying to pull a fast one and attempt to suit up and play simply by wearing the uniform.
“He just wanted to be a teammate – that’s it,” Antonor Winston said. “He didn’t know. He had never been suspended (at Florida State). He was suspended once in high school and that’s what he did – he was in full uniform and he stood on the sidelines and cheered on his teammates. That’s all he wanted to do – be a good teammate.”
• Be sure to sound off on this week’s edition of SR’s Fab 5 and leave your comments below. We’re starting a weekly column to continue the popularity of SR’s Fab 5 with the new SR’s Fab 5 Reaction every Tuesday. Each week I’ll select a handful of comments to react to and offer up some additional insight, opinion and commentary on the Buccaneers. Be sure to check it out. Here is a link to last week’s SR’s Fab 5 Reaction 6-21.
• And finally, cheers to Great Britain for its decision to seek independence from the European Union. Voters exercised their democratic right to vote and it was a big defeat for globalism and a big win for nationalism. As an American from a sovereign nation, I’m all about sovereignty and I respect the fact that the majority want the United Kingdom to be sovereign, too.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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: [email protected]
Probably the best Fab 5 column you’ve ever written, Scott. Shedding such an illuminating light on what Jameis is really like was refreshing to read. The only thing I could’ve done without was your political statement at the end.
I thought this was a football board, and a big part of the UK leaving the EU, was directly due to unfettered bigotry. Please keep your political views to yourself, as I will mine.
@johnnybuc1: I agree with your comment on the UK/EU… SR should keep his right wing BS to himself. I also think this Fab5 was mostly fluff, too much godstuff and nothing really about actual football. Waste of time.
Agree with all of this. How was this a great Fab 5? I mean, what did we expect a player’s dad to say about him? 3 out of 5 topics were about some combination of Jameis Winston’s family’s thoughts on him and some useless ramblings about his football camp that all essentially come down to Jameis being fun and liking kids. Then another portion was all of Scott’s personal feelings on the issue of football for children, something I truly could not care less about.
I’m not going to get into Brexit here. Neither should Scott, or anyone. This is a Bucs website. If I wanted to discuss the economy or political issues, I would do that with people who had educated, informed, thoughtful opinions on those topics.
As someone who works directly within global markets in my job, I don’t want to get into such things here. This is a sports news outlet. I think it should be treated as such.
I agree johnnybuc1; Excellent Fab5, but UK comment is misplaced, and as Horse mentions below, shows a superficial analysis of the situation.
@johnnybuc1: I concur with your comment on the Brexit. As a Londoner from the EastEnd, I suggest Scott was way off the mark on this one….better to stick to the Bucs.
A real feel good Fab 5 Scott. Since you put politics into the Fab 5 I will respond to your EU comment. This is not good for Europe nor the USA. Watch the market in the next several months and then tell me how good the choice was made by people who don’t understand financing.
I understand many mechanics in financing, even have an MBA. What strikes me is your true IGNORANCE. Market does not equal financing HORSE. As Thomas Grey famously said: “Ignorance is bliss”
Fab 5 had a nice spiritual component to it. Have a great weekend posters.
Dbuc63, you saying what you just wrote says a lot about your successes. You are playing on a word and that is really silly to call someone ignorant. Maybe we should check out each others net worth and see how successful we have been in the real world of financing? Sorry if I offended you.
Really, now you’re being silly. How do you propose we do that? Are you going to divulge all your financial records to me and I you? It simply was ignorant what you posted. Implying net worth equals success?? I’m very comfortable and perhaps you are as well. If so, good for you I’m sure you deserve it by making the right choices as have I. Still, your entire post lacks substance and credibility. No offense taken and I hope you are not offended what I stated; which is true.
Oh I am much much more comfortable than you will ever be. My made a fortune in the real estate world and in overseas investing in foreign countries that do business with the USA. Best we both just ignore each other in the future. I already have you pegged as a nobody.
Dbuc63, I also have an MBA- in international finance and economics, and spent 13 years as an international banker. I don’t see how the Brexit is good for the Europe or Britain. Now it looks like Great Britain may fall apart as the Scots and Irish (Northern) may leave.
76Buc, My point really wasn’t about education status, more that I am involved in global market activity everyday and very well educated. My point really was countering a blown out of proportion analysis HORSE gave. He’s so ingrained in his ideology that any criticism pisses him off. I find it sad that most people, like him, regardless what you believe resort to such reactions and act like children.
I agree with Horse and 76Buc. The xenophobic reaction of the elderly voters in GB have crushed the value of their pound and it will have long lasting effects on their country. This will not end well for GB. Its on par with Texas seceding from the US because too many people from other states are taking Texas jobs. In that scenario Texas would have a top ten GDP of all nations, but would quickly devolve as it lost support from the federal gov’t and surrounding states. GB is very short sighted to have allowed this and there will be long term problems in currency values and jobs in GB, although I am confident the global markets will recover since they ALWAYS do.
I’m going to agree with Johnnybuc, as a very long time reader, I can’t remember a column that I’ve enjoyed more. Thanks Scott.
Hey Scott, Nice Fab 5. 1 through 4 are nice little pieces. Glad everyone is playing nice.
Now to the meat. In your Bucs shot you referenced that POS article about McCoy. I’m an old geezer so I’ll revert to an old story about Kareem Abdul Jabbar. For years they pundits ragged on him for not hussling and being lazy. What did he do about it? He set all the NBA scoring records and became one of top five basketball players of all time. These are big men we are discussing here, just because McCoy is not flying around like Lavonte David the impression is they not exerting maximum effort. What a crock of doodoo.
McCoy gets moving awfully fast and very quick for someone who weighs over 300 pounds. I just love it when some writer sitting on his kiester decides to rag on someone who he really hasn’t covered except for a few games he watched covering the Falcons. I hope McCoy remembers this and smacks Matty Ice on his butt. Just another thought, any football player who doesn’t raise hell when called “Matty” deserves a smack down. Don’t like the Falcons either.
All in all a good Fab 5. But, I have to agree with Johnnybuc, I think that politics should not be discussed here. I come here to forget about the crap that is going on in the world. GO BUCS
This article was a load of fluff and godstuff, plus a dose of your right wing nonsense at the end. Zero actual football content… Fab5 used to be worth reading every week. These days, it’s maybe 50/50.
I suggest you stop reading PR and use sites where you will get the ungodly stuff you desire.
The lack of substantive Bucs content in this one bothers me, too. I’m happy to have one non-football player-related interest piece in a Fab 5. This one has 4 of those, plus entirely unsolicited and, at least for me, totally unwanted political commentary. Fluff is a great word for the vast majority of this one.
^ politically correct sheriff alert^
Damn good fab five. This is some really good insight into Jameis even for those of us who have been watching him since his freshman year. In college football, players only get one type of publicity off of the field, and that’s bad publicity. There are tons of college athletes that do great work in the community that never get the recognition on a national scale.
Jameis endears his younger brother, that has always been apparent to me, and can be nothing but helpful to keep Jameis in the right mindset all the time.
That’s pretty wild that VJ and Jameis are family. Haha, might have to pick VJ up in fantasy as a #2 receiver this year.]
Jameis’ ability to take his off of the file dstuff and put it aside was always incredible to me. When things were at their worst, he would always play his best. His first game against Pitt blew me away. I’ will never see a better performance in my lifetime. I knew right then and there, he was something special.
But you add om top of that as his father said now, he’s a football athlete, and his leadership, we are in for a great ride Bucs fans.
I don’t talk politics, as nothing can divide fellow fans quicker, so I’ll leave that one alone.
Really good fab five especially considering there isn’t any real football to talk about right now.
Hey Scott, ya know who else was a nationalist? Hitler. And your buddy Drumpf. Not a coincidence.
Easy does it salish, I like Scott,AS most PR readers do, even if he chose the wrong forum for this statement. Hitler? Cmon man.
Well, it’s not a stretch to call Drumpf a fascist or even a Nazi. We know he’s an admirer of Hitler… This nationalism stuff has some really nasty, dangerous themes.
And it’s also not a stretch to call Obama a Marxist. Point is, political views are all subjective, and if you don’t want scott mentioning it, then why do you keep belittling the point? We get it.
Totally agree cgmaster, which is why I only discuss politics with family and very close friends. I’ve lost more than a few friends over the years when we discovered where our politics lay. Which is why I was extremely surprised to see Scott post such propaganda on here. I recognize this is his site and all, but there’s no place for politics here. As was said by someone earlier here, there’s no quicker way to divide Buccaneer fans. Let’s keep this place to FOOTBALL!! Okay SCOTT?
Trump literally had his constituents raising their right hand toward him in a sign of loyalty to him during his early rallies. That imagery is IDENTICAL to Nazi Germany in the height of its xenophobic nationialistic facist rise.
Overt nationalism is damaging to trade and trust between nations. It DOES harbor resentment and negative feelings between peoples’ of different states, which creates environments ripe for global conflict. This really isn’t debatable. It IS a necessary result of such a mindset.
The comparison to Hitler is dumb. A more accurate comparison would be the general outlook of the strongest nations of the world in the lead-up to WW2, and that’s a fair fear. As irrational fear seems to continue to take a stronger and stronger hold here in the States, and Britain withdraws from the EU largely based on a similar paranoia, it is fair to worry about the short and intermediate future of quality relations between nations. This is going to sound super cheesy and like I’m joking, but I’m really not:
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
It’s obviously a quote from a fairly ridiculous character in a science fiction movie, but it’s so powerful within the context of the film specifically because it is so true in the real world, too. Beyond the obvious economic havoc wreaked by Brexit, what it says about the direction of international relations really worries me. Fear is taking hold, and it’s officially driving things at times now. That’s a bad thing.
That’s all I’ll say on this subject. within BN. Again, as I’ve already said, this is NOT the place for this. I couldn’t resist replying, but what I’ve said is as far as I’ll go on this subject here.
I agree strongly with the others. Keep your political opinions, and religious ones for that matter, to yourself.
The issue you raise is a complicated one that few of us have likely invested the time to understand the consequences of fully. Cheering on nationalism when we have a fascist one vote away from the White House because of an uneducated, economically illiterate electorate that doesn’t take any responsibility for their own actions isn’t doing the country any favors. You should recant your statement.
I mean the Hippocracy from one sentence to the next. Your first sentence can have some credibility but then you “have to” give your own political views. What’s amusing is you clearly defined yourself with your canting moralist views.
I thought the same thing Dbuc63. It seems political and religious views are Ok to present only if they are aligned with our own. This is not the forum.
So true. GO BUCS!
Don’t listen to Matador- I’m tired of this politically correct world we live in today you can’t mention the word “God’ without someone having a fit, give me a break and get a life.
Now on to the article I also put my son in tackle football at the 7 and has played tackle football for the next 7 yrs till he went to high school where he is now on JV at the age of 15 and let me tell you a simple fact the kids that have more experience playing tackle football at a younger age have a huge advantage learning the fundamentals of playing the game. At first you just learn how to tackle, catch, block, throw etc that takes at least 4 yrs to learn its not only a physical aspect of the game you learn but the mental as well, as the yrs pass you learn how to read the alignments, formations and coverage’s and learn to pick up little tendencies of opposing players that will tip you off what’s going to happen. I can tell you the kids that came into freshman football at my sons school you can literally point out kids who had little to no experience playing and the ones that played for yrs and so did the coaches as the experienced kids played and the other ones didn’t and usually quit. I recommend to anyone who has sons to put them into tackle at an early age to learn the fundamentals and to progress and get better over the yrs cause if you go to a decent football program your son will be competing with kids who not only played their whole life but attended football camps too. As far as Jamies I have been a fan all yr I love his passion and desire for the game its why I wear his jersey.
Yeah, please listen to Matador. He makes good points. So I’m going to have a “fit”. 30% of Americans do not believe in God, fact. But I do not see that faction spouting off continually to forward their agenda. After last weekend I have lost most of my tolerance for any religion, period. Radical Islam, nutbags. Southern Baptists,Looney tunes, Tea Party, a bunch of frightened children. Donald Drumph , a reactionary idiot. This will be an election year that defines the USA.
While I’m on it , Jesus’s teachings are full of compassion and mercy for all people who are poor, disabled or incapable of looking after themselves. But the stand that the Right has taken is anything but.
Instead they would like to just let fend for themselves and wash their hands of it.
Great Briton just made a huge mistake that fear driven and rascist to the extreme.
So go ahead and vote for the orangatang and build that wall. How’s that for a fit? I hoper Stocker makes the team also.
Calm down dude, there are more serious issues at hand than Winstons dad talking about his faith etc jeeze this is the kind of crap that I have to hear about now bring back the 80’s please sigh
” I’m calmer than you. ” – Walter Socheck
” That’s like your opinion man. ” – The Dude
Before I went off I read the words:
God – repeatedly
So, calming down is problem.
I want this kind of rhetoric I’ll tune in to Fox news.
Wow!I agree jongruden. While I don’t believe sports sites are a place for religious dogma, all SR did was report about our star QB’s father mentioning that one of the 3 guiding principles of his son’s life was God. That’s reporting. So what? Why would that make people go “nuts”? It was not a religious article nor was it SR making an overt religious statement. He was just reporting on one of the 3 core beliefs of our star qb.
@76Buc, if this was one instance of this in a vacuum, I could agree with you in theory. That said, one of these comes up every so often, and some of them have been more overtly supportive of the Christian faith of a player than this one, particularly the one about McCoy and his that happened a while ago.
If it REALLY IS just reporting on a player’s personal motivations etc., then I challenge PR to seek out prominent Bucs players who are overt atheists and want to talk about how that’s factored into their development as players, or a Muslim or Jewish player who wants to go on about how the teachings of his faith have led him to treat people a certain way.
I don’t know if there are any such players on our team. Maybe the opportunity isn’t even really there. That seems unlikely, but it’s possible. But even then, Scott’s personal beliefs DO show through in the way he reports these things. Tone plays a big part in writing. At this point, it is very clear that Scott seeks out vocal Christian players on the team to be able to write about their faith etc.
If he wouldn’t provide the same platform to players of different faiths, or of players specifically with no faith at all (and I’ve got a strong, strong hunch that he wouldn’t), then this is problematic to me on a sports website, just like the attempts at political commentary.
God and jesus I love you both I bet that just ruined some people’s day ha GOOD, I hope they toss and turn at night with their lives so turned upside down now. God bless
You completely don’t get the point. You sound like an idiot.
You don’t get the point of who cares and get bent over something more trivial, Jamies dad mentioned faith and Scott reported it get a life its not a big deal, god bless
I thought the Brexit comment was out of place to, but it’s Scott’s column so he can put what he wants into it.
TooFamiliar17, I think you implied that Reynolds isn’t educated and informed enough to offer an opinion about Brexit and I was wondering what you based that opinion on.
As for your other post that dealt with fear I found that highly enlightening.
As for me, I have mixed feelings about the event except for my investments just went ouch although I know they will recover.
of course I knew it wouldn’t be long until the name calling started about President Obama.
I have to laugh hilariously when someone calls him a Marxist because he makes deisions that favor the common man because Congress can’t seem to get anything accomplished because both sides are involed in stagnant trench warfare.
When you can’t pass substantive gun legislation that won’t allow people on no fly terrorist lists from purchasing a an Assault rifle, then you have a real problem with your thought process.
Great pic of you and your kids Scott. You sound like a great dad and I hope the best for you and your son even if we probably aren’t on the same side of the political fence.
Great to see your son outdoors instead of sitting inside playing Grand Theft Auto for 10 hours a day.
Make sure he gets a good education, too.
Last year 57 percent of the people attending college in this country were females.
We are indeed headed for a matriarchal society.
Hold onto your crotches you guys if you don’t change that with your sons.
I’ve disagreed with drdneast before, I take it all back.
RIGHT F***IN’ ON.
Why would laugh when someone calls Obama a Marxist? He’s the poster boy for it. Anit- capitalism and redistribution of wealth are the very heart of that belief. As for his decisions helping the common man, ;let me know when that happens. I work my ass off for my measly 24,000 a year and he’s done nothing for me but raise my taxes and fine me when I don’t get his ridiculous insurance.
You say the common man, I think you mean the broke and unemployed, because those are the only people I’ve seen him help.
What absolutely blows my mind is the american people fell for him for two terms.
Damn it , I said I wasn’t going to get political in here. Sorry Drd, something about you brings up the debate in me. Haha
Fair point, I certainly did imply that, even if I meant it a bit differently than it reads in my comment (see below). I don’t know Scott well enough, obviously, to be able to comment 100% accurately on his knowledge level. That’s true.
I work in the financial sector. I have spent my life studying economics, personal finance, market trends and what causes them, etc. etc. The people I work with have all done the same. I do work with a couple of professors of economics at a couple of different universities as well. When I am seeking economic perspectives, I seek out readings from various finance-heavy publications, i.e. the WSJ.
Whatever limited reading Scott has done to come to his opinion, I feel pretty confident in my assumption that his opinions on this subject are substantially less educated and thought out than the opinions those people and myself have on this subject. That’s all I meant. I’m sure Scott has done a fair amount to try to best understand Brexit and all its implications, but the reality is that he will never be as informed on the subject as people that literally make careers out of understanding such things.
Well this is just lovely. May as well add to the fire while I’m here. 😉
I’ve decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, for my personal safety. Trump supporters don’t have any bad feelings about patriotic Americans such as myself, so I’ll be safe from that crowd. But Clinton supporters have convinced me – and here I am being 100% serious – that my safety is at risk if I am seen as supportive of Trump. So I’m taking the safe way out and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
Oh and Scott, you may want to make the same endorsement, just for good measure.
You should probably get permission from Scott Adams before plagiarizing his political commentary.
I did like the Fab 5 as I knew nothing about Senior Winston. I also love to read and here good positive stories about our Buc players. Scott, I think it’s great that you have a great relationship with your kids and I liked how you blended it all into the Fab 5. Go Bucs!
I get up early every Saturday morning to have my two cups of coffee, read the latest Fab 5, take my morning &%*# then head off to the grocery store with my football fix for the day. As John Bullucci from Saturday Night Live used to say, “But…noooooooooooo”. First I read a nice insightful article, or five, about our QB’s upbringing and youth football. Then I see that there are a whopping 40 comments and wondered, “What the Buc?” And then I read all the way down to Scott’s line about Great Britain’s recent decision and realize that my fellow posters would go on a rampage regurgitating their political views in my lap. It made me wonder if these same folks, intent on trying to convince me that I somehow should apologize for making my own way in the world, go on politically related sites and try to persuade those “haves” in Denver, Carolina, New England, Arizona, Seattle and Pittsburgh to become Bucs fans.
Great looking kids Scott. That little stocky guy might be named after Logan Mankins, but he resembles Ali Marpett.
Looking forward to next weeks Fab 5 Reaction
Great post scubog. However, it makes too much sense. Also, you said “I get up early every Saturday morning to have my two cups of coffee, read the latest Fab 5, take my morning &%*# …” Do you that at the same time? I’ve never been able to get the timing down!
Not since Pewter Report went computerized. Back then the old Buc Magazine had many uses.
Nobody came to this Fab 5 intending to discuss economics or politics. He opened the door, which is something I have a problem with. But once you open that door, discussion will follow. That’s on PR.
Yeah keep it to football. So as Jameis’s career winds down, maybe we can draft his brother Jonah! We all know the national media doesn’t really know what Jameis, and the Bucs are about, but ESPN seems to hate. When it’s all said, and done, I’m betting Winston goes down as one of the greats on, and off the field. Time to prove it.
Anyone ever notice that sports bring people together (integration), while religion and politics simply divide and separate? An awful lot of reaction for a piece of “fluff”. I already liked Jameis, detested all religions, and viewed nationalism as self preservation. Nothing in this Fab 5 did anything to change that. Enjoyable read. Thank you for your efforts.
I was a player and now a coach. You always have to have to put something higher than the game itself. Something that is greater than the sport itself. You can starve yourself on X’s and O’s. The sport is just a game. People are the most important. Teammates, foes, family, fans, coaches, owners, etc. Any and all can raise your level to play the sport/game.
The article was great because it lets us see and hear what is in Jameis’ life to motivate him more than just the sport/game.
Scott, I would challenge you to share one player’s or coaches’ motivation every week in your Fab 5. Call it “Extra Mo” or something. A great example is the many articles about VJax and the military. I think we as fans will eat it up.
I’m sure we have anti military, anti establishment types posting here, who would not appreciate a military piece.
Ever notice how the leftist space cadets are the ones who are emotionally reactionary and squeal like little girls whenever someone shares an opinion that differs from theirs? It’s not a coincidence that you don’t see conservative Christian nationalists acting like a bunch of whiny, safe-space, bathroom-confused, gender-bending weirdos who are so needy I wonder if I should give them a maxipad gift card. We are the silent, moral, emotionally stable, self-secure majority. Always have been. Always will be. Way to stay true to yourself and your beliefs, Scott. You have many more supporters than detractors, despite the loud attention-seeking nature of those dimbulbs.
If anybody was wondering where’s macabee? I brought a knife, gunfight broke out, went back home. Simple as that. lol.
Was interesting to note when the most vocal was moving furniture around up in heh, Scott and his trusted sidekick Mark, like me, stayed under the porch!
Tuesday’s SR’s Fab5 Reaction 6-28 should make for good reading.
FWIW, I enjoyed the FAB5 and the political banter too. Only in America! No big deal folks, they do this every day over at JoeBucsFan. lol.
Always appreciated your voice of reason, as well as your sense of humor. You’re the guy in the old westerns who, when a bar fight broke out, just picked up his beer and maneuvered it so it didn’t get knocked over, lol.
Good one Macabee; always enjoy your posts. I got too sensitive about the politics and have to laugh it off in the future. Thanks for reminding me that this is about football and ignore the rest.
That person in the bar was James Garner, FlboyInDallas.
A very great underrated actor because he made the craft look so easy.
Watch his speech about nationalism to Julie Andrews in the “Americanization of Emily” in the first 30 minutes of the film. What a piece of work.
Actually I enjoy reading all the rants, raving and misinformation of facts out here when it comes to a political every once and awhile.
Gets the blood flowing.
I actually have friends on both sides of the political fence and of course although most people think I’m a flaming liberal, I like to think of myself as a moderate.
I believe law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms but if you are going to purchase an Assault rifle you should have to undergo a strict security check that will be processed as a fee.
If your on a No Fly list, sorry pal, your out of luck. There’s innocent people in prison too and at least your not in there.
I despise people who burn American flags but will protect their right to do so.
It is that type of freedom which still makes this country the greatest place to live in the world.
I like President Obama but was less than thrilled when he let a bunch of drug dealer free.
I don’t care if they were only selling an ounce or two of crack cocaine, they were drug pushers and there is no bigger parasite in this world than a drug pusher.
I also believe government employees and CEO’s who commit fraud against the public should be given mandatory sentences of no less than 10 years with hard labor.
I don’t give a damn how many good deeds they used to do with other peoples money.
Damn, got to get to work.
Scott has just as much right to his opinions as all the politically correct posters who want to censor his freedom of speech. Football is as much mental as it is X’s and O’s so I find the mental processes of our Star Players very important and thank Scott for reporting their motivations. My Father sacrificed his engineering studies and while entitled to a sole remaining son deferment, volunteered to serve his Country and volunteered for the Army and was lucky to survive the Battle of the Bulge. I also volunteered during the Vietnam War myself. Had the majority of our posters reflected the values of the American People in WW2 we would all be speaking German right now. That is the scary thing to me and not Scott’s values he revealed, as we face the menace of radical Islam who want to kill everyone who differs with them.
I for one have enjoyed reading this and other articles about Winston. While he has made mistakes and owned up to them, he has also matured and become the leader that the Bucs have been lacking for years. The fact of the matter is that it matters not one wit what the posters think of Jameis and his beliefs. It matters what his teammates think. This team has embraced him and his teammates will run through a wall for him because they know he would do the same for them. You can’t separate a man from his beliefs because they are a part of who he is and what makes him tick. Learning about his father, a positive role model for a change, gives us an insight on who he is. It encourages me to think that he can develop into the franchise quarterback this team has never had. Let’s not forget he is still a kid, nevertheless we see the maturation process happening before our eyes. He is the real article and nothing exemplifies that for me more than tossing that touchdown to Humphries when he could have easily walked it in. Unselfish and team oriented. Getting some background on him may not be hardcore football stuff but it interests me nonetheless.
My, my,my what a touchy group. Let’s remember, PR is Reynold’s, not yours. You are not a stock holder or Board member. Don’t like it, don’t read it. That is the message we religious types get all the time. Thanks, Scott, for your article. Our society has devolved to be hyper-critical and hyper-sensitive. Chill people.
My, my,my what a touchy group. Let’s remember, PR is Reynold’s, not yours. You are not a stock holder or Board member. Don’t like it, don’t read it. That is the message we religious types get all the time. Thanks, Scott, for your article. Our society has devolved to be hyper-critical and hyper-sensitive. Chill people
Hey Richie Rich, is THIS not a football site? I know for myself, I come here to read about the team I’ve followed for over FORTY YEARS! Not some political biased crap that has more to do with bigotry covered under the guise of SOVEREIGNTY! If Scott wants to turn this into simply another Hate Site, that’s up to him we’ll find somewhere else to glean our Bucs info. If you’ll notice in the very first post, all I was asking was for him to keep his political views to himself, as this is NOT the correct platform for such statements. Just because you agree with what he said…does NOT make it right! Religion and Politics have no place here. Again, just because you agree with him it doesn’t mean it should be posted here!
If they deem it to be the correct platform, then it’s the correct platform. Plain and simple. You don’t get to define the site. The owner and editor do. Personally, since your football as well as political insights are so lame and you’re such a whiny person I wouldn’t mind seeing you get your Bucs info elsewhere. Sometimes it’s good to “trim the fat”, so to speak. See ya.
Fine…its the correct platform since SR is the editor of the site. But readers are free to criticize his (short sighted) comment and Brexits implications. Fair trading. #merica
owllykat, what about the forces or radical white supremecy that killed seven or eight innocent church going black people.
How about the forces of radical Christianity that have murdered doctors and bombed clinics.
Why is it people seem to forget all about the evils that radical Christians have purported on this country when they talk about terrorism.
Most people, Christians and nonchristians, need someone or something to hate and fear in order to exist.
Reread toofamiliar17s post about fear and hate and cast your spotlight on all religions, not just the one you want to despise because its convenient and popular in your group of friends.
My, my, my use the exception to prove the rule. Logically illogical. How about the devout Christians that founded the Ivy League schools and founded hospitals, and are even today providing medical, dental, food, and many other ministries to assist human suffering. There’s not hate there, just love. It’s easy to point to the mentally ill who may espouse a religious belief, but let’s remember, Christianity has always provided merciful and gracious care of humanity. Of course, your response will be the exception or some other event, but that is your mindset and I do not seek to change it. Just to give you a perspective you may not have. This argument, however, has nothing to do with Scott Reynolds right to write whatever it is he chooses from his world view. Again, if you don’t like it revoke you subscription if you have one, but remember, the Red Board is free of charge. It takes some serious boldness to criticize a person when he allow you to use his site for free.
I was going to recluse myself from any more comments, but I can’t stop myself. I’ll keep it short.
Granted the Christian religion has done some decent things through out the 2000 years of existence, but their religion is very much as culpable as the Islamic religion.
The reformation that Christianity went through is long over due for Islam. They have a lot to work out for sure.
But, let’s not think that the Christian’s don’t have work to do.
Watch the film Spotlight for some perspective.
Now that’s Christian love.
It would have better that you not have replied as your reply is ridiculous. To liken Christianity to Islam is very uninformed. Anyway, what does what you say, move forward the fact that Mr. Reynolds can write whatever he chooses on his site?
I the long run, yes comparing Islam to modern Christianity might not be exactly fair. Ridiculous, I think not. Some very foul things are going on in the world and discussing them is important. The religions of the world seems to me to going through a pissing match that really has no end in sight. I wish I could say that some of this is ancient history. This has dominated world affairs as long as I’ve been alive. From the Pope striking a deal with the Axis in WW2, or building a wall though Belfast, it’s all continuing regardless of who you call “God”.
From my past posts you might not believe I feel this way, all people should have the right to live any way they want.
It just seems to me that religion has been continually force it to our lives.
It’s time for sanity to rule.
Man, you totally don’t get it.
(1) There ARE huge similarities between Islam and Christianity. To start with, and most notably, they worship the exact same God. Just that is enough to obliterate your assertion that likening one to the other is ill-informed. Beyond that, both religions espouse the importance of good works. They’re both monotheistic religions that tell of both a heaven and a hell. And many of their teachings overlap. There are a LOT of similarities between the two faiths.
(2) I get the impression that you just have really, really poor knowledge of the historical atrocities carried out by those claiming their Christian faith as the driving force for their actions. There were these little things called the Crusades that mostly consisted of church-sanctioned missions with the intent of murdering as many Muslims (and other non-believers) as possible. In the middle ages, historians estimate that several hundred thousand people were burned at the stake by religious zealots after it being concluded that they were witches. Early Americans brutally took this land from millions of indians, eradicating many of them, on the basis of the idea of Manifest Destiny. More modernly, the Ku Klux Klan sees itself as a religious group carrying out the will of the Christian God. Countless terrorist attacks have been carried out by religious (Christian) zealots.
When you paint Christianity and its followers as just overflowing with love, you must be doing so with your head in the sand. People suck. That includes lots of people who call themselves Christians and who think they are doing God’s will while carrying out various atrocities. This is not debatable. It’s a matter of historical record.
Scott, I found that this Fab 5 was very interesting, I enjoying learning more about the past regarding Jameis, and I enjoyed learning more about his father. It helps knowing more about how he was raised and what it is that drives him. I was not bothered by the religious comments that his father made one bit, those are facts and you were reporting them, that’s as it should be. It was nice learning about how some of his teammates joined him at the football camp, and I liked hearing about them. I also liked learning about you and your kids being involved in youth football, it just provides more of your background and how you deal with such stories. I also agree with you completely regarding the UK comments. I would not want to see us lose our freedoms the way that they had given up some of theirs, a majority of the Brits wanted to make corrections, and they have.
I have been reading things about the Bucs that I am not getting from anybody else, I appreciate the work that you do, and I enjoy reading your opinions, even if it should be something that I don’t agree with. Your column, your right to place into it whatever you wish, do not let anyone ever sensor you and prevent you from writing whatever you wish.
If there are people who don’t like what they read here, then they don’t have to read the Fab 5, but I enjoy it very much, keep up the good work.
Good article. Not much going on right now before camp so hard to find much to talk about. I didn’t like Winston at first but I junk the kid is authentic and has matured greatly.
It’s already been said here about the politics, but I agree, it’s his website so he can say what he wants. You don’t like it you have the right to not read it if it bothers you. I happen to agree with him in this matter, but I probably would leave politics out of it if I were in his shoes. It’s his choice though.
As far as the people getting upset about God references? That’s nuts. Is he supposed to edit what players and family members say because you don’t like it? Over 90% of the population believe in God of some type. You don’t, hey that’s fine, but getting mad when it comes up in interviews is just ridiculous. Again it’s his website and it’s what players and family said, If god talk bothers you don’t read or subscribe. He doesn’t have to cater to the minirity because you don’t like it. Maybe go start a football website that censors any reference to god players make because you don’t like.
“Religion is the opium of the people.” That quote is by Karl Marx not Groucho.
“God is a make believe friend that adults talk to,” Morgan Freeman in The Big Bounce.
Not sure which one I like more.
I only notated a couple of atrocities committed by Christians in the name of God richbucsfan because they were very current.
I have neither the time of the space to list them all.
Any religion can and has been perverted by it’s fanatics and often is.
To cast stones upon the muslim faith because it is popular at the moment and ignore all the killing done in the name of Christ and Christianity is just as looney and irresponsible.
Also, give me a break about the vaunted Ivy League.
Most of the thieves on Wall Street who were responsible for the last economic meltdown on Wall Street were Ivy League bred and educated.
In West Virginia they call the type of collusion Ivy Leaguers do by its real name; incest.
Finally, if you read my entire first post, I supported Mark’s right to espouse his viewpoint.
I’m also not going to try to tell the Brits how to live their lives, unlike a certain President who tried to do the same by invading and declaring war on a country we weren’t attacked by.
Your understanding of history is very limited…to the last decade at most. Yes, the Ivy League schools were founded by Christians. You can read about it, it’s there. They abandoned their roots and became secular as they are now. Your criticisms of murder in the name of Christ is way overblown and is skewed. Hey, believe what you choose, but do not in any prohibit the free expression of religion that Mr. Reynolds and the rest of Americans have. I don’t believe I said anything denigrating about Islam. Don’t put words in my notations that aren’t there. BTW, I have a PHD in world history and have chosen to keep it simple for you. Your understanding of history is shallow and uninformed is the best I can say kindly.
richbucsfan- lol, good one, and way to put drdneast in his place but unfortunately he has limited knowledge of most things he speaks about you should hear his Stocker opinions, wow that will knock you over haha
Does anyone suppose if a religious fanatic visits his favorite site for fellowship and asks fellow posters to pray for his team to win, that they’ll all start debating football?
LMAO!! Nothing like a sports site, especially one dedicated to a single team to bring out opinions by posting an article containing political and religious beliefs of the author. If this was your intent Scott….WELL DONE.
I say this only because you haven’t weighed back in since you posted this.
On yes richbucsfan, if we are going to whip out and compare our diplomas out here in that fashion, I have a Phd. in Astro Physics.
There are many posters with Phds. out here. They wander around like homeless people looking for a free intellectual conversational handout on this site. LOL.
Nothing like Pewter Report to engage in thoughtful philosophical discussions with your fellow Phds.
I often find myself engaging in thought provoking discussions about solid fuel propellant systems over non gravitational pull acceleration devices with macabee all the time.
All I can say is thank you all for the comments. You’ve given me quite a few to respond to in SR’s Fab 5 Reaction, which will come out on Tuesday … and be an extra-long edition by the looks of it!
Scott, I can’t speak for everyone, but as for myself, I look forward to it.
God Bless everyone and may Jesus be with you
Man, some of you people are too sensitive to everything. ever hear, “if you cant say something good, don’t say anything” Great FB5 SR. I wont state any religious or political beliefs in my post as in not to offend the weak of mind & PC crowed. I know I can make most of you hate me in one post.And what would have any of us gained? HAHA!!! GO BUCS!!!
One more comment. Its the slowest part of the offseason. There’s nothing NFL related going. J Winston just had a football camp for kids. SR spoke to Jameis’ dad and SR wrote about what his dad said to him.
WinstonMVP- But his dad mentioned his faith and now my world is affected personally and turned upside down I am outraged at the mention of the word “god” this is a football site I mean lets keep this about the Bucs I don’t want to hear your political views. This is the kind of stupid comments that followed in this article these people need to be slapped for their stupidity of such drivel.
One Question? Is this a political website, in your mind? I’m not talking about religion, spirituality or anything of the kind.
This is a sports site but unlike you I am not afraid to hear the word “God” mentioned esp when the author of the article is quoting someone for his interview, relax and stop worrying about trivial things and your life will be so much more enjoyable
Where did I say ANYTHING about having a problem with ANYONE saying God or speaking about their religion or spirituality? WHERE??? Please show me. I simply stated, this is a sports site, and is an inappropriate forum for Scott to take a political stance that has NOTHING to do with football. Evidently you just have a problem with people in general. There seems to be a lot like you here, and you call US sensitive? LMAO!!
jongruden : Couldn’t agree more actually.
Your right jongruden. God Bless everyone and may Jesus be with you all! If this upsets anyone please let me know so I can pray for you unless you don’t want me to pray for you than please don’t comment back because if you do I will be praying for you whether you like it or not. 🙂
It figures you live in Texas. You fit right in there don’t you.
I wonder how many rightists would scream and holler if every time a player scored a TD he yelled, “Priase Allah,” or threw down a prayer rug and bowed to the Mecca.
I have no problem with anyone expressing their faith, be it Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or whatever. It’s expressing their politics on a football site, I take issue with.
Johnny- Jesus loves you and may you walk in the kingdom of heaven, hope this ruins your day?
Yup! I know, Just like Allah, and Buddah do. Does that ruin yours?
Nope _ I could careless what people say or believe unlike yourself the PC Sherriff
Christians and Muslims do not serve the same God. Where did you ever get that? That had to come from someone who doesn’t know Christ.
I would like to add, saying that Christianity and Islam are alike is like saying there is such a thing as a ‘flaming snowflake.’ While the Bible claims was Christ crucified on the cross (John 19:18), the Qur’an says “they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them” (Sura 4:157). This puts these two religions at complete polar opposites. They can both be wrong, but they both can’t be right.
Winston MVP, whose God is better and which one is real?
Or is it as Morgan Feeman said in the Big Bounce. “God is a make believe friend that grown ups talk to.”
drdneast: Jesus Loves You.
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