We’re going to try a new feature on PewterReport.com over the summer called SR’s Fab 5 Reaction, which will be published every Tuesday morning following the most recent SR’s Fab 5 column from the previous Friday. My SR’s Fab 5 column is the most popular and widely read column on PewterReport.com and always gets a lot of excellent commentary from its readers.
I do read all the comments, but my role as publisher often prevents me from thanking each Bucs fan for taking the time to comment, or to offer my thoughts on their comments. Sometimes there is a point in my SR’s Fab 5 that I want or need to clarify or emphasize, or a question is prompted from a reader that should be answered.
So every Tuesday I’ll grab a few interesting comments from the latest SR’s Fab 5 and offer up my reaction to them in SR’s Fab 5 Reaction for some fun and further insight into the points I was making on Friday.
The comments listed below have been edited only for clarity and grammar – not content. If someone has an issue with something I write, there won’t be any censorship here and I’ll address it head on.
Let’s have some fun and see where this goes this summer, shall we? I’m interested to see what type of reaction there is to SR’s Fab 5 Reaction. Alas, I won’t be reacting to comments from SR’s Fab 5 Reaction, though as I’ve got to spend my time working on a brand new SR’s Fab 5 for Friday.
This week’s SR’s Fab 5 topics include: Hey Bucs, It’s Time To Win; More Disrespect Than Respect For Bucs From National Media; Sapp Loves Fellow Country Boy Winston; Trouble Is Brewing For ASJ.
Ex-Bucs DT Warren Sapp – Photo by: Getty Images
SR, thanks for calling out the Bucs. [Warren] Sapp and [Derrick] Brooks called out the Bucco Bruce “Yucs” and began to turn around this team. Someone needs to call out the players on this current roster and make them understand the influence they have over the psyche of this community.
We love the Lightning and cheer for the Rays, but nothing lights a fire in the Tampa Bay area more than when the Bucs are winning. Hopefully [Jameis] Winston, who is developing into their vocal leader, will put this team on his shoulders and call them out. His work ethic and enthusiasm are already having an effect. Next, [Gerald] McCoy needs to get pissed off enough to rally the defense to play up to its potential. – JayBuc52
Thank you, JayBuc52. I definitely caught “Lightning Fever” this year after I went to a few games. What a fun team to watch. The Lightning is full of young stars, and the atmosphere inside Amalie Arena is pure electricity – pun intended.
However, in seeing all of the buzz and hype about the Lightning around the Tampa Bay area over the past two years with their deep playoff runs it brought back memories of this town in an absolute frenzy in 1997 after a 5-0 start concluded with a trip to the playoffs and a postseason victory against Detroit. I remember the Bucs car flags on vehicles going up and down Dale Mabry any day of the week and everybody was in Buccaneer red during football season. Florida is a football state and Tampa is a football town. When the Bucs get back to their winning ways, “Buc Fever” will eclipse any level of buzz the Lightning has created.
I have no doubt that Jameis Winston will be the right quarterback to lead the team to the playoffs in relatively short order based upon what he was able to do in two years at Florida State. That’s why PewterReport.com (and Bucs G.M. Jason Licht, of course) wanted Winston rather than Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 pick in 2015. Winston has the “It” factor.
Ex-Bucs QB Trent Dilfer – Photo by: Getty Images
Scott, I brought my son to a few games and had him meet players outside the stadium walking to the player parking lot, etc. He had Bucs jerseys, pennants and a bed cover for his bed. After so many losing seasons and watching the likes of Byron Leftwich, Josh McCown and Josh Freeman lead this team to subpar seasons, he jumped ship to the Cardinals, his hometown team anyways, so I can’t be too mad! Ha!
I was at the Niners game [in 1997] as well, and remember thinking great I get to see the Niners take it to the Bucs again in person after years of watching Joe Montana shred our defense. I thought it would be the same for Steve Young and the Niners. It was a great day and I went down to the exit for the players after the game and Derrick Brooks was standing there literally talking with another fan and my friend said, “Do you want to try and get a picture with him?”
I said, “No, it’s okay. I’m waiting for [Trent] Dilfer.” Yeah, that bothers me still today. That’s like passing up on Lavonte David for a chance at Luke Stocker. Okay, Dilfer wasn’t that bad, but bad enough. – jongruden
That’s a funny story about Trent Dilfer, jongruden. Thanks for sharing. During my two decades covering the Buccaneers I’ve always gravitated towards some of the semi-stars or backup players when it comes to my reporting.
No disrespect to the likes of Mike Alstott or Derrick Brooks, but they would often tow the company line and weren’t the most lively quotes. I would often get more enlightening quotes and sheer honesty from the likes of Tyoka Jackson, Frank Middleton, Ellis Wyms and Brad Culpepper than I would from Warrick Dunn and even John Lynch. Warren Sapp was the star player exception, as he would always deliver something juicy and insightful.
The Bucs vs. 49ers season opener was one of the most amazing NFL games I’ve ever witnessed. Tampa Bay destroyed San Francisco and Warren Sapp and the Bucs defense was a demolition crew that day. The funny thing is that a million Tampa Bay fans say they were at that historic game, yet it wasn’t even sold out and it wasn’t on TV due to the blackout rules. Glad you got to see it.
Bucs FB Mike Alstott – Photo by: Getty Images
Thanks PR, for that snippet of the Bucs vs. Fins game. I forgot how fun WD-40 (Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott) was to watch. Maybe [Danny] Vitale and [Doug] Martin can get some of that old magic back.
Watching [Trent] Dilfer play you would have thought that he was the greatest. Good to go back in time for a while. Hope ASJ gets his [stuff] together. Time to grow up, kid. – chetthevette
It was fun to watch some of the old Bucs clips again, wasn’t it? Talking with Warren Sapp was even more fun, and I have some more Sapp glory days stories coming in this week’s SR’s Fab 5, too. He and I had a rocky relationship during our time together in Tampa Bay from 1995-2003, but we’re good now, and I have nothing but respect for Sapp as a football player.
I always told people, “You can have him Monday through Saturday, but I’ll take him every Sunday.” Sapp was the Bucs’ fire-starter. He viewed every practice as a game that was just as important as a Sunday. He ruled the Bucs with an iron fist, especially after Hardy Nickerson left following the 1999 season.
And yes, Trent Dilfer had a great game against Miami in that 1997 victory. Remember, for all his faults, Dilfer went to the Pro Bowl after the historic 1997 season and became the first Tampa Bay quarterback to do so. It will be interesting to see how Danny Vitale is used this year – and how much. Keep an eye on Charles Sims, though. That kid is just scratching the surface and is poised to have a big year.
Ravens & Logan Reynolds – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR
I understand wanting to cheer for a winner, but I don’t really understand not cheering for your hometown team. I imagine for young kids, their favorite team will change, especially if they remain in the area they grew up.
I am from Canada and started to get into the NFL around 2001. Obviously, the Buccaneers were great and I started rooting for them. But once I did that, I stayed with them. If I were from Minnesota, I would be a Viking fan.
It’s outrageous that people from Florida don’t cheer for the Bucs or Jags. I know it happens all over the place, but if your home team sucks when you are 10 so you choose someone else, and then home town team wins it all when you are 40 you have to feel like a bit of an [expletive] or you have no choice but to be a bandwagon jumper. – SaskBucs
As I admitted in my SR’s Fab 5 column, my 11-year old son, Logan, is a Baltimore Ravens fan living in Wesley Chapel just north of Tampa. I got plenty of raised eyebrows from some of my friends, who said, “How could your son be a Ravens fan when you cover the Buccaneers?” Then I pointed out that their sons, who lived in nearby Land O’Lakes, liked the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, respectively, and they understood.
Kids like winners, and if the hometown team happens to be a winner, that’s the team they’ll gravitate towards. I was born in Alexandria, Virginia, so I grew up a Redskins fan for the first six years of my life, watching John Riggins, Dexter Manley, Dave Butz, Joe Theismann, Art Monk and the Hogs.
Then I moved to Kansas City at age 7 and didn’t switch my allegiance to the Chiefs, who were awful when I arrived in 1980, until they started winning. Then I was a die-hard Chiefs fan, who loved Derrick Thomas, Christian Okoye, Deron Cherry, Albert Lewis and Neil Smith, so I get it.
As I stated in my column, the good news is that Logan’s “NFC team” is the Buccaneers, and he does have a Lavonte David jersey and does attend at least one Bucs game each year. However, former Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen is now the Ravens defensive line coach, and knowing about Logan’s allegiance to the Ravens, he invited him to come up to Baltimore for a game this year. Oh, boy. The Bucs better starting winning soon or my chances of converting him don’t look too good! Damn you, Coach Joe!
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Well, as other posters had stated, winning changes everything. The other thing these Bucs teams had in common with losing in the NFL was no QB. We have that now and we can only go up from here.
I love the interviews with [Warren] Sapp, and as I’ve said he’s a [expletive] off of the filed, but on the field, he was exactly what this franchise needed. Him talking to Derrick [Brooks] about the losses we had brought up a good point to for me. Picking players from winning colleges matters. These guys get used to winning and will not except losing.
As for Stephen A. Smith, he’s a racist asshole anyways, so who cares what he thinks? If he thinks Lovie was fired because of his skin, he clearly didn’t see how terrible of a coach he really was.
The disrespect in the media was at an all-time worst last year when [Todd] Gurley, how had one 100-yard game in his final eight, managed to beat Jameis [Winston] out for Rookie of the Year honors. What a joke. Jameis and Sapp could easily get along, as their personalities on the field are very similar. Luckily, Jameis is a much better person off of it.
As for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, I have no idea why he wouldn’t know the offense. It’s pretty much exactly the same as last year. And I saw some of his tweets after [he left the practice field], what a tool. – cgmaster27
You bring up a great point in that the Bucs drafted great players from winning organizations back in the day with the likes of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks and they didn’t stand for losing. Drafting players like Jameis Winston and Roberto Aguayo from Florida State, Mike Evans from Texas A&M, Noah Spence, who started his career at Ohio State, Adam Humphries from Clemson and others certainly helps create a culture of winning, as does getting Super Bowl champion free agents like Clinton McDonald and Robert Ayers.
As for Stephen A. Smith, I think it’s sad and misguided that he looks at almost everything through the prism of race. His commentary about Lovie Smith getting the shaft in Tampa Bay essentially because he’s an African-American was ridiculous. His racially-tinged claims were beyond foolish when I brought up the fact that the majority of the coaches the Glazers have hired have been black and that the Bucs have hired more African-American coaches than any other NFL franchise. Stephen A. Smith certainly has no credibility with me.
I wholeheartedly agree with your comments about Todd Gurley getting selected over Jameis Winston as the NFL Rookie of the Year. Winston was robbed. More disrespect for the Buccaneers. Gurley faded down the stretch statistically and barely topped 1,106 yards rushing, while Winston became just the third rookie QB in NFL history to eclipse 4,000 yards.
As I pointed out in my SR’s Fab 5 column, due to the depth at the tight end position on Tampa Bay’s roster, Austin Seferian-Jenkins had better grow up quickly, get in line and get in his playbook. Bucs general manager Jason Licht quickly shed three high-priced free agent mistakes in quarterback Josh McCown, left tackle Anthony Collins and defensive end Michael Johnson after just one year. He’s not afraid to do the same thing with a second-round pick if ASJ doesn’t get with the program ASAP.
And kudos to head coach Dirk Koetter for setting the tone this offseason. Perfection is what is expected at One Buccaneer Place. Nothing else will be tolerated. Way to send a message to his team.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure how I feel about all the Tampa kids growing up as fans of other teams. I get it when older transplants stick with their original allegiances, but I feel like all of these bandwagon kiddos of the millennial generation are a product of the times. In previous generations, ethical principals like loyalty and integrity were stressed and were important. Now, everything is centered on instant gratification, and I believe that trickles down even to bandwagon fans of far off teams. When my family moved from Pinellas county to SE Texas in the late ’70s, the Luv ya Blue era was just closing out, and growing up, there were plenty of successful Cowboys teams I could have jumped on. But dammit, I was a Buc, and I suffered many years for that allegiance. That made the late ’90s and eventual Superbowl that much sweeter. Not too many kids these days have that kind of loyalty to enjoy that delayed gratification.
Buc on the Move, I think you make some good points but a lot kids are influenced by there parents and friends. I know growing up in Pinellas county, there were few buc fans. Majority of the football fans were from other states that had relocated to Tampa. I remember going to sports bars in the late 80s early 90s and the majority of the bar would be other teams fans. I moved to KC back in 2001. I am still a loyal Buc fan to this day. My son was born in 2004. He really didn’t get into football until around 2010. His favorite team isn’t the Chiefs, its the Bucs because of the influence I had on him. My son has never even watched the Bucs play a playoff game but he still loves them. I also think a lot of the old football fans in Tampa that aren’t from Tampa have influenced there childrens fan base. I will admit that Living in Kc for 15 year I have become accustom to rooting for the KC teams like the Chiefs (unless they are playing the Bucs) but I will always be a die hard Buc fan. My closet is full of Buc gear. My car even has a Bucs sticker on the bumper.
Scott, what a great idea. I always enjoy the Fab5 and there are some excellent comments offered by readers. Your responses add more depth to the Fab5!
On ASJ – it’s sad fact of the NotForLong League and indeed perhaps a sad reality of aging generally, but ASJ is 23 years old and like some 23 year olds, he seems to be “growing up” slower than other 23 year olds…it does happen sometimes and he is, again sadly, running out of town to do that growing up.
Here’s hoping that his maturity cycle reaches it’s magic crescendo in this his 24th year…
Update: I appreciated hearing his apology today, and his re-commitment to Koetter, and to doing a better job of what is expected.
The proof will be in the pudding, I suppose.
Finally – Scott: any chance of the “edit” button?? My first post says “running out of town”, which clearly I hope not…it should be “running out of time”, which I also hope doesn’t happen. 🙂
Wow! I’m honored that you chose my comments in your first “Reaction” column. I have been a member since before the name change and the printed mag days, and while we don’t always agree (Josh Freeman being the best example) I always find your columns insightful, well-researched and well-written. Keep up the great work and we’ll keep on reading.
Scott- Thanks for choosing my comments enjoyed reading your feedback, I’m sure many fans claim to be at the Niners Game I can assure you I was I have the pictures to prove it ha I always fly back for one game a yr and over the yrs I have attended the Monday Night Game vs Colts when Peyton brought Colts to historic come from behind victory and Eagles Game when Bryant made the historic 62 yd field goal. Yes, kids will gravitate to the winners they are young and its boring to root for teams who are pathetic, when I was 14 I moved to Bradenton, Fl and became a Bucs Fan in 1985 and that was a painful childhood to watch the Bucs get trounced week after week and I would be made fun of for being a Bucs Fan at Manatee High School as nobody I mean nobody wore Bucs gear. So I get that your son and many other sons would follow the top teams but once the Bucs start winning again the kids and fans will follow.
white people call Steven A. Smith a “race baiter” (whatever the heck that is) and black people call him an uncle tom LOL he’s doing his job i guess
yes…a sad commentary on his/his network’s desire for ratings I guess.
Agreed, and as crappy as it sounds, he is doing it well as well. We all know, it’s about the ratings and controversy gets ratings. He’s just a little uninformed in some situations such as this particular topic.
This is indeed a pretty cool Idea guys. I like that you can do this and directly respond to some fans every week. Thanks for selecting me as a first post. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if Jon got picked and I didn’t. Haha
This is a very cool column and I look forward to seeing it more often.
I can see it now, the comment section for the Friday Fab Five is headed to new levels!!!
Neat idea Scott.
Funny how on one hand fans talk about cheering for the hometown team, then on the other, talk about taking their loyalty to a team in the U-Haul with them when they move.
Me, I moved here from Pittsburgh in the late 1960’s to attend UT and became a Dolphins fan. Once we got our own team I became a Bucs fan. To me, when a person decides to leave an area and permanently relocate to another he should devote himself to his new hometown. Not doing so is like a guy getting married to his chosen bride; but if she got into a fight with his ex girlfriend he cheers for the ex.
That said, I’d probably always carry some allegiance to the Steelers and Bucs since I’m too old now to start courting a new team.
So if a person is a fan of a team for 20 yrs then relocates they should adopt that new team? esp if its a rival like Falcons etc? I don’t agree! There is no written rule for fans how they should choose their team so when there is one let me know ha
Not a rule, just my opinion after sitting in the stands for 40 years listening to folks who have lived here longer than they did their former home and look down their nose at the Bucs.
Love the idea Scott! The Fab 5’s are one of the things I look forward to every Friday, right there with 5 o’clock!! I know we have our input to your column, and it’s nice to hear your response.
I agree completely with SaskBucs. I’m not drinking the Kool-aid about kids. I don’t see how you can grow up in a city and not root for the home team. I grew up in the ’50s and the only team around was the Gators. They stunk and had never won the SEC in over 60 years. But they were my team. Lary Dupree, Ray Graves, and all.
Say at you want about kids but ,most kids like cheering for winners they are kids they don’t know anything about team loyalty etc I grew up in Tampa Area in some of the worst yrs for the Bucs and let me tell you I would be the only guy wearing Bucs Gear in jr high and high school and would be teased for wearing it yes in Tampa Area 1985-1993 it was hard finding kids who liked the Bucs. Hell even the local stores carried mostly Dolphins gear, Gators, FSU, and Miami Gear before they would carry much Bucs gear. Buccaneers Heaven a team store thrived in the glory yrs 1995-2007 then went out of business after they started losing. Tampa has always been a fair weather city as far as the Bucs and always will be
Because, like you and your Cardinals, many folks are from other places and as I said, bring their old loyalties to their new “hometown” with them. Fortunately for you, the Cards are on the upswing so the western “fair weather fan” is on the bandwagon……except when the Cowboys or Steelers come to the desert.
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