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Scott Reynolds

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]

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    Why is Mr.Wilder name NOT listed with the other greats in stadium? He is most deserving of the honor!

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      Been saying that for years.

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    I’m comfortable our Offense has improved by moving Marpet to Center, obtaining Desean Jackson, drafting Howard and Goodwin. I’m not sure we have improved on Defense enough to compensate for the offensive teams wewe’re going against. Scott Pewter Report, no question the Interior DL has improved, but where’s the proof the DE’s are better and the Safety positions have improved?

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    James Wilder was “the” Bucs offense in the mid 80s. He was every bit the running back of Eric Dickerson and a better team player. If he had played for a team with a winning tradition he would have been a national icon. It is an embarrassment to the legacy of this team that he is not in the Ring of Honor.

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    I’ll never forget that Jets game, unbelievable. I worked for Barnett Bank in those days and had taken some clients to the Barnett Skybox. We sat, stunned as the Buc’s let New York score unchallenged in order to get the ball back in Wilders hands with less than a minute to go. Then when he fell short of Dickerson’s record we were really pissed. I think everyone from both teams was mad. Never saw a game like that before, hope to never see another one in the future, but sure glad I didn’t miss that small piece of football history.

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      call me crazy, but I think what Gruden did at the end of the Steelers game was worse. Maybe not, IDK, but at best its a dead even tie.

      In case anyone doesnt know/remember, Bucs went into Pittsburgh near end of 2006 with a terrible record and the Bruce Gradkowski experiment a near failure. But Pitt,PA was a homecoming for him. Not really his fault the game was blowout, M. Clayton dropped a SURE TD pass, but in the end,Bucs only good drive was last drive of the game, down 20-0. 3rd n goal, incomplete, time for one more throw to the end zone right? Nope.. Gruden orders a FG down 20-0 with seconds left. The Chin said it simply “I wasn’t mad, I wouldn’t have done it, but I wasn’t mad”

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    Brantley would’ve been fined, and suspended for that hit today.

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    1984… what an ominous year. I remember sitting in the stands, baking my brains out at the old Sombrero.
    Wilder right. Wilde left. Wilder up the middle. ALL DAY LONG. ALL SEASON LONG. Right, left, middle.
    And they still had trouble stopping the Wild Man. Every defense knew it was coming, but he racked up 2000 total yards.
    I always thought that was one of the best seasons by a running back ever.
    That running game for the BUCS was transparent as hell and still potent.
    Of course Barry Sanders did that every year he ever played. Jim Brown and Earl Campbell had the same thing thrown on them.
    That’s why those 3 are my most highly rated RB’s. Is Wilder in that group? No. But he is the best RB the BUCS ever fielded, and I don’t see anyone dethroning him soon.
    To say our schedule is challenging is an understatement. The BUCS need to get their s*t together and play ball.

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      Who was the RG then; was his first name Sean?

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        You’re thinking of Sean Farrell from Penn State who replaced Greg Roberts at RG. Remember, he was actually drafted by mistake since the team wanted to draft Booker Reese in the first round.



          Thanks Scubog,. Your memory sure is a lot better than mine. I forgot all about the event.

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      Glad scubog is on the ball. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.
      Oh yeah, oatmeal.
      Wish I still had teeth.
      GO BUCS

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      …and every 2 minutes the loudspeaker ” Baby we were born to run” springsteen

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    Scott, call me crazy, but I’m positive Ricky Bell ran for over 1200 yards in 1979 and topped it off with over 14 yards in our first playoff game ever.

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    over 140 yards against Dick Vermeil & the Eagles.

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      Ricky Bell ran for 1263 yards in 1979 then rushed for 142 yards and 2 TD’s in that great win over the shocked Eagles. A lot of dust in that memory bank.

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    Why Wilder’s name isn’t on that eall while Doug Wiliams’ is befuddles me.
    Williams doesnt even consider himseld a Buc, he considers himself a Redskin.
    Your memory is perfect Scubog. Favorite story about the reknowned Booket Reeseduts when someone asked him why he wasnt getting in the hot tub for rehab. He told the other player another player had told him not to get in it unless a life guard was on duty.

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      IF the Bucs did to you (TwiCe) what they did to Williams, how do you think you’d feel? Give me a break. And Ive talked to Doug Williams many times, he loved it here… but the Bucs took a dodo on him twice, so I don’t blame him. and were talking wall of fame, Doug Williams LED the Bucs from 5-11 to 4 of 6 playoff years, and hasn’t been replaced since, until finally two years ago.
      What were seeing with Jameis, is exactly the way the Bucs as a team were around Doug.
      I hate seeing him as a redskin too, but I understand.

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    for starters, Videos courtesy of Bucstop.com’s video vault who donated them for Free to Bucpower.com including some very rare masters.

    2ndly, While I loved the days of Wilder, sadly, he was only a factor for 2.5 years. Sure he played from 81-89, but truth is he was worn down by the 1986 season, a shell of himself.

    3rd the thing that was so special about James Wilder, was how much of the offense he was. In 1984 his first year as full time starter, he caught 25% of the passes received! 1/4 of the catches, and he was a running back. He was responsible for 84% of the runs, Wilder had either a run or a catch on 60% of the Bucs plays. The other 40% went to the other 4 WR, 2 TE, and backs. (Stat sources from Bucpower.com)

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    Wilder is the best Bucs RB of all time. If he had played for Bill Walsh or a better team he would be Hall of Fame.

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