(Normally I wouldn’t really bother putting up a score like this, but considering what I went through last week, I feel it fitting. )
Being a Tampa Bay Bucs fan living in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area isn’t easy. This past week, the Bucs played the Dolphins, and because of it I took a lot of crap during the week about how the Bucs were a weak team who, at 4-1, had yet to play a team with a winning record; How the blood would flow from the field in Tampa when the Bucs played the Dolphins, who now sported a rejuvenated Ricky Williams, as well as one of the best rookies this year in Brown (RB); How Tampa couldn’t do squat without “Cadillac” Williams.
Looks like a lot of people forgot that Tampa’s still got a heck of a ground game, a nice set of receivers, strong depth at all positions, and — of course — the top defense in the NFL, which has allowed no more than 16 points a game yet this season. But who cares about these details, right?
As of Sunday, October 16, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from being a 4 – 1 team to being a 5 – 1 team, beating the Miami Dophins, who are now at a sorry 2 – 3.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Just like sushi.
By the way, the Bucs are now at 5-1. Did someone say “playoffs”?
(Note: It’s true, the Bucs have yet to play a team with a winning record. In fact, except for their division rivals in the NFC South, they don’t play many tough teams this year. It’s not their doing, though. I mean, who could’ve guessed when making out the schedules that the NFC North would suck harder than a Hoover this year? Heck, most people predicted the Bucs to be something closer 1-4 at this point in the season.
And, for the record, so long as it doesn’t adversely affect the Bucs, my attitude is “Go Dolphins!”)
Edit: I’ve been listening to a bit of sports talk from 620 WDAE, and it sounds like a few people over in Tampa are ticked at Gruden for “disrespecting” Mike Alstot, and not letting him play. After listening to people calling in, I can’t help but think of the following expression: “You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that make him angry.” Some of these guys are seriously — I mean seriously — ticked that Alstot got only one play yesterday. These guys are yelling bloody murder! Over what, football?! Gimme a break. Guys, stop playing your Madden 2005 and watching Sports Center, and go work your third job, lackeys; your kids’ mommas can use the back-owed child support.
Gotta say, though, the DJ’s egging the crowd on rather nicely. Bravo, Sports Animal!