BUCPOWER ON FACEBOOK Hundreds of Bucs fans around the world have linked in with this site through social media  and you can too.  Simply search on Facebook for “Buc Power” and send a friend request.  Then you can see the daily video highlights that we add there as well as looking back at ones added in the past.
BEHIND THE SCENES What is happening on BUCPOWER.COM? There may not have been a competitive NFL game played since the Bucs beat the Panthers in January but that is not to say things are not happening behind the scenes on the best Buccaneeer site.   All of the 4,500 game reports are in the process of being renovated, the 2005 season being the most recent to be completed.  When this is done, work will start on the game screens putting them into a better format with video highlights and more pictures.   Several seasons have already been completed including the inaugural 1976 campaign, the strike-shortened 1982 season and the most recent 2016 one.   As BUCPOWER.COM continues into its 16th season of operation and the hit total passes the 10 million mark, there will be no resting on my laurels from this side of the Atlantic.
PODCAST RECOMMENDATION Adam Schefter of ESPN is one of the most knowledgable NFL writers in the business and has an excellent weekly podcast that has included the likes of John Lynch, Ryan Leaf and Tom Coughlin in recent weeks.  But this one beats them all as he talks with Michael North, the NFL’s Senior  Director of Broadcast Planning & Scheduling.  Just how is a schedule put together?   How do they take into account all the teams’ wishes, keeping the TV networks happy and dealing with potential season-changing match-ups?  Listen to this one and you will have a real understanding on the work that goes in to producing the 2017 NFL schedule. Click here for the link
Ricky Bell was the first overall selection in the 1977 draft out of USC pictured here with original owner Hugh Culverhouse
This time last year - the Bucs made Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves their first round selection
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The 2017 NFL draft takes place this week in Philadelphia.  The 1st round begins at 8pm ET with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picking 19th.  The 2nd/3rd rounds take place on Friday with Rounds 4-7 being completed on Saturday.
THE 2017 BUCCANEER SCHEDULE The Bucs will open the 2017 season on the road in South Florida with their trip to play state rivals Miami.   The schedule features a home opener with the Chicago Bears and two nationally- televised games with the home games against the defending conference champion Patriots and Falcons both making it into prime time.    There is also a cold weather trip to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers and three home games in the final four to potentially allow for a late play-off push.  All the divisional games come later in the season as well this year. Click here for the game-by-game analysis