BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS The oldest QB ever to play for the Bucs has his birthday today.  Joe Ferguson, who has been dealing with health issues in recent years, is 69 today but was 39 when he started the 1989 season finale, his second year with the Buccaneers. TE Calvin Magee (56) is a friend of this site and played four seasons in Tampa Bay having made the 1985 team as an undrafted free agent and scored a TD on his NFL debut in Chicago to open that season. LB Jason Williams (33) played three games during the 2014 season on special teams.
THE 2019 SCHEDULE The official NFL schedule was released this week with all the usual leaks and previews being totally wrong and of course the Bucs were discriminated against by the NFL.  Some things never change. The Carolina game will be played in London at Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground which opened last month. The Bucs’ two previous games in the UK were both played at Wembley Stadium. The Bucs do go five weeks without a home game at Raymond James Stadium due to the London trip which counts as one of their eight regular season home games this season. Sep 8 San Francisco H 4.25pm Sep 12 Carolina A 8.20pm Sep 22 NY Giants H 4.05pm Sep 29 LA Rams A 4.05pm Oct 6 New Orleans A 1.00pm Oct 13 Carolina Lon 9.30am Oct 27 Tennessee A 1.00pm Nov 3 Seattle A 1.00pm Nov 10 Arizona H 1.00pm Nov 17 New Orleans H 1.00pm Nov 24 Atlanta A 1.00pm Dec 1 Jacksonville A 1.00pm Dec 8 Indianapolis H 1.00pm Dec 15 Detroit A 1.00pm Dec 21/22 Houston H tbd Dec 29 Atlanta H 1.00pm All games on Fox Sports except the home game with the Colts which will be on CBS and the Thursday night game in Carolina which will be on the NFL Network.  The Houston home game could be switched to the Saturday otherwise it will be a CBS game on the Sunday.
NO MOCK DRAFTS HERE Or at least not until the week before the actual draft itself.  Until then, they can be left to the ridiculous Mel Kiper and the becoming more ridiculous Todd McShay.  Kiper is already up to his usual tricks of making stupid predictions to gain himself publicity in all markets.  Until a team has completed free agency, then trying to predict who will take who is a complete waste of time.  Even the best mocks cannot even get the first five picks right so doing one in February?  No.
REGGIE COBB News came over the weekend that former Buccaneer RB Reggie Cobb has passed away at the age of 50.  He played four years with the Bucs and was the mainstay of the running game during those seasons. He posted a 1,000-yard season in 1992 and scored nine touchdowns but could never really be described as a feature back. He played two further seasons in Green Bay after leaving the Bucs as a free agent after the 1993 season and then briefly with the Jets and Jaguars before ending his playing career. He returned to Tampa Bay in 2003 as a member of their scouting organisation and was working for the 49ers in the same role when he died.  RIP Reggie.
THE BUCS COMING TO LONDON I have been asked by many people for advice on travelling to the UK to watch the Buccaneers playing the Panthers on October 13th.    I have put together a guide on this for Bucs Life News and the Bucs London Bound Facebook pages which you can also find at the link below.   Travel tips, accomodation, tourist attractions and the game itself -  any other questions can be addressed through those Facebook pages or directly to me at editor@bucpower.com. Click here for the London Bucs guide