ON THIS DAY IN BUC HISTORYAugust 28th 2004 - Ryan Nece takes it to the houseOne of the most popular Buccaneers on and off the field was Ryan Nece, something he has continued after his career has ended. So it is nice to feature one of his best plays today, an interception return from a 2004 pre-season victory over the Miami Dolphins that interrupted a sideline interview that was being done during the game commentary.Also on this dayThe Bucs have played 10 pre-season games on August 28th and post a 4-6 record. Memorable victories include a 45-14 hammering of the New England Patriots in 1999 and a 34-3 win over the Houston Texans four years later. A 2008 win in Houston featured the only positive moment of rookie Dexter “The other one” Jackson’s pro career as the 2nd round bust proved he was totally unable to handle the physical nature of the NFL outside of one long return score.
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BUCS 30 BROWNS 13 - A ROCK-STAR PERFORMANCELet’s just check some of the things I wanted to see from the game against the Browns:-Some kind of decent offensive performance - CHECKThe passing game in shape - CHECKGood protection for Jameis - CHECKThe ball being spread around amongst the receivers - CHECKOn the defensive side, some pressure from the front four - CHECKRoberto Aguayo - nothing less than a perfect night is going to be enough - CHECKThat’s more checks than a Magnus Carlson World Championship chess game - the offense was just spectacular with Jameis passing for over 250 yards in the first half alone. Because that was all the playing time the first string needed - they were that good.Aguayo was perfect, the defense had eight sacks and the new video scoreboards at Raymond James Stadium had enough Buccaneer highlights to keep Tampa Bay fans around the world happy beyond their wildest expectations.Yes it is only the pre-season and yes it was only the Browns but the third pre-season game is the one that most people take notice of. And that performance on the field by Dirk Koetter’s squad last night will have earned them a lot of national attention.