Join our Facebook pageEach of the videos in our countdown feature was also posted on our Facebook page. Many people have commented on each of the clips and added their own memories about each one. We are getting well over 1,000 people involved in the Buc Power page so why not join up with them now and send a friend request? The name is two words and is not a group or board but simply its own unique account and there are many current and former Buc players involved.
The 2015 media guideThis is now available for fans of the franchise around the world to download. You can either do the whole thing in one go which takes a little time or the individual sections. All are in PDF format. And I have to extend a thank you to the Bucs’ PR team for adding my name and that of BUCPOWER.COM too to the acknowledgements at the front of the site. When I was over in Tampa in March, I was able to pass over the extensive EXCEL statistical database files that I have built up over the 40 years of Buccaneer football. Click here for the link to the media guide on Buccaneers.com
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1 September 1979Tampa Bay 31 Detroit 16Click here for all the game detailsThe first Tampa Bay division-winning team began its road towards success with a dominating home victory over the Lions, a game that featured one of the most memorable touchdown passes in franchise history.LB Dewey Selmon returned a fumble 29 yards to give the Bucs an early 10-0 lead followed by a pair of touchdowns, first from RB Ricky Bell on the ground and then QB Doug Williams to TE Jimmie Giles through the air as the home side built a 24-7 half-time lead.Williams then threw a second touchdown pass from the seat of his pants having slipped dropping back from center but still having enough arm strength to hit TE Jim Obradovich from two yards out. RB Jerry Eckwood led the ground game with 121 yards as the Bucs piled up 219 total rushing yards.Rushing: Eckwood 20-121, Bell 13-53, J.Davis 6-26, Williams 2-16, Berns 4-9., Ragsdale 3-4.Passing: Williams 16-4-99-0-2, Rae 4-1-12-0-0.Receiving: Giles 3-97, Berns 1-12, Obradovich 1-2.
Buccaneer birthdaysThere are five former Bucs who are celebrating today, one of whom is infinitely more well known that the other four. RB Robert Hardy played the 1991 season and was a special teams’ captain G Matt O’Dwyer played four games during the 2004 season, the same number as S Travaris Robinson played the year before and TE Ben Troupe had two appearances during the 2008 season.Which brings us to LB Hardy Nickerson, the mainstay of the Tampa defense from 1993 to 1999, over 100 games started and probably the best free agent signing in franchise history. He has gone on to work in the radio booth with Gene Deckerhoff and now will be celebrating his 50th birthday as the current LB coach..
EDITORIAL THOUGHTS That was not pretty Saturday night and even worse on a slow internet connection here in Spain the following morning compounded by watching another Rays’ loss straight after. The only bright points right now are the running game and Kwon Alexander. We all try to be glass-half-full fans of course but this does not look promising with two weeks left until the start of the season.