A fake spike for a score
Foxboro Stadium
3 September 2000

The background
We all love trick plays. And the first time a team pulled off the fake spike play (Dan Marino in 1994 v the Jets), we all watched and laughed. But little did we expect the Bucs to one day do the same.

All summer the Bucs rehearsed a faux spike. "It's the kind of play you practice a thousand times," general manager Rich McKay said, "knowing you might never get to use it once." Sunday brought optimum opportunity. Les Steckel, new on the job as offensive coordinator, made the call, hoping all 11 of his players got the muted cue but that New England suspected nothing.

The game situation
There were 35 seconds left in the first half with the Bucs trailing 10-7. Shaun King lined up as if to spike the ball to stop the clock and all the other Buc players went along with the designed ruse. Patriots CB Kato Serwanga fell for it most and Reidel Anthony was able to catch the lofted King pass for a decisive score.

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The 100 Greatest Plays in Buccaneer history
Welcome to the next and best countdown that we have ever run on BUCPOWER.COM. Featuring every one of the 32 years that the Bucs have played NFL football, we have clips of memorable touchdowns, bloopers, decisive moments and trick plays. From the ridiculous to the sublime, this is a countdown to bring back a lot of memories for Buccaneer fans of all ages around the world.

Whereas the top 20-30 plays do stand out and are able to be ranked subjectively (and have been by some of the Tampa media), the early plays are generally spread out across the years and can only be placed approximately in terms of their importance.