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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Most Discriminated-Against Team In The NFL

Updated on September 21, 2010

It is absolutely remarkable how the Tampa Bay Bucs get absolutely no respect from any of the high-paid, high-powered online and broadcast commentators. Yes, it is obvious that the Bucs have been an underperforming team throughout 90% of their history in the NFL and have had their share of competing with the Lions for the title of the most pathetic team in the league. Unlike the Lions, however, the Bucs did have a brief shining moment in their history at the end of the Dungy era and beginning of the Gruden one where they did get a SuperBowl ring, and made respectable showings in at least some of their playoff appearances in the last decade.

Then why are they considered the black sheep of the NFL?

It boggles the imagination of any Tampa Bay Bucs fan as to why their team is a basement dweller in effectively every "Power Rankings" issued by the various major websites like SI, ESPN, etc. In this morning's NBC Sports Power Rankings, the Bucs were #23. That's a considerable lift from its earlier standing, but please note:

At least the Manchester fans have the right idea about Glazer: burn him!
At least the Manchester fans have the right idea about Glazer: burn him!

Minnesota Vikings are #19

Dallas Cowboys are #22

Why is that so significant? Neither the Vikes or the Boys have won a game this year! Both those teams are 0-2 and Tampa is 2-0!

What the heck is going on here?

Yes, let's not start the litany of:

  • The Bucs defeated two really rotten teams
  • The Bucs are young and developing
  • Josh is unproven and still a bit erratic
  • Cadillac has never recovered from his injuries and likely never will
  • Ronde is almost as old as Favre
  • The coach is barely qualified to run a Pop Warner offense
  • They're owned by the Glazers

Any Tampa Bay Bucs fan knows all that. Especially the last two: And those are really serious handicaps... But you still can't argue with a team in the #1 spot in its division and that hasn't lost a game yet! The winless Vikings with "Should-Have-Retired-Two-Retirements-Ago" Brett? The winless Cowboys who looked like they were playing for Wade's pink slip for the past two games? Better than a 2-0 team? Give your head a shake!

The worst offender in the bigoted, skewed, discriminatory, and totally asinine NFL commentator wars of all was SI's Peter King. After Week One, his waaaaaaaaaaay overlong, rambling, and essentially pointless Monday Morning Quarterback column examined and analyzed every single play in every single game, what the fans were consuming in the stands, how many times they went to the bathroom, the precise textile blend of the jock strap of each and every benchwarmer in the NFL... and never even mentioned the Bucs-Browns game. At all! Every single game in Week One was discussed ad nauseum but the Bucs-Browns never happened: That game according to King must have fallen into the dark matter state where Stephen Hawking will finally end up meeting God and He'll say "Gotcha!"... and take away Hawking's wheelchair.

What do the Bucs have to do to gain some respect? Certainly beating the Steelers next week (as difficult as that may seem) should shut up a lot of the detractors who look at the Bucs and still picture them in creamsicle uniforms going 0-52,390,792. However, I can assure you that should the final score be Bucs 28, Steelers 3, there will still be braindead moron football "experts" placing deadbeats like the Jags and the Broncos (let alone the aforementioned Vikes and Boys) ahead of the Tampa Bay team.

That is just plain discrimination and stupidity.

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! It's very strange. It's not an anti-Florida thing since the Dolphins and even the Jags are generally respected. I wish I could answer that, but I can't. :(

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      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Hal - my daughter works for the Tampa Bay Rays - even the Wall Street Journal had an article about how the Rays get no respect. What is it about Florida pro teams that they get no respect??? The Rays, the Buccaneers... It drives my daughter bonkers and right now, as I write this it looks like the Rays are going into the playoffs! I have no idea why this is! Great article! Carol

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      Great Hub. Loved it. I was in the Tonight Show audience one afternoon and there they were just about 15 feet in front of me. Carson and Dangerfield. Legends. True legends. I'll never forget either one of them!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the one-liners, Hal. Nice to know you are a fellow Dangerfield fan. He was one funny fellow. Whenever you have a moment, you might enjoy my hub: "Tribute to Rodney Dangerfield." :)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      Nooooooooooooooo respect...

      With my wife I don’t get no respect. I made a toast on her birthday to ‘the best woman a man ever had.’ The waiter joined me.

      I tell you, with my doctor, I don’t get no respect. I told him, “I’ve swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills.” He told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.

      When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, “We want five thousand dollars or you’ll see your kid again.”

      :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I guess you'd have to say, Hal, that the Bucs like Rodney Dangerfield, just don't get no respect!

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