Never mind that it’s an expanded format in the middle of a raging Covid-19 Pandemic Season. The likes our nation has never seen among more recent generations. I remember last season when we went on a winning streak as the Season’s End neared. At that point, the playoffs were a possibility for us. It didn’t take but an instant to shake us back to reality with that dirty word, losing. The Bucs have been just good enough to put a few wins together in so many seasons to raise the hopes of its playoff hungry fan base. Only to dash them and leave us with an empty feeling in our breadbasket. In the 44 years of the Bucs’ existence, they have been to the Post-Season 10 times. Half of those ten times were wild card births. That’s right, the Buccaneers have only won their division to make the playoffs 5 times. To say the least: it’s been a hot mess.
Enter Tom and Gronk, among others, and a new reason to believe in post-season bliss. Well, strike up the band because our boys have finally reached their 11th playoff birth for the franchise. As it most often does, The Bucs get in via the wild-card. What will the Bucs do, though, now that they have ended the latest ten-year drought? Will it be a brand new day, a clean slate with all participating teams on the same footing? So many questions are bouncing around my brain now that we are back at the post-season party. Will RoJo become a bigger part of the plan, or will his skills and impact be diminished once again by a lack of carries? Will the Offensive line do a disappearing act like it did a time or two during the season? Will Brady and his playoff magic reign supreme? Will we dominate our opponents like we also did a time or two during the 2020 campaign? Or will we get off to another slow start and fall behind early? One and out, or a deep run?
One thing is for sure, it’s a very big deal for our favorite heart breakers to have qualified for the NFL After Party. Next year we will again be expecting more of the same. It’s always a larger than life accomplishment; a major step for us to get over the hump and make a run at a Super-Bowl. It happens so little around here; we could never take it for granted. It really is a big deal, don’t we all know it? Go Bucs!!