According to sources, the cannons in Raymond James Stadium will not bang; however, they may smoke. The Super Bowl is considered a nuetral place to compete and although it is the Buccaneers home stadium, there will not be any cannons singing when the Buccaneers enter the redzone or score. The news comes to this Bucs’ fan as a slap in the face as it will to many.
Long since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put the pirate ship on display, cannons sounded off for the Buccaneers, but this game will be different, since it is the NFL’s game and not the Buccaneers. Sounds odd, right? Bucs are the first team to every host a Super Bowl so it seems a bit unfair, but fair is the keyword. It would be unfair to every NFL team to play in a nuetral location for the Super Bowl who was not allowed to present thier arms, so to speak, and the NFL woud not want to set a presedence moving forward.
Considering the fact that this is a historic moment for the NFL and the Buccaneers – being the first time that a team has played the big game in it’s home stadium – I could see an allowance for those cannons to be in chorus in some capacicty; even if upon announcement of the team or teams as they run out on to the field. If not, at least we could see them smoke. I surely hope so. They’d just have to.