May 9, 2021

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In 1976, the Buccaneers came aboard. They lost all of their games that inaugural season going 0-14. Then, in 1977 they lost the first 12 games. They went 2-12 that second season.

Three years later, in 1979, the Bucs made it to the NFC Championship Game only to lose to the Los Angeles Rams (barely) 9-0. That stellar Tampa Bay defense was lead by the first Bucs Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon. May he rest in peace as he watches the Super Bowl from heaven.

It wasn’t until 23 years later that the Bucs would have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl again. And they did, then they beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII with a defensive showing worthy of the ’85 Bears (SB XX Champs).

It was Jon Gruden’s first season as the Bucs Head Coach. He took over for Tony Dungy. Bucs purists still argue that it was Dungy’s team that Gruden took to the Super Bowl. Add to it, Jon Boy came from being the HC for the Raiders. So, he kinda knew the Oakland roster pretty well. Not saying that was the main factor in the Bucs’ great Super Bowl win. Just saying that it was part of Gruden’s psyche.

The culmination of solid defensive draft picks in the 1990s propelled Tampa Bay atop the NFL’s elite when they took home the Lombardi Trophy after the 2002-03 season.

So, here we are some 18 years later, going to the Super Bowl in our backyard at Raymond James Stadium. Though; it’s supposed to be a neutral site, you can’t paint over all the Bucs red. The NFL won’t allow the cannons to fire after Tampa Bay scores. That’s understandable, but that’s not going to stop every Bucs fan surrounding RJS to light off their own fireworks after the Bucs score.

I don’t care about the cannons firing. I just care about the Bucs winning. It’s been a fairytale season, and just making it to the Super Bowl would suffice. However, there’s so much more to our beloved Bucs this season!

In 2020 the Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series only to lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup beating the Dallas Stars.

Now, it’s time for the Buccaneers to play in their respective championship game. Is it really possible that Tom Brady will win his 7th Super Bowl Title with his new Bucs team? Yes, it’s possible.

I’m just happy they’re playing in the Super Bowl. But I want another Lombardi Trophy to put next to the other one at One Buc Place.

It seems that the Kansas City Chiefs are on track to become the 1990’s Chicago Bulls of the NFL. I don’t know how the Bucs Defense is going to stop KC’s star QB Patrick Mahomes, but you can be damn sure the Bucs coaching staff will look very closely at that Week 12 game at RJS when they lost to KC 27-24. The score seems closer than it actually was. The Chiefs were far better than the Bucs that day. But Brady almost brought them back.

The next few days will be nerve-racking for us Bucs fans/ The game cannot come soon enough. I’m nervous, to say the least! Confident, but nervous, nonetheless.

Our pro teams in Tampa Bay are the best in their respective sports. Not something the national sports media likes. Being a fan of any team in the Sunshine State has its infinite stigmas, but that’s on those outsides of Florida, not on us.

The talking heads on the national sports scale can’t deal with Tampa Bay being a sports mecca. So screw them I say! … When Tom Brady decided to leave the Patriots after two decades to come to Tampa Bay, one of the worst franchises in sports history, it was a sign that the football Gods are on our side.

I think the Bucs will scrape out a win by a point or two. Will Tommy lead the Bucs down the field in the last minutes? Will Ryan Succop kick a game-winning field goal? Or will the Bucs defense shine as they’ve done so far during this amazing playoff run?

Not sure if I’ll be able to sleep on Saturday night.

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