BUC BIRTHDAYS - JULY 20th Lots of former Tampa Bay players are celebrating birthdays today including one of the most inspirational of them all. The work Randy Grimes has done to help people with addiction issues in recent years has been amazing and his book about his life and struggles will shortly be published.  He turns 59 today and is a friend of this site. G Ian Beckles (52) played seven seasons in Tampa having been a 5th round pick in 1990 and is more well known for his pretty poor radio work in the Bay area. S Craig Curry (58) made 16 starts between 1984 and 1986 on some rather bad Buc teams, TE Collin Franklin (31) played two games in 2011, LB Jamie Duncan (44) was a 3rd round pick in 1998 who started for three seasons and CB Deji Olatuye (28) made three appearances during 2017.
THE 2019 SCHEDULE The official NFL schedule was released with all the usual leaks and previews being totally wrong and of course the Bucs were discriminated against by the NFL.  Some things never change. The Carolina game will be played in London at Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground which opened last month. The Bucs’ two previous games in the UK were both played at Wembley Stadium. The Bucs do go seven weeks without a home game at Raymond James Stadium due to the London trip which counts as one of their eight regular season home games this season. Sep 8 San Francisco H 4.25pm Sep 12 Carolina A 8.20pm Sep 22 NY Giants H 4.05pm Sep 29 LA Rams A 4.05pm Oct 6 New Orleans A 1.00pm Oct 13 Carolina Lon 9.30am Oct 27 Tennessee A 1.00pm Nov 3 Seattle A 1.00pm Nov 10 Arizona H 1.00pm Nov 17 New Orleans H 1.00pm Nov 24 Atlanta A 1.00pm Dec 1 Jacksonville A 1.00pm Dec 8 Indianapolis H 1.00pm Dec 15 Detroit A 1.00pm Dec 21/22 Houston H tbd Dec 29 Atlanta H 1.00pm All games on Fox Sports except the home game with the Colts which will be on CBS and the Thursday night game in Carolina which will be on the NFL Network.  The Houston home game could be switched to the Saturday otherwise it will be a CBS game on the Sunday.
GERALD McCOY RELEASED The nine-year run of one of the finest players on and off the field in Tampa Bay came to an end as the Bucs released Gerald McCoy.   It was no secret that his $13M salary was going to be excessive going into the 2019 season and no kind of re-negotiation was going to happen. McCoy was one of the best people I ever came across during his time with the Bucs and his performance on the field was worthy of his many Pro Bowl appearances. Some of the social media comments by so- called fans about him in recent weeks has been nothing short of disgusting and I wish him and his family well even though he has signed for the Carolina Panthers.
THE BUCS COMING TO LONDON I have been asked by many people for advice on travelling to the UK to watch the Buccaneers playing the Panthers on October 13th.    I have put together a guide on this for Bucs Life News and the Bucs London Bound Facebook pages which you can also find at the link below.   Travel tips, accomodation, tourist attractions and the game itself -  any other questions can be addressed through those Facebook pages or directly to me at editor@bucpower.com. Click here for the London Bucs guide