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6 October 2003Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 Indianapolis Colts 38Click here for the game detailsThe Monday Night meltdown and the infamous “leaping” call on DE Simeon Rice on the potential game-winning field goal in overtime.The Bucs led 35-14 with less than five minutes left in Tony Dungy’s return to Tampa and things looked good for Jon Gruden’s team thanks to three Keenan McCardell touchdowns, one on a strange fumble return, and another Ronde Barber interception return.Then the Colts came back behind 197 yards of offense from QB Peyton Manning that saw three unanswered Indianapolis touchdowns and an unexpected overtime. The extra period saw K Mike Vanderjagt miss a 40-yard attempt only for Rice to be called for the most unusual penalty and the Colts’ kicker made no mistake second time around from 29 yards.“They called jumping, and they said he landed on some teammates or landed on some other people” said Jon Gruden after the game. “I’m really going to look at that play, obviously, carefully. I don’t believe we were in error, at least what I could see on the field. We had numerous chances to win this game. I’m not going to cry about that one.”
Roster movesThe most shocking and surprising roster move of all - NOT! The Bucs released K Kyle Brindza. They also released WR Adam Humphries who was one of the stars of pre-season leaving them with two spare spots on the 53-man roster.
Buccaneer birthdaysThree former Bucs are celebrating birthdays today ironically including a kicker who was released at mid-season. Ken Willis had been signed from Dallas before the start of the 1992 season but only lasted nine games before being cut. Also with birthdays today are LB Calvin Peterson who started four games for the expansion team before getting hurt and WR Greg Richardson who was briefly on the 1988 squad.
The BUCPOWER.COM Facebook pageWe have well over 1,300 people now associated with the site’s Facebook page including many former players. As well as the “On this day” video clips, other highlight clips from franchise history are posted on there with some great comments and memories being added once they are there. Simply search “Buc_Power” on Facebook to become friends - it is a unique account rather than a group and all are welcome!
Thoughts on another lossThis is getting depressing and seriously monotonous. Can you honestly see things improving the rest of the year?Next Sunday the Jaguars come to Tampa in what could be one of the lowest attended games in RJS history. Lose this one and I can see Lovie getting sacked during the bye week and Dirk Koetter taking over the job.