And so the roller coaster continues
Good teams find a way to win. Bad teams find a way to lose. Almost as basic NFL as the off-tackle run, student body left in the college game and not knowing that counting to five in Washington goes 1-2-3-4-4.
So the Bucs today are 8-5. I don't know how, I don't really know why, all I know is that they are. And isn't it great?
30 years of following the Buccaneers has seen enough highs and lows. All too many lows of course tempered by the incredible high in San Diego in January 2003. But have you ever seen a rollercoaster season like the one Tampa Bay is experiencing now?
The lows of blowout losses to Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Or the gut-wrenching narrow defeats to the Falcons The highs of the narrow wins in Cincinnati and over the Rams.
The lows of the injuries to Jeff Faine, Davin Joseph, Aqib Talib and Cory Grimm. The highs of the emergence of new heroes every week, some so young they don't even know the true meaning of what they are involved in right now.
And so they go marching on. Or marching back to a half-full Raymond James Stadium next Sunday to take on the lowly Lions who of course did the Bucs a favour by beating playoff rivals Green Bay this past weekend. If people in Tampa don't want to start watching this plucky young team, the hell with them. The real fans will be there and the ones who cannot get to the New Sombrero in any shape or form will be on line behind them all the way.
Everyone right now is pencilling in two wins the next two weeks over Detroit and Seattle. They are looking at the records, that those two will be on the road and just assuming Raheem's dreams will be 10-5 going to the Bayou on the final weekend of the regular season. Well didn't the game in Washington teach you that nothing can be assumed?
Any Given Sunday became any given play at the end. Was it a 5th down or not? And then when all seemed not to be won, it was won. 11 years ago former Buc Dan Turk sent down a bad snap to future Buc Brad Johnson and Tony Dungy's team won a 1999 playoff game over the Redskins. Deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say.
The resilience shown by the 2010 Buccaneers is something to truly behold. Totally wiped out in the first quarter, run over like a possum on the freeway. Somehow only 10-3 down at the half when the game could have been over with 30 minutes to play.
But good teams find a way to win and bad teams find a way to lose. And ladies and gentlemen, the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proving to be a very good team.
A few other notes from yesterday's events
Was it just me or when the TV coverage showed Dan Snyder in his owner's box, did half a million people watching yell out "Twat"?
The Minnesota v NY Giants game will be played 24 hours late in Detroit and attendance will be free. Is this the first time in living memory that Lions' fans have been able to watch two decent NFL teams play at the same time?
The Bucs do have one similarity with their sister-owned Manchester United. Their coach can give the "hairdryer treatment" at half-time to his players. How else do you explain the turnaround by the defense in the second half?
Winner of the easiest punchline ever - "the roof is caving in for the Vikings".
Winner of the most unsubtle dig ever - Halling for his childish comment about all the Bucs' money going to pay Wayne Rooney. "Twat"!
Doesn't Donovan McNabb look a shadow of his former self? You have to give Andy Reid some credit (and a few more pies) for trading him away when he had Fido and Kevin Kolb up his sleeve in Philadelphia. And how bad a coach does Mike Shanahan look now?
You've been great, enjoy T'Pau.