BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS A pair of former Tampa Bay running backs celebrate birthdays on May 24th along with every Lightning fan enjoying the sweep of the Panthers today as well. Scott Dierking (67) was a former Jet who played eight games in 1984 and made two starts at FB, scoring on his only reception for the Bucs. Kareem Huggins (36) was a back-up during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and saw action in six games in his Buccaneer career.
CALVIN MAGEE 1963-2022 News came through Friday evening that Calvin had passed away. He had suffered a heart attack last weekend and had been on life support the last two days. He was an undrafted free agent who made the 1985 team as a back-up TE to Jimmie Giles and Jerry Bell and scored a touchdown in his first NFL game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Bears. He would play four seasons with the Bucs totalling 114 receptions for 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns making 34 starts. He then went on to a long coaching career with many stops including USF and West Virginia. He was a supporter of this site and I had supplied him several years ago with clips from his career which he really appreciated. RIP Calvin.
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There are different stages of the NFL schedule release. The first involves looking at the opponents around January and complaining that it is unfair against your team, even though the pattern is set years in advance by the NFL. Then you have a final two weeks of “schedule leaks” with people claiming they know a particular game and opponent, most of which are total bollocks. Then you have the international game releases which have to be done a little more in advance. And then finally the odd game is released by the networks in the days leading up to the official NFL release. Folllowed by multiple social media posts claiming that said supported team has been discriminated against by the NFL and how incredibly unfair it all is. Sometimes it makes even mock drafts seem readable.
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