BUCCANEER COMMENTATORSWhen the Bucs take the field in New York, the game will be on ESPN as part of the iconic Monday Night Football broadcast. Their current team is Steve Levy doing the play-by-play assisted by Louis Reddick and Brian Griese. Griese will therefore become the sixth different former Buccaneer to call a game for national TV. The first was former safety Beasley Reece who worked for NBC and called the 1991 season finale as well as a 1996 game. The success of the Super Bowl team led to the likes of Ronde Barber, John Lynch and Anthony McFarland all working Buccaneer games.The best story regarding Buc commentators is QB Jason Garrett who called the 2004 game in New Orleans. Chris Simms got hurt and hence Garrett was signed to the roster for the following two weeks. He then returned to commentary and then coaching where he became “The Clapper” in Dallas.
ON THIS DAY IN BUCS HISTORY29 Oct 2000 - Beating the undefeatedTampa Bay Bucs 41 Minnesota Vikings 13Click here for the game detailsIt always worked - whenever the Bucs were struggling, bring the Vikings to Raymond James Stadium. This was the Buc offense at its best with four Shaun King touchdowns and a 31-13 half-time lead. "It's been so long since we had a win, it just cures so many things" John Lynch said. It also ended the Vikings' hope of a perfect season once again, their 15-1 mark in 1998 only being blemished by a loss to the Bucs in Tampa.
BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYSThere are just two members of the all-time roster with birhdays on October 29th, one of whom you were probably not aware was a member of the Buccaneers.CB Torrie Cox (40) was a 6th round pick in 2003 who played six seasons with the Bucs primarily on special teams but also saw action as a nickel back and made four starts.K Greg Davis (55) was a 9th round pick in 1987 who never kicked for the Bucs but was briefly on the roster. He then went on to score over 1,000 points in the NFL for the Cardinals and other teams.
ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ KEEP THOSE DOGGIES ROLLIN’ RAWHIDEWe got both kinds of football, offense and defense. With apologies to Bob’s Country Bunker in The Blues Brothers, no performance there could have matched the Bucs in Las Vegas. This was a Raider team coming off a win over the Chiefs and a bye week and the Bucs put up 45 points and won going away.The scary thing is there is more to come from this team. The offensive line is playing some awesome football right now with Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa providing some of the best guard play seen in years. The pass rush works in harmony with the secondary leaving the dynamic duo of David and White to just destroy ball carriers at will. I’m off to celebrate with an orange whip - anyone else want one?