Monday, July 24, 2006
Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski signs with the Bucs. The Bucs took Gradkowski in this years draft with one of their two 6th round picks.
From what I have read, Gruden has the hots for this QB. Could this spell doom for Rattay, or even McCown and most defiantly Jared Allen.? If Gradkowski has a great training camp, which all indicators point to yes, this might hurt Simms contract next season, specially if Simms has a bad year (Which I hope not).
It is funny how most of the media is referring to Gradkowski as the future QB of the Bucs. I already like this guy, but we have heard this before, with King, Simms, and now Gradkowski. So lets just see what happens.
To make room for Gradkowski on the 89-man camp roster, the Bucs released first-year fullback Robert Douglas. Draft picks do not count against the 80-man (plus exemptions) roster until they have signed a contract, but they cannot report to camp without a deal.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
First let me remind some critics out there, that I was the first to break the story on May 22nd, 2oo6 that the Bucs were working on a deal with Ronde. Ronde Barber is here to stay.
Back in May I received a phone call from my good friend, who works at One Buc Place and told me that the Bucs were going to get a deal done with Ronde this season.
Sure it took longer then expected, after all the Bucs had to make sure they had money for the rookies. Like Bruce Allen said, Ronde was already under contract and had agreed to honor it without holding out. So Allen had time to work on Ronde's deal. Now it seems that the deal will be finalized this week according to the Orlando Sentinel's reporter Chris Harry:
"It took a few years, but the Bucs seem to have figured that out. The team isOrlando Sentinel
expected to give Barber a generous contract extension this week."
Now after all the bitching that some of the Bucs Bloggers have done about the Bucs letting Ronde go next season, now one is bitching about what it might cost to keep Ronde. from a confused soul .
Well let me say this, Cutthroat Pirate has done it again, and after the deal is finalized and public, I will be the one saying "TOLD YOU SO" . I think someone is just out right jealous of another's blog, knowledge and sources. GROW UP.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Sorry it has taken me a short while to get the Bucs news out, I have taken an early retirement from Law Enforcement, and now I am starting to prepare my new career as a RN. So, I have been preparing for school. After having a BA in Business and going back to school, for an AA in a science field, I have much more respect for my new career, plus it pays almost double what I was making.
Anyway it has kept me off of here a little, but never fear, I will still be around. Plus I will be still going to training Camp almost every day, since school starts near the end of August. So I should have pictures of training camp posted on here daily.
Bucs legend, and a name that will surely be in the Bucs future RING of HONOR, which Derrick Brooks is working on, was on the NFL Network. Mike Alstott, said that he had to come back for another year, because there is something special about this team. He said it feels as if it is 2002 all over again. If that does not make you smile as a Bucs fan, this sure will: casinos in Vegas have been taking bets on the NFL season, and the Bucs are one of the teams that are predicted to go to the Super Bowl. The AFC team was the Steelers until Big Ben went down. The three teams leading the NFC are the Bucs, Panthers, and The Redskins.
Anyway Mike's interview was refreshing and he says he is ready to come back and be a leader for this team. He also said it made him feel really good that Coach Gruden had a big push in his returning for one more season.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
What a night at the St. Pete Times Forum, watching Bucs players for two hours at the Michael Clayton Celebrity Hoops Jam. I really enjoyed seeing Lamar Thomas the old Bucs receiver. Other Bucs were Cadillac Williams, Anthony McFarland, (who coached Clayton's team), Chris Simms, Juran Bolden, Alex Smith, Greg Spires. Other NFL players that were there was Warrick Dunn, Corey Ivy, Shaun King, Marcus Spears, Dwight Smith and Peter Warrick. Warrick Dunn and Dwight Smith got a huge fan welcome.
Michael Clayton won the game during a 15 second overtime, which was the four overtime period played. He won it with a 3 point shot with no time left on the clock.
Anyway it was fun and what a way to met the Bucs players again.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
My season tickets arrived today, and Wow what a difference from last seasons tickets. Last year my four seats were in a regular envelope, this season they are in a nice calendar type spiral book. With photos and images with lots of information. This was a nice gift for season ticket holders, THANKS to the BUCCANEERS for caring about their fans.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I was watching Fox News yesterday morning, and saw what is referred to as Tiki Tuesday. As we all know Tiki Barber is the twin brother of the Bucs Ronde Barber. Barber has appeared a number of times as a guest host on Fox News' morning show, Fox & Friends and has signed a contract with the network to be a general contributor and appear each Tuesday (dubbed "Tuesdays with Tiki" or "Tiki Tuesday") on the morning program.
The topic of the day was "How to approach your boss on getting a raise". Of course the joke was for Tiki to try this approach with Coach Tom Coughlin. I don't remember all the steps they talked about, but I do remember one was to get a job offering from another company and then go to your boss, but be prepared to leave if he does not give you the pay raise. Tiki said that maybe he should see if the Washington Redskins would give him an offer. Then they all laughed and said that Tiki was underpaid as a runningback in the NFL and the Giants should treat him better.
How does this relate to the Bucs, well like a good brother, Tiki said at the end, his brother Ronde is also underpaid. We all know the rumors going around that Ronde will not be in a Bucs uniform next season. However, like I have said before, Ronde will get his, and it will be from the Bucs. Why not let the guy play out his last year on the contract, which in the past contract years make Pro-Bowl Players. Playing for a new contract does something to a player, where he finds a new level of play. Then Ronde gets his new contract at the end of this season.
Lets not forget the League MVP last season was playing for a new contract and he went to the Superbowl (Shaun Alexander).