I'm new to the site but love what I see so far and can't wait to get more involved.
A question for you though- If you were to think back over the past 30 years or so of Bucs football, which individual games stick out most in your minds? Things like huge comebacks, miraculous wins, crazy things that happened in the stands, SuperBowls, conference championships, blunder type games (Leon Lett type things)?
Thanks guys!! Just trying to get some insight into what makes the Bucs so special to so many of us!!
Because I can...
Week 13 - December 9th, 2001
I’m eager to see if any of you remember this game. It’s the most memorable game of my life and the result couldn’t have been any more irrelevant to the Bucs successes or the National Media’s attention. The opponent? The Detroit Lions came into Ray Jay at (0-11), ha! The Bucs were sitting at (6-5).
My buddy Adam aka Awburn7 snagged some tickets from a woman he and I baby sitted for one night. Don’t laugh the kid had just got a PS2 with Madden and we were two dogs in a candy store that night. The tickets the lady gave us were in the end zone. Nobody wants to sit in the end zone, but these seats were special. Not only did they possess our right to experience our very first Buccaneers game. These Seats were on the FRONT ROW!! We were so ecstatic when we got to the Stadium. We had a third buddy come with us and he got a ticket at the game and eventually got to sit behind us at some point in the 1st half.
The pre-game was amazing. Tony Dungy, John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, Warren Sapp, Warrick Dunn, Mike Alstott, the list goes on… The Lions S Todd Lyght actually shook our hands prior to the start of the game, which made us instant fans of him. From that point on we were ravage beasts. We never sat down.
If you’ll remember back, this was the season in which WR Keyshawn Johnson had not caught a touchdown pass up to that point. So naturally I made a poster with a bull’s-eye on it pleading Keyshawn to ’Catch a Touchdown Here’… in other words, in our end zone. This game had it all: Brad Johnson threw for over 300 yards (with two ints), Alstott had a patented 24 yard rumble-and-stumble into the end zone. Keyshawn Johnson had his game of the season with 10 catches for 101 yards. There was only one downfall...
The Bucs were losing the game deep into the fourth quarter, to a winless, but scrappy as hell Lions squad. Keyshawn Johnson despite his success had not made it into the end zone and the clock was running out. The Bucs were trailing 12-7 with less than 5 minutes to go when Brad Johnson orchestrated an eighty yard drive. How did the Bucs cap that drive off? With a GAME WINNING touchdown pass to, you guessed it, WR Keyshawn Johnson, in? In our freaking end zone!!! It was simply amazing. Mike Alstott caught a two point conversion to put the Bucs up by three with :54 seconds to go in the ball game. The defense held!!!
It was such an amazing atmosphere. You would have never known that the Bucs had just beat a winless ball club. To us and the rest of the crazy crowd it was the equivalent of a Super bowl win. The ending was so sweet. To cap off the victory, me and the fellas were walking back to our truck when a kid and his family walked up to us and explained how they just saw us on T.V… We were amazed at the days events… I will never EVER forget that game and I’ll probably never EVER Eclipse that experience at another sporting event in my life….
So let’s hear it from you guys!!!