Prior to last week's game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received arguably the least media attention of any team in the NFL. Even after we picked up talented free agents, hired a new coach, and beat a team in week one few predicted us to win. Even watching the recaps of the Panther and Bucs, analysts only mentioned what Carolina did wrong, not whats the Bucs did right. The devoted followers of Bucs Nation know there is reason to be excited about this team and want other NFL fans to start recognizing the Buccaneers as a contender, however this will never happen without media attention.
After first hearing the backlash from the play at the end of the New York Giant's game last week (that we all know so well), I thought to myself, oh great another black eye for the Buccaneers, however, I have started to change my mind. The all to popular saying, any attention is good attention applies here. It is already Friday and we are still making national headlines. I would have to admit, even if we had beaten the Giants last week I would doubt news outlets would still be talking about us, but bring in some controversy, potential bad blood, and personal opinions from payers and coaches around the league and suddenly the NFL has a new Badass in town. Ladies and gentleman, I give you a team true to the name, a team ready for some smash mouth football, a team that should be feared for years to come, the unrelenting, the unforgiving Tampa Bay Buccaneers!The NFL has not had a true villain since the Raiders more than ten years ago (last time they were relevant). To be a villain, a team must be feared by their opponents, hated by other teams fans, and of course have fitting name. The Buccaneers are a prime team to take on the challenge of this infamous roll. Heading in to this weekends game, vs "America's Teams" the Dallas Cowboys would be the perfect coming out party. For a team the needs a spark this is it. For a team not in a major market that has trouble avoiding blackouts every home game this is the spark to re-energize the fan base and gain national recognition.
An important disclaimer, a villain team does not mean a dirty team. To quote Captain Schiano, we need to play good, clean, hard football for 60 minutes. However, we will not apologize, we will hit you hard, and we will fight to the end. Get ready to hate us league, the new look Bucs have arrived, time to bring back the Black Jerseys.