For the past eight months, a group of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans has been building a Stick Carrier movement. Informally started by JoeBucsFan’s Justin Pawlowski, the name refers to a locker-room speech head coach Dirk Koetter gave toward the end of last season, when he shouted “speak softly and carry a big motherf***ing stick!”
That movement’s been building slowly but surely, and today, those fans were out in force. And I mean a lot of force. Take a look.
Give it up for DIRK!— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 5, 2017
Let's get this season started!
Now that’s impressive. I’m also sure this’ll look great for the Hard Knocks cameras.
You could already tell that there’s more excitement the last few years, and the stadium’s gotten a lot louder already. If the Stick Carriers can push the Bucs fanbase to get more passionate, and to get a little louder in the stadium when the other team has the ball, the Bucs could finally have that old home-field advantage back. The advantage we haven’t seen in nearly a decade—which is exactly how long we’ve been missing playoff football in Tampa.
Time for things to change.