50 Things I Have Loved About Covering The Bucs

SR’s Fab 5 is a set of reporting and evaluation on the Bucs from yours really, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds. Listed below are 4 issues that caught my consideration this week, plus some random tidbits in my Buc Pictures part on the finish. Take pleasure in!

I flip 50 tomorrow on April 23 – I didn’t thoughts turning 40 a decade in the past.

At age 40 I used to be in nice form, and to me, 40 was the brand new 30.

I’m nonetheless in fairly fine condition as I hit 50. However some well being scares final yr with my esophagus (I misplaced my voice for shut to 2 months final summer season and it slowly got here again within the fall), a bit of bout with pores and skin most cancers, and the sudden and tragic dying of my good friend and colleague Mark Cook dinner, who was 50, final August have me feeling fairly mortal lately.

The Reynolds household

Pewter Report has lined the Bucs 2022 draft about in addition to we will. You received’t discover higher protection elsewhere. Longtime PR readers know we do the very best job of nailing Bucs draft picks with our Bucs’ Greatest Bets yearly. We precisely forecast the choices of each Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Kyle Trask final yr. Each had been Bucs’ Greatest Bets at their positions. And had been picks No. 32 and No. 64 in our closing mock draft final yr.

Earlier Bucs’ Greatest Bets embrace Devin White and Jamel Dean in 2019 and Vita Vea in 2018. I feel we’ve appropriately picked about 40 Bucs or so in my 27 years faithfully serving you at Pewter Report (previously Buccaneer Journal again within the Nineties).

We’ll have our closing Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft on Sunday evening, plus extra PR podcasts and draft previews with Bucs’ Greatest Bets subsequent week. So as a substitute of me overloading you with much more Bucs draft speak on this SR’s Fab 5, I believed I’d do one thing completely different.

I’ve determined to replicate on my practically three a long time of Bucs protection and listing the 50 issues I’ve beloved essentially the most about masking your favourite group. I feel you’ll discover a number of the issues I point out to be insightful and hopefully entertaining.

FAB 1. Pewter Report, My Employees And Our Readers

1. The Help From My Household Makes It Doable

Ashley is the love of my life, however she jokes that Pewter Report is definitely my spouse and she or he’s my mistress. In any case, I’ve had an extended work relationship with this Bucs reporting enterprise – 27 years – than another relationship I’ve had outdoors of being my mom’s son. However I couldn’t do that with out the love and help of Ashley and the youngsters – Ellie, Caden, Logan and Jillian. Thanks for the love you’ve proven me. And for placing up with the lengthy hours in coaching camp, soccer season and round free company and the draft.

I additionally appreciated the help from my late mom, Judy. She was the one who received me fascinated about soccer as a child and inspired my writing. Mother was my largest fan.

2. The Pewter Reporters I Have Labored With

Matt Matera, Jon Ledyard, Mark Cook, Alison Pendrick, Scott Reynolds and Taylor Jenkins

Matt Matera, Jon Ledyard, Mark Cook dinner, Alison Pendrick, Scott Reynolds and Taylor Jenkins – Photograph by: Ashley Reynolds

Any basic supervisor is barely pretty much as good as his employees. And I’ve been blessed to work with some superb Pewter Reporters in my time. There are method too many to call as a result of I’ll overlook some, however long-timers just like the late, nice Mark Cook dinner, Jim Flynn, Charlie Campbell, Trevor Sikkema, Matt Matera and Jon Ledyard should be singled out for his or her loyalty and nice contributions.

I like how the Pewter Report employees has grown over the previous yr, too. J.C. Allen, Paul Atwal, Josh Queipo, Kasey Hudson and some others we’ll add quickly. Extra nice Pewter Reporters imply extra nice content material for you – the Bucs fan.

3. Serving to Develop Younger Reporters

It’s been superior to play a small function in serving to some younger reporters attain new heights – even when its elsewhere. Jenna Laine is now thriving as ESPN’s Bucs reporter. Campbell has been a draft fixture at WalterFootball.com Sikkema went from Pewter Report back to The Draft Community and is now at Professional Soccer Focus. Former intern Chris Krenn is now the media relations supervisor and beat author for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Taylor Jenkins is now a lead sportswriter for the Plant Metropolis Observer.

All of those nice journalists – and others – had the expertise to get there on their very own. I didn’t do a lot to assist them. But I’m honored to have labored with them and name them Pewter Report alumni. Should you’re a younger reporter and would love some recommendation or previous man knowledge, don’t hesitate to succeed in out to me.

4. Naming Pewter Report

Pewter Report Magazine

Pewter Report Journal

As a few of you already know, I went to Kansas State College from 1990-95 earlier than shifting to Tampa to cowl the Bucs. The enterprise was referred to as Buccaneer Journal again within the day. Buccaneer Journal was a tabloid-sized newspaper revealed weekly through the season with 4 huge offseason points. A few of you old-timers had been subscribers again then. We debuted BucMag.com, our first web site, in 1998.

We’ve all the time been an impartial media outlet. However we had a sub-license to make use of the title Buccaneer from the group up till 2002. That’s when the Glazers approached us a few title change to keep away from confusion. We used to get calls at our workplace about season tickets, and the Bucs used to get calls from followers eager to subscribe or change their tackle.

The Glazers politely requested us to alter the title and we complied as a result of any advertising and marketing we did again then needed to get approval from the group, which was cumbersome. I used to be a public relations main with emphasis on journalism at Okay-State. I additionally interned for 3 years with the KSU sports activities data division for some sensible P.R. expertise. So I got here up with the title Pewter Report. The phrase “Pewter” was used due to the distinctive Bucs colour. And the phrase “Report” was as a result of that’s what we did. I discovered it humorous that as a P.R. main I’d run an organization also referred to as “PR.”

5. Working With The Bucs Communications Employees

Talking of P.R., the Bucs public relations employees – formally referred to as the communications division – has been excellent to work with through the years. There have been some nice ones I’ve labored with previously, together with Jason Wahlers, Tony Morreale, Dan Berglund and Jeff Kamis amongst others. However communications director Nelson Luis and his employees is the very best I’ve been round. Mike Pehanich, Chris King, Andrew Holman and Danielle Burns are absolute aces that make Pewter Report’s job simple.

6. Pewter Report’s Media Partnerships

Pewter Report has had great partnerships with WDAE 95.3 FM and WFLA Information Channel 8 through the years. Proud to work with John Mamola and his on-air crew, in addition to Dan Lucas and Karen Loftus on Information Channel 8. It’s been enjoyable to take PR from the web site to the airwaves on radio and TV to succeed in new Bucs followers.

7. Pewter Report’s Secret Weapons

Scott Reynolds, Cliff Welch and Bucs COO Brian Ford

Scott Reynolds, Cliff Welch and Bucs COO Brian Ford

Pewter Report’s director of images Cliff Welch has truly been with the corporate longer than I’ve. He began taking pictures for Buccaneer Journal within the early Nineties. Welch’s images have gotten higher every year. I hope you’ve loved them within the previous magazines and on-line on PewterReport.com.

Kyle Theil is PewterReport.com’s webmaster. He’s the mechanic that retains the PR automotive going across the monitor at excessive speeds. We consider Theil just like the fifth Beatle of Pewter Report. He’s important to the expansion of our web site.

8. Rising The Pewter Report Enterprise

Who would’ve although Pewter Report would outlast the Tampa Tribune? It’s been wild to see our ascension up the media totem pole from the times when the Tribune, the Occasions, the Orlando Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune all lined the group. Now it’s simply PR and the Occasions from the previous days.

PewterReport.com hit 1.3 million guests in 2020 – the primary time we’ve hit 1,000,000. We had over 2.5 million guests final yr and this yr we’ve already reached 1.6 million Bucs followers. That’s superb development that I’m actually pleased with.

9. Pewter Report’s Possession

You don’t know Hugh MacArthur, however he’s Pewter Report’s proprietor and president. My precise title is vice chairman and writer. MacArthur is greater than my boss. He’s my pricey good friend and mentor. His unwavering help by means of some down Bucs years and thru the pandemic has been each essential and beneficiant. His sister, Alison Pendrick, has been an enormous addition to our firm and runs our operations behind the scenes. Couldn’t do it with out both one.

10. You, The Loyal Pewter Report Reader

People, I saved the very best for final. It’s you – the diehard Bucs fan and dependable Pewter Report reader. Pewter Report wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t have this profession with out you logging on and studying our Bucs content material. Thanks all for supporting me, and our endeavors at PR for practically three a long time.

FAB 2. The Bucs Gamers

Okay, let’s get to the enjoyable stuff – the Buccaneers. Listed below are my favourite Bucs gamers I’ve loved masking by means of the years.

11. Interviewing The Legendary Ronde Barber

Bucs DE Will Gholston and Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds and Bucs legend Ronde Barber – Photograph by: Mark Cook dinner/PR

Barber was my absolute favourite Buccaneer to observe and interview. As an goal media member, I’m not purported to have favorites. Too dangerous – it’s Barber. He’s some of the cerebral and thrilling gamers I’ve ever lined. I beloved our interviews, which all the time went over the allotted time as a result of Barber was simply so attention-grabbing. It’s a criminal offense he’s not within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame

12. Surviving Hurricane Warren Sapp

I name him Hurricane Warren not simply because he went to Miami. Sapp was a power of nature on and off the sphere. We butted heads just a few occasions in open locker room media classes, however mutually revered one another. The brash, daring Sapp was a tremendous interview since you by no means knew what you had been going to get. If I used to be going to begin a group he can be my first general select of all of the Bucs not named Tom Brady. This dominating Corridor of Famer actually willed the Tampa Bay franchise to greatness.

13. Being In The Presence Of Tom Brady

Because of the pandemic I lined Brady for a full yr on Zoom earlier than I truly met him on the Bruce Arians Gala final yr. Brady is a global sports activities icon the likes of which Tampa Bay has by no means seen. Seeing him and his mastery of the quarterback place in individual is such a thrill for this reporter. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a recreation day or a coaching camp observe.

14. Appreciating The Nice Lavonte David

Constant. Clutch. Form. Chief. Underneath-appreciated. These are a number of the phrases that come to thoughts whereas describing David and his good, 10-year Tampa Bay profession. He’s the second-best linebacker in Bucs historical past behind Brooks, and one of many nicest, most accommodating gamers to interview, as nicely. David even got here out and spoke to my Pop Warner just a few years in the past. He’s only a nice man and an incredible participant. I really feel for David for not getting the nationwide recognition he’s due. When the Bucs received Tremendous Bowl LV, I used to be the happiest for him.

15. Watching The Greatness Of Mike Evans

Scott Reynolds and Bucs WR Mike Evans

Scott Reynolds and Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photograph by: Mark Cook dinner/PR

I’ve lined loads of nice Buccaneers’ careers wire-to-wire, together with Barber, Sapp and Derrick Brooks amongst others. Seeing Evans’ rise to greatness from his first 1,000-yard season as rookie in 2014 to changing into a Bucs legend has been very satisfying. Masking a franchise identified for defensive legends, it’s been enjoyable to see the best offensive participant in Tampa Bay historical past come of age. And his off-field philanthropy is noteworthy, too.

16. The Simeon Rice Expertise

I swear Rice is an alien from the distant planet Simeon. His language and verbiage is intergalactic for positive. Interviewing Rice, who all the time had a smile on his face, was all the time a comical deal with. Rice was the very best athlete I’ve ever lined. I’d watch him observe for 3 hours within the Florida warmth after which run sprints like a quick gazelle afterwards. He by no means drained. Rice was the best, most dominating edge rusher I’ve ever seen in crimson and pewter. He must be within the Bucs Ring of Honor.

17. The Runaway Prepare That Was Mike Alstott

Alstott was quiet and didn’t like doing interviews. His severe, no-nonsense, workmanlike method to soccer was so attention-grabbing to watch. The six-time Professional Bowler may make a 6-yard run appear like an journey together with his distinctive mix of agility, steadiness and uncooked energy. The A-Prepare energized not solely the Bucs, however the followers as nicely with a few of his electrical runs. His landing run in opposition to Detroit within the 1997 playoffs was a factor of magnificence, and his TD within the Tremendous Bowl – the primary by any Buccaneer – was legendary.

18. The Fact From Demar Dotson

After I wanted a cash quote I all the time sought out Dotson. The large, 6-foot-9 proper deal with with the Southern drawl all the time advised the reality and didn’t sugarcoat something. There was no participant that made himself extra accessible to the media than Dotson. Not as a result of he had an ego. He simply appreciated the media and helped us do our jobs. Dotson is among the finest “self-made man” tales there’s. He performed basketball at Southern Miss and just one yr of soccer. The longest of lengthy pictures performed 11 years in Tampa Bay, largely as a starter.

19. El Dragón Hardy Nickerson

The Bucs gamers known as him “{Hardware}.” I known as him “El Dragón” as a result of that’s what he was known as in a Nike industrial again within the Nineties. His flex and Unimaginable Hulk pose fired up his teammates and the gang. Nickerson introduced the perspective crucial to show the franchise round within the mid-90s. He was intimidating to interview as a result of he was so intense on a regular basis. Nickerson is considered one of my favorites and needs to be within the Bucs Ring of Honor.

20. Mr. Jekyll And Hyde John Lynch

Lynch was the nicest man on this planet throughout interviews, however on the sphere he was a monster. One of many hardest-hitting gamers I’ve ever lined, Lynch as soon as knocked out his brother-in-law. True story. Lynch, a current Corridor of Famer, and I are nonetheless buddies at present. And I’m glad he’s by no means hit me.

21. Properly-Reasoned Tony Mayberry

One of many smartest gamers I’ve ever lined, Mayberry was the pondering man of the Bucs locker room within the Nineties. He was an amazing quote because of this, and I appreciated his technical savvy as the very best heart in Bucs historical past not named Ryan Jensen. He was the primary Tampa Bay offensive lineman to make the Professional Bowl (3 times). Mayberry deserves to be within the Bucs Ring of Honor.

22. Clutch Quote Will Gholston

Bucs DE Will Gholston and Scott Reynolds

Bucs DE Will Gholston and Scott Reynolds – Photograph by: Mark Cook dinner/PR

I actually admire Gholston as a result of he’s a gritty defensive lineman that does the soiled work within the run recreation. He’s performed 10 years in Tampa Bay and has been a go-to man for me once I want help quotes on different gamers. Sensible, educated and opinionated, Gholston would be the first participant I hunt down when open locker room resumes this yr.

23. My Favourite Wildcat Martin Gramatica

Hey, it was a blast having a fellow Okay-Stater in Tampa Bay. Sure, Josh Freeman went to Kansas State, however Gramatica was my favourite Wildcat within the locker room. His energetic celebrations after area targets had been legendary at Okay-State and Gramatica continued that with the Bucs. That made him a fan favourite. He was considered one of my favorites, too. So pleased he’s calling Bucs video games for the Spanish flagship station.

24. The Comedy Of Brad Culpepper

Nobody was funnier within the Bucs locker room than Culpepper. He was just like the courtroom jester, and all the time stored the temper gentle. Whereas Sapp dominated the locker room with an iron fist, Culpepper supplied a singular and wanted steadiness. The 2 gamers labored extraordinarily nicely collectively on and off the sphere due to their great soccer I.Q. Culpepper received his regulation diploma within the offseason whereas a member of the Buccaneers.

25. Mr. Good Man Cam Brate

Bucs TE Cam Brate - Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR

Bucs TE Cam Brate – Photograph by: Scott Reynolds/PR

Brate is a pleasant man – a very nice man. He’s additionally a extremely regular, strong tight finish. Brate has provide you with some clutch catches and touchdowns throughout his eight seasons in Tampa Bay. He’s an amazing interview and all the time wins the Fox 13 Bucs locker room trivia contest in opposition to his teammates. Brate has additionally been to a number of Pewter Report capabilities through the years and is beneficiant together with his time.

26. Tremendous Sub Tyoka Jackson

I truly turned buddies with Jackson as a result of we had been across the identical age within the Nineties. We went to a Wizards-Magic recreation collectively in Orlando and out to eat just a few occasions and he was a visitor at my wedding ceremony. I even named considered one of my canines Jackson after him. Jackson was an amazing quote within the locker room and I actually realized the worth of super-sub gamers like him. Guys like Jackson may come off the bench and play beneficial minutes on protection. Ellis Wyms was the identical kind of participant in Tampa Bay.

FAB 3. The Bucs Coaches

Soccer is a gamers recreation, however coaches are chargeable for the gamers’ growth. They set the tone, construct the tradition and make the essential calls on recreation day that (hopefully) put the gamers in the very best place to achieve success and win. I’ve lined some great coaches in Tampa Bay.

27. Studying From Jon Gruden

I realized extra soccer from Gruden and his teaching employees than anybody else in my tenure at Pewter Report. He had his flaws, however I admired the fervour and gusto with which he coached. The 2002 Tremendous Bowl season will all the time have its place in Bucs historical past. Gruden received a late begin after being traded for in mid-February. He needed to assemble a brand new offensive teaching employees and discover the fitting gamers. It was some of the tough and best teaching jobs of all-time, resulting in a 12-4 report. I developed an amazing relationship with Gruden through the years and name him my good friend to this present day.

28. Respecting Tony Dungy

I began masking the Buccaneers in 1995, strolling within the door with Sapp and Brooks. After experiencing the train-wreck of Sam Wyche, Dungy arrived and introduced calm, persistence and profitable to Tampa Bay. He settled the stormy seas and allowed the Bucs to cruise to victory after 13 years of non-playoff seasons. Dungy received with grace and sophistication and helped construct one of many league’s best protection. His daughter and mine had been buddies, so we might additionally see one another at birthday events. My mother would get a kick speaking soccer with Dungy on these events.

29. Butting Heads With Monte Kiffin

Scott and Ellie Reynolds with Bucs legendary DC Monte Kiffin

Scott and Ellie Reynolds with Bucs legendary DC Monte Kiffin

I beloved Kiffin and campaigned to get him into the Bucs Ring of Honor. However we butted heads huge time in 2001. Kiffin as soon as known as me into his workplace and browse me the riot act after one thing I revealed in Buccaneer Journal. The main points are an excessive amount of to get into proper now, however he didn’t speak to me till coaching camp through the summer season of 2002. Kiffin and I mended fences and have had an amazing relationship since.

30. The Vitality Of Raheem Morris

I bear in mind interviewing Kiffin one time about Mike Tomlin and the legendary defensive coordinator stated, “I’m pleased to speak about Mike, however the man you might want to control is Raheem Morris.” Kiffin was proper. Morris’ vitality is continuous and he rapidly rose up the ranks to turn into the successor to Gruden at age 33. Morris and I had an amazing relationship and I flew out to Okay-State to see him when he was the Wildcats defensive coordinator in 2006. Can’t wait till he’s a head coach once more. Morris deserves it.

31. The Generosity Of Joe Cullen

I actually received to know Cullen throughout his time in Tampa Bay as Lovie Smith’s defensive position coach. I want he had stayed on underneath Dirk Koetter somewhat than Jay Hayes, who was terrible and later fired. Cullen taught me quite a bit about defensive position play and even did a free teaching clinic for my Pop Warner defensive linemen through the summer season of 2015. I used to be glad to see him lastly get a defensive coordinator job in Jacksonville final yr. Cullen earned it and did a reputable job.

32. Being Wowed By Mike Tomlin

Former Bucs coach Mike Tomlin with Ashley and Scott Reynolds

Former Bucs coach Mike Tomlin with Ashley and Scott Reynolds

I featured “Mike T” on the quilt of a Buccaneer Journal titled “The Subsequent Huge Factor.” Brian Levy, Tomlin’s agent had me in a single day FedEx some copies of that difficulty to the Rooneys in Pittsburgh and credit me for serving to Tomlin get the Steelers job. I respect that, however doubt it. It was all him. “Mike T” was particular from the second I noticed him coach for the primary time in 2001 because the Bucs defensive backs coach. The fervour, the presence, the command of consideration and the eye to particulars. The Bucs had a franchise-record 31 interceptions in 2002. Tomlin’s DBs had 20 of them. I’m so pleased that he’s had a lot success teaching in Pittsburgh.

33. Understanding Particular Groups From Wealthy Bisaccia

I feel it was through the third day of the draft in 2003 or 2004. Bisaccia was pissed off and feeling unappreciated for some purpose and pulled me into his workplace. Again within the previous One Buc Place, Bisaccia’s workplace was the dimensions of a walk-in closet. However he gave me an impromptu crash course on particular groups and all that goes into. Bisaccia needs to be a defensive position coach, an offensive line coach, a defensive backs coach and a receivers coach multi functional. He lectured me for an hour, and I appreciated it. I gained unimaginable perception.

34. The Easy Brilliance Of Bruce Arians

Arians is each easy and good. I’ve beloved that about him. His no B.S., simple method of talking is true to the purpose. Everybody is aware of the place he stands with B.A. And regardless of being probably the greatest offensive minds in soccer, Arians had the brilliance to empower his employees. Arians all the time provides credit score the place credit score is due. It was a fast three years, however Arians has made the case for being the very best head coach in Bucs historical past.

35. The Mastery Of Todd Bowles

Should you haven’t figured it out but, I like protection. Out of the 16 Bucs gamers I featured in Fab 2, 9 had been on the defensive facet. After watching some terrible defenses underneath Greg Schiano, Invoice Sheridan, Lovie Smith and Mike Smith, Bowles lastly introduced nice defensive again play to Tampa Bay. I like how Bowles will get stress on the quarterback together with his blitz schemes. And who didn’t love Bowles’ mastery of the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LV? I’m excited that this defensive mastermind succeeded Arians.

36. Having Drinks With Greg Olson

Olson was the Bucs QBs coach in 2008 after which turned the offensive coordinator and QBs coach from 2009-11. For some purpose I simply linked with Olie. He and I went for some drinks up at Bucs coaching camp in Orlando in 2008. We might meet up on a pair Fridays at The Blue Martini for drinks and soccer speak years after that. Olson is only a nice man who has taught me quite a bit about soccer from our conversations.

FAB 4. The Best Moments In Bucs Historical past

I’ve had the dignity of watching a number of the best moments in Bucs historical past through the years. I’ve picked six that basically stood out.

37. Watching Ronde Barber Run 92 Yards To Glory

It was the best pick-six of all time. It was the best play in Bucs historical past – made by my favourite Buccaneer. Ronde Barber’s 92-yard interception return in Philadelphia sealed the Eagles’ destiny and made No. 20 a legend in Tampa Bay. Barber’s pick-six despatched the Bucs to their first Tremendous Bowl. I get goosebumps each time I see a replay of that INT. Run, Ronde, run!

38. Bucs Win Tremendous Bowl LV

Bucs QB Tom Brady's

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photograph by: USA At present

Watching the Bucs destroy the Raiders and win Tremendous Bowl XXXVII in 2002 was superb. However I truly preferred Tremendous Bowl LV higher as a result of it was at residence in Raymond James Stadium. Todd Bowles’ Bucs protection hunted Patrick Mahomes from the beginning. And it stored the Chiefs offense out of the tip zone. Tom Brady’s three first-half touchdowns earned him the Tremendous Bowl MVP, capping off a magical season in Tampa Bay. That was Mark Cook dinner’s final Bucs recreation earlier than he handed away final August. I’ll always remember that recreation for a large number of causes.

39. The 1997 Wild Card Win

13 years of not making the playoffs had taken its toll on Tampa Bay. The fan base was downtrodden till Tony Dungy, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Mike Alstott turned the group round in 1997. Alstott’s 31-yard TD jaunt gave the Bucs a 20-0 lead within the third quarter en path to a Wild Card win at residence. The stadium was electrical. I’ll always remember Brad Culpepper choosing up a large Bucs flag and waving it in the long run zone as fireworks lit up the sky when it was over. Everybody caught Buc Fever.

40. The Bucs Battle Flags

Bucs fans

Bucs followers – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Glazers supplied all 65,599 Bucs followers with Bucs battle flags for the primary time for Tampa Bay’s 2002 Wild Card recreation in opposition to San Francisco. All of the Bucs followers waving crimson and white battle flags within the stadium was a sight to see. The Bucs crushed Jeff Garcia and the 49ers, 31-6. Now the Bucs battle flags come out for residence playoff video games – and it’s superior.

41. The First Bucco Bruce Throwback Sport

The Glazers did an amazing job outfitting Raymond James Stadium with orange and white décor, taking part in Nineteen Seventies disco and Eighties rock music within the first throwback recreation in franchise historical past. For the primary time since 1996, the Bucs donned the Bucco Bruce helmet and creamsicle orange jerseys to host the Packers in 2009.

It was fairly an upset. A Tampa Bay group that completed 3-13 in Raheem Morris’ first season beat Inexperienced Bay, 38-28. Rookie Josh Freeman out-dueled Aaron Rodgers on a magical day.

42. Not Watching Matt Ryan’s 62-Yard Subject Aim

The media usually leaves the press field to go right down to the sphere stage with about two minutes left within the recreation. I used to be down close to the tunnel entrance to the sphere with about two dozen media members when Matt Bryant lined up for a 62-yard area aim in opposition to Philadelphia. We had been watching the sport on an enormous display screen TV as we couldn’t actually the see area from our vantage level within the bowels of the stadium.

It was wild as a result of there was a seven-second tape delay on the published. We heard the gang erupt, realizing Bryant made the miracle kick earlier than he truly kicked on TV. As quickly because the euphoric Bucs followers started to scream with pleasure, Bryant was nonetheless lining up for his kick on tv. Surreal second.

FAB 5. The Behind-The-Scenes Stuff

To finish my journey down reminiscence lane, here’s a assortment of some behind-the-scenes stuff that has stood out to me from my time at Pewter Report.

43. Breaking The Jon Gruden Story

Scott Reynolds and Jon Gruden

Scott Reynolds and Jon Gruden – Photograph by: Trevor Sikkema/PR

Trevor Sikkema and I paid a go to to Jon Gruden at his FFCA workplace on July 27, 2017. It was the Fired Soccer Coaches of America workplace as Gruden known as it. My mission was to get a leap on his feedback on being inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor earlier than his press convention throughout coaching camp that yr. I requested him a throwaway query about eager to presumably coach once more after seeing his title linked to a number of faculty vacancies like Notre Dame and Tennessee. I although Gruden would simply giggle it off. As a substitute, Gruden gave me the very best scoop of all-time.

He was returning to teaching.

“You realize? I’m getting ready myself to return again,” Gruden advised me. “I’m. Every single day. I’m getting ready to return again.” I broke the story in my SR’s Fab 5 the following day that Gruden was going to return to the NFL. It made nationwide information and went viral on social media. Thanks, Jon.

44. Watching Movie With Greg Schiano

I didn’t have a lot of a relationship with Greg Schiano till the final six weeks of his tenure in Tampa Bay in 2013. We had a really heated assembly on the AdventHealth Coaching Middle after observe at some point. He was feeling the warmth of one other dropping season. After that we had some severe mutual respect for one another.

Schiano even gave Mark Cook dinner and I a non-public, one-hour movie session every week after the Panthers recreation within the Bucs auditorium, which was fairly cool. After he was fired, Schiano invited me over to his home to go over some defensive drills that I may train my Predators Pop Warner protection. Once more, fairly cool.

45. Enjoying Deal with Soccer At One Buc Place

The yr was 1995 and I simply moved to Tampa to cowl the Bucs. My roommate on the time, Mark Dominik (sure, that Mark Dominik), stated {that a} bunch of oldsters had been going to play a recreation of deal with soccer after work. He invited me to play. Among the many members I bear in mind had been Buccaneers.com senior author Scott Smith, vice chairman of communications Nelson Luis and video director Dave Levy amongst others. But we had been all in our 20s again then.

The situation for our recreation was the observe area on the previous One Buc Place. Sure, this was again within the Nineties earlier than folks signed waivers to keep away from lawsuits. From what I bear in mind, I performed operating again and Dominik was the quarterback. He turned the mistaken method to hand the ball off to me and elbowed me proper in my temple. Dominik gave me a concussion and I blacked out. True story. I retired from taking part in soccer – even on a leisure foundation – after that.

46. Going To Cowl Different NFL Occasions

Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik and Scott Reynolds – Photograph by: PewterReport.com

Other than with the ability to cowl Tremendous Bowls, my profession as a Bucs beat author has enabled me to cowl different cool soccer occasions. I all the time love journeys to Cellular for the Senior Bowl and Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Mix. Plus the NFL Annual Assembly (aka the NFL Homeowners Assembly) is fairly superior, too. Everybody within the media goes to those occasions, and many of the coaches and basic managers are there, too.

47. Baking In The Solar At Bucs Camp In Orlando

At age almost-50 my pores and skin is now displaying the results of me broiling within the Florida solar for all these years masking coaching camp at Disney’s Broad World of Sports activities within the Gruden years. The warmth index would typically prime 100 levels within the afternoon. Sure, there have been two-a-day practices again then. And there was typically no wind in Orlando to chill issues off.

As a substitute of searching for shelter underneath the media tent like most of my colleagues, I braved the warmth and the solar as a substitute. I realized quite a bit about soccer by standing close to the media rope across the observe fields, listening to the assistant coaches simply ft away. Coaching camp was Soccer 101 for me.

48. Being On The Sidelines At The Finish Of Video games – Again In The Day

Earlier than the terrorist assaults on September 11, 2001 the media within the press field was allowed to go down on the sphere and stand on the sidelines or in the long run zone for the final 4 minutes of the sport. Now we will’t because of safety considerations. But it surely was an superior setting being at floor stage for the conclusion of so many Bucs video games. I miss that environment.

49. The London Journey In 2019

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook dinner – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

I used to be trying ahead to going to London to see the Bucs play the Panthers in 2019. Had some average expectations earlier than I went, however London actually blew me away. I can’t wait till the pandemic restrictions in England finish to go once more. I’ll do not forget that journey as a result of it was my final with Mark Cook dinner earlier than he handed. He and I walked by means of Hyde Park and out of 9 million folks in London, whom did we see? Warren Sapp of all folks. We stopped and had a enjoyable chat for half-hour.

The following day, Mark, Cliff Welch and our host Roger McQueen walked the River Thames in downtown London and whom did we run into? Jason Licht and his household – it’s a small world in spite of everything.

50. Getting The Inside Scoop

So what retains me going at Pewter Report in spite of everything these years? Two issues. I need to cowl the Bucs for 50 years at Pewter Report. My late grandfather, Claude Smith, labored for one firm – WT Galliher & Bros. lumber firm in Washington, D.C. – his complete life. As a young person he unloaded railcars of lumber. He labored his method as much as firm president. Then he retired because the CEO after 50 years with the corporate. My grandfather is my inspiration. With 27 years in, I’m greater than midway there.

The opposite factor that retains me going is the within scoop on the Bucs that I get. Half of what I do know I can by no means write or publicly state on a podcast. A few of the inside scoop I’ve acquired through the years would completely blow your thoughts, Bucs followers. Follow me lengthy sufficient and I’m positive I’ll share some with you within the years to return.

Thanks for sticking with me to age 50, Pewter Individuals. I drastically respect it.


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