10 Bucs’ losses that stung more than Sunday

by Gary Shelton on October 26, 2015 · 11 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Monday, 6 a.m.

There was never a loss like this one. Was there?

There was never quite such a collapse. Was there?

Nothing hurt quite this badly. Did it?

Are you kidding? These are the Tampa Bay Bucs, and they have been built upon their own rubble. No one can lose like the Bucs, who once lost 26 straight. This team has lost often, and it has often been bad. It has been

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Paul Kudelko October 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

The #1 Bucs loss in my opinion wasn’t even a game…
Retrospectively the loss of Coach Dungy has doomed this team to a curse that will outlive me. I was at that 9-0 loss to the Rams as a 10 year old so I’ve been feeling this pain for decades. Coach Dungy made us not only a respectable team, but along with our GM at the time we were developing the grassroots of a great franchise.
And then poof it was gone…
Looking back I remember being so disappointed we couldn’t get past Philly in the early 2000’s and probably even was happy when we hired Gruden, but boy was that a big mistake. I would give back the Superbowl to have a team that is reasonably competitive year in and year out like well led franchises.
Thanks Gary for this great outlet..


Scott McPherson October 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Gary, new member as of today, and I am glad to see that you have this subscription service. Not only are you a great sports writer, you’re a great writer in general. The pain still lingers from that 9-0 Championship Game. I was 15 years old, and camped for 2 days at Tampa Stadium to get tickets. I remember it was absolutely freezing cold, and people were making little bonfires in the parking lot. I got my 4 tickets and was thrilled. The worst part about that game (if my recollection is accurate) is when Doug Williams hit TE Jimmy Giles for a long TD pass, which was called back on a penalty and took all hopes of a rally away. I think I cried (lol). Yeah, that one stings more than yesterday’s collapse. Best wishes, Scott


Gary Shelton October 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Scott: Welcome aboard. I was looking back over that game box the other day. Wasn’t it the backup qb who threw the nullified td?


Scott McPherson October 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

I could have sworn it was Williams, but that’s just purely from recollection watching live 30 years ago. Kind of curious now.


Gary Shelton October 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

I looked up the game play-by-play. It was Mike Rae, throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Giles that would have brought the Bucs within two.


Scott McPherson October 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

I stand corrected, thanks Gary.

Rick October 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Watching the Bucs players laughing, smiling and joking with Redskin players as they left the field and losing such a big lead makes me angry as hell and reinforces that putting any emotional investment into this team is meaningless. If they can’t be upset, why should I? I’m going to enjoy my Sundays not watching the team and getting in golf with family members – quality time.


Gary Shelton October 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Sam Wyche once got upset at his players for the same thing. But these days, it seems to be acceptable. I know this: I would have been ticked to have blown that big a lead. Embarrassing.


Barry McDowell October 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

Bucco Bruce and the bumbling Bucs have returned. I disagree with your rankings in that this fiasco should at least be in the top 2 or 3 due to how well the offense played. But more significantly, this year, this team, with this quarterback was supposed to be a season of hope, a season where progress towards reaching the playoffs in a year or two was a realistic promise. Now, the curtain has been pulled back on the so-called wizard of defense. Lovie is a sham, a pretender who needs to go back to his basement. Unfortunately, he won’t since the Glazers can’t afford to subsidize his exit.


Gary Shelton October 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Barry: You can always disagree with me. You know that.


Gary Shelton October 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Not corrected. Sometimes the memory plays tricks on us all. I had the play-by-play or I never would have caught it.


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