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Deadspin skewers the Bucs, calls them ‘a living blood clot”

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As if it weren’t tough enough for the locals to be a fan of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it is now time for the annual Deadspin skewering of the team. When it is over, a 2-14 season will feel dominant.

The schtick is a little worn, of course. Deadspin did the same thing last year. But as long as the team is this terrible, it kind of invites the humor, you know? The advice here is to laugh along. Heck, no one thinks they’re a great franchise at this point in time, do they?

Deadspin points to trailing a 5-6 Atlanta Falcons team 56-0 after three quarters. It talks about losing a game to the Rams when an injury to Mike Evans allowed the clock to run out. They talk about a fan who was punched out by a Bengals fan, which the site compares to being punched out by a dying labrador.

Coach Lovie Smith is poked a bit, too. The site compares him to Rich Kotite and predicts, when he is fired after five wins, people will wonder how he ever got to a Super Bowl.

They make fun of Jameis Winston. They make fun of Warren Sapp. They make fun of Doug Martin. “They’re still the Bucs,” they write, “and they’re still a living blood clot on your television screen.”

Excused from this assault? Wide receiver Evans.

“Evans is a beast,” they write. “He’s going to make Jameis look good, and it’s such a letdown. I want Jameis to go 0-16, but if he can just chuck the ball 30 yards down the field and Evans will probably catch it while standing on the shoulders of the man covering him.”

OK, OK. You’ve probably made a few jokes about the Bucs, too. These guys are funny.

Don’t get mad.

Hope your team gets better.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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