The Bucs are back

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

             It’s everyone’s favorite season of the year….. football season.   Going into the 2010 season many football fans had a lot to look forward too, but for fans of our home team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  the future seemed unclear.  Many fans had doubts about the team and how it was going to perform after last year’s disappointingly poor season.  The team faced many challenges coming into this season such as knowing last year they averaged over 15,000 empty seats per game and that this year the  number was going to rise.   Unfortunately, the Bucs’ first home game was blacked out in the bay area, as required by the NFL when a game is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff.

               Not all fans had such a gloomy lookout for the Bucs; many of the fans stayed loyal and kept their faith in the team hoping that Josh Freeman, now having had a year of experience as a starting quarterback, would be able to wipe his slate clean from last season step on to the field this season with  confidence.  This hope was jeopardized in the first quarter of the Bucs’ preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs when Freeman injured his throwing hand on a 3rd down pass where he hit another player’s helmet.  To the relief of all Bucs fans, it was announced that he was expected back for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, in which he completed 17 of 28 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns.  He followed this up in week two against the Carolina Panthers, completing 12 of 24 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns.  “His numbers may not seem amazing but compared to last year he seems like a different player,” said Tyler Lane.

               The future of the Bucs is still unclear because of how early it is in the season but it is off to a much better start than last year.  Hopefully this rise in performance will get Bucs fans back into the stadium on Sundays to prevent more blackouts from occurring.