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Sunday, September 20, 2021

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Through some quirk in National Football League television scheduling, today’s Tampa Bay at Buffalo game is being broadcast here in the NYC area — a week after the Bucs’ 34-21 loss to Dallas was also shown here in New York.

So that makes the first two weeks of this NFL season with Buccaneers games on my boob-tube. I’d be fooled into thinking I’m still living in Florida, if not for the chilly-ish snap in the air.

The other reason for the nostalgia is that, so far, it’s looking like the Yuckaneers of the ’80s-’90s have been resurrected as the 2009 edition of the team. I realize it’s been only one game, but from what I saw versus the Cowboys, Tampa Bay isn’t destined to win too many games this season. Thus my conjuring-up of the orange-creamsicled uniforms of the Buccaneers past, with Vinny Testaverde’s oft-seen scramble mode representing the current team’s disarray.

Regardless, I’ll take Bucs games on local TV. I don’t expect this ersatz Tampa Bay television territory to last, but while it does, it’s a welcome respite from all the Giants/Jets overexposure around here.

UPDATE - I didn’t realize that the Giants play at Tampa Bay in Week 3. So that’ll make three straight weeks of televised Bucs games for New Yorkers. I’m making my formal request now for the vintage Bucco Bruce orange unis to make an appearance…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/20/2009 12:04 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Football, New Yorkin', TV
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  1. I commend you for this post on behalf of NFL fans all over the NYC Metro area. And your use of ersatz.

    Comment by Tom Biro — 09/20/2009 @ 1:00 PM

  2. What can I say, “ersatz”, “Giants”, and “Jets” just seem to go together :)

    Comment by CT — 09/20/2009 @ 1:08 PM


    With today’s Green Bay at Tampa Bay game featuring the Bucs in their orange creamsicle throwback uniforms, there’s no way I wouldn’t throw up a post with the above Vinny Testaverde photo in it. Bucco Bruce lives again!
    Actually, what…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 11/08/2021 @ 4:07 PM

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