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Tampa Bay still standing

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by slipe, Jan 29, 2003.

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  1. slipe

    slipe Thread Starter

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    Sunday night was bedlam, Monday there was a rally with 60,000 in the stadium and yesterday there was a parade with 100,000 people in attendance. There were the usual DUIs, but there were no major confrontations or damage of any kind.

    There were social scientists on PBS radio yesterday trying to explain why it is so different here than in Philadelphia or Oakland. One suggested that we had never won anything and didn’t know how to act. But the Tampa Bay area is always like that. It is a Southern and Mid-Western culture as opposed to the North-East culture of the Palm Beach – Miami area.

    From an editorial in today’s paper:

    “The Tampa Bay Bucs showed the rest of the world how to win, and Buc fans showed the rest of the world how to celebrate victory.

    Unfortunately, our society has gotten to the point that it makes news when fans of victorious teams don't smash store windows, don't torch cars, don't assault opposing fans and don't use the results of a ballgame as an excuse to act like all-around jerks. Some Oakland fans did all of that and more after Sunday's Super Bowl, and they didn't act up just because they lost. In the past, they've celebrated victory in much the same way.

    While a handful of jerks disguised as Buc fans tried to ruin things, the overwhelming sentiment throughout Tampa Bay has been one of good-natured celebration. Monday night, more than 60,000 people converged for a hastily arranged welcome-home rally at Raymond James Stadium. Most of them waited patiently for hours for the gates to open and the team to arrive. In another community, such an unorganized event could have been a recipe for trouble. In Tampa Bay, the Monday night pep rally and Tuesday's parade turned into love-ins.”
     
  2. LANMaster

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    I'm ashamed at what happened in Oakland.
    I'm glad to hear that Tampa Bay is still standing and that the Bucs are enjoying a well earned championship.
     
  3. eggplant43

    eggplant43 A True Heart and Soul - Gone But Never Forgotten

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    Class act all the way!:cool:
     
  4. bigh47

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    We are told over here that only "English football[soccer] fans" are hooligans.

    Well done Bucs

    Howard :D
     
  5. LANMaster

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    There's hooligans everywhere. Funny thing is, there's more hooligans at College stadiums than pro stadiums.
    2 years ago, Arkansas won a critical late season game against LSU or OSU (forget which) and the goalposts were torn out of the ground and paraded through Fayetteville for over 12 hours.
     
  6. Prof

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    Well done Slipe.....the game and the celebration ! A class act for all of the league to follow.

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    Sorry to burst the bubble of whomever wrote this, but NY fans have a history of being able to celebrate championships without resorting to violence, looting, etc..
    A parade of 100,000 is nothing compared to a ticker tape parade down the canyon of heroes, not even close.
     
  8. LANMaster

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    True, Marioh. Too bad Oakland (and LA) fans can't see that this is just a fun game, and not worth hurting someone, or damaging someone's property.

    Did I hear the Emmett Smith wants to go to San Diego?
    I am a Chargers fan ..... Thanks in advance for your sympathies.:D
     
  9. marioh

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    You know, I never understood the logic of the people that riot and loot. Typically, they end up doing this in their own neighborhoods ! Not very smart.

    Why would Emmitt want to go to SD ?? SD already has a very good running back in Tomlinson ! Emmitt is a great RB (as much as it pains me to say that, being a Giants fan), but his time has just about run out. Time to pack it up and call it a career ! If there's one thing I respect about Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, both left football when they still had quite a few productive years ahead of them. They left on top and Emmitt should do the same IMHO.
     
  10. deh

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    And he should retire as a DALLAS COWBOY.
     
  11. LANMaster

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    He even stated that we would be willing to be a BACKUP for Tomlinson.
     
  12. slipe

    slipe Thread Starter

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    In the past they always mentioned during a game where someone played their college ball. Now they tell you which NFL team he was on last year. It is revolving players anymore.

    I was in downtown Philly many years ago the night they won the Stanley Cup. The place was wild with everyone saying what they had said the whole season – that the Flyers were tough and physical just like Philadelphia. It struck me that there was not only no player from Philly on the team, there wasn’t an American on the team.

    Teams are privately owned companies (except for the Packers). They hire outsiders and pay them to put a city’s name on their jerseys when they play. In the NFL many of these outsiders rotate through teams so that your hero last year is your enemy this year. Yet the fans embrace these people hired to wear jerseys with the city name on it as if they were clan.

    I have to admit to being sucked in. It was a thrill that the guys hired to wear Tampa Bay jerseys beat the guys that were hired to wear Oakland jerseys.

    I was proud that Tampa did what it had to do to keep the team – unlike cities like LA, Cleveland, Houston and Oakland (for a while). I’m also proud to live in civilization.
     
  13. Mulderator

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    Well LAs getting much better at celebrating Championships since we've done it 3 years in a row for the Lakers!!! ;)

    And we have a few more to celebrate with the Angels!!! ;)
     
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