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BearFan

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2011, 11:45:40 am »
Most of the Bucs games I have been to in Tampa were against the Bears when they were in the old NFC Central.  Many times the Bears fans outnumbered the Bucs fans significantly.  RJ is a fun stadium with that Pirate Ship and the fans are pretty laid back.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011, 01:21:02 pm »
It was enjoyable and the weather was good too.

yapper

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011, 01:58:44 pm »
If the game happens in London it says it's scheduled for October 22.

So I assume if it doesn't happen in London it will be in Tampa the same date.  That's a really nice time of year to be down there. A lot better than early September, for sure.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011, 02:52:11 pm »
Absolutely, but with the breeze off the ocean it isnt that bad

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2011, 05:22:06 am »
It can stil be pretty brutal late October, but I'd take my chances then over the guarantee fry fest in early September.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2011, 07:49:38 am »
Yep, I'd been to a game in Tampa when it was the old Central Division. There were more Bears fans than Tampa fans...

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2011, 10:46:47 am »
It can stil be pretty brutal late October, but I'd take my chances then over the guarantee fry fest in early September.

One can bake quite thoroughly in Florida through the end of October.  There is no shade in Raymond James.  I remember some early season games in the old "Sombrero" where I cooked out there.  Of course, frequent Beer supplementation allowed me to slog through it.  It was a blast back then...a bunch of us Bear fans would chant..."throw it Vinny, throw it" because of Testaverdes interceptions were so bad.  I saw signs saying "Cut off their Testaverdes"  A good time was had by all and the Bears usually won those games.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2011, 11:18:41 am »
A guy I worked with had season tickets. He always gave me his seat when the Bears came to town. Always a good time and never any issues with the Tampa fans. They were cool. Of course that was a long time ago.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2011, 11:26:06 am »
If Josh Freeman stays healthy that Bucs team is gonna be tough this year and just keep getting better.  Freeman is the type of good, young, coachable QB that plenty of GMs would kill to have on their teams right now. They took a huge risk on Legarrete Blount and so far that's worked out so they're set at RB. The Bucs IMO are one playmaker on each side of the ball away from making serious noise for a long time.

I would not be shocked if both NFC wildcard teams came out of the NFC South this year. Although, the Saints were definitely exposed in that playoff loss to Seattle.
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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2011, 09:45:16 pm »

 Hey Yap fuuck Freeman...

 if Stafford goes 16 games we have our work cut out for us in our own backyard along with G.B.

 Minnie is a QB away also.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2011, 09:49:51 pm »
 Now if the AGENT can just convince Minnie to sign McNabb... ;D ;)

 That would be a piising spree for Peppers!

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2011, 05:22:12 am »
The late years of the Sombrero were always well attended by both the Bears and Packers fans.  I bought season 4 tickets to the Bucs when we moved there in 1996.  They had a 4 pack deal that you could purchase the whole season at about the 5 yard line for, get this... $600.  I kid you not, 4 full season tickets for $150 each.  It was two years before the Bucs would move to RJ so I jumped on that as a way to see the Bears every year, as well as a lot of the other teams that I had never seen.

Two years later, our new seats were abouve the visitor tunnel down by the ship and I think the price went to $33/ticket.  I was splitting the cost with 3 other guys so no sweat, but literally it was like 2 years and the league realigned the Bucs out of the Central  >:(  We held onto the seats long enough to cover our seat deposit for 10 years, and then cut bait. The price went to $99/seat the year we dumped them - it was like a $25/seat increase.  Thos last years, I would just go to one game with the family and sell my others at face.


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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2011, 03:12:36 am »
The late years of the Sombrero were always well attended by both the Bears and Packers fans.  I bought season 4 tickets to the Bucs when we moved there in 1996.  They had a 4 pack deal that you could purchase the whole season at about the 5 yard line for, get this... $600.  I kid you not, 4 full season tickets for $150 each.  It was two years before the Bucs would move to RJ so I jumped on that as a way to see the Bears every year, as well as a lot of the other teams that I had never seen.

Two years later, our new seats were abouve the visitor tunnel down by the ship and I think the price went to $33/ticket.  I was splitting the cost with 3 other guys so no sweat, but literally it was like 2 years and the league realigned the Bucs out of the Central  >:(  We held onto the seats long enough to cover our seat deposit for 10 years, and then cut bait. The price went to $99/seat the year we dumped them - it was like a $25/seat increase.  Thos last years, I would just go to one game with the family and sell my others at face.

Look at the bright side G34,at least you aint a Dodgers fan holding tickets.

Those slime that own the Dodgers ran the team into the ground.

Grizzlybear34

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2011, 05:56:10 am »
I definitely see the bright side, those were the years my sons were growing up - me too!  It was a blast while it lasted, and now on to other things.

Starting the year of the big ticket hike in prices, the Bucs are back to playing their games in front of empty seats and the locals are blacked out.  I always thought the owners killed the golden goose be raising prices to the point that someone couldn't go to one game a year.  Drop the prices, and fill the stadium.  I would think the concessions and parking would see a big bump.

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Re: Around the NFL (4.12.11 - 9.10.15)
« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2011, 08:00:22 am »
Grizz, maybe I'm wrong but hasn't the economy of the state in Florida pretty much tanked big-time under the fine leadership of our current President?

If the locals are struggling to pay their bills it's going to be pretty hard for pro sports franchises to squeeze a lot of shekels out of them, I'm thinking.  Especially in Florida where there are so many other ways you can spend sunny Sunday afternoons for free.

Having fans of opposing teams come to Tampa may be that franchise's only shot at having a reasonably filled stadium from one Sunday to the next.