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Loveable Losers: How the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Made Me a Fan

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

I can’t say I was ever a die-hard, orange- or pewter-bleeding Bucs fan. I loved them in the '70s, felt indifferent in the '80s, and then rediscovered them in the '90s.

But I know it will never be the same as it was when I was a little kid in 1976.

It was never a love-hate relationship as much as it was a case of “I guess I have to root for somebody since the Colts were stolen from Baltimore.”

When I was a kid, the Colts were my passion, as they were for most of Baltimore.

The franchise tumbled to an ignominious ending when an evil man moved the team during a snowstorm in the middle of the night. I haven’t watched a Colts game since.

As a beat writer for the Ja...

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