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Tuskers talking tough about Tampa Bay Bucs

October has been a very bad month for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  They’ve added four losses to the three with which they started the season.  In all, they’ve lost 11 games in a row, and countinfg. 

The remaining schedule shows scant soft spots over the final nine games, given them a shot at an 0-16 season.

On October 18, they drew 13,000 fewer people than showed up at their home stadium four days earlier to watch the USF Bulls.

Earlier today, co-chair Joel Glazer had to debunk rumors of financial troubles that could lead to the sale of the team.

And now, to make it even worse, the local UFL team would like to play the Bucs, because the local UFL team thinks it could beat the Bucs.

Per the St. Petersburg Times, running back Michael Pittman, who at one point played for the Buccaneers, said there are some players on his Florida Tuskers team who would “probably tell you we can [beat the Bucs].”

And then running back Tatum Bell said, “I’m one of them.”

Though Bell might know something about stealing a guy’s luggage (allegedly), it’s impossible to predict what the best team in the UFL would do against one of the worst in the NFL.  Besides, there’s no way to prove what would happen unless the two teams play each other.

Still, while Tuskers coach Jim Haslett admits that the UFL “may not be the National Football League,” he thinks his new team is “pretty close.”

And Haslett would know.  Last year, he took over on an interim basis a Rams team that, after upsetting the Redskins and the Cowboys on consecutive Sundays, embarked on an 0-10 slide that is now at seventeen and counting.

So Haslett knows bad NFL football — and good UFL football — when he sees it.

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32 Responses to “Tuskers talking tough about Tampa Bay Bucs”
  1. Hooby says: Oct 29, 2009 3:15 PM

    @tatum bell and michael pittman- why do you think youre playing UFL? the lions found kevin smith and the buccs found derrick ward. and they both have more talent in their ACLs then you have total.
    PS florio nice alliteration, nicely written article

  2. bucco bruce says: Oct 29, 2009 3:26 PM

    Yup, the Tuskers would beat the Bucs by 17 points . Look at how many players on the Tuskers were Bucs in the NFL. Have the Tuskers scored more points in three games than the Bucs have in 7? Thanks Junior. Go have some more drinks with your buds on the team. Look for work come January 4th, 2010.

  3. MattMoore For 09 says: Oct 29, 2009 3:30 PM

    I would pay good money to see Bollinger vs. Freeman, maybe they can play it a day before the SuperBowl. Winner gets the spot in the NFL.

  4. Jumbotron84 says: Oct 29, 2009 3:32 PM

    Sure would be nice to see the UFL become a D-League for the NFL (of which I predict will eventually happen).
    Though I doubt any NFL owner would ever agree to it, it would be very popular for the worst NFL team to play the best UFL team when they got to 8 or 12 teams in the league. Winner goes up or stays in the nfl.

  5. PatricktheDookie says: Oct 29, 2009 3:36 PM

    I’ve watched the Tuskers on television a few times – it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they beat the 09 Bucs. Bollinger looks like he’s playing himself back into another NFL contract. Bell’s been running pretty well, too.

  6. PayDoh says: Oct 29, 2009 3:37 PM

    The Bucs would crush this team. This is the same arugment about the best college teams against the worst NFL teams. The Tuskers are filled with guys who aren’t good enough for the NFL and guys who used to to be good enough for the NFL. There is a reason they play for the Tuskers.

  7. Pudge Heffelfinger says: Oct 29, 2009 3:59 PM

    To continue with what PayDoh said…
    The BEST player on the Tuskers is not as good as the WORST player in the NFL, obviously, or else they would be in the NFL.
    The Tuskers are filled with guys who weren’t good enough to make it on an NFL practice squad.
    So yes, the Bucs or Rams or Lions would most certainly crush the Tuskers. Not that it wouldn’t be an entertaining game. I’d pay to see it.

  8. Tomb says: Oct 29, 2009 4:03 PM

    Wow, when you get called out by the Tuskers, that’s gotta feel like a new low.

  9. Pitboss says: Oct 29, 2009 4:04 PM

    Do you honestly think only the ” best ” players play in the NFL? I’d bet dozens of players fall through the cracks every year. There’s more to it than who’s the better player. Look at all the players never drafted and never invited to a combine yet a few years later are playing in the NFL. You armchair experts haven’t played ball since ” smear the queer ” in 6th grade. I’d love to see a game between the UFL and NFL just to prove goofs like you wrong.

  10. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 29, 2009 4:22 PM

    I think the best team in the UFL should play the worst team in the NFL during Super Bowl week.
    It can be dubbed The Toilet Bowl, and if the UFL team wins, they join the NFL and the NFL team heads to the UFL.

  11. brian forster says: Oct 29, 2009 4:25 PM

    I’m not going to comment on who would win, though it would be fun to watch. However, I will agree that we can’t just issue a blanket statement that the NFL only has “the best”.
    Each year trash becomes treasure, some undrafted free agent makes an impact, some has been returns to form.. The NFL proves that it takes a special combination of player, coach, and system (add in a little luck as well) to have a successful NFL career.

  12. DA-BILLS says: Oct 29, 2009 4:27 PM

    This is just like MORON fans who claim the best college team year in and year out could beat the worst NFL team. If the Lions Bucs or Rams played Florida Tuskers or Florida gators, or a combo of the best players from both teams the score would be lopsided…..in favor of the NFL. The Bucs would beat the tuskers by 50 points. The best college team would lose to the worst nfl team by 70 points. ITS THE NFL SHOW SOME RESPECT

  13. LighTsouT says: Oct 29, 2009 4:30 PM

    I agree with Pitboss. LOTS of players fall through the cracks every season. Tatum Bell is better than a lot of practice squad players (EXCEPT HE’S NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRACTICE SQUAD ANYMORE, @Pudge Heffelfinger the moron who made that comment) and 3rd RB’s. Almost positive any QB in the UFL is better than Jake Delhomme

  14. BigKatt says: Oct 29, 2009 4:34 PM

    They should make this like a lower division in European soccer. The top 3 teams from the lower tier get promoted to the top tier and the bottom 3 from the the top get sent down to the lower tier. That would sure make things interesting for Tampa, St Louis, Oakland, Kansas City, Detroit, Washington etc.

  15. DocBG says: Oct 29, 2009 4:37 PM

    after watching the UFL games this year, its not that far from the truth. I don’t think the tuskers could beat the bucs, but for the morons that claim that the best UFL player isnt as good as the best NFL player, all I’ve got to say is watch the rams and lions game this weekend and tell me what you think. then realize that both of those terrible, terrible teams have 2nd and 3rd stringers, PLUS a practice squad.
    Bollinger played with the vikes a couple years ago and he really didnt look as bad as one might think. He could be starting in cleveland and showing both of those guys up, he could probably start in buffalo over fitzpatrick, he could start in oakland, and could probably start or at least push for 2nd string alot of other places too. The NFL should embrace the UFL as a minor league, use its influence to draw people from the CFL and any other independant league around the world, and double or triple the number of teams. Draft players out of there. It would work great as a developmental league especially for lineman (which can take a while to develop) and QB’s. If you take the best talent from around the UFL and the CFL, you could put a team together that would not only beat the lower NFL teams, but could probably push some weaker divisions.
    Something like premier league where the worst NFL team plays the best UFL team would be awesome right before the superbowl, maybe the day right before, at the same stadium amd the loser goes UFL, the winner goes NFL.

  16. Jumbotron84 says: Oct 29, 2009 4:43 PM

    TFBuck – couldn’t of said it better myself.
    Toilet bowl? Thats happening Sunday. My lions are playin the rams.

  17. MastaFace says: Oct 29, 2009 5:25 PM

    A collection of talent does not make a winner. See the last decade of Cowboys for proof of that. A good, tight TEAM could beat the Bucs.

  18. hayward giablommi says: Oct 29, 2009 5:43 PM

    Maybe they’ll start outdrawing the Jags too?

  19. mwcarolina says: Oct 29, 2009 5:51 PM

    Michael Pittman is too old and useless to be great, Tatum Bell can offer something, but to say a UFL team can beat them isnt fact, if Bollinger is the quarterback then that is scary, he hasnt done a thing in the nfl.

  20. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 29, 2009 6:15 PM

    Tampa fans get used to the Tuskers, because when the Bucs move to London or L.A. that will be your new team.

  21. jimbofungus11 says: Oct 29, 2009 6:23 PM

    I have the feeling that Tatum Bell has been blackballed by the NFL after he stole Rudi’s bags. The kid still has talent, but no way he gets another shot in the pros. He’s not THAT talented.

  22. MattMoore For 09 says: Oct 29, 2009 6:44 PM

    @DA-BILLS who said
    “This is just like MORON fans who claim the best college team year in and year out could beat the worst NFL team. If the Lions Bucs or Rams played Florida Tuskers or Florida gators, or a combo of the best players from both teams the score would be lopsided…..in favor of the NFL. The Bucs would beat the tuskers by 50 points. The best college team would lose to the worst nfl team by 70 points. ITS THE NFL SHOW SOME RESPECT”
    ————
    Pats-59 Titans-0
    THE TUSKERS COULDNT HAVE PLAYED ANY WORSE THAN THE TITANS RIGHT.

  23. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 29, 2009 6:47 PM

    Jaguars move to Tampa bay-after the Bucs leave.
    Renamed- Florida Jaguars…..

  24. Vito says: Oct 29, 2009 7:08 PM

    Jim Haslett also won a coach of the year award in the NFL.

  25. NightTrainNeckTie says: Oct 29, 2009 7:13 PM

    Do really good players fall through the crack and miss the NFL, yes.
    Are there players on UFL teams that could make NFL teams, yes.
    But every player on an NFL team can make an NFL team because they’re on an NFL team!
    I’m not saying the Bucs would win by 50, but they are definitly better and that would be quite evident on the field.
    To the people who think there should be relegation like the premiereship, you’re retarded. Move to England and follow soccer…yes soccer not futbol, I’m american, Fahk u!
    So what happens if Peyton Manning tears his ACL in game 1 and the Colts were to go 3-13, would they get sent to the UFL in favor of the California Red Woods?…..great idea! really inspired.
    There may be 6 absolutely terrible teams in the league right now but that doesn’t mean parity is dead. That means there are some poorly run franchises that cannot utilize the opportunities the NFL provides to make franchises competitive.

  26. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 29, 2009 7:16 PM

    “jimbofungus11 says:
    October 29, 2009 6:23 PM
    I have the feeling that Tatum Bell has been blackballed by the NFL after he stole Rudi’s bags. The kid still has talent, but no way he gets another shot in the pros. He’s not THAT talented.”
    He was a 1000 yard runner in Denver. Everyone is a 1000 yard runner in Denver. Do Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns ring a bell? Selvin Young would have gone over 1,000 yards if he had been given a full slate of rushes.
    He’s “blackballed” because he’s terrible.

  27. Fubar the Great says: Oct 29, 2009 8:31 PM

    The Tuskers probably could beat the Bucs. Also the Raiders, Rams, Redskins, Browns, Lions, and Titans.
    Bollinger and Haslett will almost certainly be back in the NFL.
    On the other hand, the New York Sentinels do suck.
    Personally, I like the idea of the UFL as a minor/developmental/relegation league, but I doubt it will happen. The NFL is too stupid, greedy and arrogant to allow it to happen.

  28. nato2424 says: Oct 29, 2009 9:19 PM

    broooks bollinger hahahaha

  29. mwcarolina says: Oct 29, 2009 11:46 PM

    Haslett may be back in the nfl, but Bollinger isnt a starting quarterback, it has been tried too many times.

  30. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 30, 2009 7:03 AM

    “mwcarolina says:
    October 29, 2009 11:46 PM
    Haslett may be back in the nfl, but Bollinger isnt a starting quarterback, it has been tried too many times.”
    9 starts for the Jets after Pennington went down, and then 1 other career start is “too many times”?

  31. slutnuts says: Oct 30, 2009 7:38 AM

    They should make this like a lower division in European soccer. The top 3 teams from the lower tier get promoted to the top tier and the bottom 3 from the the top get sent down to the lower tier. That would sure make things interesting for Tampa, St Louis, Oakland, Kansas City, Detroit, Washington etc.
    ___________________________________
    i agree but i think you should let the teams play each other. winner is nfl loser is relegated. this would provide 3 more meaningful games to watch. pipe dream however, as the logistics are ridiculous. say tampa wins, and oakland is relegated now you have the tampa huskers in the afc west. then what if oakland finds its way back in the next year at the expense of the redskins. now oakland is in the ncf east, and the traditional rivalries will cease to exist.

  32. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 30, 2009 12:29 PM

    bring the relegation model to the NFL!
    bottom 2/3 teams in NFL go to UFL and top 2/3 teams in UFL go to NFL, at the end of the year.
    you’d need more UFL teams to do this, but i think they should head this direction. this would motivate the crappier teams to try harder, and it gives them something to play for at the end of the year (instead of packing it in halfway through the season).
    this also rewards those lesser and poorer funded clubs that actually play with heart.

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