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Bucs come to the rescue of two youth football programs

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A team named for men who blatantly stole things is now taking care of the victims of a theft.

As pointed out in Saturday’s one-liners, the Buccaneers will donate $11,000 on Monday to replace gear that was stolen for a pair of local youth football teams.

The Highland Pines Cougars and the Carrollwood Cardinals were victimized recently, their equipment taken by someone who now has more than a few white helmets displaying on each side the always-intimidating profile of a small bird.

Their seasons in jeopardy, the Bucs have swooped in to save the day.  It’s a great move by a team that is trying hard to demonstrate its commitment to the community.

But they’d better watch out, or the Buccaneers will give pirates everywhere a bad name.

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12 Responses to “Bucs come to the rescue of two youth football programs”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Jun 11, 2012 10:51 AM

    Fun fact: The word “Buccaneer” was given to pirates in the Caribbean because they would obtain food by going ashore, killing pigs, and curing the meat.

    Basically, it means “bacon eaters”.

    Bravo to the Baconeaters for helping youth football!

  2. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 11, 2012 10:53 AM

    I hate the Bucs management for firing Dungy and Gruden, promoting Raheem Morris, and for not doing what it takes to build a quality team, but what they did is just awesome! Other billionaires, take notice!

  3. agcooney108 says: Jun 11, 2012 10:53 AM

    bucs are making a huge step as an organization and a team. going to be a surprise team within the next 3 years. possibly even this year. lets get this going schiano

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 11, 2012 10:55 AM

    The Bucs might want to scout some corners while they are there.

  5. howiehandles says: Jun 11, 2012 10:59 AM

    Surprise team in next 3 years? Wasn’t this just one of the up and coming teams a year ago?

  6. dpmeadows says: Jun 11, 2012 11:01 AM

    Bubba the Love Sponge, who’s charitable foundation does wonderful things for fallen officer’s families, was the first to step up and generate contributions to help these kids. His foundation was going to cover whatever extra costs there might be over the contributions, and he already had everything setup to get the high quality equipment ordered and delivered. He told the leaders of the organizations last week, on the air, that he would take care of them. Why didn’t those leaders simply tell the Buc’s that Bubba was taking care of it and to give their money to his foundation?

  7. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:12 AM

    Why is corn so cheap? It’s only a Buc-an-ear!!

    This is a good look by the Buc’s.

  8. finbukake says: Jun 11, 2012 11:16 AM

    Why would anyone take the kid’s gear ? It doesn’t make any sense. At all. They will catch whoever did it when they try to unload it. I can see the conversation starting something like this… ‘Hey man you want 50 kids football helmets?’ Really.

  9. snookau says: Jun 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    @trollhammer20: Bacon Eater? Cmon man, you can’t be that ignorant…

    Here’s a little history lesson for you:

    The term “buccaneer” is from the Caribbean Arawak word “buccan” which is basically a wooden stick to cook meat over a fire. From “buccan” came the French word “boucane” and eventually “boucanier” for the French hunters who used “boucanes” to smoke meat. English colonists anglicised the word “boucanier” to “buccaneer”.

  10. bnole says: Jun 11, 2012 12:47 PM

    This story on it’s face seems like a very nice gesture. But a previous poster has stated a pretty glaring issue in the story. These two youth programs got their gear stolen within days of each other. Who is going around stealing old used gear, which was the only things taken? Also the youth directors seemed to take the bigger, better deal. The bucs just got sucked in. Another individual had already agreed with the youth directors to replace all the gear that was stolen, but the bucs just offered more. The other individual should also be a part of the story and not just the bucs.

  11. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 11, 2012 6:22 PM

    Okay here’s a question from a cynic, so take it with a grain of salt. Who steals a large amount of goods with little to no resale value from not one, but two teams? And can it be this gear wasn’t stolen, but let’s call it “misplaced” in the hope some organization with deep pockets would step in and replace it? Just some food for thought, carry on..

  12. thermalito says: Jun 11, 2012 10:59 PM

    The way NFL teams rob local communities of tax dollars they should give something back occasionally.

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