NFL won’t let Buccaneers fire their cannons after touchdowns on Sunday

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When the Buccaneers score a touchdown at Raymond James Stadium, cannons fire at Tampa’s pirate ship-themed home field. But not at the Super Bowl.

NFL officials told Jenna Laine of ESPN that they will not permit the cannons to be fired after Buccaneers touchdowns at Super Bowl LV.

The reason is that the Super Bowl is supposed to be on a neutral field. This year’s Super Bowl happens to be on a participating team’s home field for the first time in NFL history, but that doesn’t change the NFL’s efforts at neutrality. The Buccaneers are considered the home team because the NFC is always the home team in odd-numbered Super Bowls and the AFC is always the home team in even-numbered Super Bowls, but that only applies for issues such as getting to choose their jersey color. Everything about the stadium, including not only the cannons but also the painting of the end zones and other elements of the field, will be treated as neutral.

So while the cannons will fire during pregame introductions, they will go unnoticed for the rest of the game — unless a player throws a football into a cannon, in which case some lucky bettors will profit.

47 responses to “NFL won’t let Buccaneers fire their cannons after touchdowns on Sunday

  1. They probably won’t score a touchdown so it probably doesn’t really matter regardless.

  2. OK, I see why they don’t want a home-team-only stadium celebration, but why not fire the cannons for ANY touchdown, Bucs or Chiefs? It’s not called the No Fun League for nothing.

  3. Instead of not firing the cannon at all during the game, why doesn’t the NFL allow them to fire it when both teams score?

  4. Perfect place for tampa to hide cameras to spy on the chiefs. Brady will put all his cheating techniques to use.

  5. slimglynn says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:05 pm
    They probably won’t score a touchdown so it probably doesn’t really matter regardless.

    ——

    They probably won’t make the playoffs….
    They probably won’t beat the WFT….
    No way they will beat the Saints….
    No chance they will beat the Packers…..

    See a pattern here?

  6. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:10 pm
    Perfect place for tampa to hide cameras to spy on the chiefs. Brady will put all his cheating techniques to use.

    —–

    Says the guy whose team needed to pump in fake crown noise because the actual fans could not make enough on their own.

    Also, why were all but one of Andrew Luck’s footballs illegally inflated?

  7. Ridiculous !! Tampa earned home field through their road playoff wins !! They rightfully earned the right to celebrate any TDs by them on their home field in their fashion… it is almost as if NFL wants to discourage any teams to appear at their home for Super Bowl just to make it a neutral site !!!

    Nonsense Freaking League !!!!!

  8. Get your motor runnin’…. Head out on the highway
    Looking for adventure…In whatever comes our way

    Yeah, darlin’…Gonna make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once….And explode into space

    I like smoke and lightnin’…Heavy metal thunder
    Racing in the wind…..And the feeling that I’m under

    Like a true nature child, I was born to be wild…

    ~Steppenworlf

  9. The embittered Colts fans just can’t stop, can they? In a game that has nothing to do with the Patriots, they still find a way to bring up that AFCC game where the Colts were blown out by 38 points, all because of how many PSIs the footballs were supposedly inflated to and because the big bad NFL was picking on a “small market” team.
    So sad, so pathetic. Try to lose like a man, mannermanlyman!

  10. But they let 7500 healthcare workers come for free. Oh btw these workers are all from the Tampa area. So essentially in the name of “neutrality” they are loading the stands with Tampa fans. I’m a vaccinated healthcare worker from a kc and none of us were invited. It’s all about optics, not reality

  11. Who cares this game will be over as soon as the Chiefs walk on the field. It’s going to be the most lopsided boring superbowl ever. Bucs didn’t do anything special besides rent Brady.

  12. Srinivas Avatapalli says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:27 pm
    Ridiculous !! Tampa earned home field through their road playoff wins !! They rightfully earned the right to celebrate any TDs by them on their home field in their fashion… it is almost as if NFL wants to discourage any teams to appear at their home for Super Bowl just to make it a neutral site !!!

    Nonsense Freaking League !

    ——

    Thats not how this works bro ..

  13. Soooo they want neutrality…but 1\3 of the fans are from Tampa? Not including the other folks that are gonna buy tix from local scalpers? Were any tickets offered to anybody from KC? Shoot the cannons for everybody.

  14. I’m a Saints fan and REALLY hoping the Bucs lose. But you know what? They got to the big dance when it’s scheduled at home and I see no problem with firing the cannons after their own touchdowns. Any team that makes the super bowl in the same yet they host it should get to play it like a home game.

  15. jredshoes says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    But they let 7500 healthcare workers come for free. Oh btw these workers are all from the Tampa area. So essentially in the name of “neutrality” they are loading the stands with Tampa fans. I’m a vaccinated healthcare worker from a kc and none of us were invited. It’s all about optics, not reality

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    Not at all true. I know for a fact that the Pegula’s gave at least 4 tickets to nurses at local hospitals. I’m sure that the same was done around the country.

  16. They won’t make the playoffs…
    They won’t beat Washington…
    They won’t beat New Orleans…
    They won’t beat Green Bay…
    They won’t beat Kansas City…

  17. jredshoes says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    But they let 7500 healthcare workers come for free. Oh btw these workers are all from the Tampa area. So essentially in the name of “neutrality” they are loading the stands with Tampa fans. I’m a vaccinated healthcare worker from a kc and none of us were invited. It’s all about optics, not reality
    =================================

    Not really true – each team gets to send a certain number of healthcare workers. However, a larger number will be from Florida. And if you are in healthcare, you are another kind of hero. I would have hoped the larger percentage was from the two teams states along with some from each team.

  18. specialteamsposter1 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:18 pm
    If I’m the cannon guy at Tampa Bay stadium, I’m pushing the button anyway.

    ======================================

    Sure you are. You’ll toss a gravy job like that gets you into every home game and that seat for one more push. Please…

  19. By that logic why have the game in Tampa at all? Seems like an attempt to help the Chiefs.

  20. If KC scores, the fat guy who looks like Andy Reid should fire a canon at the Buc pirate ship and swing over and the Bucs ship should start sinking … Kc will score 40 points in the 1st 3 quarters, Bucs will score 3 in the 4th Q to make the score look respectable but their pirate ship is sunk.

  21. As a Bucs fan, I’ll readily admit that this is going to sound shallow, petty, and childish…but I’d rather not have the cannons than hear them when the Chiefs score. Those are our cannons.

  22. remizak says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    OK, I see why they don’t want a home-team-only stadium celebration, but why not fire the cannons for ANY touchdown, Bucs or Chiefs? It’s not called the No Fun League for nothing.
    —————————————————————————————————-
    I suppose you also think it’s okay if fireworks and the Hank Steam Polka is played whenever the Ch…. , um, whenever either team scores.

  23. jakeutler says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm
    The embittered Colts fans just can’t stop, can they?
    ___________

    To be fair, the Colts fan mentioned spying, not deflating. Besides, Brady has no one to blame but himself. If he didn’t throw that interception to D’Qwell Jackson, the Colts would have never had reason to suspect something was off with the footballs.

  24. Boo hoo. It was decided years ago that the Super Bowl would be in this stadium this year and it happens to be the same year the host team makes the Super Bowl, the NFL didn’t know this would happen. Either they fire the cannons for both teams or they fire the cannons for neither teams.

  25. icouldcareless says:
    February 2, 2021 at 8:11 pm
    Mahomes cried to Goodell

    —————

    Nah, the goat is bringing his own cannon to Tampa.

  26. pollygirl3535 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    Another stupid NFL rule……

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    What rule exactly? The fact that the Super Bowl is a neutral site event?

  27. You know what I’d love to see? Super Bowl games played somewhere other than domes and warm weather states. I know they played the one recently in NY(NJ), and there was a blizzard the next day. So what?

    It’s an all-weather sport. Play the championship somewhere where uniforms get dirty and rain or snow might play a factor. The NFL will never have a problem selling SB tickets.

  28. 6ringsandarapist says:
    February 2, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Y’all act like KC has a defense…
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Apparently a defense good enough to get to the Superbowl.

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