TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were last in the Super Bowl in 2003. Since then the team and fans have suffered through tough times.
Now the Franchise is on a roll, winning their last five games and, for the first time in years, people are talking about the playoffs.
“I think they’ll be in the playoffs. I think 10 wins will get you in, at least as a wildcard,” WDAE radio host Tom Krasniqi told his listeners Monday morning.
Co-host Ronnie Lane covered the Super Bowl run in 2002-2003 and has seen the good and bad times with the Bucs. “It’s a remarkable turnaround from the first eight games of the season where they were giving up 29 points a game. Now, they are giving up just 12.8 points a game,” Lane said.
Some Bucs fans are elated with the new found success of the team. Chris Joiner and his friends have also seen the team’s ups and downs.
“We’ve been around since 1991,” Joiner said.
The group is known at the Raymond James Stadium for bringing cutouts of giant player heads. “It’s kind of become a calling card for our krewe; people know who we are,” Joiner said.
Now they are enjoying the winning streak and having fun seeing themselves on the Jumbotron at the stadium. “Yesterday was a great game, had a lot of fun, got up on the Jumbotron like four or five times,” Joiner said.
The team still has some work to do to make it into the playoffs. The Bucs face Dallas next – in Texas.