The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only been around since 1976, the team has been successful, making 10 appearances in the playoffs thus far. The Bucs have also claimed one Super Bowl title, taking place in 2003 against the Oakland Raiders.
Throughout their short history, Tampa Bay has won their division six times. Today, the team plays alongside the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South, arguably one of the toughest divisions in the National Football Conference. However, Tampa Bay continues to be a serious competitor each year.
Tampa Bay has seen three players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after participating with the franchise: Steve Young, Lee Roy Selmon and Randall McDaniel. The organization retired number 63, which belonged to Selmon, as well as 40, which was sported by running back Mike Alstott when he served with the team.
Although the Bucs' record in the postseason is 6-9, they have made three appearances in the NFC Championship game. Their best season was undoubtedly in 2002 when they finished the year at 12-4, eventually winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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A Pirate's Life for Me! Going to a game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in an incredible experience. Apart from the palm trees and the fantastic weather they have in the fall, it’s easily one of the more fun NFL venues that pro football fans might visit on any given Sunday. The Pirate theme of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is carried on throughout the stadium by costumed staff who intermingle with fans bringing the stadium to life throughout the game. The best part of the stadium’s maritime Pirate theme is the massive Pirate Ship that rests in the North Endzone. Built by Disney Imagineers that were contracted by Raymond James Stadium, the Pirate Ship is at the center of the gameday experience with cannon blasts when the Bucs score and also when they enter the redzone. Costumed Pirates manning the vessel throughout the day can also be found throwing prize giveaways into the crowd. Concessions are excellent, there’s plenty of room to tailgate in the parking lots adjacent to the stadium and the fans are fantastic. Bucs games are always a good time! Tours of Raymond James Stadium are also available during the week that allow fans the opportunity to check out what things are like behind the scenes on gameday. Visitors have an opportunity to check out the press box, field level, locker rooms, and also get some great photos standing on the Pirate Ship. All for a reasonable $5 admission. Highly recommended. For more information on Raymond James Stadium and the City of Tampa, check out my Quest for 31 review at http://www.nflfootballstadiums.com/RaymondJames.htm. October 6, 2010