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Turning The Page

January 01, 2013 at 01:13am by Scott   •  21 Comments »

Nothing funny or clicky here. Just Happy New Year.
I went to the Atlanta game this past Sunday, was happy to see a win (despite Gary Shelton somehow turning it into a negative by pissing on everyone’s parade and letting us know that it wasn’t a big enough win) and end the season on a positive note. I’ll talk about the game itself tomorrow (or the next day depending on how many fingers I have left after lighting all these artillery shells) and we’ll cover the season in the coming few days.

But right now, at the beginning of a new year, I wanted to thank every one of you readers for sticking around this year. Regulars and the occasional visitors, commenters and lurkers, thank you. I don’t know a lot of you personally, so you don’t know what’s been going on with me. Without getting into too much, 2012 was a big year for me. Lots of change, work and personal. As a result, the quantity (and I’ll also admit the quality) of posts took a decline over the last twelve months. In most cases, I just didn’t have the time. Something had to give, and more often than not, it was this site. Hell, I had photos of Cadillac Williams still on the top banner until just a few months ago. The other times, I honestly found my enthusiasm lacking. I’d read the articles by the writers that spend so much of their time accentuating the negative and sometimes find myself kind of agreeing. Or even worse, just shrugging and moving on to something else. Ugh, I felt so dirty. I guess even when you replace an entire coaching staff, ten losses in a row carries over into the next year.

But that’s over. My own issues have been taken care of and life is infinitely better than it was, the new coaching staff has had a year to figure things out and New Year’s Day seems like a good time to resolve (see what I did there?) to getting this site back up to a reasonable level of production. Entries will likely be shorter, but there will be more of them and more focused on a particular thing rather than some of these long, marathon entries that take forever to write and just become huge damn chores. And I’ll probably do most of my writing at night since that seems to be my most creative time of day and the time when I can concentrate on the blog rather than doing entries between other projects going on. Writing this blog was always fun for me, at least until the last year. It’s time to make it fun again.

And I SWEAR I will get that T-shirt situation worked out. Seriously, you’d think I was asking these people for their power of attorney.

Thanks everyone. Happy New Year and go Bucs!

21 Comments to “Turning The Page”

manbearpig

manbearpig (January 01, 2013 at 09:39am:

I sincerely thank you for this site Scott. I’m directly in the middle of redskin country here in Virginia beach and this site is the one place I can talk Bucs football with fellow fans and have a good laugh in the process. Just like everyone I read other sites and blogs but this is the only one I have ever been compelled to register with. I read the commenters on other sites and shake my head. Who are these people?! Looking forward to the coming year. Everyone take care and happy new year! Hallelujah! Where’s the Tylenol!

campyone

campyone (January 01, 2013 at 11:20am:

Glad to hear that things have taken a turn for the better though truthfully I’ve always enjoyed the site and didn’t notice any decline this past year. Like manbear, I’m in the heart of another team (Packers in my case) and this site is the best way for me to stay involved with the Bucs and other fans.

OT: Putting on your Tennessee hat, if Bray is available in the 3rd round should the Bucs take him?

cubsandbucsfan

cubsandbucsfan (January 01, 2013 at 11:54am:

In light of how tough 2012 was for you Scott, I sincerely thank you for this blog. In the spirit of the recurring theme, I am in Kansas City surrounded by Chiefs fans, which has really helped put our frustration in perspective. Even as terrible as last year was, we were still better than 2-14, nobody killed themselves at One Buc Place, and I think we are going the right direction.

This Blog is my go-to place for all things Buc related, and you do a great job. I appreciate the chance to guest blog and even share some of my abstract ramblings.

Here is to an even better 2013!

Scott

Scott (January 01, 2013 at 12:41pm:

Bray is like a right-handed Chris Simms, and I mean that in good and bad ways. He has a whip for an arm and can easily throw the ball 70 yards. He has made some fantastic throws at Tennessee and saved the game sometimes. But he is inconsistent with his accuracy and has maturity issues both on and off the field. Bray needs a good solid veteran quarterback to sit behind and kick his ass. I don’t think Freeman is a mentor just yet. A third rounder is too high for the Bucs’ situation and need, but if he’s still there in the fifth, I might pull the trigger based on upside.

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (January 01, 2013 at 12:59pm:

i live in the minnesota viking country and this is how i get a lot of my bucs news beacuse espn ignores the bucs and thats how i get almost all my nfl news but thank you for all that you write i am somwhat new to the website signed on about 8 months ago and i think its great

jarldg

jarldg (January 01, 2013 at 02:27pm:

Scott, I’ve been a reader since early college in 2006. Without this site, it would’ve been hard to keep up my enthusiasm without being able to watch games here in nyc. Through law school and studying for the bar, it has kept me sane.

This is the first site I visit every day, and by far the most influential opinion on everything going on with the team. I rarely comment, only due to my laziness.

Thank you for the perpetual laughter and incisive takes.

Matt Price

Matt Price (January 01, 2013 at 04:43pm:

Sorry to hear you had a rough year, Scott. Glad things are looking up for you. And thanks for all that you do. Your site is easily one of my favorites. Happy New Year!

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (January 01, 2013 at 04:46pm:

Scott, I’ve been a reader since 2009, and I have not been disappointed. While I do read other Bucs blogs and sites, this is the only one I bother to comment on since your writing makes me laugh, the group that comments here is the most educated when it comes to football, and everyone here is actually a pretty tight-knit collection of fans. Keep up the great work and keep up the clickies as well.

PeaceDog5294

PeaceDog5294 (January 01, 2013 at 06:24pm:

Keep up the good work, Scott. Reading your perspective on the Bucs is always a welcome part of my routine each season (and off season).

Ryvers

Ryvers (January 01, 2013 at 07:51pm:

Thanks for the effort Scott. It is much appreciated. Sorry for the turmoil during 2012, but am very glad you’ve been able to sort through it. All the best in 2013.

Flatlander

Flatlander (January 01, 2013 at 08:23pm:

Best Bucs related site that I have come across. Insightful and humurous at the same time. Also a welcome refuge up here in Pats country. Clickys are just a bonus. Thanks for all the time you put into this Scott.

Meatmaster

Meatmaster (January 01, 2013 at 11:40pm:

Your site kicks ass. I live by Tampa and there’s good fans and bad fans. A lot of Buc’s fans have been very pleased with our team this year. Glad you worked shit out dude. Thanks for variety in the clickys too.

TnBuc

TnBuc (January 02, 2013 at 08:42am:

Got all of you beat… I live in the middle of Vol country! You know how backwards they are here. Thanks Scott for all of this! Pray you have a blessed year.

mcakora

mcakora (January 02, 2013 at 12:23pm:

Thanks for your work on this site and I hope your 2013 is a great one. I echo the sentiments of many others here. As a transplanted Buc fan now living outside of Chicago I am a regular here even if most of the time I just lurk and dont sign in. I really look forward to the articles and insight as well as the great photos, both pre- and post clicky. Thanks again Scott

J. Martin

J. Martin (January 02, 2013 at 02:21pm:

Strange how most readers seem to live far from Tampa. I live in Toronto and I read your blog nearly everyday, Scott. It’s great.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (January 02, 2013 at 04:22pm:

I’m apparently one of the few around here that actually lives in the Tampa area, lol.

DI

DI (January 02, 2013 at 04:59pm:

Hawaii Buc fan + Seldom Commenter + Often Lurker = Me
Thank you Scott for giving us a wonderful place for all the Buc fans from all over to meet. I agree with Manbearpig when who just shakes my head at other commenters from other sites who are either ignorant, stupid or both. Reading their comments makes me have a headache. But here we have true fans. I am glad you worked out whatever issues you had to deal with this year and I look forward to whatever you have in store this year.
Thanks again

RustyRhino

RustyRhino (January 02, 2013 at 09:25pm:

Thanks for a great site.

toekutter

toekutter (January 03, 2013 at 07:53am:

Can’t thank you enough for the Blog. Keeping up with the Bucs from outside the US isn’t always that easy. Glad to hear things are looking up for you in 2013. You should always remember that your worst effort smokes what we can get from the fish wraps.

HouseofG

HouseofG (January 03, 2013 at 01:30pm:

I live in Tampa but this is literally the only place I go to read up on the Bucs other than the occasional ESPN.com story. I don’t read any other blogs or columnists, so (a) THANKS, SCOTT! and (b) don’t you go anywhere!

fatmosh

fatmosh (January 05, 2013 at 02:20pm:

Just wanted to say keep it up. Even though there are a lot of good Bucs sites out there, none of them make me laugh like this one.

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