First I’d like to thank all the people who have been Googling Steve Duemig over the past couple years and clicking on my stories. When you Google him now, you get a Wikipedia entry, and then articles entitlesd “How Does Steve Duemig Continue To Be Employed” and “Steve Duemig Accomplishes Something Besides Allegedly Driving Drunk.” I was getting random comments sometimes on articles that I wrote about Steve Duemig, and couldn’t figure out why. I sat around for a few minutes and wondered, hey, I wonder if you google this loser, if the Pewter Plank articles come up. They do, and right above his jail pictures. No better way to say how much you despise someone then peppering their Google page with stories about how awful they are. This made my day yesterday.
Onto some actual Buccaneers news now…
- Everyone knows at this point that Clifton “Peanut” Smith has been sent to the IR for his 2nd concussion of the season, which he got facing the team that gave him his first concussion as well. For a team that is struggling mightily, losing one of the few bright spots you had on the team is disheartening at best. I personally wish Peanut a healthy recovery and look forward to seeing him next season. He was 2nd in the league in Kick Return average at 29.1 and possibly on the way to another Pro Bowl season. Our lone win of the year would not be in the books if it wasn’t for the timely returns from Peanut.
Bucem.com has up a hilarious faux Christmas Card from Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik. I almost spit my coffee all over my computer screen this morning I was laughing so hard. I’m going to put up a little excerpt, but you have to go read the whole thing for yourself, classic stuff.
Bucstats.com, easily the best Bucs site out there besides this one (!) has up a hilarious post as well about the Raheem’s explanation for playing Michael Clayton less snaps. Bucstats.com is always good for a laugh so check this piece out.
It might be happening. Raheem Morris might be coming around to the fact that he made a $25-million mistake this offseason. He said, on the record, that Clayton might be better off taking fewer snaps.
“Stovall will continue to play, no matter if he’s a starter or not,” Morris said. “Those guys started splitting reps because I think Michael Clayton is a better player when he plays less snaps because he plays so hard.”
You’re such a good player, we need you on the field less.
“That’s a problem. I told him he didn’t need to play more than 30 snaps or 40 snaps anyway. That’s where he is and that’s where they are.”
Is that really the problem? That Clayton is so tired from blocking all day that when he gets a shot at catching a ball he’s just exhausted?
I’m going to leave you with one last quote. This one is from Radio himself. I wish I could remember the two words that he made up the other night on the radio while doing his Monday Radio show, I should have written them down, but that would have required some actual journalism-ish skills, which, we all know I truly lack. So I leave you with this, a coach begging his owners for one more chance.
“You’re talking about young guys who are going to get better and better together and grow together. If we were around here and we were a veteran team and we had this kind of culture and this kind of development of losing, it would be a problem. But right now, we’re a bunch of babies that are going to grow up together and get better together.”
“Every time we come off the field, and every handshake at the end of these games with opposing coaches, they’re getting a little bit easier because I know they understand that, too.”