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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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    Buc on the Move

    Not sure how I feel about all the Tampa kids growing up as fans of other teams. I get it when older transplants stick with their original allegiances, but I feel like all of these bandwagon kiddos of the millennial generation are a product of the times. In previous generations, ethical principals like loyalty and integrity were stressed and were important. Now, everything is centered on instant gratification, and I believe that trickles down even to bandwagon fans of far off teams. When my family moved from Pinellas county to SE Texas in the late ’70s, the Luv ya Blue era was just closing out, and growing up, there were plenty of successful Cowboys teams I could have jumped on. But dammit, I was a Buc, and I suffered many years for that allegiance. That made the late ’90s and eventual Superbowl that much sweeter. Not too many kids these days have that kind of loyalty to enjoy that delayed gratification.

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      Buc on the Move, I think you make some good points but a lot kids are influenced by there parents and friends. I know growing up in Pinellas county, there were few buc fans. Majority of the football fans were from other states that had relocated to Tampa. I remember going to sports bars in the late 80s early 90s and the majority of the bar would be other teams fans. I moved to KC back in 2001. I am still a loyal Buc fan to this day. My son was born in 2004. He really didn’t get into football until around 2010. His favorite team isn’t the Chiefs, its the Bucs because of the influence I had on him. My son has never even watched the Bucs play a playoff game but he still loves them. I also think a lot of the old football fans in Tampa that aren’t from Tampa have influenced there childrens fan base. I will admit that Living in Kc for 15 year I have become accustom to rooting for the KC teams like the Chiefs (unless they are playing the Bucs) but I will always be a die hard Buc fan. My closet is full of Buc gear. My car even has a Bucs sticker on the bumper.

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    Scott, what a great idea. I always enjoy the Fab5 and there are some excellent comments offered by readers. Your responses add more depth to the Fab5!

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    On ASJ – it’s sad fact of the NotForLong League and indeed perhaps a sad reality of aging generally, but ASJ is 23 years old and like some 23 year olds, he seems to be “growing up” slower than other 23 year olds…it does happen sometimes and he is, again sadly, running out of town to do that growing up.

    Here’s hoping that his maturity cycle reaches it’s magic crescendo in this his 24th year…

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      Update: I appreciated hearing his apology today, and his re-commitment to Koetter, and to doing a better job of what is expected.

      The proof will be in the pudding, I suppose.

      Finally – Scott: any chance of the “edit” button?? My first post says “running out of town”, which clearly I hope not…it should be “running out of time”, which I also hope doesn’t happen. 🙂

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    Wow! I’m honored that you chose my comments in your first “Reaction” column. I have been a member since before the name change and the printed mag days, and while we don’t always agree (Josh Freeman being the best example) I always find your columns insightful, well-researched and well-written. Keep up the great work and we’ll keep on reading.

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    Scott- Thanks for choosing my comments enjoyed reading your feedback, I’m sure many fans claim to be at the Niners Game I can assure you I was I have the pictures to prove it ha I always fly back for one game a yr and over the yrs I have attended the Monday Night Game vs Colts when Peyton brought Colts to historic come from behind victory and Eagles Game when Bryant made the historic 62 yd field goal. Yes, kids will gravitate to the winners they are young and its boring to root for teams who are pathetic, when I was 14 I moved to Bradenton, Fl and became a Bucs Fan in 1985 and that was a painful childhood to watch the Bucs get trounced week after week and I would be made fun of for being a Bucs Fan at Manatee High School as nobody I mean nobody wore Bucs gear. So I get that your son and many other sons would follow the top teams but once the Bucs start winning again the kids and fans will follow.

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    white people call Steven A. Smith a “race baiter” (whatever the heck that is) and black people call him an uncle tom LOL he’s doing his job i guess

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      yes…a sad commentary on his/his network’s desire for ratings I guess.

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      Agreed, and as crappy as it sounds, he is doing it well as well. We all know, it’s about the ratings and controversy gets ratings. He’s just a little uninformed in some situations such as this particular topic.

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    This is indeed a pretty cool Idea guys. I like that you can do this and directly respond to some fans every week. Thanks for selecting me as a first post. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if Jon got picked and I didn’t. Haha
    This is a very cool column and I look forward to seeing it more often.

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    Buc on the Move

    I can see it now, the comment section for the Friday Fab Five is headed to new levels!!!

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    Neat idea Scott.

    Funny how on one hand fans talk about cheering for the hometown team, then on the other, talk about taking their loyalty to a team in the U-Haul with them when they move.

    Me, I moved here from Pittsburgh in the late 1960’s to attend UT and became a Dolphins fan. Once we got our own team I became a Bucs fan. To me, when a person decides to leave an area and permanently relocate to another he should devote himself to his new hometown. Not doing so is like a guy getting married to his chosen bride; but if she got into a fight with his ex girlfriend he cheers for the ex.

    That said, I’d probably always carry some allegiance to the Steelers and Bucs since I’m too old now to start courting a new team.

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    So if a person is a fan of a team for 20 yrs then relocates they should adopt that new team? esp if its a rival like Falcons etc? I don’t agree! There is no written rule for fans how they should choose their team so when there is one let me know ha

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      Not a rule, just my opinion after sitting in the stands for 40 years listening to folks who have lived here longer than they did their former home and look down their nose at the Bucs.

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    Love the idea Scott! The Fab 5’s are one of the things I look forward to every Friday, right there with 5 o’clock!! I know we have our input to your column, and it’s nice to hear your response.

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    I agree completely with SaskBucs. I’m not drinking the Kool-aid about kids. I don’t see how you can grow up in a city and not root for the home team. I grew up in the ’50s and the only team around was the Gators. They stunk and had never won the SEC in over 60 years. But they were my team. Lary Dupree, Ray Graves, and all.

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    Say at you want about kids but ,most kids like cheering for winners they are kids they don’t know anything about team loyalty etc I grew up in Tampa Area in some of the worst yrs for the Bucs and let me tell you I would be the only guy wearing Bucs Gear in jr high and high school and would be teased for wearing it yes in Tampa Area 1985-1993 it was hard finding kids who liked the Bucs. Hell even the local stores carried mostly Dolphins gear, Gators, FSU, and Miami Gear before they would carry much Bucs gear. Buccaneers Heaven a team store thrived in the glory yrs 1995-2007 then went out of business after they started losing. Tampa has always been a fair weather city as far as the Bucs and always will be

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      Because, like you and your Cardinals, many folks are from other places and as I said, bring their old loyalties to their new “hometown” with them. Fortunately for you, the Cards are on the upswing so the western “fair weather fan” is on the bandwagon……except when the Cowboys or Steelers come to the desert.

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