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Laine Ewen
Laine Ewen is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. She writes about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for and might just be the only Bucs fan in the state of New York.

Entries by Laine Ewen

Bucs vs. Bucs: Everyone Loses

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 2:30 PM

The Bucs' first series of last week's loss against the Jets was an unmitigated disaster. When QB Josh Freeman's headset stopped working, he was forced to take a timeout. Back on the field, the headset continued to malfunction amidst the crowd noise, and the Bucs were slapped with two delay...

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Why is the Bucs Offense So Boring?

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 5:54 PM

I was in the stadium when Josh Freeman made his first NFL start.

It was way back in November of 2009. The Bucs, in their throwback finest, won for the first time that season under Freeman's leadership, defeating a strong Green Bay Packers team.

I remember thinking then...

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Bucs vs. Panthers: Forgive Me, Bucs Fans, for I Have Grinned

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Forgive me, Bucs fans.

Forgive me for dwelling on the past. For bringing up the 2011-12 season once again. For dragging Raheem's name back into the conversation, and back through the mud.

Forgive me this one time, in this one column, for recalling a season dead and gone.

Because this,...

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The Bucs Hire a Coach: What Is a Greg Schiano?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Greg Schiano [grehg shee-ahn-oh]
-- The ninth head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise history
-- Former head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights credited with bringing a losing franchise to prominence; had a career 68-67 record at Rutgers and a 5-1 bowl game record

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Bucs vs. Bears: An American in Wembley Stadium

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 10:02 AM

When I decided to move to Paris this fall, one of the things I was most excited about was the opportunity to see a Bucs game in Wembley Stadium.

I guess that makes me about the ugliest sort of American -- shouldn't I have been more excited about the cheese?...

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Bucs vs. Colts on MNF: Unpleasant Memories

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 6:14 PM

There are several interesting storylines for this week's Bucs vs. Colts Monday Night Football game:

1. Peyton Manning's injury leads to the slow, painful death of the 2011-12 Colts. (Sorry, Curtis Painter.)

2. Jon Gruden returns to Tampa for the first time since his firing, as he announces the game....

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Bucs vs. Falcons: Not the Same Ol' Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:50 PM

Great win for the Bucs.

We Bucs fans were collectively biting our fingernails, I know, when the team was down late in the fourth quarter, but good ol' Josh Freeman saved the day!

When are we going to get a pass rush, folks? Am I right?

How about that Ronde...

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Bucs vs. Lions: This Effing Game

(13) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:56 PM

This Sunday the Bucs, in full control of their playoff destiny, lost to the Detroit Lions 23-20. The same Detroit Lions, mind you, who had lost the previous 26 road games. The Drew Stanton-led Detroit Lions. THE DETROIT LIONS.

Effing game.

As with most of this season's losses (Saints and...

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Bucs vs. Ravens Recap: Back to the Drawing Board

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 4:43 PM

You know, there's only so many times you can say the same thing without feeling like a broken record.

Case in point: this Buc season. Any of this sound familiar?

These young Bucs sure have made a lot of progress since last season!
Who'd have thought the Bucs would...

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Bucs vs. 49ers: Bucs Just Keep Winning

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 9:09 PM

Last year, the Bucs won 3 of their 16 games. They were a terrible team, and it was easy as Bucs fans to know our role. We lamented the losses, we looked forward to the draft, and we prayed for the miraculous rebuilding fantasy to become a reality.

This offseason,...

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Bucs vs. Panthers: A Win is a Win

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 9:16 PM

In a season of near-losses to bad teams, last week's Falcons game seemed like a turning point. In what some considered a moral victory, the Bucs finally played a solid game against a team with a winning record and lost by a margin of inches.

In contrast, this week's Panthers...

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Bucs vs. Falcons: Hurt So Good

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 9:27 PM

I don't know about other Bucs fans, but for me, this loss hurt.

This one hurt more than the blowout losses to the Saints and Steelers.

It hurt more than all of last year's 13 torture sessions. Combined.

Yep, this losing feeling was vintage, like December 2008 when the team...

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Bucs vs. Cardinals: Don't Call it a Comeback

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 12:03 AM

Ok, we get it. Josh Freeman is the master of the fourth-quarter comeback.

For those keeping score, the Bucs' 38-35 victory over the Arizona Cardinals was Freeman's 6th fourth-quarter comeback, an impressive feat in only 16 total starts. But in this close-call win, things were a little different. This time...

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Bucs vs. Rams: NFC's Best Team Wins

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 7:01 AM

According to Bucs' head coach Raheem Morris, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the best team in the NFC.

And I quote, "We're the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We're excited."

Well, ok then, Raheem. Let's go ahead and ignore the first three quarters of this weekend's...

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Yuccaneers Defeat Bungles

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 8:51 PM

This Sunday I took my first trip to Phebe's, a Cincinnati Bengals-loving restaurant/bar in New York City. It's a potentially dangerous experience watching a game in enemy territory*, but it's informative as well. Though the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area is not technically a small market, the Bucs are decidedly off the...

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Bucs vs. Steelers: Wake-Up Call

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 9:36 PM

You want to read the X's and O's of the 38-13 smackdown that the Steelers laid on the Bucs? Steelers Chick has that covered.

You want to read the Oh's and No's of the game? You've come to the right place.

Because after two weeks of blissful Browns-...

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Bucs vs. Panthers Wrap-Up: 2-0!

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 7:32 PM

I'm not getting ahead of myself. I know that the Bucs starting the season 2-0 doesn't mean they are going to win the next 14 games. It doesn't mean that the team will make the playoffs or even that they will end the season with a 500 record.

That said,...

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Bucs vs. Browns Wrap-Up: A Tale of Two Halves

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM

It was the best of wins; it was the worst of wins; it was a half of strong defense; it was a half of botched plays; we had 15 wins before us; we had 15 losses before us.

Ok, ok, so Charles Dickens wasn't technically a fan of the NFL....

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It's Not Easy Being Red and Pewter

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 6:41 PM

Do any of the following pertain to you?

difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
(e.g., Wait, when was the last time the Bucs had a star offensive weapon?)
feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
(e.g., We'll never have a winning season again! And the team...

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Dear Bucs Chick: We Have No Receivers

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 8:31 PM

More reader mail! Apparently my previous--and, I might add, very successful--foray into advice-giving inspired another reader to follow suit. As always, I'm happy to lend an ear and a hand.

Dear Bucs Chick,

Last spring, I was offered a really amazing job at a shipping and...

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