Blimey, Bucs!

• Heckle and Jeckle Glazer have found a way to guarantee at least one Buccaneer home game will not be blacked out next year: Fly the bloody team over to England! On October 23rd, the Bucs will "host" the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium in London, which once again burns a Tampa Bay home game (as well as my ass). Truly a recipe for success when you consider the last time the young team was thrust into the international spotlight, they got their bollocks stomped 35-7 on their way to a 3-13 season. The good news? Raymond James Stadium will be spared the noise and nose pollution of the pale fat rolls stuffed into Walter Payton jerseys that is da Bears Nation.

• Ever wonder what happened to the Tampa Bay Rowdies? Me neither, but apparently at least 2,193 people sitting at AL Lang Field (perhaps expecting a baseball game) found out over the weekend as FC Tampa Bay of the American Soccer League lost to the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0. I could provide details but I'm afraid some of you may be air traffic controllers.

• After a three-game losing streak, an in-season open tryout and the hiring of Buc legend Derrick Brooks, the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Philadelphia Soul 51-48 after a game-winning field goal in front of 12,893 fans (or 2,000 more than a Tuesday night Rays game unless REO Speedwagon is playing afterwards).

• Speaking of Philly, Sarah Madson, wife of Phillies reliever Ryan Madson, was asked at a charity event what it was like to live in Philadelphia, and apparently responded in part, "I hate the fans...," to which said fans will no doubt respond with a peace offering of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (filled with batteries, thrown at her skull)

• Finally, Jimmie Johnson won the Aaron's 499 in Talladega by a NASCAR record 2/1000ths of a second, or the amount of time it took for your brain to picture Will Ferrell running around in his tighty-whiteys the moment you read the word Talladega. Oh, you didn't? Well, you are now.

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