Okay, now I'm going to pukeCheck this out:
By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
September 21, 2006
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- It seems like everyone has some advice these days for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers and struggling quarterback Chris Simms.
Even President Bush tossed the football with the former University of Texas quarterback Thursday, and offered some advice.
"Never give up," Bush said Thursday when asked what he told the Bucs during a half-hour visit to the team's training facility near Raymond James Stadium, where the president delivered a fundraising speech to about 400 people in a VIP club area.
Coach Jon Gruden wouldn't disclose what additional wisdom the president might have imparted to Simms.
"It's great, though, to get some advice from the president of the United States. It's a little different when the coach is telling you to do this or do that. You have the president come and give you some advice, that's something you gotta listen to," Gruden said.
"Hopefully it works. If it doesn't work out this week, he can call the president to see what happened."
Bush accepted an invitation to stop by practice and was greeted on the field by Simms and teammates Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and Mike Alstott and Ryan Nece, as well as an appreciative Gruden.
"The president has a lot to do. For him to show up here with the SWAT team on the roof and the Secret Service guys, that's awesome," Gruden said.
The Bucs (0-2) are preparing for Sunday's game against Carolina, another winless team. Simms has been the target of criticism following subpar performances the first two weeks of the season.
Bush addressed the entire squad, coaching staff and other team officials and personnel in the middle of the field. The president mingled with players, coaches and officials, posing for pictures and signing autographs before playing catch with Simms, son of New York Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms.
Once again, I am eternally grateful to SuperFiancee for getting me the fuck out of Florida.
We went up to our usual sports bar, the Dundee Tavern, only to find that all the day's games had already been set on the TVs, and the Bucs were nowhere to be found on the posted list. A quick query elicited the information that the list was, alas, not subject to negotiations, so I come home and see if by some chance the Bucs game may be telecast locally (not likely, but weirder things have happened) and, well, a quick look for TV info on Yahoo turns up the above nonsense, and...
I think it may be time to become a Chicago Bears fan.