The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off an incredible 27-24 last-moment win last Sunday against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Until September 28, 2014, we’ve never pulled off such a feat against the Steel Curtain in Blitzburgh.
And now with Walmart decking the halls with Christmas cheer, I’m getting in the mood to start buying gifts soon. So what shall I put in my gift “sack” (I warned you about my puns) for my fellow Buccaneers fans?
Here are 10 Buccaneers gifts sure to score some cheer:
#1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets
What better gift can you get for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan in your life than tickets to a game? While Buccaneers tickets are among the most expensive gift on this list, they are the perfect gift to help make some cherished memories for that special diehard Bucs fan. Just hope and pray that the Bucs win that game!
#2 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Memorabilia
Whether it’s a good season or a rough one, we Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will always have fond memories of a magical season when all the stars seemed to align and our team was on the path of glory. Not only did we go 12-4 in the 2002 regular season and walk onto the field against the Oakland Raiders at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, but we won, and did so decisively: 48-21.
Are your eyes misting as you recall the splendor of seeing our Buccaneers hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy? You could see tears of joy (hopefully joy) if you give a beloved Buccaneers fan near and dear to you some memorabilia of our Super Bowl win.
What about a glass Coca-Cola bottle emblazoned with Super Bowl logos and those familiar red and pewter hues? Or a souvenir book from the game? How about used ticket stubs from Super Bowl XXXVII? Local sporting goods stores may have some great Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII swag on hand.
If you can’t find what you want locally, then hit up eBay.
#3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bobble Heads
I can never really get enough of those bobble heads. They are probably the most exciting thing to hit the knick knack collector’s shelves since the advent of those dashboard Hawaiian hula dancers that swept the kitsch market in the 1960s — back when mainland America was in love with tiki culture.
Many Buccaneers players both current and are immortalized by bobble head figures. There are tons of Buccaneers bobble heads out there. And they are a true keepsake. I still have my Jon Gruden bobble head from the days of Buccaneer glory.
#4 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys
Any favorite players who that Bucs fan near and dear to you loves? Whether for an old-school Bucko who would savor wearing a retro creamsicle Lee Roy Selmon “63” jersey, a fan who thinks Mike “A Train” Alstott was THE pewter and red poster boy, or somebody who believes Quarterback Mike Glennon should stay as a starter (and will proudly wear #8) jerseys are super gifts for fans in your personal ring of honor.
Buccaneers jerseys are available in sizes from child on through adult, and there are now specially fitted jerseys designed for female fans.
#5 – A Piece of Buccaneers History
Tampa Stadium was the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the team’s first game in 1976 all the way through the end of the 1997 season. During those years at the “Big Sombrero,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a lot of history — both good and bad.
But, in winning seasons and during those we’d rather forget, Tampa Stadium was the cradle for the team during the early days of the Buccaneers franchise. Any seasoned Buccaneers fan would love to own a piece of the stadium, or anything memorializing it.
Be sure to check for Tampa Stadium concrete and field dirt on places like eBay or in Tampa-area novelty shops.
If you fail to find what you’re looking for in the way of concrete chunks or other physical relics, don’t forget there are many posters and postcards of Tampa Stadium that can be bought for less than $20.
#6 – Creamsicle & Bucco Bruce
Many fans may not want to admit it, but they do love that orange and creamsicle of yesteryear. The orange hues and Bucco Bruce, the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 right on through to the mid 1990s, will always have an important place in Buccaneers history.
It seems like I’m spotting more and more throwback Buccaneers items every year in sporting memorabilia stores and even big box retail outlets. But if you can’t find what you want locally, there’s plenty of creamsicle online.
#7 – Buccaneers Autographs
Why not buy some memorabilia signed by one of the players or coaches? Pieces like these vary in price, based whose autograph you’re buying and what item was signed. However, autographs from the more notable figures from yesteryear, including Lee Roy Selmon, Doug Williams, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, and Ronde Barber, are tops on most any diehard Bucs fan’s wish list.
Don’t forget Buccaneers coaches Lovie Smith, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy! Buccaneers autographs from our teams leaders, both past and present, make awesome gifts.
#8 – Buccaneers Car Swag
Maybe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan you’re thinking of already has his or her home decked out in pewter and red (or creamsicle), but maybe their car needs some Buccaneers-colored touch, too.
From magnets to flags to bumper stickers, there are plenty of great Buccaneers car accessories that’ll make any fan beam with Buccaneers pride on the road.
#9 – Buccaneers Yard Pennant
Could you tell that favorite Buccaneers fan of yours loved the team just by looking at their front yard? If not, maybe it’s time to buy something that will help them show all the neighbors that they’re living in the red zone of a true Buccaneers fan.
One of the boldest ways to do that is buying a Buccaneers yard pennant. These can be hung from flagpoles and are excellent for showing off some Buccaneers team spirit!
One caveat… If you can, find out whether or not deed restrictions in the Buccaneer fan’s neighborhood would prevent the display of flags, banners, and other similar items. You don’t want to get that favorite Buccaneers fan in trouble with the homeowners’ association!
#10 – Super Bowl XXXVII Video
Back to Super Bowl XXXVII again here…
And nothing brings back memories of one of the greatest moments in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history than watching a video of Super Bowl XXXVII, when the Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders on an international stage.
VHS cassettes (remember those?) and DVDs of Super Bowl XXXVII range in price from around $10 up to $30.