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Mark Dominik's fine with Bucs in primetime



Don't think the Bucs weren't sensitive to their omission from primetime and nationally-televised games during the past two seasons.

No one in the organization was happy about it, in large part because it meant the Bucs weren't relevant.

That's changed in a big way now. When the NFL schedule was released this week, the Bucs had a pair of primetime, national games -- including a Monday Night Football matchup with the Colts -- and two 4:15 p.m. games against the Falcons and Saints that could go national.

No one was more pleased than general manager Mark Dominik.

"I was really excited for us and I want us to live up to it because I'd like to have more," he said. "I was very excited. I was excited that the league put us at 4:15 against Atlanta, to have a chance to be a FOX doubleheader game (in) a rivalry that's obviously gone their way the last two years. Also, the fact that they gave us two primetime games at home for our season-ticket holders, which I think is fantastic. It's nice to be back. It's almost fitting that we're playing the Colts again on Monday night and just hoping for a different outcome as we all know."

You probably recall what happened the last time the Bucs met the Colts on MNF. Indianapolis recorded a heartbreaking come from behind win in the final minutes of the 2003 contest.

The Bucs' positioning on the schedule is a reflection of their growing stature, Dominik said.

"I think it speaks volumes to what we're trying to do here in Tampa and the talent pool that we're trying to put together here and the direction we're trying to head as an organization," he said. "To get to the playoffs and get this thing to where you want to be, a lasting and long-term contender."

[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 8:51am]


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