Tatum Bell: Tuskers can beat the Bucs
Former NFL coach Jim Haslett said he'd love for his Florida Tuskers to get a shot to play some NFL teams, saying there's a lot of talent on the first-year franchise in the United Football League.
So what would happen if the Tuskers played the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Tuskers running back Michael Pittman, a former Buc, said there are some guys on the team who would "probably tell you we can (beat the Bucs)."
Running back Tatum Bell chimed in: "I'm one of them."
Bell, who played five seasons in the NFL, said he believes they can compete with some NFL teams, like the Bucs. The Tuskers (3-0) play against the Las Vegas Locomotives Friday at Tropicana Field."I think that's how confident we are as a team," Bell said. "We feel like we can go out there and play with some of the best of them. There's a lot of savvy vets that have a lot to prove to everyone. I think that's what also makes the talent in the league so high, everyone is trying to prove something."
So it would be like, Tuskers 24, Bucs 14?
"That's how much credit you give our defense?" Bell said, smiling.....I see more than that. I see our offense putting up more than that and I see our defense shutting them down for less than that."
Pittman laughed when asked the question, and gave a more politically-correct response.
"I'm not going to say we can beat the Bucs, I guarantee we'd give them a great game,"Pittman said. "This team, we have a lot of fire, we've got talent at every position. I guarantee we'd give them a great game..."
Pittman said he still watches and supports the Bucs, as he has a lot of friends on the team and "hopefully they'll get a win soon."
"I feel for them," he said. "I believe they have more talent than what they're actually showing out there."
- JOE SMITH