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NFL to post three classic Bucs games on Youtube

Jon Gruden and the Bucs sideline celebrate a touchdown during their Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Jon Gruden and the Bucs sideline celebrate a touchdown during their Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003.

For Bucs fans who have worn out their DVD of the Super Bowl XXXVII, who still keep a VCR around the house to play old tapes from the creamsicle days, there is exciting news: The NFL is posting the network broadcasts of three classic games for each NFL team on Youtube this summer.

For each NFL team, five games were chosen, and fans voted to choose which three go online. It shouldn't be much of a contest for the Bucs -- their Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003 was the leading vote-getter, with 43 percent, edging out the game that preceded it, Tampa Bay's NFC Championship win at Philadelphia, which got 29 percent.

The race for third was closer, however -- the Bucs' Monday Night Football shootout win against the Rams in 2000 got 14 percent, the franchise's first-ever win over the Saints in 1977 after an 0-26 start is got 8 percent, and a 2006 win over the Eagles on a 62-yard kick by Matt Bryant got 6 percent.

You can see all the options for all 32 teams here, and see how the voting went for each team by clicking on the team logo.

The NFL said the five games for each team were chosen "in collaboration with NFL Films and the 32 clubs based onn fan appeal, historical significance and network broadcast availability." The broadcasts will be shown in their entirety, save for commercials (which can be so fun 30 years later) and halftime shows.

And yes, the Bucs could somehow turn up in the top three of another NFL team -- that insane 2003 Monday Night comeback game that saw Tony Dungy and the Colts stun the Bucs in the fourth quarter is tied for third in the Colts voting, with their Super Bowl XLI victory even.

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2016 5:39pm]

    

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