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Q&A: There's no blackout rule for Bucs 'home' game in England

Bucs blackout in England?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 23 is listed as a Buccaneer home game played in Wembley Stadium in England. What are the NFL rules if it doesn't sell out? Would it be blacked out in Tampa? In England?

"While Tampa is not subject to blackout restrictions for the Bucs' Oct. 23 game against Chicago in London, we expect to have our fifth consecutive sellout at Wembley," says NFL spokesman Dan Masonson.

The game is being played at 1 p.m. Eastern time. It's the sixth season for the NFL's international series. The first game was played in Mexico City in 2005, but the series was shifted to Wembley Stadium in England for 2006, and it's been there every year since.

It's the second game for the Bucs at Wembley. In 2009, the Bucs lost to the New England Patriots 35-7. The game drew a crowd of 84,254.

Cornhole scores with bean bags

On the etc. page of the Sept. 24 Times, an article says you can once again bring along a football or "cornhole set" to bide your time at a Bucs game. What's a cornhole set?

Cornhole is a game similar to horseshoes, but uses bags filled with beans or corn feed instead of horseshoes.

Two or more players take turns trying to throw bags into a hole in a boxlike structure that's about the size of a suitcase and slightly inclined.

If you throw the bag into the hole, you score 3 points. If your bag lands on the platform and sticks, you get 1 point. Other players may try to knock your bag off the platform with their tosses and deny you points. Games are generally to 21, though the rules can basically be whatever the competitors agree they are.

You can find cornhole sets on sale at most general department or sporting goods stores.

The origin of the game is uncertain. Some believe it began in Germany in the 14th century, while others think it was a game played by American Indians that was picked up by white settlers.

It grew in popularity in the 1990s at Midwestern universities, where students often used it as a drinking game.

New Skyway project starting

There has been construction or repair work on the Sunshine Skyway bridge for at least the last 10 months. What are they doing?

"The primary work for the project winding down at the Skyway was the replacement of post-tension elements in a few columns," says Kris Carson of the Florida Department of Transportation's District 7 public information office.

"The primary work for the project now starting up includes the installation of new bearing pads, new access hatches and inspection platforms, new GPS equipment and some slope protection repairs at the ends of the bridge," she says.

The new project is expected to last a year.

Q&A: There's no blackout rule for Bucs 'home' game in England 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 4:04pm]
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