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Fennelly: Enjoy 1-0 start while it lasts, Bucs fans

Bucs receiver Mike Evans, right, celebrates with Adam Humphries after a third-quarter touchdown catch. Fans are celebrating right along with them after the season-opening victory.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs receiver Mike Evans, right, celebrates with Adam Humphries after a third-quarter touchdown catch. Fans are celebrating right along with them after the season-opening victory.

It was Overreaction Monday.

The first of 16 installments.

No force in sports more seismic than a season-opening victory in an NFL city.

Especially a win-starved one.

Go crazy, folks.

It never lasts, but go crazy.

The Bucs are 1-0. Good stuff.

I'm surprised the kids weren't off from school Monday. It was Thanksgiving, Christmas and Bucs 31, Falcons 24 rolled into one. I saw cats and dogs hugging.

Win in the desert Sunday and the Bucs won't be able to build a big enough bandwagon.

You're already scanning the schedule for nine more wins, aren't you?

This is how the NFL works. There are usually six days to kill.

You're king of the world or it's the end of the world.

One good opener is all it took.

Out of the way, Rays. Wait your turn, Lightning.

The Bucs block out the sun when there's even a chance at a good season.

One win and it's a new birth of freedom, starring Dirk Koetter as Abraham Lincoln.

One win and it's Jameis Winston, MVP, and Kwon Alexander, defensive player of the year.

The Bucs are alone atop the NFC South for the first time since 2007.

Nine years.

George W. Bush was president. There were 49 states. A car cost $2,000.

We are making that up, but this is BIG.

The Bucs are off and winning.

Twitter exploded. Phone lines remain jammed. Try back later.

Can the proposed Super Bowl parade route be far behind?

Pass through downtown St. Pete, pause at Robert Ayers Park, circle Mike Evans Elementary School, Lavonte David Youth Sports Complex, board flotilla for trip across Bay. Take Jameis F. Kennedy Boulevard, past Miko Grimes School of Mass Communication, past Austin Seferian-Jenkins obelisk, to Tampa City Hall for key to city ceremony, Gerald McCoy statue unveiling.

The seething 0-1 Cardinals, losers to the Brady-less, Gronk-less Patriots, await the Bucs in Arizona.

We will be overreacting some more next Monday, probably in the other direction.

But this was this Monday.

The kind of Monday that the Bucs earned with that victory.

Suddenly there is buzz.

And just because the Bucs beat a team they beat twice last season even while going just 6-10.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

As for Koetter's 1-0 start, don't forget the last time a Bucs coach won his first game. In 2012, Greg Schiano beat Carolina at home his first time out. He seemed poised to be the talk of the NFL in Week 2, as he returned triumphantly to New Jersey roots and his Rutgers days with a game against the Giants at the Meadowlands.

The Bucs not only lost, but Schiano all but got put over Giants coach Tom Coughlin's knee after the game for having his Bucs dive at Eli Manning during the kneel-down portion of the program.

It can go away like that.

Now 1-0 Dirk Koetter returns to the desert, where he coached at Arizona State.

Got a bad feeling here.

But back to Overreaction Monday.

Every Bucs player was promised a game ball by Koetter after Sunday's game.

It might get better. I can't say for sure, but there is talk that the Glazers are thinking about giving EVERYONE IN TAMPA BAY a game ball if the Bucs beat the Cardinals. Yes, it will cost millions, but that's how much they love us.

Anyone up for Overreaction Tuesday?

Fennelly: Enjoy 1-0 start while it lasts, Bucs fans 09/12/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2016 10:13pm]
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