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Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and note Spurlock elated; Special Olympic athletes visit; quarterbacks stay busy; single-game tickets on sale

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Next public practice

When: 2:30-4:35 today

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: Schedule is weather permitting and subject to change. Go to buccaneers.com for updates.

Practice and games schedule

Public practices

Saturday: 7 p.m., Raymond James Stadium

Aug. 9: 2:30-4:35

Aug. 14: 2:30-4:35

Preseason

Aug. 12: at Kansas City, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 18: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 27: Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Regular season

Sept. 11: Lions, 1, Ch. 13 *

Sept. 18: at Vikings, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 25: Falcons, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 3: Colts, 8:30, ESPN, Ch. 28 *

Oct. 9: at 49ers, 4, Ch. 13

Oct. 16: Saints, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 23: Bears (London), 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 6: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 13: Texans, 1, Ch. 10 *

Nov. 20: at Packers, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 27: at Titans, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 4: Panthers, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 11: at Jaguars, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 17: Cowboys, 8:20, NFL Network, TBD *

Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13

Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13

* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules

Quote of the day

"It's like your mama letting you go outside."

WR Micheal Spurlock on the elation of recently signed players finally be able to practice Thursday, the beginning of the new league calendar

Feeling special

The Bucs hosted more than 70 Special Olympics athletes from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties at Thursday's morning practice, something the team does annually. The athletes took to the field after practice and participated in drills with players and team personnel, signing autographs and posing for photos.

Working OT

While players not on special teams had the afternoon off, the quarterbacks unit was hard at work Thursday. Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson, Rudy Carpenter and Mike Coughlin worked feverishly on eluding pass rushers with offensive coordinator Greg Olson, quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and assistant receivers coach Tim Berbenich.

Step right up

Individual-game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today, giving the Bucs another measuring stick on what kind of home turnout they'll have this season.

"We're counting on our fans to make Raymond James Stadium an electric atmosphere for our team and a hostile environment for our opponents," co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. "Our promising young team has an exciting slate of home games, from two primetime matchups to rivalry games against the rest of the NFC South."

The team failed to sell out any of its eight regular-season home games last season. In reaction, tickets will start at $35 for the second straight season and prices remain unchanged from 2010.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and note Spurlock elated; Special Olympic athletes visit; quarterbacks stay busy; single-game tickets on sale 08/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 6:46pm]

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