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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers: Gimme 5

Talk of the town

Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.

Just to clarify: The head coach is fond of saying that stats are for losers. For the record, so are turnovers, penalties, busted coverages and silly decisions.

Living and dying with the QB: The final score may have been embarrassing, but it's not as worrisome as Josh Freeman's turnovers. The Bucs can absolutely recover from a 48-3 loss, but they will go nowhere if Freeman continues throwing interceptions at nearly triple the rate of last season.

Here's an idea: Stop complaining to the officials. Either way, you weren't covering the spread.

Cross your fingers: He is not yet dominant, but Gerald McCoy has been getting better and better. If he's out for any length of time, the Bucs have a serious problem.

Batteries not included: You better hope Jim Harbaugh didn't just give the rest of the NFL a blueprint for attacking Tampa Bay's defense. Long before Frank Gore heated up, the 49ers found ways to match quicker receivers against linebackers Dekoda Watson and Geno Hayes, and the results were not pretty.

A list of five

Five ways to bounce back against the Saints.

5. Due to blackout, charge Saints to get in.

4. Copy Hank Williams Jr.'s stellar comeback plan.

3. Sneak into ref's locker room and steal all the yellow flags.

2. Gerald McCoy's replacement? Chris Christie.

1. Sign Darren Sproles. (Not so funny now, is it?)

Memories of five Buc blowouts

Dec. 19, 1999: Maybe it's a vineyard thing. Tampa Bay's other legendary rout was also in the other bay area when the Raiders beat the Bucs 45-0. If you're looking for a silver lining, the Bucs recovered to go 11-5 and reach the NFC Championship Game.

Nov. 17, 1991: Deion Sanders picked off Vinny Testaverde twice in this 43-7 loss at Atlanta. It had the potential for a historic beating, but backup quarterback Jeff Carlson screwed up by driving for a late touchdown.

Nov. 17, 1985: This one had a backstory. A year earlier, the Bucs purposefully let the Jets score late so they could get the ball back and James Wilder could set a rushing record. The host Jets didn't forget. They pummeled the Bucs 62-28.

Oct. 21, 1984: This was one of John McKay's final games as coach. And it was the worst home loss in franchise history. Walter Payton and the Bears won 44-9.

Oct. 2, 1983: The Bucs were losing to the host Packers 49-7 — at halftime. Green Bay eventually won 55-14. McKay called it the worst performance he'd ever seen. When a reporter tried to ask a question, McKay threatened to punch him in the mouth.

Five super picks

Checking out the best bets for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

1. Patriots: At least until the Bills beat them again.

2. Saints: Forget the Saints. How hard is it going to be to beat Carolina?

3. Packers: Brett Favre speaks. Packers stock goes down.

4. Lions: Last time Tigers and Lions were both playoff teams? 1935.

13. Bucs: Only franchise with two losses of 45 points or more in the past 20 seasons.

Final five words

Sometimes youngry can be yawful.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers: Gimme 5 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 12:04am]

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