As good as the Bucs looked in their season-opening 29-7 win against the Bears on Sunday, fans couldn't help but notice that the success didn't sound the same at Raymond James Stadium.
The signature firing of the cannons from the pirate ship in the north end zone of the stadium -- a warning shot to mark the Bucs entering the red zone, and one blast for every point scored by the home team -- was never heard in Sunday's win. Fans were concerned enough that in looking for answers online, one of the most-read stories on tampabay.com over the weekend was an August story on the Redskins' Josh Norman asking why the Bucs can fire their cannons, but he can't make a bow-and-arrow gesture in celebration without a fine.
There's good news for Bucs fans -- the team said Monday night that water damage from Hurricane Irma impacted the electrical systems that control the cannons. Those systems are being repaired and the Bucs expect that the cannons will be fully functional for the Bucs' next home game, on Oct. 1 against the Giants.
Norman called the cannon fire "a hostile act," but Sunday's silence wasn't any kind of league response to that -- next time the Bucs get on the scoreboard at home, their fans will be able to hear and see the celebration.
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