Advertisement
  1. Bucs

Thirteen years ago today, we all rejoiced 'Bucs win!'

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and players celebrate after Keenan McCardell's touchdown at the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003. [Jim Damaske | Times]
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and players celebrate after Keenan McCardell's touchdown at the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003. [Jim Damaske | Times]
Published Jan. 26, 2016

It's been a rough few months — okay, years — for Tampa Bay Bucs fans. Lost games. Lost seasons. Fired coaches.

Even the good (signing the No. 1 draft pick, Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston) has happened in the shadow of bad (while he was the focus of a protracted sexual assault investigation).

On Monday, we learned that Winston is going to the Pro Bowl. Great! Only after Patriots superstar Tom Brady withdrew. Sigh.

But that was yesterday.

Today is Jan. 26.

Thirteen years ago, Jan. 26 fell on a Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday.

Bucs-Raiders. San Diego.

Four quarters of glorious, dominating football long believed to be an impossible dream of Tampa Bay's beleaguered "Yucs" and their whimpering fans.

On Jan. 26, 2003, the Bucs became world champions. The defense cemented its place as one of the best in history. Coach Jon Gruden proved he was worth every penny of the handsome bounty the team owners paid to get him.

In living rooms and on bar stools across the bay area, delirious fans pinched themselves and hugged each other and spilled their beers, bellowing "Bucs win! Bucs win! Bucs win!"

Final score, 48-21.

Advertisement

This site no longer supports your current browser. Please use a modern and up-to-date browser version for the best experience.

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge