Roundup: Bucs have massive fan club in England

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave up one of their home games to play in London against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. When the league scheduled the match up, it probably did not expect the Bucs to be winless heading into Week 7. Despite their struggles this season, the Bucs can expect healthy crowd support at Wembley Stadium, according to the Orlando Sentinel. In 1984, a Buccaneers fan club was founded in England, in the midst of a 14-season losing streak. Why? Club founder Paul Stewart told the newspaper how it all started:

    “The first game of American football I ever saw was in December 1982. Channel 4, a new TV station over here, started showing a one-hour packaged program with highlights of the previous Monday night game, other game clips and features explaining the rules. The first one I watched was Tampa Bay vs. Miami. The Bucs won 23-17 and I thought, ‘Hey, that team in orange must be pretty good, I’ll support them.’ … DOH! … For other club members, a lot follow the Bucs because they have been to the bay area on vacation, some felt sorry for them during the losing. Some jumped on the bandwagon following the Super Bowl win.”

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