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Glazer offers encouraging words to anxious fans

Posted Jun 13, 2011 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 05:45 PM



By ROY CUMMINGS
The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer had a word of advice last weekend for all the Bucs fans who are getting more nervous by the day over the prospect of a fall without football.

Relax.

Actually, the advice was offered to just one fan, Jackie Riles, better known as “The Pillow Lady.’ But it was, in essence, a message for all football fans, and it was an encouraging one.

“When’s the first exhibition game?’’ Glazer asked Riles as both departed the memorial service held last Friday afternoon for former Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen.

“I’m not sure,’’ Riles said. “I don’t have a schedule with me.’’

“It’s August 18,’’ Glazer responded.

“Yeah,’’ Riles said, “So?

“So relax,’’ Glazer said. “For the next seven weeks, just turn on some music, put on your headphones and relax. Football will be back. Don’t worry. Football will be back.’’

Encouraging words indeed. And they came just before a report broke suggesting the two sides in the NFL labor impasse had actually made enough progress in negotiations to possibly close on a deal within the next couple weeks.

They also came just as the Bucs were launching a new season-ticket campaign, one replete with full-page color ads in the Tribune offering discounts and payment plans to all new buyers.

Now, it would seem that if the end of this labor impasse were still a long ways off, there would be no reason for the Bucs to launch a season-ticket campaign. So maybe everyone should take Glazers advice and just relax for a while.

After all, what’s really been missed so far during this lockout? A rookie orientation camp? a few OTA days that most players would have found annoying anyway? A three-day mandatory mini-camp?

That’s it, really. No games have been missed, and everyone knows by now that the players are all working out on their own and in groups to be as prepared for the season as they can be whenever it does come around.

So maybe everyone should, as Glazer suggested, just relax. Football will be back eventuall. Perhaps even sooner rather than later.

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