The last few years have not been too great for professional football fans in Tampa, but the story of the weekend was how new coach Greg Schiano would fare in his NFL debut. It is being dubbed the "new era" of Buccaneers football, but the ironic part about all of this is the fact that as a news outlet the Tampa Bay Times has yet to move forward to their own "new era."
With Twitter and social media changing the way in which fans can track a game, game recaps in newspapers are becoming less important. Analysis or highlighting a story is what can add to the reader's experience instead of just reading about what they already know. The Times did a great job of this by tying in their pre-game focus on Ronde Barber to his contributions in Sunday's 16-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
I am starting to become a fan of the "Bucs Beat" blog on the Times' website, because it takes what different sites are saying and puts it all in one place for fans. They are short easy to read posts that could easily be tweets if they were cut down to 140 characters. Some of them will have quotes from coaches, injury updates, and commentary from people like Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
Buccaneers fans are cherishing their opening weekend glory and Greg Schiano is off to the right foot with his fans. In my blog post for my sports writing class, I will take a look at what some of the columnists at the Tampa Bay Times have to say about the first game of the season.