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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets have offered a study in contrast over the past few seasons. From the glory of their first Super Bowl win to the pain of a losing season, Jon Gruden and the Bucs have seen it all. The 2005 NFL season now offers some intriguing possibilities for Tampa Bay fans. Can Gruden replace key personnel and remold the Bucs in his image? Will Raymond James Stadium rock with “Cadillac” fans? Griese or Simms? Get your questions answered and enjoy some of the greatest NFL action around with 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers football tickets.

It was a rough start in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joining the league in 1976 as an expansion team under the guidance of former USC head Coach John McKay, the Buccaneers proceeded to become the first team in NFL history to lose very game in a season, disappointing Buccaneers ticket buyers, and posting an 0-14 record in 1976. The Bucs went on to lose the first 12 games of their second season, before finally gaining their first victory against the New Orleans Saints in week 13 of the 1977 season.

The Buccaneers got better in 1978, winning five games with quarterback Doug Williams at the helm of an offense that featured running back Rickey Bell and a defense led by Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon. In 1979, the team sent faithful Buccaneers ticket holders into a frnzy, earning their first NFL playoff berth, where they proceeded to upset the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round, before eventually losing the NFC Championship Game to the Los Angeles Rams.

Williams would take the Buccaneers back to the playoffs in 1981 and 1982, but the team failed to advance past the first round in either season. A 5-2 record in the strike-marred season of 1983 was followed by a long period of failure for the Buccaneers, who remained in the lower echelon of the NFL until the middle of the 1990’s.

In 1996, the Buccaneers organization hired head coach Tony Dungy to turn things around. Dungy set out to immediately improve the team by adding players like running back Mike Alstott and quarterback Trent Dilfer. Dungy punched the Buccaneers ticket to a winning season by 1997, where they posted a 10-6 record and returned to the NFL playoff picture for the first time in 15 years. Tampa Bay posted a first-round victory over the Detroit Lions that year, before eventually being eliminated by the Green Bay Packers. A string of first-round playoff losses in 2000 and 2001 resulted in the Buccaneers hiring Jon Gruden away from the Oakland Raiders.

The move paid off in Gruden’s first year at the helm, as the Buccaneers reached Super Bowl XXXVII and claimed the first NFL Championship in Buccaneers history with a 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.

In the 2005 NFL season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets will give football fans a chance to see the fiery Jon Gruden and his team explode onto the NFL scene once again. Nothing but a berth in Super Bowl XLV will satisfy Gruden or fans with Buccaneers tickets. There’s nothing like Raymond James Stadium when the Buccaneers hit the field. Don’t be left out of the greatest NFL football action in the south. You can hear the crowd roar and the cannons boom, but only if you’re there live and in person with your very own 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets.


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