Postscripts — Aug. 20 blog

This is "Postscripts," my personal blog. Here, each day, I'll write on random topics, both Bucs related and non-Bucs related. This blog also includes links to the top Bucs stories on the Web. Why? Because, well, I can never write enough, and sometimes the things I learn on this beat can't be fit into a story. So, until the carpal tunnel sets in, I'll keep typing.

Monday, Aug. 20

The best Bucs stories on the Web

Practice is going on right now at One Buc, and I want to get out there. But I wanted to drop a few lines on stories to take a look at sometime today

I've got a feature on Alex Smith on the site right now, written by our staff writer, Tabitha Chancellor. Both Gruden and Smith want to see the third-year TE make the leap from good to great this year. Plus, you can link to my analysis piece on the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday's preseason game.

Over at the Tampa Tribune, Anwar S. Richardson writes that the Buccaneers, from their players and their coaches, don't really put a lot stock in a preseason record. That record is 1-1 entering Saturday's game. Records don't mean much in the preseason people

Over at the St. Petersburg times, Rick Stroud writes about rookie linebacker Adam Hayward, who is dedicating this season to his mother, who died in 2004. The coaching staff is looking for a better game out of Hayward and the rest of the backups. Hayward missed a big tackle on Maurice Jones-Drew. The rest of the backups missed everything else.

And at the Orlando Sentinel, Chris Harry writes about those backup defenders and their failure to grab the momentum handed to them by a starting defense that responded with a tremendous effort on Saturday.


I saw Kathy Griffin in Fort Myers last night and her near-two hour set killed. It takes talent to be inappropriate and appropriate at the same time, and she has it in abundance. She's going to hell — and she admits it — but she's talented. And, no, I was not dragged there. I wanted to go.

Among the targets — Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Oprah Winfrey, Paula Abdul (she started a story she never finished), Ryan Seacrest (apparently he's the devil) and countless others that elude me at the moment. She climaxed the show with a bit about Barbara Walters and astroglide.

Good times. Good times.

After practice

Actually, I wouldn't call that much of a practice. No pads, no major drills. It basically became a walkthrough. But it is two days after the game, so maybe some guys needed a little longer rest than others.

I have news on Antoine Cash, Jeb Terry and Zach Tuiasosopo. You can link to the story here.

It was a "mustache" game

If you watched the Bucs-Jags game on Saturday, you saw it — Barrett Ruud's mustache.

Ruud didn't have it on when I talked to him after practice on Monday.

Barrett Ruud — without the mustache. (Getty)
"It was time," Ruud said. "It's like (Jerry) Seinfeld says — ‘You're taking a vacation from yourself,'" Ruud said. "I had to get back to reality. I'd go out in public and get some looks."

He called it a cross between "porn star" and "dirt bag." And this isn't the first time Ruud had grown a mustache.

"The whole thing started in college," Ruud said. "The linebackers at Nebraska had a ‘mustache' game. Every year we grew them when we played the dirtiest team we played. We don't' really play a dirty team this year so I thought I would do it in training camp and get a few laughs."

So Ruud wasn't trying to fit in with his fellow starters — Cato June and Derrick Brooks — both of whom sport facial hair.

Ruud has moved on from the mustache, but others have not.

Ronde Barber's the only holdout right now," Ruud said.

I'm off to University of Tampa for one of my other day jobs as a freelance writer. I'll have a full report on what Gruden said later. I also spoke to Tanard Jackson today and should have a full story on one of the real bright spots from Saturday's preseason loss within the next 24-36 hours. And, don't forget, I'll be available for a Bucs chat at 9 p.m. this Thursday, to answer questions about the first two preseason games and what Bucs fans can expect on Saturday. MP

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