TAMPA — At the finest time to be a Buccaneer, he was the finest of them all.
As Derrick Brooks walks away from the team he helped redefine, such is his simple legacy: He was the best the Bucs ever had. He was the fire, he was the foundation and he was the father figure of a franchise.
Now, after the bloodiest Wednesday in team history, he is gone.
In a solemn, stunning move, the Bucs told Brooks they didn't need him anymore. They released Brooks and four other players: Warrick Dunn, Ike Hilliard, Cato June and Joey Galloway.
The jaw-dropper was Brooks, No. 55, the linebacker who has defined excellence for the Bucs since the days of orange jerseys and winking pirates. He had been here so long, and he had made so many plays, that it seemed as if he was never going to go away.
Then came Wednesday, when time finally tapped Brooks on the shoulder and told him it was time to go.
How does a team tell its greatest player he is no longer good enough? After you boil it down, after you get through the memories and the Hall of Fame talk and the admiration of what Brooks used to be, that is essentially what happened here. The Bucs decided they were better off without Brooks.
No, no matter what conspiracy theories you might hear, this was not a financial decision. No, it was not a decision based only on his age (36 in April). No, it was not a decision based on a new defensive scheme. If you know anything at all about Brooks, you know it was not a decision based upon his character.
In the end, it was a decision based on his ability. Put simply, the Bucs thought Brooks had slipped too far. Put bluntly, they felt it was time to accept applications for the job Brooks has held for 14 seasons.
For those who have witnessed Brooks' impact over the years, perhaps that sounds a little hard to swallow. You can only imagine how it felt for Brooks. It is hard to believe his release didn't hit him between the eyes.
He is a prideful man, proud of his impact and aware of his reputation. Over the years, it was that pride that drove him to become the elite outside linebacker of his generation. He simply didn't want there to be a conversation about greatness without his name in it.
As a player gets older, however, pride can trick a man. If Brooks had lost a step, or two, he wasn't going to admit it. That was typical Brooks. He was never going to surrender, and he was never going to back up.
Given that, it was pretty much bound to end like this for Brooks. The Bucs were going to have to push him out of the locker room before he was done. You can lament that it did not end in a Super Bowl or a Pro Bowl or, at the very least, an end zone after a great play. But can anyone imagine Brooks walking away after a Super Bowl?
For that matter, no one knows whether Brooks will walk away after this, either. In the days to come, Brooks has a decision to make. He is a leader, and he is a great guy in the locker room, and somewhere, there is another team ready to give him a look.
So does Brooks use his release as motivation to go somewhere else and prove the Bucs wrong? Or does he remember his final play, when his leg gave out and he was reduced to an ugly limp as he chased the Raiders' Michael Bush downfield on a 67-yard touchdown run?
The truth of it is that, for most athletes, the end is lousy. At least the Bucs didn't blow him up the way they did John Lynch, when Lynch was willing to come to camp for whatever the Bucs would offer. At least it didn't end the way it did for Warren Sapp, back when the Bucs decided to invest all of their defensive tackle money in Booger McFarland. At least it didn't end the way it did for Simeon Rice, whom the Bucs waited to cut until the day training camp opened.
Yeah, it still feels wrong. Closing the book on greatness always does.
"To me, he typifies what the Bucs defense has been about," cornerback Ronde Barber said. "When he was playing his best football, he was the best player I've ever played with. He made plays you wouldn't expect other players to make."
Brooks has been around so long that perhaps you have forgotten his arrival in 1995. The Bucs were awful in those days. Even his rookie year, when his coaches had him playing on the wrong side of the defense, playing over the tight end, it was hard to foresee greatness.
Then everything changed. With Sapp in front of him, with Lynch behind him, the Bucs defense grew teeth. But everyone always knew who the best player was.
"You're talking about a legend, man," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said.
"Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin brought the system," general manager Mark Dominik said, "but without Derrick and Warren Sapp, I'm not sure there would be a Tampa 2."
Eventually, the sting of his final day will fade, and you will remember him smothering Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick at every turn in 2002. You will remember the open-field tackles he made against Marshall Faulk when the Rams had the Greatest Show on Turf. You will remember his game-clinching interception return in the Bucs' Super Bowl triumph. (see pic above) You will remember how fast he ran, and how fierce he tackled.
You will remember, because around here, there will never be another linebacker to make you forget.
Cancel your credit card before you die..........(hilarious!)
Now some people are really stupid!!!! Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die.
This is so priceless, and so, so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today.
A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to
Here is the exchange :
Family Member: 'I am calling to tell you she died back in January.'
Citibank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'
Family Member: 'Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.'
Citibank: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.'
Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?'
Citibank: 'Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!'
Family Member: 'Do you think God will be mad at her?'
Citibank: 'Excuse me?'
Family Member: 'Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?'
Citibank: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor.'
Supervisor gets on the phone:
Family Member: 'I'm calling to tell you, she died back in January with a $0 balance.'
Citibank: 'The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply.'
Family Member: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?'
Citibank: (Stammer) 'Are you her lawyer?'
Family Member: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Lawyer info was given)
Citibank: 'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'
Family Member: 'Sure.' (Fax number was given)
After they get the fax :
Citibank: 'Our system just isn't setup for death. I don't know what more I can do to help.'
Family Member: 'Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. She won't care.'
Citibank: 'Well, the late fees and charges will still apply.'
(What is wrong with these people?!?)
Family Member: 'Would you like her new billing address?'
Citibank: 'That might help...'
Family Member: ' Odessa Memorial Cemetery , Highway 129, Plot Number 69.'
Citibank: 'Sir, that's a cemetery!'
Family Member: 'And what do you do with dead people on your planet???'
You wondered why Citi is going broke and need the feds to bail them out!!
The Gospel of Matthews Chapter 5:1-20, or, The Barackitudes !
1 When Hussein saw the crowds, he went up to the podium; and after he sat down, his disciples in the press came to him.
2 Then he began to speak, and did teach them, saying:
3 ‘Blessed are the working families, for theirs are the 95% tax cuts.
4 ‘Blessed are those who were ashamed of their country, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the Unions, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for stimulus, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the tax evaders, for they will receive mercy and a Cabinet position.
8 ‘Blessed are the bleeding of heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the terrorists, for they will be released from Gitmo.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for Islam’s sake, for I shall stand with them, should the political winds blow that way.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 'Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Washington, for in the same way those in Talk Radio persecuted the Democrats who were before you.
13 ‘You are the acorns of the earth; but if an acorn has lost its nuts, how can its nuttiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 ‘You are the light of the world. The light of the press cannot be hidden.
15 'No one after lighting a joint puts it under the bushel basket, but instead passes it to their friends, and it gives peace and understanding to all in the house.
16 'In the same way, help my light shine before others, so that they may see my good works and give glory to our Fellow Progressives.
17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law, the New Deal, or Civil Rights; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.
18 'For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law unless I command. I won.
19 'Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these regulations, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of Washington, and he will be assigned a place with the Republicans; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of Washington.
20 'For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Reids and Pelosis, you will never enter the kingdom of Washington.
A giant rat with one-inch-long teeth has been caught in the southern Chinese province of Fujian.
By Malcolm Moore
The rat, which weighed six pounds and had a 12-inch tail, was caught at the weekend in a residential area of Fuzhou, a city of six million people on China’s south coast.
The ratcatcher, who was only named as Mr Xian, said he swooped for the rodent after seeing a big crowd of people surrounding it on the street.
He told local Chinese newspapers that he thought the rat might be a valuable specimen, or a rare species, and had to muster up his courage before grabbing its tail and picking it up by the scruff of its neck.
“I did it, I caught a rat the size of a cat!” he shouted out afterwards, according to the reports. Mr Xian is believed to still be in possession of the animal, after stuffing into a bag and departing the scene.
The local forestry unit in the city identified the nightmarish creature as a bamboo rat from initial photographs, but said that it would need to examine the rat more closely before making a final identification.
Chinese bamboo rats rarely grow beyond ten inches and are found throughout southern China, northern Burma and Vietnam.
However, the Sumatra bamboo rat, usually found in the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan and in the Malay Peninsula can grow up to 30 inches long, including tail, and can weigh up to eight pounds.
A “Giant Rat of Sumatra” is mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes tale: The Adventure of a Sussex Vampire.
All bamboo rats are slow-moving and usually spend their time in underground burrows, feeding on bamboo. Chinese bamboo rats are often sold for meat in Chinese markets. The largest rats in the world are thought to be African giant pouched rats, which can grow up to 36 inches in length.
OBAMA IS A SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT. HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES. HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT. YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE BREAD LINE, I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY. OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES, MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME, SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE. THE DEMOCRATS AND I WILL LIVE FOREVER IN A RENTED HOME. BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN, I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE. BUT I WISH I WAS A DOG AND OBAMA WAS A TREE
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for
which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Second Amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
I do solemnly swear that I will
support and defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same ...
~ Title 10, US Code ~
Let us pray...
Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" ! ...Benjamin Franklin
"Don't let anybody tell you that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs." ! ...Hitlery Klinton
"Give whites a pile of bricks and they'll make a city, give blacks a city and they'll make a pile of bricks"
Teach someone how to fish, and you lose a Democrat voter !
Never try to teach a liberal to think, It wastes your time and annoys the liberal !
Liberalism is a sick religion based solely on emotion and feelgoodism and wiping away their perceived guilt with other peoples money. It has never been based in thought and common sense !
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure.”... Clarence Darrow !
"We have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt" ...Joe Biden !
"We tax everything that moves and doesn’t move".... Hitlery Klinton !
"I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom" ! .... Michael Bloomberg
"I never drink water because fish fuck in it".... W.C.Fields !
"Life's tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid...."
John Wayne !
"we are truly being governed by our inferiors, and in some cases criminals" ...Plato !
"Sure We Can Kill ISIS, But We’re Not Going To Get Suckered Into That ...John Kerry !
"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do".... !
"God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." ... George S. Patton !
"There is no worse foolishness than the truth in the mouth of a fool"... Don Colacho !
"If you take out the killings, Washington D.C. has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." ... Marion Barry