Kavin Austin Blake counts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as one of his favorite NFL teams. After the team’s inception in the Seventies, Kavin Austin Blake recalls the team’s dismal track record; from 1983 to 1996, the Bucs went for 12 losing seasons, with more than ten games in the losing column per year. According to Kavin Austin Blake, that was a record for the NFL. In fact, he says that the Bucs went for three whole seasons without ever having a home game televised locally.
According to Kavin Austin Blake, the Bucs suffered for years due to poor management and low pay, making it difficult to attract good players, trades or draft picks. That all started to change, however, under coach Tony Dungy. The late 90s and early 00s were better for the team, says Kavin Austin Blake, although Dungy was fired in 2001 after the Bucs were trounced by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs’ management hired former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, and by 2002 Gruden had retooled the Bucs’ offense.
Kavin Austin Blake closely followed the team’s 2002 season, as the Bucs rolled over the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. By the end of the season, Kavin Austin Blake saw what was once thought impossible; the Saints made it to the Super Bowl, in their most successful season ever.
However, Kavin Austin Blake was cheering in the stands as the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, with an astonishing score of 48-21. Kavin Austin Blake traveled to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium for this stunning upset Super Bowl victory, and loves to reflect on seeing his team, the Bucs, pull off something that was once unthinkable.
It’s the Bucs’ longtime underdog status that makes them a favorite for Kavin Austin Blake and so many other fans. It’s easy enough to get behind perennial winners like the Cowboys or Steelers, says Kavin Austin Blake…but there’s a real satisfaction in seeing longtime basement teams like the Buccaneers or Saints do well.
Along with his passion for Tampa Bay football, Kavin Austin Blake is an avid traveler, having visited many exotic destinations. Deep sea fishing is another favorite adventure of Kavin Austin Blake; he’s reeled in many 1000-pound-plus fish in his travels. Kavin Austin Blake is also a fitness enthusiast, staying in shape by working out or playing football and basketball.