Interview: Buccaneers “Sideline Guy” TJ Rives


Recently Buccaneers “Sideline Guy”  TJ Rives joined Peter H. Blake on The Sports Web. While on the show, Rives answered multiple questions from the listeners ranging from rookies to keep an eye on, all the way to whether or not he believes fans will be able to attend games in 2020.


Rives has been in radio for many years. In fact, Rives and Peter Blake discuss early on in the interview how Peter called into one of Rives’ shows all the way back in 1996. Rives said,

“You were listening to me 24 years ago… Am I truly that old? Now here I am on the Sports Web for Bucs Report with Peter Blake… Let’s talk Buccaneer football.”

Fans in the Stands?

As always on The Sports Web, listeners are able to ask questions to Peter and the guests. One listener asked Rives if he believed fans would be allowed in the stadium for games in 2020. Rives gave his answer:

“I don’t have any unique insight here. I do know they want to play with some fans in the stands with social distancing guidelines in place. How realistic is that? I don’t know. Here’s the thing: It’s the middle of May, we don’t even have the answers for the middle of June yet. As good as Peter is here on Bucs Report, he doesn’t have the answers for the middle of September. We have to just let this play out. Maybe we can have a percentage of fans there, they will have to prepare just like every other sport. They will have to listen to the guidelines they are given.”

If the sideline reporter for the team does not have the answers, obviously nobody does. The safety of the players, staff, and fans should be the main priority.

TJ’s Rookies to Watch For

Later on in the show, Rives gave his thoughts on the new faces in Tampa Bay.

On fifth round wide receiver Tyler Johnson: “Character guy. He made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone. Highlight reel catch that everyone has seen on the internet. He also has big play ability to catch bombs. Hard worker, and now you have some serious competition with Scotty Miller and Justin Watson on who gets that third receiver play time. I love that. He’s going to come in with a chip on his shoulder. He’s probably the rookie to watch. All Big 10, honorable mention All American, but to go on the third day of the draft is an insult to such a high-caliber player. He will be all ears when Tom Brady or Mike Evans start talking.”

On third round running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn: “I’m very intrigued by Ke’Shawn Vaughn and what he can do as well.”

Rives and the rest of Tampa Bay are looking forward to a huge 2020 season. All eyes are on Tampa and what this new look team will do in the 2020 season, whether fans are in the stadium or not.