You might be thinking to yourself, what is this? Well, I am so happy you asked. You see, I was scrolling on Twitter (never calling it X ever) when I saw that who else but Baker Mayfield was attending the Lightning game tonight. It just got me thinking back to him supporting the Lightning during the offseason.
And then it got me thinking about how happy that made people feel and it started me down this long spiral. Because, I’m sure you’re all aware of this, but Tampa loves Baker Mayfield. The town and this team loves him and I think that is important.
Baker has absolutely endeared himself to the Tampa community. It’s not just his ardent support for all things Tampa sports, but his play style as well. I wrote this a month or two back, but football became fun again with him. It really feels like he has gotten the Bucs fanbase energized, which I think is important. The Bucs will likely not get homefield advantage again in the playoffs unless the Packers pull off the upset of the century, but looking to next season, getting fans in seats will be important.
The Buccaneers do have a somewhat difficult time getting fans to Raymond James (doesn’t help that every Brady homer is trying to offload their season tickets), but Baker could be the key to getting more in there. Seattle is famous for the 12th man, so don’t act like fans don’t matter.
But, more importantly, this team loves Baker. The locker room has embraced him so fast. That was something I was a little worried about as there have been reports of Baker being somewhat divisive. But you can tell this team loves playing with the guy. Tristan Wirfs said it a few months back, but it’s a lot different than when Brady was in town. Baker is almost certainly a guy you would grab a drink with after. He brings the energy. I know the Eagles suck, but you cannot tell me Tampa was playing with their pants on fire. They came out of the lockerroom swinging. I know it’s not the most fair comparison, but compare that to how the Bucs looked against the Cowboys last year. That was a tired looking team if I ever saw one.
The reason I am talking about this is because that energy will be so crucial for the Lions game. Mayfield is obviously not the most talented QB in the league. He has his limitations. But one thing that is not lacking for him is moxie. And the team loves it. As long as he keeps bringing that same energy to the team, they will continue playing hard football and will be no pushovers. Tampa needed a kick in the pants after the last season, and they certainly got it.
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