Over the last few days, the sports media has been transfixed by the story of Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, two burly offensive lineman who play for the Miami Dolphins. Martin, a 24-year-old, second-year pro, abruptly walked away from the team last week after an incident with Incognito, 30, his frequent tormentor and the offensive line's unofficial leader.

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers football players are fighting MRSA infections, a type of staph infection that's resistant to some antibiotics. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, athletic facilities are especially risky for MRSA infections, given the close physical contact and the likelihood of cuts and scrapes during practices. 


Study: Bucs Fans Are the Worst

Aug 13, 2013
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Out of all the fans of the 32 teams in the National Football League, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans came in dead last when it came to just being fans.

The online ticket broker TicketCity's annual study of the NFL’s Most Engaged Fan Base put the Bucs fans at the very bottom.

NFL: Purse, Backpack Are a No, Clutch is Okay

Jul 31, 2013
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The NFL's new security policy is limiting the number and sizes of bags that fans can bring into stadiums. That policy will be enforced starting next week at the Buccaneers' pre-season home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Purses, backpacks, seat cushions, and fanny packs are no more starting this season at Raymond James Stadium for any of its events, like the USF and Bucs games or the Monster Jam Truck Series.

Saying he was thankful to the judge for giving him time to think about his mistakes, former NFL star Chad Johnson was released from a Broward County jail Monday after apologizing for slapping his attorney on the backside during a court hearing last week. The wide receiver, once known as Chad Ochocinco, served a week of his original 30 day sentence.

Chad Johnson — the NFL star formerly known as Chad Ochocinco for his jersey number — was minutes from having part of his life back on track. Johnson, who had pleaded no contest to head-butting his ex-wife, was about to seal a plea-deal that called for community service and counseling instead of jail time, when he did something that made the entire court room erupt in laughter.

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Football players are used to being showered with cheers from fans, and winning coaches relish a Gatorade shower. But an actual shower during the game? Not so much.

That's what happened Sunday during the Miami Dolphins-Seattle Seahawks game in South Florida. With under two minutes left in the third quarter, Sun Life Stadium's sprinklers went off, soaking the field and interrupting a Dolphins drive.

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Former Buc Sues the NFL for Concussion Injuries

May 10, 2012

Brad Culpepper, who played tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, is  the lead plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit with 25 other players against the NFL filed Monday.

There are 70 such lawsuits against the league. Eighteen hundred former players are involved.