Nice try, folks, but the answer to the Going Deep! contest is NOT Hardy Nickerson...keep trying
First things first: No, the answer is not Hardy Nickerson.
Thanks to the presence of the number 56 in the first clue for the ongoing Buccaneers.com trivia contest, Going Deep!, Nickerson was a very common guess this past week. Nope.
Hey, we said this wasn't going to be easy.
Perhaps you can take that first clue, however, and combine it with this week's hint to come up with the correct answer. If so, and you're the first to send it in to us here at Buccaneers.com, you'll be the winner of some prime Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game seats this fall.
The winner of Going Deep! will select two pairs of 50-yard-line club seats, one each to two 2005 Buccaneer games of his or her choice. And to win, all you have to do is tell us one little name.
That's how this contest will end: When one fan tells us the name we're waiting to see.
But here's the thing: That name could belong to anyone who has ever had a connection with the Buccaneers. It could be the name of a Buccaneer player, or a player for another team who competed against Tampa Bay. It could be a coach, administrator, trainer or scout. It could be a broadcaster or a referee or a memorable fan. It could even be the team mascot (but it's not – there's our first hint, free of charge!).
Obviously, that's a broad field of possibilities. There are approximately 700 men who have suited up for the Buccaneers alone, not including preseason prospects who failed to make the team. Thousands more have stood on the opposite sideline. There's no way to count the number of men and women who have been associated with the team in other ways. You could guess until you're blue in the face and never get close.
That's why Nickerson was the obvious answer this past week, and not even close to correct. Remember, the answer may be a person who has never played for the Buccaneers or even been employed by the team. As long as they figure into Buccaneers history, they're among the list of possibilities. For instance, Barry Sanders has more 100-yard rushing games against Tampa Bay than any other player; it could be him.
(But it isn't. Once again, a free clue.)
That's where the weekly clues come in.
Each week on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET we will post a clue regarding the answer to the Going Deep trivia quiz. There will be a total of 12 clues in all, and they will progressively get more helpful until, by the 12th week, the answer should be obvious to at least some Buccaneer fans. You'll find all of the clues as they add up on the Going Deep quiz page.
The second clue was posted Thursday morning. Check it out.
Who knows? Perhaps there is a Buc fan out there clever enough to come up with the answer from these first two clues. If not, we'll all wait until next week, and maybe the week after that, and possibly several more months.
The basic rules are simple. Be the first person to send in the correct name, and you win. There is no prize for second place, so be quick about it if you know the answer. To read a more detailed set of contest rules, click here.
Two things you should know:
- The correct answer must be spelled exactly right; using the person's first and last name (no middle name or initial is necessary). Any additional text in the answer field will invalidate a correct answer. 2. Buccaneers.com will accept only three (3) entries per e-mail address per week. An invalid e-mail address will negate a winning entry. After being notified via e-mail, a winner must respond within five days in order to claim the prize.
So join in the contest and see if you can be the first Buccaneer fan to Go Deep!