Martin Gramatica will be on the Pewter Power Hour tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
What do we know about NFL placekickers? So very little.
We know they're the forgotten men on the sideline until a team needs a 48-yard field goal in the driving rain with eight seconds left in the big game. We know they are, as a group, probably the most international set of players in the NFL. We know that some of them avoid tackling like the plague while others are willing to dive headfirst into a man who outweighs them by a hundred pounds.
We see kickers for only brief minutes during a football game, and for not much longer during the locker room interview session. They are highly skilled men, but very specialized in an otherwise down-and-dirty sport.
But, tonight, you can get to know Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Pro Bowl kicker Martin Gramatica, and you can do it the old-fashioned way – by talking to him.
Throw off the shackles of the intervening media and talk directly to Gramatica tonight on the Pewter Power Hour, Buccaneers.com's unique live call-in show. Every week, the Pewter Power features a prominent Buccaneer player, coach or administrator, and pairs him up with you. That's the show: Buc players one-on-one with the fans.
You can join in the Pewter Power Hour any Monday night by calling the following toll-free number: 1-866-783-2680. Tonight, the show begins at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The Pewter Power offers fans an opportunity to share their thoughts on the hottest Buccaneer topics and to speak live with the men who make it happen on the field. Got an opinion, suggestion or question to share with your fellow Buc fans or bounce off Gramatica and his teammates? Monday nights are your chance.
How do you join in this open discourse with Buccaneer players and coaches? First, write down the number above.
Now, here's how it works. As the show begins, Buccaneers.com will open up a live audio stream, which any user with Windows Media Player may access. A link that appears on the web site shortly before the beginning of the show will open up the Windows Media Player console, with only the audio feature activated. Any interested caller may then join in the show by using the above toll-free number.
The host will describe the show's format, introduce the night's guest and begin taking phone calls. The rest is up to you. All of your Buccaneer wisdom will be shared with Tampa Bay fans spread across the country. After the show is carried live, a recorded version of the broadcast will be added to the site shortly thereafter.
Of course, there are other ways to participate. You can simply listen Tuesday evening to the thoughts of your fellow Tampa Bay fans. Or, if you would rather not call or won't be available during the show, you can send us your thoughts via e-mail and we may read them on the show.