Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We Have a Winner (But We Need More!)

Contest Updates: Voters take a flyer on Fan of the Week…Prizes continue to build as once again nobody can Guess the Score…Home Team Challenge crowns another winner

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FB Mike Alstott and WR Bill Schroeder would have been good fantasy football options last week

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will fly 20,542 miles this season to complete their 10 road trips.

Tony Cacace may have them beat.

Tony will fly from his home in Delaware to all 10 Buccaneer home games this season, plus half of the team's 10 road games. In the eyes of his fellow Tampa Bay rooters, that was enough to make Tony the Buccaneers.com Fan of the Week.

Each week, Buccaneers.com visitors are asked to choose between a handful of self-nominated Tampa Bay fans in the Fan of the Week competition. Each entrant has sent in a picture of herself or himself and a description, in 100 words or less, of he or she deserves the honor for the week. The submission page can be found here

The winners are displayed on this page, which will grow as the season goes along. At the end of the year, Buccaneer fans will vote once again, choosing from among the weekly winners to decide upon the Buccaneers.com Fan of the Year. That winner will receive a prize package of valuable team merchandise.

So, if you think you're worthy of being called Tampa Bay's Fan of the Week, please send us your picture and your argument and we'll let your fellow fans decide.

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Guess the Score

Well, last week's game featured two nice, round numbers. Still, no one who entered the Guess the Score contest was able to put two and two together…or in this case, 20 and 30.

Buccaneers.com is sticking with its theory from Weeks One and Two. That is, all of the team's loyal fans have struck out so far because they've been predicting Tampa Bay victories. In the Guess the Score contest, an entrant must predict each team's exact score in order to win. Had you picked a 30-20 victory by the Buccaneers last weekend, you have our thanks, but not our prize. The winning entry would have put 30 on Oakland and 20 on the Buccaneers.

Here's hoping this week brings the twin virtues of luck and optimism together. What would be more fulfilling than a Buccaneer victory followed by a Guess the Score victory by a fan who correctly predicted the winning score?

And fulfillment would be followed by a mounting pile of prizes. As those following the contest already know, the weekly prizes roll over each time there is no winner. Thus, the prizes from Weeks One through Three – a 2004 Buccaneers Yearbook, an autographed hat and a 2004 NFL Record & Fact Book – are all now part of the booty for Week Four. In addition, there is a new prize to add to the list: a signed action photo of a Buccaneer player.

So there you have it – four prizes for one winner, if only someone could correctly Guess the Score this week.

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Home Team Challenge

The Buccaneers.com fantasy football contest has no such issue as there is a winner every week. This time, it was Wes Hamm of St. Petersburg, Florida, who was able to guide his Home Team Challenge squad to a smashing total of 152 points.

Hamm's prowess on-line will now get him on-site Sunday as the Buccaneers take on the Denver Broncos at Raymond James Stadium. Hamm's victory earned him a pair of tickets to that contest; each week, the top scoring player gets two ducats to the team's next home game.

If Hamm had good totals in Weeks One and Two, he might also be in early contention for the annual prize, a pair of season tickets in 2005. The overall high-scorer at the end of the 2004 season will win that coveted set and the title of Buccaneer champ. He will also help all Buc fans in their combined competition against fans of the other 31 teams around the league.

Home Team Challenge is both exciting and simple to play. Using a base of 300 units and a pool of players with differing values, you must come up with a lineup each week that consists of one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one defense. You set a new lineup each week, using values that are adjusted as the season progress, and you can never go over 300 units.

Each week, the Buccaneers.com winner – the top scorer among players who signed up through the team's web site – is awarded a pair of tickets to Tampa Bay's next home game.* NFL.com also provides weekly prizes to overall Home Team Challenge winners, but only those who sign up through Buccaneers.com are eligible for Buc ticket prizes.

To sign up for the Home Team Challenge, please click here. All it takes is one good week to end up at Raymond James Stadium.

( The winners of the Week 16 and Week 17 Challenges will receive Buccaneer merchandise rather than tickets, as there are no guaranteed home games after Week 16.)*

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