125 points for, just under nine a game. Almost 30 points against, including giving up 40 or more four times. Failing to score a single point in five games, and failing to win any of their fourteen games. (The closest they got was a 23-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in week seven of that season.)
The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers expansion team was just plain terrible.
Good thing the team knew how to party, according to their quarterback back then, a ten-year veteran from the University of Florida by the name of Steve Spurrier. You may know now him as the head football coach at the University of South Carolina.
Sure, Spurrier would get absolutely pummeled due to the Bucs’ awful o-line from what he relayed. (The NFL didn’t recognize sacks as an official stat until 1982, so how many times he saw the ground isn’t exactly known. We’ll assume it was a lot.) But not to worry: there was some partying to be done afterwards regardless of the outcome of the previous game.
“We did some losin,’ but we didn’t do much mournin’,” Spurrier told Sports Illustrated as part of the magazine’s “Where Are They Now” issue, which dropped last week.
Spurrier retired after that season to pursue a coaching career, one that’s turned out to be vastly more successful than his playing career. Hopefully the 2014 season ends with the party to end all parties–the one celebrating the program’s first NCAA championship.