Tampa Bay Buccaneers were once a top-team, now they are rated as one of the weakest teams in the NFL League and perform regularly in a half-empty stadium.
Last Sunday the Bucs were leading 10-0 in the fourth quarter of their match against toiling Arizona Cardinals, to ultimately be defeated 10-13.
After the match the Florida based team's head coach Greg Schiano, batted away a few questions from the gathered press pack, in an acid atmosphere. After a few minutes, he left the press conference avoiding further questions in the strained post-match review.
It had been a humiliating weekend for both Manchester United being beaten by West Bromwich Albion and the Glazer’s NFL team, succumbing to teams considered lesser lights in their respective leagues.
Not only was the jeering heard at the end of the match, but a litany of online blogs, and less than favourable newspaper headings highlighting the demise of the Bucs. It has been more than 10 years since the Bucs won the prestigious Super Bowl and those 10 years since 2003 have not seen the club progress.
They are presently rated as one of the worst 10 clubs in the NFL over the preceding decade.
Two other NFL teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and St Louis Rams, also are presided over by owners who have teams in the English Premier League.
Last weekend, there was a shock in store; the Glazers informing the media that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remaining fixtures at the Raymond James Stadium would all be broadcast locally on television.
There are rules, in that a NFL club must have sold all but 15% of the tickets for a match, if it has not the penalty is a television black-out.
Last Sunday for the Bucs home game the venue appeared well short of being 85% sold out. It could arguably be estimated that it appeared filled to 50% of its capacity.
Possibly the Florida based Glazer family are purchasing the briefs and spending a lot of cash with a view to reaching the all-important 85% cut-off point in seats sold, to gain the lucrative TV rights.
Manchester United supporters take note of our American based owner’s financial activities; they have had ample need to do so since their purchase of our club.
United supporters are in some cases panicking in other's there is a quiet nervousness bordering on unease. The club is navigating through unchartered territory with a poor opening start to David Moyes' tenure. After his first seven games the jury is still out, but Adnan Januzaj might just be the spark that the boss is looking for after his Man of the Match performance at the Stadium of Light.
Possibly there is a glimmer of light in the doom from the youngster’s performance as he seized the day on his full Manchester United debut netting a fantastic brace to win the match 1-2 for the Reds. Propelling United up the table to ninth.
Fans have long considered that Manchester United's profits are being channelled across the Atlantic to prop up the Glazers and their American based investments including the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The scenario is likely very basic, but what is not in doubt; is that the Glazers are having to deal with the anger of the support on two fronts, the World Wide-United support and the generally American based Bucs followers.
Both teams are lacking a cohesive business plan and are in disorder and the Glazers surely fear a resurrection of the Green and Gold campaign to oust them from Old Trafford - which was at its most fervent in 2009-10 after Manchester United did not win the EPL title.
The anti-Glazer protest which has rumbled on since the American family bought the club in May 2005 through the leveraged purchase, which continues to burden the club with the eye-watering interest payments Manchester United pay to service the family’s debt.
Sir Alex Ferguson was the cohesion behind United keeping a winning team and subduing through his and the players efforts an underlying hostility to the Glazers. The anti-Glazer sentiment has never ever left the football club after their most toxic unwanted piracy of the football club.
After the summer of 2009/10 the Green & Gold co-ordinated a campaign to convince the Glazers they will never be welcome at Old Trafford, became less noticeable as Sir Alex Ferguson asked for the fans backing of him, the players and the Glazers. Stating 'They are good owners, they give me full backing.' Would David Moyes command this same respect as Ferguson achieved in continuing United's success. While our new boss is in a multi-faceted transitional fight, defeat does not sit well as he tries to keep the lid on a variety of on-going issues at the club that are not being addressed.
Success keeps the cork on the possibility of an eruption of rebellion and mutiny against the Glazer family.
Adversity and defeat will blast the cork right off!
United's predicament is a not a position that any fan would have mapped out in their minds eye on the appointment of David Moyes on the 1st of July 2013, but it could be most potent ammunition that the Green & Gold anti-Glazer campaign have ever unwittingly been provided with.
While United have had a steadying hand at the tiller for 26.5 years, United should not look to the Tampa Bay Bucs for guidance in the face of unrest. The Florida based outfit have had three head coaches in the last five seasons, and next season is already being planned for, to start again.
One source started the rumour the club will spend £50m in the January transfer window, this has gathered legs as things do, when they are a likely a lie. The saying a lie runs faster than the truth is warranted here. While United supporters want to see the Club spending big in the January transfer window, there is no history of this at United and an obvious range of obstacles pitfalls and not least that it shouts out desperation which will drive up the price of any player in a window period that lasts a miniscule 31 days. Are world class players available in January?
The last time United signed a player in the January transfer window (discounting Wilfried Zaha and Anders Lindegaard) to walk into the first team was in 2006, bringing on board Vidic and Evra.
However it is thought the parsimonious Glazers will back David Moyes fully in the January transfer window. Manchester United's net average spend per season, in the nine campaigns they have been custodians of the club is £14.75m per year.
For the Glazers, Moyes the under-fire Ed Woodward and United fans, it can't arrive soon enough without more bruises, battering's and public humiliation's likely to follow
In the last eight years in Florida the Glazers had the beacon of Manchester United to placate the Tampa Bay Bucs fans to show they were involved with and could run a successful sports club, to ease the pain of a decade of adversity for the NFL club.
With Fergie gone, David Gill gone, Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen, and Eric Steele departed it's a huge change at United while many fans have known nothing but success and victory. Some fans are tasting ridicule, struggle and defeat for the first time in a generation.
Until we get United back, tricky heart-breaking weeks and months lay ahead in the future.
During the last few weeks I have seen like most United fans a menu of players being touted to join our great club which plays to our fantasies and dreams. We must learn together and grow as one. Support our manager and be United and realistic.
United's net spend per season since the Glazers bought our club.....£14.75m.
Do you think United are on the correct course for sustained long-term improvement at the football club, have we turned the corner as Moyes defuses potential failure talk?
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