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NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan on going to the Super Bowl using the Apple iPad 2

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NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan on going to the Super Bowl using the Apple iPad 2
When Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris used an Apple iPad 2 to watch prospects with GM Mark Dominik and player personnel director Dennis Hickey, it was love at first sight. Soon, the team was handing out Apple's tablet to every player. In the past, when a Tampa Bay player wanted to see a film of a past game, he had to order a DVD from the team and fast forward to the plays that featured that specific player. And each player was responsible for carrying around a phonebook sized playbook (not the RIM tablet) that contained all the plays, patterns and blocking assignments that had to be memorized. Now with the Apple iPad 2, a player carries around a much lighter tablet and when viewing game films, simply flicks the screen until he finds the plays that interest him.

The decision to go ahead with the Apple iPad 2 came from Bucs co-Chairman Bryan Glazer who only needed a couple of minutes to realize the potential of giving each player a tablet, according to Coach Morris. 90 Apple iPad 2 units were ordered at a cost of between $500 and $600 each, and now the entire Tampa Bay Buccaneer roster listens to their own favorite music while studying the playbook and watching past games. And Bucs fans, don't worry that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are going to grab one of those tablets. If one of the Apple iPad 2 models should fall into enemy hands, it can be easily wiped by remote.

While Tampa Bay is the first NFL team to employ the Apple iPad 2, the way things happen in the routine-laced world of sports, if the Bucs win the Super Bowl this year, Apple can expect a huge order from all of the remaining NFL teams for the iPad the very next day.

source: St.PetersburgTimes via TUAW

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posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:33

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


NICE. (Fab Voice)
Ok haters let it rain. I know yall can make something negative about this.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:48 5

2. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


unless the ipad can throw to recievers or play defense the bucs are not going to even be in the playoffs

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:43

9. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I would say unless the iPad can take out Matt Ryan or Drew Brees the Bucs won't make the playoffs.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 06:36

11. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


The Bucs are the youngest team in the NFL, and barring from a blown call (which the league admitted), they could have made the playoffs LAST year. They didn't, and they were still close. Thing look even more promising this year.

But that's alright, I'm sure they're hoping the league underestimates them so when they do make the playoffs, all you haters are either 1. going to say "Huh?", or 2. Turn face and say, "I never said... ".... LOL

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:59

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


MR. Bidwill please get my Az Cardinals some Ipad2 so we can return to the Super Bowl... .. wow airlines, Obama, and now the NFL are using Ipad2... hmm try to call Apple users idiots.. one more time..... yeap I thought so... next stop.... the universities..

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 14:49 4

4. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Or not carrying around the phonebook sized playbooks will mean a loss of physical fitness and therefore the Bucs will be pushed around more on the field and will finish with a leagues worst record, get the number one pick, lose the iPad2's next year and then win the Super Bowl

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:26

5. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Don't really get why this is that smart of an idea. Playbook isn't a horrible idea, but this is inviting people to use their tablets for something else.

I'd rather just let them keep their playbook, I mean something that works works.

Now the video aspect of it I like, I think being able to create game film for everyone to watch is a good idea so they can watch film whenever they want.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:45

6. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


this is a pretty cool idea i like the film concept a lot. this could go very far and i think it could be the future of all teams getting these instead of a playbook.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:46

7. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


as long as itf for professionals though i dont care to see this on a highschool or even college level.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:15

8. irvinkeith (Posts: 55; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


I just like the fact that more and more uses are being discovered for tablets

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 00:20

10. snowgator (Posts: 3287; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


First of all: the screen name I picked "snowgator" is for my affection for the UF Gators, the team I picked as a little kid back in the 70's growing up in Fort Myers. My pro team? You guessed it . The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. THAT was not an easy feet, with an 0-26 start to the franchise and 16 - yep, 16- straght seasons of 10 losses or more. While I do not live in Florida anymore, I am still a Gator and Bucs fan. I like that they are onboard with mordern day tech, and that they reconize the value of letting a little personal use go along with it.

Besides, I just had come from checking on the Bucs on the team web site, and there they are on my favorite mobile site. Gonna be a good day .....

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 12:33

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6719; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Don't think the Buccaneers will make it to the super bowl this year. And APPLE probably gave them free Ipads

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 12:38

13. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


I don't think Apple would give anyone free anything. might drop the stock price.

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