Golfing with Tom Brady probably wasn’t the best time for Aaron Rodgers to root for his local NBA team.
Rodgers, who competed against the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback in The Match, gave a shout-to the Milwaukee Bucks playing in the NBA Finals. The Green Bay Packers quarterback, who has minority ownership in the Bucks, but apparently overlooked that the Bucs fan base might have some fun the name similarities, given Rodgers’ timing.
Fans on Twitter have been reacting to the Bucks-Bucs name similarities ever since the Bucks dispatched the Atlanta Hawks on July 3 in the Eastern Conference finals.
Here’s a look at some of the fan reaction:
Whether intended or not, the Buccaneers social media team gave a nod to Wisconites early on July 3. They posted a replay of wide receiver Mike Evans’ touchdown grab against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game last January.
The Buccaneers, of course, took care of business in Green Bay and then at home in the Super Bowl by beating the favored Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. Will the Bucks be able to do the same against the heavily-favored Suns?
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Buccaneers Take Notice of Suns, Too
A few Bucs players tweeted about the Suns during their run through the Western Conference playoffs.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski praised Suns center Deandre Ayton’s game-winning dunk during the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gronkowski just didn’t want to wait so long for it to happen amid the stoppages as referees and the teams talked things over.
“Taking 10 minutes for one second now,” Gronkowski tweeted. “But what a play!”
Defensive back Carlton Davis III took note of what a team can do to thwart a repeat in seeing Suns guard Devin Booker put up 47 points when the Sun knocked out the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on June 3. The Bucs will see such a target on their backs in a matter of months as defending Super Bowl champs.
“Devin Booker showed no mercy last night, and honestly, he had too,” Davis tweeted. “Because when the shoe was on the other foot, they never showed mercy to the Suns.”
Linebacker Shaquil Barrett started talking about repeating amid the Suns punching their ticket to the NBA Finals on June 30. The Suns ousted the Clippers in six games.
“Congrats to the Suns,” Barrett wrote. “I can’t wait to get that feeling back.”
By the time the NBA Finals concludes, Barrett and company will soon be getting back to work at training camp on July 24 in pursuit of getting “that feeling back.”
Bucs Haunting Packers Won’t Stop
Aside from a Bucs highlight of Evans touchdown in the NFC Championship, ribbing about the Packers’ loss has lasted throughout the offseason. Tampa escaped a tie late in regulation when the Packers opted to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal late in the game. The Bucs prevailed 31-26.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t escape it when he guest-hosted Jeopardy! in the spring. Then, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady began trash-talking to Rodgers about the Packers’ demise in leading up to their golf showdown on Tuesday in The Match.
“Two old guys against the young bucks @PhilMickelson. @b_dechambeau better get used to laying up because we know @AaronRodgers12 isn’t going for it,” Brady wrote.