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Back in the Day, the Battle of the Bays Slideshow





1999 Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay Bucs Dec 26 - Images by Brian Cleary

In the current NFL season, a football game between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Green Bay Packers would draw little attention, with the teams headed in opposite directions, Green Bay is a Championship caliber team while Tampa Bay is in a painful rebuilding phase. Back in December of 1999, however, as I packed my cameras to head over to Tamps to shoot the matchup known as “The Battle of the Bays”, it was a highly touted rivalry between two playoff contending teams.

In 1999, The Tampa Bay Bucs were headed to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs, while the Packers were to end up 8-8 after a late d=season 3 game losing streak. Among the stars on the Tampa Bay team were Warren Sapp, Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott, the “A” Train. Leading the high-powered offense was Quarterback Shaun King (remember him, anyone?). Brett Favre, of course lead the Green Bay team.

On this beautiful December afternoon, the Bucs prevailed 29-10 and took a big step toward the NFC Central Division Championship.

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