Tampa Bay Buccaneers Called Pursuit Of Tom Brady ‘Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson’

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an awesome code name for their pursuit of Tom Brady in free agency.

According to a profile from ESPN, executives in the organization referred to it as “Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson” in reference to the infamous Chicago White Sox player. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

The director of player personnel would text Jason Licht, “If we build it, he will come.” That’s the famous saying from the movie “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner.

I don’t know why, but I love the fact the Bucs coined their journey to signing Tom Brady “Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson.”

First off, I love anything involving codenames. The moment you slap a codename on something, it immediately becomes 500% cooler.

I don’t know why. It’s just science.


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Secondly, anything you can do to involve “Field of Dreams” is a winning strategy. It’s one of the coolest movies ever made.

It’s an all-time great performance out of Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. I can watch that movie on repeat and not get bored.

If this is the kind of energy the Bucs are bringing into the 2020 season, then fans are already off to a hot start with Tom Brady at the helm.

I can’t wait to see how this experiment ends. There’s no doubt it’s the biggest storyline in all of football, and now it involves “Field of Dreams.” If that’s not a winning formula, then I don’t know what is.