Here are the results of our final Hillsborough County presidential tracking poll:
Governor Romney 28 percent, President Obama 22 percent, Doug Martin 21 percent, Josh Freeman 14 percent, Vincent Jackson 8 percent, Mike Williams 6 percent, Jeremy Zuttah 1 percent.
By the way, we're checking on that Zuttah number.
But we've seen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' fire wall and, man, is it on fire.
Locals have never seen anything like it in Bucs history, not fans, not media, not players. The onslaught continues. The Go-Go Bucs unleashed 42 more points Sunday in Oakland, a place where they had never even won.
They're 4-4, but it feels better than that. Offense will do that. Points, lots and lots of them, will do that, more than grinding games, more than even the truly great defenses that we've seen here.
"Defense wins," 16-year pro Ronde Barber said. "Offense puts butts in seats."
Or makes them jump out of them.
If Bucs fans are dizzy with fever, who can blame them? Enjoy it while it lasts.
The firm of Martin, Freeman, Jackson & Williams has imaginations working overtime. The Bucs arrived back in Tampa in the pre-dawn hours. Doug Martin, he ran home. He broke through the Rockies, scampered across the Great Plains and skipped across the Mississippi. If you don't own a No. 22 jersey by now … loser!
There has never been offense like this here. It is a world Bucs fans have never seen. Never .
Can you imagine what stalwarts of those all-world Bucs defenses are thinking right now? They're probably laughing to keep from crying, or counting how many Super Bowl rings they'd own if they'd had this kind of offense.
"'99 to '03 would have been fun," Barber said.
Yes, as long as Martin's wheels don't fall off, always a worry with rookies (and running backs), what doesn't seem possible right now?
"Well, that's the exciting part, right?" Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. "That's what people come to see, the long runs, the scoring. You have a scoreboard for a reason, right? It's not a yardage board, it's a scoreboard and people like to see scores. I like to see it, too."
Schiano never had an offense like this at Rutgers, not even close. Defense guy, right?
"I'm a winning guy," he said. "That's all I want to do."
As for the dreaded "P" word, don't go there. This offense's fumes go right to your brain, but playoffs? The Bucs are at .500. Take deep, deep breaths …
I think 8-8 would be a fine season if it's all pointed in the right direction, given key injuries on the offensive line and a pass defense still ranked last in the league. By the way, the teams the Bucs have beaten have a combined record of 11-22.
But suddenly this team is ranked ninth in the NFL in offense. That's no lie. The buzz-saw Bucs are scoring touchdowns. They're averaging 28 points per game.
They've scored more than 30 points in four games this season. The Raheem Morris Bucs scored 30 or more four times … across three seasons . They didn't have one last season. Once in their history, a stretch from 1993 into to 1996, the Bucs went an amazing 56 consecutive games without posting 30 points.
Jon Gruden and the Bucs had at least four 30-point games in only one of Gruden's seven seasons. That would be the Super Bowl Bucs, who had five – but two came in the postseason, and one wouldn't have happened in the Super Bowl without touchdown interception returns from Dwight Smith and Derrick Brooks.
This offense already has eight plays of more than 60 yards, more than any team in the NFL. Eight 60-yard plays was five years' work for the old Bucs offense.
Suddenly Bucs fans are thinking about last season, how the Packers, Saints and Patriots won big despite having defenses that brought up the rear in the league, at least statistically.
Still, here's Martin talking about his third touchdown run, or was it his second, or his first?
"I kept my balance and I was off to the races," he said.
Don't cash those winning season tickets yet.
Still, the Bucs have never been off to the races like this. Never.