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Police: Angry Bucs fan tried to burn giant team flag

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: A Buccaneer pirate flag is flown after a touchdown score during an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: A Buccaneer pirate flag is flown after a touchdown score during an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

A much smaller version of the Buccaneer pirate flag.

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After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a defeat marked by fumbles, penalties and just one touchdown, authorities say a south Florida man tried to set the team's oversized flag on fire.

Tampa police say it happened just after the New York Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-18 Sunday evening. A caller said someone was attempting to torch the $26,000 flag outside the Bucs' corporate offices, near Raymond James stadium. The red banner featuring a skull and two crossed cutlasses measures about 80 feet by 50 feet and hangs from a 15-story pole.

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Police say the fire-retardant flag did not actually go up in flames, but a small part of it was damaged.

They say 32-year-old Daniel Justin Raboni of North Palm Beach was charged with felony criminal mischief and marijuana possession.