Yeah, America has been simply awful to Colin Kaepernick. The problem isn't that Kaepernick won't stand for America. It's that he hasn't given his fans any reason to rise to their feet.

– I'm all for athletes expressing themselves, and yes, there are problems. But this seems like Kaepernick has the wrong target. The anthem represents homage to those who fought for this country. They aren't the folks in the way.

– I have the title for the documentary. “From Lochte to Locked Up.”

– Something to think about. Tony Romo is two years older than Troy Aikman was when back injuries forced him to retire.

– I always point out that if the game is in Canada or Great Britain (or any other country), the anthem of that nation is played. And players stand, not because they endorse the policies or the justice system involved. They do it out of respect for the fans.

– Idea for reboot: Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Caitlyn Jenner.

– The reason the Rays are cutting Desmond Jennings now? They couldn't do it on July 1?

– Loved the story that Clint Hurdle had to comfort a former player who feared ghosts at a Milwaukee hotel. Who wants to wake up slimed?

– Idea for reboot: The Longest Yard, starring O.J. Simpson.

– I have my own ghost story. When my sons were small, they had a jack in the box that went off one night (we heard it through a baby monitor). I thought the boys were fooling around, so I went into their room...and they were asleep. It happened again. I snuck in...and they were asleep. I dug into the bottom of their toy chest and found the jack in the box. I hid it on a shelf in the closet and made sure it wasn't wound up. And it happened again. I beat that toy to a pulp. Now, I don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe in Jack.

– I wonder if Francis Scott Key would stand for the way Kaepernick played quarterback?

– In their latest offer, the San Diego Chargers promise to pay Joey Bosa what his dad, John Bosa, got from the the 80s.

– I wonder what Manon Rheaume thinks about a TV series about a pro athlete … 25 years later?

– Turns out, Ryan Lochte doesn't have time to return to Brazil for trial what with saving Private Ryan and all.

– Hope Solo is suspended from the U.S. National team til the New Year. Yeah, that'll teach her.

– Now that Tony Romo is out, I wonder how long Dallas will stay enamored with Dak Prescott.

– Idea for a reboot: No Country for Old Men, starring Drew Brees.

– I wonder what Josh Freeman thought of Jameis Winston Friday night.


Winston is clicking with Mike Evans already

Winston is clicking with Mike Evans already

Sunday, 5:30 a.m.

Say what you want about the way Tampa Bay took the Clevland Browns to school Friday night.

It started with chemistry class.

Suddenly, Jameis Winston and Mike Evans are clicking.

The duo was deadly Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns in a 31-13 preseason victory. Winston hit 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two scores in the first half. Mike Evans caught five passes for 115 yards.

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Kwon Alexander (58) and Noah Spence (57) bring down Robert Griffin Friday night./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Kwon Alexander (58) and Noah Spence (57) bring down Robert Griffin Friday night.

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Saturday, 6 a.m.

The Bucs have the third best defense in preseason so far statistically. Is that worth hanging anything on?

 Even a leftover 2000 ballot chad?
Nick Houllis
Nick, we both know that stats don't mean a lot in preseason. But I always say this: It's better to play well than to play poorly. It's better to win than to lose. It's better to find money than lose it.
A franchise like Tampa Bay's needs the mental edge that playing well can provide. More than, say, New England or Green Bay. They need to show some pass rush (as they did against Philadelphia). They need to cover better (as they did against Jacksonville).
Of course, it means nothing if the team falls on its nose when the regular season begins. But I think it's worth a fresh canvas with this team. I thought the Bucs' defensive backs were poorly coached last year.  I thought they were outlined some weeks on their pass rush.
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Bucs look sharp in third preseason game

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Aguayo silenced his critics -- for the moment with three field goals and three extra points./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Aguayo silenced his critics -- for the moment with three field goals and three extra points.

Saturday, 5:45 a.m.

Auguayo's teammates enjoyed seeing him succeed./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Auguayo's teammates enjoyed seeing him succeed.

Say he had a wish list in back pocket. Say he had things he needed to see to keep his own confidence up.

Dirk Koetter would never say it out loud, of course. But like any fan, he had to have his concerns after two preseason games of mixed results. He had to see a night like this.

You know, just to believe.

He had see this Jameis Winston.

He had to see that Roberto Aguayo.

He had to see Mike Evans and Vince Jackson. He had to see Adam Humphries. He had to see a fast start. He had to see a

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Has there ever been a better Ray than Longo?

August 26, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Maybe it happened on a walk. Just a run-of-the-mill, take-your-base stroll down to first. Maybe no one noticed anything special. Maybe it happened on a tying home run in the eighth inning the night before. Maybe it happened as the crowds cheered the way they used to, as the batter grinned going […]

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10 Bucs who need to have a strong effort

August 26, 2016 general

Friday, 5:45 a.m. Ten Bucs who need to play well in the team’s third preseason game. 1, Kicker Roberto Aguayo: He’s missed kicks in practice games. Judging from the reports, however, you’d get the feeling he’s cost the team five Super Bowls by shanking short kicks. Aguayo needs to stop worrying about all the advice […]

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Rays beat Red Sox behind unlikely heroes

August 26, 2016 general

Friday, 5:30 a.m. Who are those guys? Imagine being in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse and wondering. Who are these fleas who have kept you from taking hold of the AL East the last couple of days. Mikie Mahtook? Really? Enny R0mero? Honestly? Luke Maile? Swear to goodness? The Rays, the last-place Rays, found a […]

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Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

August 25, 2016 general

Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected. Thursday, 6 a.m.   Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo is […]

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Winston wants faster starts to his games

August 25, 2016 general

Thursday, 5 a.m. Jameis Winston would like to start faster. In fact, he’d like to leave skid marks. So far, he hasn’t. He fumbled early against the Eagles and missed his first six passes against the Jags. This time, he wants to hit the field in a hurry. Content beyond this point is for members […]

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Are there voices in Aguayo’s head these days?

August 25, 2016 general

Thursday, 5:30 a.m. Here’s what I would do to keep the sky from falling around Roberto Aguayo, wobbly placekicker. Nothing. I’d joke about it, maybe. I’d suggest he might have missed the planet earth on that last kick. Maybe I’d let Martin Gramatica spend some time with him, or maybe Michael Husted. I might give […]

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