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Saturday, 4 a.m.

Now that O.J. has been granted parole, will the Bucs sign him to play the first 3 games of the 2017 season until Doug Martin gets back?

Scott Myers

I think it's a fine idea if Simpson can ride in the back of his slow Bronco as he runs. Maybe he can even stop by McDonald's, seeing as how he has time to kill.

Yeah, let the jokes flow, because that's Simpson's true punishment for his crimes. He traded it all in to be a laughing stock.

I know, I know. Simpson was found not guilty of murder in his first trial. But you know, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty, as were the Chicago Black Sox. There are times that society looks past a jury's decision. It happened with Robert Blake, too. Coverage of a trial, especially O.J.'s, is

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Longoria made a diving stop, but the winning run scored for Texas./CARMEN MANDATO

Longoria made a diving stop, but the winning run scored for Texas./CARMEN MANDATO

Saturday, 2 a.m.

When do you leave him in? When do you take him out?

And do you get blamed for both?

Rays' manager Kevin Cash was caught two unacceptable answers Friday night, and it cost the team in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. It was the second straight loss by the Rays, who are still trying to chase the Boston Red Sox.

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Morrison was frustrated with the strike zone./CARMEN MANDATO

Morrison's own turnaround helped that of the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Friday, 4 a.m.

This year, they are in the middle of the race. Last year, they were dead in the water.

This year, they have a pulse. Last year, they were two steps beyond Last Rites.

This year, they matter. Last year, they were just another team finishing out a forgettable season.

Yes, things are different for the Tampa Bay Rays, all right. After a remarkable turnaround,  the Rays are an athletic, enjoyable team to watch. Last year, they were

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Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on July 20, 2017 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

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 GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected.

Thursday, 4 a.m.

With the Panthers firing Dave Gettleman and the Chiefs firing John Dorsey, two successful execs, what lessons can a current general manager take?
He needs to make sure the head coach and him are on the same page about the big things.

The union between the two is not always going to go well, that’s understandable. But the key for both to coexist is the commonality they have together on the big picture. Philosophically, they have to be on the same page.

If they are not, then it’s not going to work. At some point their egos will

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How safety shakes out could be key for Bucs

July 20, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Here on the brink of training camp, there are a few questions we want to know about the Tampa Bay Bucs. Who’s going to win the placekicking job – misguided Roberto Aguayo or Nick Folk. How will the running back rotation work for three weeks while Doug Martin is in his league-induced […]

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Rays’ Faria shows his mortality in loss to A’s

July 20, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. Jake Faria, the Quality Kid, is human, after all. Faria suffered his first defeat of the year, and his first non-quality start, as the Rays fell 7-2 to the Oakland A’s. It was the second straight series the Rays didn’t take advantage of a chance to sweep in the final game. Faria, […]

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In the season of hunting G.M.s, Licht should be safe

July 19, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The picks have been drafted, and wasn’t it amazing that every athlete fell just perfectly to the team? The free agents are on board. Most of the new contracts have been sorted. Yeah, it’s a dangerous time of year for an NFL general manager, isn’t it? And the owners aren’t shooting blanks. […]

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Rays win a memorable game in 4-3 comeback

July 19, 2017 general

Wednesday 3 a.m. Gee, Kevin Cash. You should have seen it. Your team was down to its last heartbeat, with two out in the ninth and no one on. Your bullpen, maligned all season, had a starring role. And the player known for his glove came through with the bat. It all added up to […]

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Head to head to head, it’s easy to figure a close race

July 18, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Now that they are in a dogfight, how are you supposed to judge the bite of  the dog? The Red Sox. The Yankees. The Rays. Who’s better? So far, it’s Boston, by a whole two games. The Yankees and Rays are both in the wild-card hunt. If the season ended today, all […]

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Odorizzi throws like the pitcher you remember

July 18, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. The guy on the mound looked familiar. You might swear that you had seen him before. Same scowl, same swagger, same stuff. Hey. Didn’t you used to be Jake Odorizzi? Odorizzi, coming off one of his worst outings, came back with one of his best against the Oakland A’s Monday night. Odorizzi […]

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