Snell furthers his argument for the Cy Young Award

by Gary Shelton on September 24, 2018 · 0 comments

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Is anyone more deserving of Cy Young than Snell?/JEFFREY S. KING

Monday, 4 a.m.

Are you convince yet?

Are you ready to punch the ballot? Are you ready to pull the lever? Are you

Snell set a Rays' record for most victories./CARMEN MANDATO

ready to shout the name of Blake Snell toward the sky and proclaim him to be your Cy Young winner for the season?

Snell spun his magic again Sunday afternoon, winning his 21st game of the season (a Rays' record) in a 5-2 victory over Toronto. Snell went 6 2/3 innings in the game, allowing no runs and three hits despite leaving his fastball in his back pocket.

Snell, who has one start left in his season, leads the league's starters in ERA with a 1.90 mark. He struck out 11 more batters, bringing his total to 211 on the year.

Oh, there is some room to argue. Take Sunday's game, when Snell was in

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Bucs need for their stars to come out tonight

by Gary Shelton on September 24, 2018 · 0 comments

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Fitzgerald has to keep the offense rolling./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 3 a.m.

You can compare the histories if you want. The Steelers win. They have a half-dozen Super Bowl trophies, a couple of dozen Hall of Famers. They have a national following.

You can talk about quarterbacks and running backs and linebackers, defensive backs and offensive linemen and owners. The Steelers win that, too. It's hard to believe how meager the franchise was until Chuck Noll came to town.

You can talk about the expectations of this season. Despite their start, there are few analysts who don't expect Pittsburgh still to have a better record than the Bucs.

If you are Tampa Bay, in fact, you have but one thing to talk about.

Tonight.

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Random thoughts: Wong couldn’t be more wrong

by Gary Shelton on September 23, 2018 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 4:30

I thought it was interesting that Kolton Wong called the Rays "a bad organization" for not promoting his little brother Kean Wong. One, the Rays actually have a better record than the Cardinals, which kind of answers the "bad organization" stuff. Two, the Rays promoted outfielders Austin Matthews and Andrew Velazquez. And three, how much AAA baseball did Kolton really watch this year?

-- Suggested response by the Hall of Fame to Eric Dickerson's request that Hall of Famers be paid: "No. And for every year you boycott, you will not be invited the following year. Your move."

-- I got a kick out of the Oregon sign trolling its former coach, Willie Taggart. Said the sign: "You can't spell Willie without two L's." Appearing soon in Tallahassee: Willlie Taggart. Eventually, maybe Willllllie.

-- Did you hear that the Cleveland Browns now have a mascot known as the "Rally Possum?" Figures. The Browns finally get a mascot, and like the franchise itself, it's renown for appearing to be dead.

-- Minnesota? Wisconsin? How would Buffalo know? The Bills are in the state of confusion.

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. The Galloping Ghost. 2. Sweetness. 3. Hammerin' Hank.

-- Personally, I liked Missouri's strategy. Try to make your players look as much like bananas as possible, and may d Georgia will slip.

-- Do you ever think that our streets would be safer if we didn't have so many cops escorting college football coaches? Do coaches need that much protection?

-- I wonder what Jameis Winston thought of seeing Houston's Jadevion Clowney get fined for trash talking and then making contact with an opponent while not playing.

-- The three pro teams in Florida are a combined 6-0 behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Blake Bortles and Ryan Tannehill. In four of the six games, the three quarterbacks have had a rating of more than 100.0. And volcanoes are spewing out frogs.

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. Pistol Pete; 2. The Greatest; 3. The Sultan of Swat.

-- Just asking: Considering the state of the Bucs' running game, what would you give for a Le'Veon Bell of the Steelers. No, "Ronald Jones" is not an acceptable response. Nor is "Lars Tate."

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. Chocolate Thunder, 2. Wilt the Stilt, 3. Megatron.

-- Here's a new way to look at the MLB standings. The Chicago Maddons are three games ahead of the Rays. The Rays are 1 1/2 up on the L.A. Friedman's. The Rays ae 8 1/2 ahead of the Pittsburgh Archers. The Rays are 14 1/2 ahead of the San Francisco Longorias. The Rays are eight ahead of the Arizona Souzas. They're 42 games ahead of the Baltimore Cobbs.

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. The Ice Princess; 2. Broadway Joe, 3. Crazy Legs.

-- I saw a list of possible Halloween costumes was led by Tonya Harding. Let's see: You need a cigarette, a broken bootstrap and you need to lie like an Urban Meyer.

-- Orel Hershiser says that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher who ever lived, which would make him greater than Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Cy Young, Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Walter Johnson, Christy Matthewson or Mariano Rivera. Well, no.

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. The Mad Stork; 2. Shoeless Joe; 3. Prime Time.

-- Let me get this straight:  Damontae Kazee hits Cam Newton ib the head, and Torrey Smith shoves him. And the NFL fines both an equal amount. I know justice is blind, but shouldn't it ask someone who can see the game film?

-- As it turns out, Vontae Davis doesn't work hard for the money.

-- This just in: You can watch Eric Dickerson walk down the street for $13.

-- Possible nicknames for Minkah Fitzpatrick: 1. Three-Finger; 2. Jingle Joints; 3. The Honey Badger.

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Bulls shaky but win another one in final quarter

by Gary Shelton on September 23, 2018 · 0 comments

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Jordan Cronkrite rbreaks loose for a fourth-quarter score./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 3:45 a.m.

You can look at this two ways.

If you're the cheery, all-wins-are-great sort of USF Bulls fans, you can rave about their fourth quarters. After all, it says a great deal about a team by the way it finishes, and so far, the Bulls have shown a knack for pulling their feet out of the flames.

Ah, but if you a gloom-is-nearly doom, what's-going-on-here sort of realist, you can fret about the three quarters that come before the last one. That says a lot about a team, too, especially one that seems to misfire far too often despite a 4-0 record.

Both views were acceptable Saturday night after the Bulls -- a 21 1/2-point favorite -- won another whew-game, 20-13 over East Carolina. For

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Rays hover near elimination after latest loss to Jays

September 23, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. For most of the month, we knew the chase was futile. They were too far behind. There were too many teams to pass. They had waited too late to get hot. Still, as the Tampa Bay Rays face elimination, it is an empty, hollow feeling. They are on the verge of officially […]

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State roundup: Gators batter Vols for big SEC victory

September 23, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Even when the world is dark, even when a new coach is trying to turnaround their fortunes, the Florida Gators can count on this. Tennessee. The Gators didn’t need last-second heroics this time. Florida walloped the Vols, 47-21, as Tennessee turned the ball over six times. That led to 24 Gator points […]

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Ask Gary: Should Fitzpatrick keep the QB job?

September 22, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Rays bounce back for lopsided win over Toronto

September 22, 2018 general

Saturday, 3:30 a.m. The sample size is too small. The season is nearly over. His best moments happened in garbage time. But when you see the ball leave Austin Meadows’ bat, you cannot help but wonder. Could he be the next one? Meadows, a latecomer to the Rays’ party, lined three hits in three innings […]

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Bucs need a better running game to defeat Pittsburgh

September 22, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. At this point, you might expect the Tampa Bay Bucs to be a little sneaky. You might expect them to run the ball. Gotcha. After all, the Bucs have been pass-happy for the first two weeks of the season. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has more than 800 yards, and he’s thrown for eight […]

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The predictions: Does Tennessee-Florida still matter?

September 22, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Florida at Tennessee: Once, it mattered. Once, it was the center of the college football universe. Now, it is two average teams trying to stay afloat. Oh, you know about Tennessee and Florida, about how Peyton Manning never beat the Gators, how Danny Wuerffel never lost to the Vols. You know about […]

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