Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbles away the ball./STEVEN MUNCIE

Monday, 4 a.m.

Never have so many gained so much and ended up with so little as the Tampa Bay Bucs did Sunday.

Didn't Churchill say that?

Ryan Fitzpatrick had three turnovers on the day./STEVEN MUNCIE

At times, they were unstoppable ... by their opponent. At times, they were the very definition of offense ... between the 20s. At times, they were a juggernaut ... or not.

And for it all, the Bucs collected all of three measly points. Three. After 501 yards of offense, after an average of 7.5 yards per offensive play, the Bucs ended up with a field goal -- just one -- in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Ryan Fitzpatrick can't get the football back./STEVEN MUNCIE

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Random thoughts: On dumping a bad quarterback

by Gary Shelton on November 11, 2018 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 4 am.

Buffalo Bills' fans have seen enough. They're trying to raise enough money to buy Nathan Peterman a bus ticket out of town. The problem is that the goal is $1 million. So far, the site has raised $285.

-- There's no telling how much Matt Barkley donated, but he is starting for the Bills today.

-- Buc player who needs a big day today: Ryan Fitzpatrick.

-- So I guess that the new Rays Stadium won't be "The House That Mallex Built," will it?

-- If the Bucs ant to fire a general manager today, maybe they should fire Bruce Allen again. Just for old time's sake.

-- Buc players who needs a big day today: Peyton Barber.

-- That doofus who acts as Aaron Rodgers' agent on the insurance ads? Is that Le'Veon Bell's agent? Bell would rather sit on the couch that made $15 million this year. I cant see anyone offering more for next year, though.

-- Did you see that Babe ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page were among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Gee. I wonder where Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson finished.

-- Buc player who needs a big day today; Mike Evans.

-- Just wondering: Jimmy Butler turned being unhappy in Minnesota into a full-time job. How long do you think he'll be a good guy in Philadelphia? The clock is running.

-- Figures. The Cleveland Browns finally get a guy in a commercial -- a weird one, to be sure -- and it's the team's punter. Ah, the city of fourth down.

-- Buc player who needs a big day today: Carlton Davis.

-- If you had to put a fork in one player or the other, who is closer to finished? DeWayne Wade or Carmello Anthony? Or Bob Cousy?

-- A Vegas gambling site says the Buffalo Bills would be favored by 28.9 over Alabama. That's probably true. But Alabama would still have the best seven athletes on the field. I'm just surprised, given Alabama's schedule, that the tide didn't try to schedule Buffalo already.

-- Gee. Wasn't Dez Bryant's time with the Saints memorable? Or at least profitable?

-- Buc player who needs a big day today: Donovan Smith.

-- This just in: Nick Saban reports that he feels absolutely no pain from Tua Tagovailoa's sore knee. He's a tough guy, Saban.

-- Question: Of all the Bucs players, who would be the biggest disappointment?

a) Jam3is Winston

b) Vita Vea

c) Ronald Jones

d) Noah Spence

e) Gerald McCoy.

No, you cannot answer "all of them."




State roundup: Without Barnett, Bulls lose again

by Gary Shelton on November 11, 2018 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 2 a.m.

For the USF Bulls, the task was daunting enough. It started with a game against a ranked opponent on the road without the starting quarterback.

What made it even worse was that the Bulls had to play with most of their starting defense.

For the third straight game, the Bulls' defenders were pushed around in a 35-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bulls, who were 7-0 at one point this season, fell to 7-3. In their three losses, USF has given up 133 points.

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Bolts blow two-goal lead, lose to Ottawa

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Hedman scored in his first game back from injury. / CHUCK MULLER

Sunday, 3 a.m.

It was late in the evening, and the Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to have things well in hand in their game against Ottawa.

For one thing, they were at home. For another thing, they had survived another slow start. They had Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal and a two-goal lead on the scoreboard.

And then it vanished. All of it.

The Bolts had their four-game winning streak snapped in a 6-4 fall-from-ahead game Saturday night. Tampa Bay had fallen behind 2-0 early, but rallied to take a 4-2 lead after two periods. Then the Bolts gave up four in the third period, the most they have given up in one period all season.

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Ask Gary: Does anyone value defense more than Rays?

November 10, 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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No. 1 pick Vea still trying to find his game

November 9, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Not to say it’s been a lost season for Vita Vea, but has anyone seen him lately? Can a GPS find him? A bloodhound? A team of private detectives? Vea, the Bucs’ No 1 draft pick, has had an empty rookie season. He’s played in five games, and he has just one […]

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Rays deal Smith for a light-hitting catcher

November 9, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. Without a doubt, Mallex Smith had a keeper of a season in 2018. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, seemed to wonder if he would get any better in the future? The Rays sold high on Smith Thursday, sending him to Seattle in a trade, primarily, for catcher Mike Zunino. The Rays also […]

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Looking back at college football’s weekend

November 8, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. What’s so hard about calling the plays at FSU. On first down, you call it “a loss of four.” On second down, you call it “an incomplete pass.” On third down, you call … Jimbo Fisher and apologize. 2. It occurs to me that Luke Del Rio criticizing Feleipe […]

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Kucherov, Stamkos shine as Bolts beat Oilers

November 7, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. These are the nights that allow you to dream. These are the games, when the offense is humming, when the defense is solid, when the goaltender is terrific, that let you shut your eyes and imagine this team in the playoffs. Yeah, it’s early. True, there is a season’s worth of bumps […]

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Looking back at the Buc’ loss to Carolina

November 6, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. When did this become an expansion team? It seems lost, unmotivated and talentless. The Bucs may win a couple more (and may not), but there is no team in the league to whom it can’t lose. 2. Has anyone seen Mike Evans lately? Do we know if he made […]

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