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Can Jones change minds in his second season?

July 18, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. I believe in Mike Evans. True, he’s going to drop some passes. True, he lacks the burner speed you’d like. True, some balls will bounce off of his hands for interceptions. But by and large, I believe in Evans. I think he’ll turn third downs in first downs. I believe he will […]

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Random thoughts: Bouton changed how we watch

July 14, 2019 general

Jim Bouton was cool. Jim Bouton was funny. Jim Bouton was a rebel. To me, Bouton was all of those things. He was a party hat in a world of baseball caps, and he made the sticks-in-the-mud nervous, and he shed light in all the secret corners where baseball didn’t want us to look. He […]

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When will it be Tampa Bay’s time in the sun?

June 25, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. A common draft suggests the home team has as many chances as the next one. A salary cap, which two of the three teams have, suggest that, eventually, things will even out. Shared TV revenues say that everyone has a shot at confetti. So when is it our turn? When does Tampa […]

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Random thoughts: Do Bucs’ fans desire nastiness?

June 2, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Ndamukong Suh swears taht, really, he’s a teddy bear. As long as you keep in mind that the teddy bear will step on your neck. “Before you pass judgement on somebody I always take the time to get to know them, meet them, have coffee with them, whatever it may be and […]

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As McCoy leaves, Bruce holds all the answers

May 21, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. If you think the Bucs will be just fine without Gerald McCoy, it’s because of one reason: Bruce Arians. If you think that Jameis Winston will become an elite quarterback, it’s because one reason: Bruce Arians. If you think the Bucs will pass someone — anyone — in the NFC South, it’s […]

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Tampa Bays’ airwaves will miss Duemig

May 17, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. The air is quieter now. The opinions are not as loud. The approval is not as gleeful. The disapproval is not as vicious. Steve Duemig has left us, and we are poorer for his passing. Duemig, the opinionated, irreverent, fearless, dogged voice of Tampa Bay Sports, has said goodnight. Duemig died Thursday […]

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Ask Gary: What’s the future of the Tampa Bay Rays?

May 11, 2019 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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Is McCoy leaving, and does anyone care?

May 6, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The biggest question is not whether Gerald McCoy is staying or not. The biggest question is why so many fans seem ready to see him go. Look, the careers of most professional athletes end badly. I get that. There is a devastating injury, or a regrettable trade, or the sad images of […]

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Random thoughts: bolts trophies a sad reminder

May 5, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Elsewhere, a nice little individual award might be of some comfort to fans. Around here, not so much. So when you see that Nikita Kucherov is a finalist for the Hart Trophy, and John Cooper for the Jack Adams, and Victor Hedman for the Norris, and Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Vezina, you […]

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Where can the new faces help the Bucs?

May 1, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Okay, now they have them, what are they going to do with them? Except try to get better. And, really, isn’t that the point? The Tampa Bay Bucs, like all NFL teams, seem thrilled with their draft class from this year and, golly, who knew that guy would still be available? It’s […]

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