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One more time: Bucs capture another huge upset

September 17, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Call it the greatest story ever retold. It was the Tampa Bay Bucs, defying the odds and the analysts, the sequel. It was Ryan Fitzmagic, the amazing man with the beard, shocking an opponent, version 2.0. It was a crew of talented receivers winding through another confused secondary, one more time. It […]

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Ask Gary: Is Yzerman ready to jump to Detroit?

September 15, 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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Fitzpatrick tries to repeat his success against Eagles

September 14, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. For a week, Ryan Fitzpatrick was everything a team wants its backup quarterback to be. He was accurate. He threw deep. He moved the offense. He ran up 48 points and 529 yards. He made you forget the other guy was sitting at home eating popcorn. He was dangerous. He was good […]

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Ranking the general managers of Tampa Bay sports

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. He is in charge of today. And he is in charge of tomorrow. He has to win. Today and tomorrow. He has to make the chemistry work. He has to bring in the right free agents, and make the right trades, and promote the right players like an orchestra leader. He has […]

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Curry, Allen await their former Eagle teammates

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a..m. The defense of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it seems, would have something to prove. Namely, they have to prove they can stay out of the way of their offense. And so it goes. The Bucs scored 48 points Sunday (counting a defensive turnover), but the defense allowed 40. The Bucs gained 529 […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ victory over the Saints

September 11, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder how many points Ryan Fitzpatrick would have scored against the Bucs’ defense on Sunday. A million? 2. There is never a good time for a concussion. Still, you feel for Bucs’ receiver DeSean Jackson. He struggled through most of last season to find chemistry with […]

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Fitzmagic leads the Bucs to upset of New Orleans

September 10, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. His bones are old. His eyesight might be fading. His arteries may be harder than they once were. But Ryan Fitzpatrick still has a bit of Fitzmagic to him. Fitzpatrick, the quarterback you doubted, the quarterback everyone doubted, stunned even the most optimistic of Tampa Bay Bucs’ fans on Sunday afternoon. Faced […]

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Random thoughts: Can Cleveland have a good year?

September 9, 2018 general

Former Eagles’ quarterback Ron Jaworski said the Browns can win eight games. Yeah, between now and 2022. — When did Serena Williams turn into John McEnroe? — USAToday ranks Jamies Winston as the 16th-best starting quarterback in the NFL. That’s about right. Fifteen better starters, 16 worse ones. Of course, right now, it’s hard to […]

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Predictions: Bucs lose opener to New Orleans

September 8, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 2 a.m. The odds are that Jameis Winston, watching at home, reaches for the potato chips before he reaches for the chicken wings. The odds are that Drew Brees hits his first eight passes before the Bucs force an incompletion, although that might be conservative. The odds are that Gerald McCoy records his first […]

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Fitzpatrick ready to fill in as an understudy

September 7, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. His job description, to put it indelicately, is Miss Congeniality. If the pageant winner pulls a hamstring, then he might get to walk down the runway. On a football team, he is the vice president. In a Broadway play, he would be the understudy. He’s the second-best mechanic at the auto shop, […]

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