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Fitz hopes to improve in his second start

November 17, 2017 general

Friday, 1 a.m. In the career of Ryan Fitzpatrick, there have been a lot of “next weeks.” But in this particular next week, Fitzpatrick expects to be better. He won his first game as a Buc Sunday. That wasn’t bad. But this time, against the Dolphins on Sunday, Fitzpatrick hopes to be a better quarterback. […]

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Fitzpatrick was signed to win a game like Sunday’s

November 10, 2017 general

Friday, 3 a.m. For all of the noise that arrived with him, this is why he is here. To win a game. To keep the car out of the ditch. To keep a losing streak from eating a franchise alive. Ryan Fitzpatrick was never going to beat out Jameis Winston for the starting job. He […]

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Ask the experts: Tim & Jerry

November 9, 2017 general

Here at GarySheltonsports.com, we have doubled our experts with the addition of former Bucs’ personnel director and former Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell. He joins his old friend and co-worker Jerry Angelo, a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo and Ruskell answer your questions regarding the NFL. […]

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Is this the lowest point in Winston’s career?

November 9, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. It is a dark time in the career of Jameis Winston, quarterback. It’s late, it’s ugly and his night light is broken. He is hurt, a shoulder sprain that will keep him out two weeks. He is losing, five in a row and counting. He is not playing well; his quarterback rating […]

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Were we wrong for believing in the Bucs?

October 25, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. They fooled us. Shame on them. Foolishly, we thought there was something different about these Bucs, something better, something closer to the playoffs. We thought they were better on defense, dangerous on offense, solid in the kicking game. Shame on us. The players were more familiar, largely because of Hard Knocks, and […]

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Looking back at the Bucs loss to the Bills

October 24, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. 5 Observations 1. It wasn’t the defeat that struck you so much in Sunday’s game. It was the suddenness, like the floor of the gallows disappearing. Buffalo is a team that is limited offensively, but it took only 45 seconds to cover 75 yards (about the same as a typical Bucs’ safety). […]

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Bucs’ lead was gone in less than 60 seconds

October 23, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Forty-five seconds. The lead lasted 45 seconds. You can’t sell a new car in a TV add in 45 seconds. You can barely walk from your bedroom to your living room. You can’t play a short song. You can’t go to the bathroom. Forty-five seconds. All you can really do in that […]

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Random thoughts: What’s in a nickname?

October 22, 2017 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. Bears’ rookie Mitch Trubisky picked up the worst nickname in the NFL. He’s the “Pretty Boy Assassin.” Nothing wrong with Assassin (as Jack Tatum would tell you). But I don’t think “Pretty Boy” is going to inspire fear. – What? Was “Lovely Flower” taken? – Halloween costume suggestion: Ronda Rousey. The kid […]

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Hurricanes hold off Syracuse to stay unbeaten

October 22, 2017 general

Sunday 1 a.m. There still may be lingering questions about the Miami Hurricanes and their series of close victories. In the fourth period, however, no one questions Mark Richt’s team. The Hurricanes ran their record to 6-0 Saturday, holding off a stubborn Syracuse team with a late touchdown to win 27-19. The Hurricanes have won […]

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Can the Bucs delay you from talking about the draft?

October 19, 2017 general

Thurssday, 3 a.m. At a time like this, a guy walks gently to the phone. He dials the number carefully. He asks to talk to Mel. He orders his NFL draft book. Maybe some hair mousse while he’s at it. It is halfway through October. Is it time to think about the NFL draft already? […]

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