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Looking back at the Bucs’ preseason win over Titans

August 20, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. Yes, Jameis Winston has been as sharp as he’s been in two weeks before. It hasn’t happened often, because Winston has run up ratings of 99.4 and a career-high 151.8 in the last two weeks for a combined rating of 116.1 . But he’s had consecutive ratings of more than 100 in […]

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Random thoughts: Could Bucs finish 1-15?

August 19, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Granted, the schedule is tough, and granted, Jameis Winston will miss three games. But the Sporting News says the Bucs will go 1-15 this year. Which means that Dirk Koetter’s seat won’t just be hot, it will burst into flames. — When the Rays’ Chris Gomez flipped a baseball to a female […]

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Bucs’ Winston sizzles in preseason win over Titans

August 19, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. This, the Tampa Bay Bucs will miss. This type of play, when the quarterback is precise and dangerous and creative, when he leads his team downfield like he’s leading a parade, will  make the Bucs wince to be without him. It will make his teammates — at least privately — look forlornly […]

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Ask Gary: Is Jacksonville the state’s best team?

August 18, 2018 College Sports in Florida

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Once again, Bucs hope their line can perform

August 18, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Just asking, but is an offensive line supposed to be this offensive? All these years, and the Bucs continue to search. Historically, they are Paul Gruber and the Pips, a battered bunch holding on for dear life. Even in their Super Bowl-winning season — a long time ago — they were made […]

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Bucs look for a better running game

August 17, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Soon enough, they have another dress rehearsal. Soon enough, we try to find meaning in the practice. Ah, a preseason sequel. Whee. For the Tampa Bay Bucs, there is a list of things to improve. Again, it isn’t the scores that matter. It’s the way a team — particularly the starters — […]

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The Winston-Mariota discussion surfaces again

August 16, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Once again, they shared a field. Magic and Bird. Chamberlain and Russell. Borg and McEnroe. Navratilova and Evert. Winston and Mariota. No, neither of them are on the level of the immortals. But as far as a natural rival, as far as the name of one guy making you think of the […]

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Bucs hope for another defensive turnaround

August 15, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The familiar face moved easily around the football field. Once, when he was. younger, he was in charge around here of the finest turnaround in Bucs’ history. In those days, Tony Dungy was an anchor, a beacon of consistency on a wayward franchise. Now, he moves around the fields once more. Now, […]

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Random thoughts: Constructing a bad quarterback

August 12, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Forthewin.com attempted to construct the world’s worst quarterback by assigning him the worst attributes of nine quarterbacks. It’s hard to argue that Jameis Winston made the cut with his poor decision making. — Others on the list were Philip Rivers (arm strength), Josh Allen (accuracy), Ben Roethlisberger (physique), Alex Smith (hand size), […]

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Ask Gary: Assessing the Bucs after one game

August 11, 2018 College Sports in Florida

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