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Did the Bucs’ defense get enough help?

April 27, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Questions. Right now, there are questions. In the coming years, perhaps some of them will graduate to answers. Perhaps some of them will demonstrate an improved team that might yet turn the corner. But for now, there are questions. For instance, is this second day defensive back haul better than last year’s […]

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Bucs draft a linebacker help fix defense

April 26, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. In your mind’s eye, he is Ray Lewis. Maybe Patrick Willis. Maybe Luke Kueckly. Let your imagination run wild, and he Dick Butkus. Maybe Jack Lambert. Maybe Ray Nitchke. He is a linebacker, a man in the middle of all the chaos, and so far, he has not missed a tackle. As […]

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Can the Bucs avoid catastrophe this time?

April 25, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Help is available. The problem is finding it. And here the Bucs are again, back at the players’ market, shopping for size, for speed, for skill. Often, they don’t draft any of it. Devin White? Quinnen Williams? Josh Allen? Ed Oliver? None of the above? Content beyond this point is for members […]

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Ask Gary: Dissecting the Lightning defeat

April 20, 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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Could the Bucs be looking at linebackers?

April 17, 2019 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. Perhaps it says as much about the questions as it does the answers, but don’t expect the Bucs to ignore the linebacker position in this season’s NFL draft. Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht had his annual say-little pre-draft press conference Tuesday, an exercise in muddying the water, and a great deal of […]

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10 disappointing days for Tampa Bay sports fans

April 16, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The sun does not shine. The air is not sweet. Food does not taste good. The traffic is annoying. Your co-workers get on your nerves. The water is never chilled. These are the days after failure. The worst of all possible times. The night before, there was life, and there were possibilities. […]

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Random thoughts: Rays’ early in pulling Snell

April 14, 2019 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Ah, so that’s how you beat Blake Snell.  You just pull him out of the game. Of course, you have to be his own manager to do so. — Can an entire league play rope-a-dope? Was the rest of the NHL playing possum as the Lightning set itself up for a collapse? […]

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Ask Gary: Are the Rays good enough at trading?

April 13, 2019 general

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Ask Gary: Are openers bad for pitchers?

April 6, 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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Random thoughts: How did the Bucs push the cap?

March 24, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Let’s go over this again, because I’m slow. How on earth do the Bucs have less cap space than anyone in the NFL except the Patriots? To remind you, according to overthecap.com, they have less cap space than the Rams, who went to the Super Bowl. They have less cap space than […]

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