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Looking back on the Bucs’ loss to Atlanta

October 16, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. The first thought I had upon hearing that the Bucs had fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith was simple. “… and who else?” The Bucs won’t get better merely by firing their coordinator, but how in the heck could you justify keeping him? If Smith was a player, he would have been cut […]

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Sizzle turns to fizzle as Bucs lose third game

October 15, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. It was exciting, all right. That much is obvious. It was wild, and it was wacky, and it would have made all of the highlight shows. It had razzle, and it had dazzle, and it had the derring-do born of desperation. But was it really the Bucs’ best chance to win? Really? […]

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Random thoughts: Cue the exit music, please

October 14, 2018 general

Why is it that when I watch the USF Bulls play, I hear the theme song from Mission Impossible? — That’s okay, though. When I see the Bucs play pass defense, I hear Yackety Sax. — Bucs’ defensive coordinator Mike Smith is right when he suggests that the sky is not falling. If it were, […]

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Bolts offense breaks out in easy win over Jackets

October 14, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Now, that’s the team you came to know and love a year ago. Welcome back, boys. After two games where they absolutely could not score, the Tampa Bay Lighting exploded Saturday night with eight in an 8-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. The players had sworn that it […]

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State roundup: Gators come from behind to beat Vandy

October 14, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. They are not a perfect team. They are still learning the offense, still learning the defense and still learning how to win. Still, for the Florida Gators, this will do. Eighteen points down. On the road. Sputtering mightily. The Gators overcame it all Saturday in a 37-27 win over Vanderbilt. It was […]

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Ask Gary: Cash is more secure than Maddon

October 13, 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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Bulls somehow pull out a close one against Tulsa

October 13, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 3 a.m. For their next trick, the USF Bulls will wear a straight jacket, and they’ll be blindfolded, and they ‘ll be immersed upside down into a water tank. Also, they will be behind by a couple of touchdowns. And then we will see if they can pull out another win. The escape artists […]

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Lightning struggles to score in loss to Vancouver

October 12, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. The new season is open. The nets, however, remained closed. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to score Thursday night, seeing a 1-0 lead evaporate in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver in the second half of the third period. The Canucks, who had struggled to start their season, scored two goals […]

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The Predictions: USF to win another close game

October 12, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. Give a little credit to the USF Bulls. In the middle of a game of football, the team finds a little time to play with fire. They flirted with disaster against Georgia Tech. They wooed it against Illinois. They whispered sweet nothings against East Carolina. And darned if they didn’t go down […]

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Can Bucs withstand Atlanta’s passing attack?

October 12, 2018 general

Friday, 1 a.m. I know. Let’s do something for the quarterbacks! Why, just last month, someone made a tackle. Someone else forced a fumble. I know. Let’s pass a few more rules. We’ll legalize holding, and we won’t allow defensive backs to beat up receivers, and we’ll throw a flag if anyone gets within five […]

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