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Random thoughts: Is the world ready for Coach Dilfer?

January 20, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. He’s rested. He’s ready. Former Bucs’ quarterback Trent Dilfer (mediocre quarterback, terrific analyst) has now entered the world of coaching. Dilfer will lead the  Lipscomb Academy high school football team. Congrats, Trent, and may you never be frustrated enough to coach a guy like Trent Dilfer. — All that separates the Rays […]

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Lightning bounces back again with win over Sharks

January 20, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. And now, as we take a break to reflect upon what the Tampa Bay Lightning has done to this point in the season, the moments come rushing at you. They have had scoring. Their stars have been stars. The secondary scoring has been excellent. Their goaltending has been solid. Their defense has […]

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Ask Gary: Did Rays fail in replacing Cron?

January 19, 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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Leafs hand the Lightning another defeat

January 18, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a good goaltender, too. They have offensive power, too. They are good defensively, too. Also, they have a little bit of desperation. The Maple Leafs, on the verge of falling out of the Atlantic Division race to the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team it trailed by 16 […]

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Other teams have streaked past the Bucs

January 17, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Think of them as an old jalopy, smoking and spewing as it putters down the highway. It’s going slow, and other vehicles are whizzing past. Parts fall off, and the wheels wobble, and the engine sounds as if it is about to conk out from the weariness of the journey. It is […]

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Bolts bounce back with shutout over Dallas

January 16, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Perhaps there is a reason why the Tampa Bay Lightning doesn’t lose very often. They don’t like it very much. Team Bounceback did it again Tuesday night, rebounding from Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders with a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. In the 11 games they have lost […]

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How many do you expect Arians to win in ’19?

January 15, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Scene one: There was a new energy, a new coach, a new direction. Yep, the Tampa Bay Bucs had it figured out, didn’t they? It was 2009, and the Bucs had made changes. Jon Gruden had won a Super Bowl once, but his team was running in place, and Raheem Morris was […]

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Islanders jump Lightning early, end winning streak

January 14, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Perhaps the Tampa Bay Lightning needs to pay closer attention to what time their games start. The Lightning, the hottest team in the NHL, had its third consecutive slow start Sunday night. This time, it was disastrous. The Lightning fell to the New York Islanders, a team that was 21 points behind […]

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Random thoughts: Arians the class of the new coaches

January 13, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. I think I have uncovered an NFL conspiracy. The league is trying to make Bruce Arians look good. How else do you explain the other NFL hires? Cleveland’s Freddie Kitchens? The Jets’ Adam Gase? Green Bay’s Matt LeFluer? The Broncos’ Vic Fangio? The Bengals, who might hire Zac Taylor? The Dolphins, who […]

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Once again, Bolts turn a deficit into a victory

January 13, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. If Rocky Balboa was a hockey team, this is the one he would be. It doesn’t matter how you knock him around. You can cut him and beat him and bruise him for most of the fight. You can stagger him and hurt him. Then comes the final round, and watch out. […]

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