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Bucs lose another game following another bad start

November 5, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Every game, they dig the hole a little deeper. Every week, they move a little more dirt. Every week, they show up with a shovel. Every performance, they work their way toward the center of the earth. They seem dedicated to the excavation, as if it was their primary goal. After all […]

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Bolts shine late in comeback win over Senators

November 5, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. What can do you in 41 seconds? Can you read a page of a novel if the words aren’t too big? Can you watch an insurance commercial if it doesn’t feature Flo? Can you fall into a swimming pool? If you’re the Tampa Bay Lightning, you can turn disappointment into delight, a […]

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Random thoughts: Remember SI writer Zimmerman

November 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. A story about Paul Zimmerman, the ex-Sports Illustrated writer who died this week. It was 1993, with Dallas playing at San Francisco.By the luck of draw, I was sitting next to Zim, who was there with his stopwatch (he timed the national anthem every week) and about 100 multi-colored pens. On the […]

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Lightning overcomes another slow start

November 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m Perhaps Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper should tell his team that the game starts earlier. Perhaps that way, the Lightning wouldn’t have to dig its way out of a hole. Once again, the Lightning started slowly Saturday night, and once again, they woke up in the middle of the game. […]

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State roundup: Florida schools beaten once again

November 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Oh, what a state the state of Florida football is in. Florida, a state that once dominated college football with national championships and Heisman Trophies and top draft choices, suffered its second straight horrendous week Saturday. — Florida, at one point a top 10 team in the nation, fell for the second […]

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Will the USF Bulls manage to win another game?

November 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Maybe the thought came to you as Tulane — Tulane, of all teams — was running through the Bulls’ porous defense. Maybe it was when Darnell Saloman caught a deep pass, and the ball was knocked from his grasp and bounced backward to a Green Wave defender. Maybe it was when Tulune […]

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Ask Gary: Should the Bucs have deactivated Winston?

November 3, 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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The Predictions: For a day, Fitz can fix Bucs’ flaws

November 3, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. The franchise quarterback has been benched. The losing streak continues. The defense plays chase. Can Ryan Fitzpatrick fix it all? The defensive coordinator has been canned. The kicker has a crooked foot. The running game struggles to gain an inch. And again, you wonder. Can Fitzpatrick fix the flaws? The Carolina Panthers […]

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Once again, Fitzpatrick tries to excel for Bucs

November 2, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. When he was the age of Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick was still hoping to win a game in the NFL. He was an afterthought, a seventh round draft pick, and no one made room for Fitzpatrick when he joined the St. Louis Rams. When he was 24, Winston’s current age, he had […]

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One more time, Rinne turns the Bolts back

November 2, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Some days, a game just slips away. Some days, you get beat. Some days, you face a better goaltender. Some days, the scoring dries up. Some days, it doesn’t matter how much you pepper Pekka. Thursday night was one of those days for the Tampa Bay Lighting, who played a winnable game […]

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