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Against the Kings, the Lightning all look like All-Stars

January 4, 2019 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Maybe they should put them all in the All-Star game. Every single player. Hey, this isn’t just about Nikita Kucherov and Steve Stamkos, although they both scored goals in Thursday night’s 6-2 spanking of the Los Angeles Kings. It isn’t just about Brayden Point, who has to survive the last-man-in vote to […]

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11 plays that led to 11 defeats for the Bucs

January 3, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Has the pain subsided yet? Is your blood pressure back to normal? Are your eyes still red from watching the disaster? Has that nervous tic subsided yet? Now that Dirk Koetter is safely out of the way, have you recovered from the latest Bucs’ dance with disappointment? Oh, if you still cared […]

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Easley leads Iowa to Outback Bowl victory

January 2, 2019 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. It’s easy to have a problem with the college bowl season. There are too many games. There are too many players skipping games with their eyes on the NFL’s money. There are too many mediocre teams playing in too many empty stadiums just so the television networks will have a program to […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons

January 1, 2019 general

Tuesday 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Somewhere, there is a bright young coach is who ready, but I have zero faith that the Bucs will hire the right guy. They could go to a coaches convention, and a coach could be standing under a neon sign that said “right guy,” and this team couldn’t find […]

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Lighting concludes a hot December against Anaheim

January 1, 2019 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. What we end up thinking about this Tampa Bay Lightning team will be decided in the New Year. You can’t blame the Tampa Bay Lightning, however, if they want to savor the old one a bit first. The Lightning closed out a sizzling December Monday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in […]

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Bucs close out 2018 by collapsing against Falcons

December 31, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. It may not have ended the way you wanted. It may not have ended with a fourth-quarter comeback. It may not have ended with a last-second grasp of victory. It did end, however, the way it should have ended. In disappointment, one more time. Anything else would leave a false memory of […]

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Random thoughts: Would picking 7th be good?

December 30, 2018 general

The Bucs are expected to draft seventh in the upcoming NFL draft. What could go wrong? After all, the Bucs drafted Mike Evans and Hugh Green at No. 7. On the other hand, they drafted Mark Barron and Charles McRae at No. 7, too. They picked Trent Dilfer, Eric Curry and Broderick Thomas at No. […]

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Erne scores a late goal to lead Bolts to a wobbly win

December 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Even on the nights they wobble, they do not fall down. Even on the nights the defense isn’t paying attention, on the nights when Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t seeing the puck well, on a night when neither Steven Stamkos nor Brayden Point — the team’s leading goal-scorers — cannot find the net, the […]

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Gators finish Mullen’s big year with Peach Bowl victory

December 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Say this for Dan Mullen. The guy makes a nice first impression. Mullen, the Florida coach, wrapped up a successful first season with the Gators Saturday as he led his team to a 41-15 rout of seventh-ranked Michigan in the Peach Bowl. It was a fine finish for the Gators, and for […]

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Ask Gary: Pham notices that the Rays don’t draw a lot

December 29, 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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