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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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What’s next for Jameis Winston, backup QB?

November 1, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. What now? What’s next? And who cares? You are Jameis Winston, and you have dug yourself the deepest hole of your career. If you are honest — and that never seems to have been a strength of yours — you acknowledge that you are no longer married to the Tampa Bay franchise. […]

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Looking back at the weekend in college football

November 1, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. 5 Observations 1. No one wishes health problems on anyone, and so I hope Urban Meyer gets over his health problems. You don’t think that Meyer’s brain is restricting his ability for human compassion, do you? 2. Did Houston just score again? Has a defense as bad as USF’s ever been part […]

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Coburn, of all people, shows the Bolts the way back

October 31, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. When a team is down, when the night looks as if it’s going the wrong way, it looks toward its most dangerous scorers. No, not Nikita Kucherov. No, not Steven Stamkos. Not Brayden Point. Not Tyler Johnson. Braydon Coburn. Yeah, him. Coburn, the defenseman with just a passing relationship with the goal, […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ loss to the Bengals

October 30, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Dirk Koetter made the easiest decision in the history of earth Monday when he decided to go with Ryan Fitzpatrick (who is playing great) over Jameis Winston (who isn’t) at quarterback. It’s like choosing good over evil, steak over salad or riding over walking. Winston will be back, but […]

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It’s time for Fitzpatrick to retake control of the Bucs

October 29, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. There should be no vote. There should be no discussion. There should be no show of hands. Once again, this is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s team. Take it from him, if you can. Start him? Of course you start him next week against Carolina. You start him and you stick with him. If he […]

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Random thoughts: Bad day for Florida teams

October 28, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. Yeah, it’s a state for great defense, all right. FSU, USF and Florida gave up a combined 152 points on Saturday. Miami and FAU lost on Friday. Does anyone around here not chase receivers across goal lines? — John Tortorella, old Captain Torture, says he misses the hate that has gone from […]

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Bolts clobbered by Arizona to end road trip

October 28, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. If this is how much the Tampa Bay Lightning miss Victor Hedman when he’s gone, the guy definitely deserves a raise. With Hedman sidelined because of an injury, the Lightning were clobbered in their worst defeat of the season. The Arizona Coyotes, in sixth place in the Pacific Division of the Western […]

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