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Lightning comeback beats Caps in overtime

October 10, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Finally, the NHL has found someone to stand in the way of Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Fortunately for the Lightning, it’s teammate Brayden Point. Kucherov scored to force overtime Monday night, then ripped a one-timer toward the goal 188 seconds into overtime that deflected off of Point for a 4-3 overtime victory […]

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Random Thoughts: Simpson already selling his name

October 8, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. It’s a month into the NFL season. Is that too soon to talk about the draft? CBSsports.com has the Bucs taking LSU defensive end Arden Key with the 22nd pick. That would further the LSUing of the Bucs with ex-teammates Kwon Alexander and Kendall Beckwith. – Question: Why is Nick Folk still […]

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This time, Panthers take control against Bolts in 3rd

October 8, 2017 general

Sunday, 1 a.m. This time, the finish went the wrong way. The Tampa Bay Lightning, for the second straight night, was facing the Florida Panthers. The Lightning, for the second straight night, took a 2-0 lead. The Lightning, for the second straight night, let the Panthers back into a tie. And then the third period […]

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Stamkos returns in Lighting’s opening victory

October 7, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. The puck was coming, just the way it used to it when the world was young, back when Steven Stamkos was somebody. The pass from Alex Killorn was headed his way on the power play, and Stamkos coiled his body, the way he always has. If the puck was in his wheelhouse, […]

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Lightning loses 2-1 in preseason opener

September 20, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. The boys are back. At least, they’re back in the penalty box. The Lightning finally returned to the ice Tuesday night in Tampa, or at least very near it. The Lightning and Carolina combined for 18 penalties in their preseason opener Tuesday night, a match won 2-1 by Carolina after Alexander Volkov […]

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Sports has given us a century’s worth of memories

July 17, 2017 College Sports in Florida

eMonday, 4 a.m. Joe Montana, leading his team to a comeback in Super Bowl XXIII…Reggie Jackson, exploding at the plate in the ’77 World Series. Michael Phelps, splashing his way to another gold medal…Michael Jordan, his tongue hanging out, hitting from the top of the key to claim another NBA title…Serena Williams, stuffing her trophy […]

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Say what? The quotes that came before the decisions

June 23, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Before there was the action, there had to be a thought. Someone had to think that the worst follies in the history of sports were actually good ideas. Someone had to feel smarter than everyone else. Only they weren’t. Still, before you charge […]

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Lightning lose Garrison, picks in expansion draft

June 22, 2017 general

Thursday, 1 a.m. Jason Garrison, one of the mainstays on defense for the Tampa Bay Lightning, has said Good Knight to the team. Garrison, 32, was selected by the Las Vegas Knights in Wednesday night’s expansion draft. The selection came after a deal between Vegas and the Lightning to protect their younger defenseman. The Lightning […]

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If you ran the Knights, which Bolt would you want?

June 19, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. You are Vegas. You are the Strip. You are loaded dice. You have a locker between Sigfried and Roy. You eat figs with Wayne Newton. You went to school with Dan Tanna. Your dad used to hang out with Bugsy Siegel and Moe Greene. Your second-favorite team is the Flying Elvises, Utah […]

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Random thoughts: Winston has to rank higher

June 18, 2017 general

According to the Sporting News, Jameis Winston is the number (cough) 17 quarterback in the NFL. That isn’t that much higher than the Bears’ Mike Glennon (27th) and the Jets’ Josh McCown (32nd). Among the quarterbacks the website likes better are Eli Manning, Dak Prescott, Alex Smith and Marcus Mariota. All of that’s kind of […]

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