NFL

Ask Gary: What’s the future of the Tampa Bay Rays?

May 11, 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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Is McCoy leaving, and does anyone care?

May 6, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The biggest question is not whether Gerald McCoy is staying or not. The biggest question is why so many fans seem ready to see him go. Look, the careers of most professional athletes end badly. I get that. There is a devastating injury, or a regrettable trade, or the sad images of […]

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Random thoughts: bolts trophies a sad reminder

May 5, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Elsewhere, a nice little individual award might be of some comfort to fans. Around here, not so much. So when you see that Nikita Kucherov is a finalist for the Hart Trophy, and John Cooper for the Jack Adams, and Victor Hedman for the Norris, and Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Vezina, you […]

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Where can the new faces help the Bucs?

May 1, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Okay, now they have them, what are they going to do with them? Except try to get better. And, really, isn’t that the point? The Tampa Bay Bucs, like all NFL teams, seem thrilled with their draft class from this year and, golly, who knew that guy would still be available? It’s […]

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Random thoughts: Remembering Hondo’s last shot

April 28, 2019 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. The first NBA game I ever saw was the Hawks against the Celtics. Late in the game, Atlanta had a one-point lead. There were just a few seconds left, and everyone in the building– everyone — knew who was going to take the last shot. It was the late, great John Havlicek, […]

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Bucs draft another kicker, more defenders

April 28, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Once again, Jason Licht has the goalposts in front of him. Once again, he is betting he has drafted a player who can get the football between them. A kicker? Again? Oh, give Licht credit. This time, he showed a little more restraint, though. This time, he didn’t trade up into the […]

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Ask Gary: NHL playoffs defy logic

April 27, 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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Did the Bucs’ defense get enough help?

April 27, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Questions. Right now, there are questions. In the coming years, perhaps some of them will graduate to answers. Perhaps some of them will demonstrate an improved team that might yet turn the corner. But for now, there are questions. For instance, is this second day defensive back haul better than last year’s […]

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Bucs draft a linebacker help fix defense

April 26, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. In your mind’s eye, he is Ray Lewis. Maybe Patrick Willis. Maybe Luke Kueckly. Let your imagination run wild, and he Dick Butkus. Maybe Jack Lambert. Maybe Ray Nitchke. He is a linebacker, a man in the middle of all the chaos, and so far, he has not missed a tackle. As […]

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Can the Bucs avoid catastrophe this time?

April 25, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Help is available. The problem is finding it. And here the Bucs are again, back at the players’ market, shopping for size, for speed, for skill. Often, they don’t draft any of it. Devin White? Quinnen Williams? Josh Allen? Ed Oliver? None of the above? Content beyond this point is for members […]

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