What can you expect from Bucs’ free agent class?

March 20, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 am. They sit in the front of the room like trophies. The price tags are still on them. No one has ever missed a block, and no one has ever missed a tackle. Right now, they are found money, lost Lotto tickets, mercenaries here to make winning a bit easier. Right now, Vinny […]

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Random thoughts: Bucs improve in free agency

March 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. The Bucs didn’t break the bank in free agency this year, but with a defensive end, a center, two defensive tackles and a kicker, they at least got a bit better. Did they get better enough? Not yet. — Vinny Curry isn’t the pass-rusher you would have wanted, but he’s solid with […]

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Ask Gary: Tiger’s return without precedent

March 17, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over 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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Bucs wrap up Evans, Brate to new contracts

March 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Buc, the key to getting better is to re-sign the players they already had. The Bucs, who haven’t chased yet in free agency, have made millionaires of wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Cam Brate with new six-year contracts. That’s continue a battle-plan that earlier featured new […]

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Do the Bucs have an off-season plan?

March 13, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. He has a plan. Doesn’t he? Mustn’t he? Jason Licht sits in his office, the midnight oil burning. He is watching game tape, and he is poring over scouting charts. He has a blueprint in his mind to negotiate his Tampa Bay Bucs from a fairly bad team to a fairly good […]

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Random thoughts: Just how cheap are the Rays?

March 11, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. I realize the bullpens are close, but I can’t shake the feeling that the reason that that the Rays have declined the retro-car that would haul their pitchers to the mound is that the players’ union won’t let them kick in for gas. — Of all people, Johnny Manziel has called for […]

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Why isn’t there an Oscar for sports movies?

March 5, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. What we need here is a red carpet. What we need here are blinding flashes and stupid questions and an actor out of 1997 who still thinks he’s a star. What we need are Caitlyn Jenner and Dennis Rodman and Will Farrell and Margot Robbie, presenting awards. What we need is an […]

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Random Thoughts: Yapping is alive in the NHL

March 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Did you see that John Tortorella backed down after having words with Washington’s Alex Overchkin? If you remember, Torts had a problem when then-Philly coach Ken Hitchcock once said something to one of his players.  In other words, “Shut my yap.” — According to ESPN, the final four teams in the overpay-Kirk-Cousins […]

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Buckner can help, if he gets some more help

February 22, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Everyone knows how to say hello. By now, the lines are written in ink, and the best coaches and the worst ones all know what to say. They talk about effort and intensity and hunger and desire, and their voices sound loud and their eyes look clear. In their opening press conference, […]

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Bucs release frustrating running back Martin

February 21, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. He ran out of gas. He ran out of chances. He ran out of patience over two-yard carries. Now it is time for Doug Martin, the broken running back, to run out of town. The Bucs cut their losses — and he had a lot of them — with Martin on Tuesday […]

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