NFL

Random thoughts: Bouton changed how we watch

July 14, 2019 general

Jim Bouton was cool. Jim Bouton was funny. Jim Bouton was a rebel. To me, Bouton was all of those things. He was a party hat in a world of baseball caps, and he made the sticks-in-the-mud nervous, and he shed light in all the secret corners where baseball didn’t want us to look. He […]

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Yarbrough stellar; Rays split doubleheader with Boston

June 9, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Rays do not have a limitless supply of starting pitchers, after all. It’s close, but eventually, there is a drop off. One night after Yonny Chirinos was exceptional, and hours after Ryan Yarbrough was impressive, the Rays came up short. They dropped a 5-1 decision […]

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Random thoughts: Do Bucs’ fans desire nastiness?

June 2, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Ndamukong Suh swears taht, really, he’s a teddy bear. As long as you keep in mind that the teddy bear will step on your neck. “Before you pass judgement on somebody I always take the time to get to know them, meet them, have coffee with them, whatever it may be and […]

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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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