Random thoughts: Wishing Yzerman farewell.

April 21, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. This is how they felt in College Station back in 1957 when Bear went back home. This is how they felt at Duke in 1990 when Steve Spurrier went home to Florida. Stevie Y has taken his puck and gone home, because he likes it there better than he likes it here. […]

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Could the Bucs be looking at linebackers?

April 17, 2019 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. Perhaps it says as much about the questions as it does the answers, but don’t expect the Bucs to ignore the linebacker position in this season’s NFL draft. Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht had his annual say-little pre-draft press conference Tuesday, an exercise in muddying the water, and a great deal of […]

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Random thoughts: How did the Bucs push the cap?

March 24, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Let’s go over this again, because I’m slow. How on earth do the Bucs have less cap space than anyone in the NFL except the Patriots? To remind you, according to, they have less cap space than the Rams, who went to the Super Bowl. They have less cap space than […]

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Random thoughts: Is Pittsburg still to be admired?

March 17, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the most stable franchise in the NFL. They have great ownership, terrific coaching and a wonderful scouts. They were the team other teams wanted to be. Even if they didn’t win the title, they maintained excellence. Now? Not so much. In recent months, the Steelers have been […]

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Bucs’ roster will look different next season

March 13, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Rule No. 1: A bad football team should rarely fall in love with its players. If they were better, the team wouldn’t be so bad. Keep that in mind as you say goodbye to Kwon. And to Humph. And to Banger. And, thankfully, to DeSean. On the verge of the NFL’s free […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ loss to the Saints

December 11, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. It’s cursed. The goalposts have demons. The kicking tee has banshees. Blame it on the ghost of Mirro Roder, but I’ve seen all the lousy kicking I can stand. 2. While we’re at it, why not sprinkle a little holy water around the quarterback room, the offensive guards, the […]

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Saints slam the door on Bucs’ ‘dangerous offense’

December 10, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Evidently, the Bucs stop here. Now, too. The high-flying offense of the Tampa Bay Bucs, No. 1 in the NFL for most of the season, ground to a halt Sunday afternoon. For most of the season, they have been the high-flying Wallendas, an offense built on highlights and sizzle. They didn’t always […]

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Random Thoughts: A vote for Bonds and Clemens, reluctantly

December 9, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. I haven’t boiled down the players in the voting for the baseball Hall of Fame, but I would vote for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens reluctantly. Not because they deserve it, but because baseball fans deserve a complete Hall of Fame. It isn’t sainthood. — I’d also lean in favor of the […]

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Ask Gary: Will Urban find renewal?

December 8, 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 didn’t get much from the top of last year’s draft

December 7, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Back in late April, it all sounded so good. The NFL draft is that way. The parade comes before the performance. And who didn’t think the Bucs didn’t add help. In their first pick, they took Vita Vea — leaving the predicted pick, Derwin James, on the board. He was going to […]

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