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Random thoughts: Beware the stealth tweet

October 15, 2017 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. I thought it was amusing that Roger Goodell’s wife Jane had a secret twitter account to defend him. What are the odds she has a second secret twitter account she uses when he doesn’t clean up the bathroom? – I never thought Chris Foerster was much of a line coach. I just […]

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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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Ask Gary? Does the loss of Hickey hurt the Rays?

October 7, 2017 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, make a comment […]

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Rays, Snell finish strong in sweep of Orioles

October 2, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. Can we start again, please? You know, just wipe the slate clean. You can call it 4-0 Rays, or what the heck, you can call it 0-0. Either way, can we start a new season with the same energy the Rays showed in their final handful of games? You know, with the […]

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Random thoughts: Who should the Rays bring back?

October 1, 2017 general

Sunday 4 a.m. It’s a shame that Hugh Hefner, the greatest offense in history (he always scored), has died. I say we all wear pajamas to mourn. – Question: Should the Rays bring back Lucas Duda? –  Takkarist McKinley of the Falcons lost a dread on the field last week. This week, he saw it […]

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Archer again logs 200 innings pitched

October 1, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 2:30 a.m. For Chris Archer, there was enough frustration to go around. He didn’t win enough games. His team didn’t make the playoffs. There were too many stretches where he wasn’t the ace he was expected to be. In the end, however, Archer pitched 200 innings again. It’s something, at least. “Taking the ball […]

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Longo manages another 20-homer season

September 30, 2017 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. For Evan Longoria, it will not go down as a memorable season. There was too little power and not enough hits for that. Still, it was a keeper of a season. Longoria hit his 20th home run — his ninth season out of the last 10 with that many — to lead […]

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Rays clinch a losing record as they fall to Yanks

September 28, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays, evidently, are having trouble with not being in contention for the wild-card game. The Rays, eliminated Tuesday night, struggled through a game that didn’t quite matter Wednesday night, losing 6-1 to the New York Yankees. Since 2008, the Rays have played in only 48 games while out of […]

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Rays eliminated from wild-card race

September 27, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. And so a season dies young. For the Tampa Bay Rays, futilely chasing for much of the last few weeks, it was a slow death, painful in its makeup, sudden in its ending. The pulse stopped Tuesday night in a 6-1 defeat to the New York Yankees, a season that will be […]

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Orioles hammer Rays’ Archer for comfortable win

September 25, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. And so, today’s topic for debate with the Tampa Bay Rays. Is Chris Archer to be considered an ace? And has he ever been? Archer, whose stuff is constantly praised by the Rays, took another one on the chin Sunday afternoon. He got only 11 outs, and he suffered his 12th loss […]

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