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The problem: Cheaters sometimes do win

February 21, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. You love your alma mater. You remember the days walking past the library, smelling the spring air. You remember hanging around the student union and drinking milk shakes. You remember the football stadium on Saturday afternoons, and the way you would paint your face and scream for your team. It’s your school, […]

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Random thoughts: Irving might fall off the world

February 19, 2017 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. Did you see that Kyrie Irving thinks the world is flat? Not only that, he thinks the world is supported by a guy named Atlas who carries it on his shoulders. – No word on whether Irving or Rams’ defensive end William Hayes — who doesn’t believe dinosaurs existed — have been […]

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Ask Gary: Is pitching still the key to success?

February 18, 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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Even now, winning the game matters

February 17, 2017 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Bottom of the seventh. Score tied. The go-ahead run on third base, although he would be an unearned run. A reliever is in the bullpen, but all things being equal, you’d prefer to start him in the eighth inning. Time to win. The starter is laboring. He’s tired, but the bullpen is […]

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Rays hope to find all their answers

February 14, 2017 general

PORT CHARLOTTE – It is spring. And, golly, don’t you feel good? It never rains in the spring. No one runs out of gas. No one is hungry, or needs new shoes or a better mitt. No one pops up, and no one strikes out, and every ground ball bounces fair and true. The pitchers […]

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21 hot tickets for Tampa Bay sports

February 13, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Playoffs. Yeah, that’s the ticket you want. You want to go to a game that means something, a game you can feel as you pull into the parking lot. You want to feel the electricity. You want to feel the weight of the game. You want to feel that it matters. You […]

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Ask Gary: Can the Falcons overcome their success?

February 11, 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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Look out, world! Rays will avoid the cellar

February 10, 2017 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. “We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it. – Joe Namath “We’re going to go in there and win game six.” – Mark Messier “Fo, fo, fo.” – Moses Malone “We will not finish last this year.” – Lou Piniella Okay, okay. As guarantees go, Lou wasn’t exactly promising the moon. He just stepped out […]

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Lightning resembles Rays in disappointing loss

February 1, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The Rayification of the Tampa Bay Lightning continued Thursday night at Amalie Arena. Once again, the Lightning struggled as if it was going nowhere. Once again, the defense was leaky. Once again, the goaltending was suspect. Once again, the offense didn’t produce much, getting off only 13 shots the last two periods. […]

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Ask Gary: Fans weary of Rays’ business model

January 28, 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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