Here in Caboose City, we hunger to win another title

by Gary Shelton on January 16, 2015 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, University of South Florida

Friday, 11:22 a.m.

We lose. That's what we do.

We fumble. We strike out. In the world of sports, we sit in the penalty box.

This is the lot of Tampa Bay. Fourth Place Bay, you might call it. The place where end zones are the promised land, where drafts are hope, where new coaches are whiskey spirit. We are Tomorrowland, forever waiting for next year to arrive.

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Paul Schulz January 17, 2015 at 4:53 am

When it comes to professional sports, I am a big time Rays, and Bucs fan.

Teams take on the personalities of their managers and coaches, as we saw with Gruden and Madden.

I think that emotion plays a great part in the success or failure of a sports team, and sometimes we overlook the fact that in most cases these are very young players, and a coach/manager, openly showing dissatisfaction can go a long way to motivate a player.

Maybe the ” I am your coach/manager, not your best friend ” attitude would help motivate and get the best out of their players.


Gary Shelton January 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

I don’t know that the managers/coaches are thought of as best friends. Certainly, they don’t hang out together. I do think, with Raheem Morris, there was a laxness that affects the way a player acts. But in sports, there is a pretty clear line of the boss and the workers.


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