Sam and Ickey: Reflections of the Bengals

August 11, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It was two weeks before Super Bowl XXIII, and I needed help. I was in Cincinnati, on my way to Spinney Field, a parking lot at a facility that was so bad the Spartans used to refuse to train there. The grass was patchy, and the air smelled funny. But the Cincinnati […]

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Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

August 10, 2017 general

Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected. Thursday, 4 a.m. Jay Cutler admits he isn’t in […]

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Cold Rays are swept by Boston as funk continues

August 10, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 3:30 a.m. Here’s a thought. Maybe it’s time for the Tampa Bay Rays to stop talking about the American League wild-card race. After all, the way they are playing, it’s hard to consider them to be a post-season team. The Rays lost their fourth out of five games Wednesday night, and it really didn’t […]

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Bucs prepare to open preseason against Bengals

August 10, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. One premiere is over. The other is scheduled for Friday night. That one might have a few knocks that are hard, too. The Bucs, the new darlings of HBO, travel to Cincinnati for their first preseason game Friday night against a Bengals team that has been a regular in the first round […]

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USF hopes to continue success under Strong

August 10, 2017 College football

Friday, 2 a.m. It won’t be difficult for USF coach Charlie Strong to be a success. All he has to do is be better than the last guy. This year. Of course, those are awfully high expectations for Strong, the former University of Texas coach who is replacing the departed Willie Taggart. Taggart’s final USF […]

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The Rays’ hitless wonders whiff against Red Sox

August 9, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. If HBO wants another Tampa Bay team, we have just the one for them. They are the Tampa Bay Rays. The team with almost No Knocks. The Rays’ quiet offense was mute again Tuesday night, losing a 2-0 game to the Boston Red Sox to continue their latest hitting funk. The Rays […]

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Winston ready to take over HBO with his performance

August 8, 2017 general

Updated, 9:30 a.m. Already, the cameras love him. Already, that million dollar smile and the dancing eyes and the effusive personality of Jameis Winston are on display. He is a player on the rise on a team on the rise, and it doesn’t matter how hard you want to knock him. It’s Jameis Winston’s show. […]

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Who would be the Rays’ MVP so far?

August 8, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As we approach the three-quarter turn, the Tampa Bay Rays, somehow, still have a pulse. They are not a team for the ages. We can admit that. But on the nights when their hitting doesn’t disappear, and on the nights they run the bases with a bit of sense, and on the […]

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Bucs’ defense has reason to be hopeful, too

August 8, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Yeah, but what about the other side of the ball? By now, there are citizens of Borneo who can tell you all about Jameis Winston, and there are those in Calcutta who will offer that Mike Evans makes for a nice target, and some in Antartica who will bring up DeSean Jackson’s […]

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Looking at the Bucs along with Dirk Koetter

August 8, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. The Bucs worked on their two-minute drill Monday. Dirk Koetter did, too. Koetter, the coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, is trying to get his team over the hump from a nine-win team to a playoff team. He’s trying to incorporate new offensive weapons. He’s trying to bide time until running back […]

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