Looking back at preseason win over Miami

August 11, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Yes, the Bucs are better. Even from a practice game, where you can tell little else, you can tell that the talent level has improved. But the NFC South is a beast. We do not yet know if the Bucs can hold up or if they can find a […]

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Bucs start well with preseason win over Miami

August 10, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Before you get to your checklist, before you weight what was good and what was lacking in the Bucs’ preseason opener Thursday night, you first have to consider this: The kicker made one! Yippee. After all the years, after all the struggles, there is that. Chandler Catanzaro was successful on a chippie […]

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This time, the Rays win their one-run game

August 10, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. This much, you can count on with the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s going to be close. They may win. They may lose. They may get lost on the way to the ballpark. But once the game starts, the Rays are going to keep it tight. It’s going down to the final reel […]

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Rays find a way to lose to error-prone Orioles

August 9, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Huh? The Rays lost this one? Really? How? How do you let a team with lead gloves beat you? How do you lose to a bad team as it plays bad baseball? How do you explain this one after you get someone else to explain it to you? The Rays lost yet […]

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Adames’ walk-off homer leads Rays’ comeback

August 8, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. For a kid with the “it” factor, Willy Adames has his struggles this season. He came into Tuesday night’s game hitting only .209. He had made  four errors in his previous nine games. He has been promoted three times this year and sent down twice. But this time, the night belonged to […]

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Fitzpatrick will try to get Bucs off to good start

August 8, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Just shy of his 36th birthday, it is fair to say that no one expected Ryan Fitzpatrick to still be starting in the National Football League. Yet, a day before the Bucs’ preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins, here he is, still attempting to lead an offense downfield. Fitzpatrick will start Thursday […]

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Do you still remember Bucs’ Super Bowl win?

August 7, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Success came like a shooting star ripping through the night sky. It had been dark, and suddenly, there was this fascinating light, jagged across the horizon. For just a moment, it made things a little brighter. It filled us with wonder and awe, and somehow, it made us feel better about ourselves. […]

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Can this year’s Rays avoid last year’s slip?

August 7, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. This is the point where a little team can get lost. Can the Tampa Bay Rays keep it from happening again? This time a year ago, the Rays were 57-55, a spunky team that had surprised a few people. This time this year, the Rays are 56-56, a spunky little team that […]

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Rays slump continues as they fall back to .500

August 6, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. How do you build a losing streak? It’s easy. When you finally hit, you do not pitch. You walk five batters. You give up three home runs. You lose two leads. Your ten-game winner gives up five earned runs. You strand 10 runners. You come back to tie the game, but give […]

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Random thoughts: Trump one-on-one with LeBron

August 5, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. I try not to take sides in the Trump debate. But a guy who wants to build a wall questioning the smarts of a guy who just opened a new school is kind of silly even for President Thin-Skin. — If they played Jeopardy, I’d bet on LeBron. If they played chess, […]

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