Bucs have had bad moments vs. Jaguars

August 19, 2016 general

Friday, 5:30 a.m. In the moments before a football game starts, there are a thousand things to do in an NFL press box. You schmooze. You go over your notes. You watch the teams practice. What you never do — absolutely never — is read the game program. So there I was, in the Jacksonville […]

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Random thoughts: Manziel put effort into busting

March 13, 2016 College football

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hi, I’m Miko Grimes, and the real reason I quit Twitter was that I was outnumbered. You only get 140 characters, and the Bucs have had thousands of characters along the line. – Johnny Manziel isn’t the first quarterback bust in the NFL. But he may have worked harder at his own […]

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Random Thoughts: Freeman gets another shot

January 3, 2016 College Sports in Florida

So who do you feel sorry for? The Colts, who now employ Josh Freeman? Or the guys who weren’t good enough to beat out Freeman? – In hindsight, at least the Gators were as good as Michigan State. – Everyone can plead for Nick Saban to smile, but frankly, it scares me. – Just wondering: […]

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Ask Gary: Would a noisy wife hurt a player?

January 2, 2016 general

(Each week, the readers take over and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, 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 or be funny. Send the […]

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Random Thoughts: Bucs look familiar to McCown

August 30, 2015 general

Hello. I’m Josh McCown, and I’ll tell you. I recognize these Bucs. – I’ll see your Eight Men Out, and I’ll counter with Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong, Tanya Harding, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens,  Mark McGwire and O.J. Simpson. Say it ain’t so, my eye. – In the case of Robert Griffin III vs. […]

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Can Winston learn from Freeman’s failure?

July 27, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. To Jameis Winston, he is just another quarterback who didn’t measure up. No one to think twice about. No one to consider. Yes, he used to work here. Yes, he was once the hope for the future, too. Yes, he was loaded with potential and laced with promise. But Josh Freeman failed, […]

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Random Thoughts: NFL makes fast work of Josh

July 26, 2015 general

6 a.m., Sunday Hi, I’m Josh Freeman, and I have a heck of a hard time in June. I have now not made it to training camp with as many teams as I have. — Remember when comedian D. L. Hughley said that Caitlyn Jenner won an ESPY this year “for putting on a dress.” […]

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First, Winston must virtually be a quarterback

July 21, 2015 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. The closest I have ever been to a dinosaur was when I saw a virtual one in the movie Jurassic Park. I felt terror when the virtual raptors attacked. I scooted back in my seat when the play-pretend T-Rex charged. I was horrified when the artificial dilophosaurus spit venom. For Jameis Winston, […]

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What’s fair to expect out of Winston in Year One?

July 14, 2015 general

At the risk of spoiling the party, I will say this. At some point this season, on some rainy afternoon when the winds are gusting, in some game where the ball slips out of his hand, Jameis Winston may throw an interception. Just warning you: It could happen. Around here, of course, there is never […]

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Can the Bucs really develop Winston?

May 4, 2015 general

Now that the Bucs have him, do you trust the franchise to do the right thing with him? Jameis Winston is young, even for a rookie. He is immature. He will be surrounded by a lot of ordinary. He is coming off a season when he didn’t take enough care of the ball. He has […]

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