Should the Bucs be criticized for drafting Aguayo?

May 2, 2016 general

Monday, 6 a.m. I am confused. I am baffled. I am gobsmacked. The Tampa Bay Bucs, who have spent a good deal of their history blowing draft picks, have added an undeniable weapon. They have added a half-dozen points a game. They have every right to expect that they had drafted the finest kicker in […]

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Bucs’ general manager Licht off to good start in draft

April 30, 2016 general

Saturday, 5:30 a.m. He traded down to get “the best pure cornerback in the draft.” He stayed put to get “the best pass-rusher in the draft.” He traded up to get “the best kicker in the draft.” Many more moves like this, and the NFL might say that Jason Licht just might be the best […]

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Random Thoughts: Arrival of a young hot dog

February 14, 2016 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Shouldn’t I be outraged instead of so amused? Shouldn’t I be the old grump talking about how even professional hot dogs have influenced the kids? Well, maybe later. Right now, I’m too busy laughing at the Cleveland-area teen who a) shot an imaginary arrow after scoring; b) made a phone call while […]

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If Koetter is to succeed, he’ll need help

January 15, 2016 general

Friday, 6:10 a.m. It doesn’t matter where a coach comes from. It matters what sort of help he gets once he’s here. That’s the part that has always been difficult for the Tampa Bay Bucs to fathom. They have hired former pro coaches, four of them. They have hired former college coaches, three of them. […]

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Bucs have to get their 34th pick right, too

April 27, 2015 general

Sometime later this week, Jason Licht will feel like a genius. It will be Friday, the day after The Decision, and whoever he takes, Licht will be rather pumped up. His phone will be blowing up, and his back will be sore from all the slapping. His friends from around the league, even those who […]

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10 days to go, the Bucs think this will be a great draft

April 20, 2015 general

Monday, 2 p.m. TAMPA For a man whose clock is ticking, Jason Licht seemed calm in the face of the mounting pressure. He is 10 days before the draft, before a decision that will redefine his franchises and cement his legacy. Around the league, the chatter is not slowing down, and has not slowed down, […]

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To all fields: What if the Bucs are deadlocked?

March 28, 2015 general

Saturday, 11:40 a.m. At One Buc … Say Lovie Smith loves Marcus Mariota. A lot of people do. In Philadelphia, he’s the quarterback that everyone wants, largely because he played a bit for coach Chip Kelley. He won the head-to-head matchup by a lot. He won the Heisman. So it isn’t that far-fetched to think […]

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Ask Gary: Ranking Lovie among NFL coaches

March 14, 2015 general

(Each week, the readers 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 questions to If you were to rank […]

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Bucs, Winston get to know each other

March 4, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 10:10 a.m. It might have gone like this: The tall man enters the room with a grin, and the men in suits stand to greet him. They are warm and friendly when you consider that this is, essentially, a job interview. One of the men has a coffee cup from Florida State. Another has […]

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Winston booted one by mentioning baseball

February 24, 2015 College Sports in Florida

There for a minute, Jameis Winston had it all back. His reputation was restored. His image was renewed. His skills were rebooted. It was as if all the controversies at FSU, one by one, were disappearing and all that remained was unbridled potential. What college kid doesn’t shout out a rap lyric? Who hasn’t played […]

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