Random thoughts: Who is the worst Tampa Bay athlete?

by Gary Shelton on June 15, 2019 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 3:30 a.m.

Buffalo had O.J. Simpson. New Orleans had Darren Sharper. New England had Aaron Hernandez.

But who did Tampa Bay have?

When you are thinking about the worst career in the history of careers, who wears our scarlet letter? Who is the single most regrettable stop-by in the history of Tampa Bay sports?

And could he reaching new depths as we speak?

Frankly, the more I read about Kellen Winslow Jr., the more despicable he appears to be. It isn't just the legal charges against him. It's the revelations in the recent Sports Illustrated story.

For my mind, that should put him ahead Darrell Russell, Toe Nash, Matt Bush and Don Smith. And, yes, I've heard of Warren Sapp, who didn't have a lot of legal troubles. I hope his record stands for a while.

-- Odell Beckham wants you to know that it's really, really hard to be him. As soon as he gets back from the hairdresser where he will make sure everyone knows who he is, he will complain some more.

-- So the Lakers finally finished their 193-month long trade for Anthony Davis. That should get the Lakers up to ninth place.

-- According to the Sporting News, the Bucs have the 26th-ranked uniforms in the NFL. One thinks it would be higher if it weren't for the cleat marks all over the front.

-- So the Blues now play the Lightning, right?

-- CBSsports.com gave the Bucs the lowest grade in the AFC South for their work in the off-season.

-- Speaking of CBSsports.com, it says the NFC South has the best collection of quarterbacks in the NFL.  "Jameis Winston is the worst quarterback of the group, but there's a chance he could form a lethal combination with Bruce Arians and his deep-passing game. He's likely to remain a flawed quarterback, but he's the kind of flawed quarterback who can still post big numbers."

-- Austin Meadows is two-for-his-last-21. Usually, those numbers are reserved for Mike Zunino.

-- O.J. Simpson is on twitter? So how do you say "This sounds like a remarkably stupid idea?" in 140 characters?

-- So where does Anthony Davis rank among the great Lakers of all time? Let's see. He's no Wilt Chamberlain, and he's no Magic Johnson, and he's no Kobe Bryant, and he's no Elgin Baylor, and he's no Jerry West, and he's no Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he's no LeBron James, and he's no Shaquille O'Neal. You can argue if he's better than James Worthy or Gale Goodrich or George Mikan. In other words, A.D. has some work to do.

-- Dak Prescott wants $34 million a year. I could handle this negotiation. My counter-offer? "No."

-- Fansided.com ranks three NFL players facing make-or-break seasons. No. 1 is Jameis Winston, who finished ahead of Marcus Mariota and Leonard Fournette.

-- Of course, noted blowhard LeVar Ball "guarantees" that the Lakers will never win another championship after they traded Junior. They'll also never win the Pulitzer, the Nobel Peace Price, an Academy Award or a Grammy.


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