Can Rays figure out a way to get offensive?

February 6, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. This is true about the Tampa Bay Rays. They can’t hit. Not a lick. If a cow escaped from its pen and made it as far as Tropicana Field, and if it slowly ambled from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, the Rays couldn’t hit it. This, too, is true about the […]

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NFL succeeds in making Pro Bowl sillier

February 5, 2023 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. In a late development, the NFC All-Stars pulled off an upset Saturday evening with a victory in the Pie-Eating Contest at the Pro Bowl. Defensive tackle Brian Burns of Carolina ate 24 pies, easily beating Aaron Donald of the Rams, who had 16. Donald is favored to get his revenge in today’s […]

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Bucs’ future depends on the Glazers

February 4, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Most of the time, it’s great to be an NFL owner. You sit in the nice seats, and you can always walk down to the dressing room. You get free t-shirts, and you park where you darn well please. You try to hire the right guy and step out of the way […]

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Would you trust the Bucs to Kyle Trask?

February 3, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. He has been in mothballs, stuffed into the back of a storage locker. He has been another face in the team photo, but only way in the back. He is Kyle Trask. And he’s going to need more time. Content beyond this point is for members only. Already a member? To view […]

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Brady leaves Bucs in limbo with retirement

February 2, 2023 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. In the end, his career outlasted the adjectives used to describe it. What finer legacy can there be? Goodnight, Tom Brady. Thanks for stopping by. Content beyond this point is for members only. Already a member? To view the rest of this column, sign in using the handy “Sign In” button located […]

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Will Payton be worth the price for Broncos?

February 1, 2023 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. For all the money, for all the draft picks, maybe the Denver Broncos got a bargain. Maybe this ends in confetti. Maybe he turns around Russell Wilson’s slide, and the franchise along with it, and chases down Kansas City and Cincinnati and Buffalo and the rest. This is the NFL, after all, […]

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Remembering Brad Johnson and the Bucs

January 31, 2023 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. I remember Simeon Rice, his breath on Rich Gannon. Rice should have. been the MVP of that Super Bowl, if you want to know the truth. I remember Jon Gruden, pumping his fist as ran down the sideline. Gruden’s era would unravel in Tampa Bay, but on that night, I honestly felt […]

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Johnson’s journey led him to the title game

January 30, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. If this was Hollywood, he would have walked off in confetti. If this was a story book, he would have thrown the winning touchdown pass. If this was fiction, a long-term contract would have awaited him. Instead, it was just another disappointing chapter in the story of the guy who hangs on […]

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Bolts finish big week with another win

January 29, 2023 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Okay, guys. Take a rest. You’ve earned it. The Tampa Bay Lightning completed a superb week Saturday night, bouncing the Pacific Division-leading L.A. Kings, 5-3. It came during a week when the Bolts had also beaten the Minnesota Wild and the the best team in the NHL, the Boston Bruins. The Bolts […]

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Looking at the Conference title games

January 28, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The Super Bowl has the hype. The Super Bowl has the half glitz. The Super Bowl comes with confetti. The Conference Championship games? That’s where you find the football. It has always been that way, The whole world takes Monday off after the Super Bowl. But if you care about Content beyond […]

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