Who was more important: Brady or Belichick?

May 24, 2020 general

Was it Jimmy, or was it Jerry? Was it Joe Cool, or was it Bill? Was it Tony, or was it Jon? As a nation, we seem to hate this notion of shared glory. Save it for Starsky and Hutch. We look at success from this way and that, from over and under, and the […]

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Rank the biggest Bucs’ bust of them all

May 21, 2020 general

The NFL draft is less than a month old, and still, you are looking for new adjectives for the world “wonderful.” Also, “terrific.” And “game-changing.” Around here, that’s the way it goes. After the latest NFL draft, the Bucs’ front office slaps itself on the back, and the critics drool, and the fans prepare for […]

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Random thoughts: Did Bucs lose to keep on losing?

May 17, 2020 general

Sean Payton, the Saints’ coach, says he thinks the Bucs’ intentionally lost to his team in 2014 to ensure the draft pick of Jameis Winston. I believe it, too. Of course, after 28 wins in five years, what further punishment would you give them? — The thing is, I’ve been told by someone who was […]

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Bucs have had their share of disappointments

May 14, 2020 general

Was Jameis Winston a bust? He threw a lot of interceptions. He fumbled a lot. He lost too often. He could be such a comedy of errors that the Bucs washed their hands of him. But was he a bust? Was he in the grand measure another Jamarcus Russell or Andre Ware? Was he as […]

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What equals success for the Tampa Bay Bucs?

May 10, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. You loved their free agent period. You liked their draft. You look at their schedule and, despite some tough games, you are not overwhelmed. Now is the time you have to decide. What, in your mind, constitutes a disappointment for the Tampa Bay Bucs? Content beyond this point is for members only. […]

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Analyzing the upcoming Bucs’ schedule

May 8, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It starts with the Geezer Bowl, with last year’s man-to-blame on the sidelines watching. Along the way, there are five prime time games. There is a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jon Gruden is waiting. And can you wait to see it? The schedule for the Tampa Bay Bucs was released […]

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Shula’s legacy was stronger than his jaw

May 5, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. A mountain died Tuesday. A tidal wave washed away. Don Shula, a force of nature, died. Against all odds, Shula died at the age of 90. And all of us who have withstood his icy stare, who have wilted as he roared “weren’t you just here,” when he didn’t want to expand […]

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Who is the face of Tampa Bay sports?

May 3, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Once, the face of Tampa Bay was outsized, with a smile too big for its face, with wide-eyed rage and cornrows flowing around it. Once, to the rest of America, the face of Tampa Bay was that of Warren Sapp. Never mind that he wasn’t, by his own admission, the best player […]

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Not all former Bucs’ quarterbacks soar

April 28, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. If you are a longtime fan of the Tampa Bay Bucs, right about now, you probably want to call the engravers. Remind them that the “e” comes before the “I” in “Jameis Winston. Yeah, the Bucs have a lousy history of watching their former quarterbacks celebrate. And now that Winston is Saintly, […]

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Are Bucs’ fans feeling buyer’s remorse after draft?

April 27, 2020 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Now come the doubts. For five minutes, maybe for 10, they were answers. They were going to plug holes, and they were going to help make the Bucs better, because that’s the role of draft picks. For five minutes, maybe for 10, they were golden. Ah, but the Tampa Bay Bucs have […]

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