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Could this be one of the classic Super Bowls?

January 24, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Think of it like a yearly movie. Most of them are duds. Most of them have bad actors, and bad scripts, and major plot holes. Most of them are death at the box office. You look at them, and you think that it’s no wonder that the event fizzled. But every now […]

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Who would you pick to replace Winston?

January 23, 2020 general

If another team wants to intercept Jameis Winston on his way to work, well, I’m all for it. He is a frustrating player to watch, isn’t he? He’ll be a roll, and then he’ll throw a down-and-out to an opposing cornerback, who is suddenly running toward the scoreboard, and the day is lost. Again. Might […]

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Jeter was the best of bad Hall of Fame class

January 22, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. You say you’re looking for someone who isn’t going to be honored by the Hall of Fame. You’re looking for someone who will honor the Hall of Fame by his presence. Well, you’ve got Derek Jeter. And after that, you’ve got Derek Jeter. And did I mention Derek Jeter? Jeter was elected […]

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17 years later, Bucs’ title is memorable

January 21, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. On the night the world stood still, we were all in motion. You were cheering. Your friend was dancing. Warren Sapp was talking. Jon Gruden was grinning. Me? I was running through the tunnels of a football stadium in San Diego and out toward a makeshift tent nearby. The Tampa Bay Bucs […]

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49ers run all over Green Bay; will face Chiefs

January 20, 2020 general

Monday, 4 a.m. It is a franchise built on quarterbacks, a talented, clutch bunch if ever there were any. Joe Montana? Some will still tell you he’s in the running for the best ever to play the position. Steve Young? He’s in the Hall of Fame, too. John Brodie played here. Y.A. Tittle. Jim Plunkett […]

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Can Tannehill surprise us one more time?

January 19, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Blake Bortles starred here. Dan Pastorini, too. Shaun King was a player here. And Mark Sanchez. And Chris Chandler. All of them, at one time or the other, were good enough to reach a conference championship game with their teams. Most of them, at the key moment, didn’t succeed. Content beyond this […]

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Cirelli’s hat trick leads big Lightning win

January 18, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Do the Tampa Bay Lightning have to take a break now? I mean, they barely figure in the All-Star game. And given their choice, who wouldn’t prefer to keep this hot streak going instead of sleeping in for a few mornings? The Lightning won its 10th game of its last 12 Friday […]

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Again, Bolts can’t conquer Minnesota

January 17, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. If a Tampa Bay Lightning player lives a bad life, does he spend eternity in Minnesota? For the past few seasons, the state has been hell on the Lightning. Counting Thursday night’s 3-2 victory, Minnesota has beaten the Lighting five straight games and eight straight at home. Never mind that the Lightning […]

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Baseball gives mixed signals over sign-stealing

January 16, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Back when the world was young, when dinosaurs roamed the outfield, when you bought baseball cards to get that cardboard bubble gum inside, baseball was innocent. Cheating was, too. It was 1970, and I was fresh out of high school. I was working for a small newspaper in South Georgia at the […]

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Kucherov scores late to lead Lightning comeback

January 15, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. As a player, Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov is one of the most dynamic players on the ice. As an analyst, well, not so much. Shortly after scoring with 68 seconds to play to force overtime, in which the Lightning won their 11th game of their last 12, Kucherov stood in the […]

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