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Looking back on Bucs’ loss to Browns

November 29, 2022 general

5 Thoughts It sure likes Tom Brady doesn’t trust his protection enough to throw deep. It’s a shame. When a drive takes 13 plays, there are a lot of chances for something to go wrong. 2. Do. you think if Todd Bowles saves all his timeouts, they grow into a TV special? 3. If Bowles […]

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Browns beat punchless Bucs in overtime

November 28, 2022 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The offense died. Right there in the middle of the field, in the middle of the game, the supposedly potent offense of the Tampa Bay Bucs fell over sideways. At the time, things were going well. They had just taken a 17-10 lead over the woeful Cleveland Browns, and while things were […]

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USF falls again, but not before scaring UCF

November 27, 2022 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Does close count? When you consider all the losses, the firing of the head coach, the injuries, the quarterback carousel, the punch lines, the eight games giving up 40 points or more, can USF find some solace in giving the 22nd-ranked UCF team a fight before losing. Answer: Sure, it counts. It […]

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Lightning shuts out Blues in third period

November 26, 2022 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The fast start wasn’t new for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The image of a team not letting off the gas was. The Lightning combined a fast start with a strong finish Friday night, rolling to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Bolts scored on three of their first five […]

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Norvell completes strong season with victory

November 26, 2022 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Not long ago, they wanted his head. Now, they notice the size of the brain inside. Mike Norvell completed a grand turnaround with his FSU Seminoles Friday night, holding off Florida’s last-second drive to win a 45-38 game in the highest scoring game the Seminoles and Gators have played. Content beyond this […]

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Bucs should win, but after they sputter

November 25, 2022 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Are they healed? Now that the Tampa Bay Bucs have won two straight games, including one in which they beat Seattle fairly soundly, are they right again? Are they fixed? Or will the Bucs’ offense continue to play uphill? We may get a few extra clues Sunday when the Bucs play a […]

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Brady not thinking about past turnarounds

November 24, 2022 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. It was a lifetime ago. Before all the rumors, before all the money, before all the fame. Before Tom Brady was today’s headline — whether it was news or speculation. Before the trophies. It was 2001, Brady’s first year as a starter. Ten games in, his team was 5-5. He had thrown […]

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Barber, McGriff thinking about Halls of Fame

November 23, 2022 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Greatness doesn’t fade. Sometimes, it just goes into the closet for a while. Which brings us to Ronde Barber. And to Fred McGriff. The immortals in waiting. This week, it will be 10 years since Barber last intercepted a pass. It has been longer, 6,732 days, since McGriff hit a home run. […]

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Boston shows its class against Tampa Bay

November 22, 2022 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Oh, so that’s why the Boston Bruins are the best team in the NHL. And that’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning are not. The Bruins overwhelmed the Lightning in the second period of Monday night’s game, cruising to a 5-3 victory that kept them on top of the league. The Bruins are […]

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A look back at the first half of the Bucs’ season

November 21, 2022 general

5 Thoughts Of course, Tom Brady has been the MVP of these Bucs. But who’s second? Anyone? 2. If anyone is going to overtake Tampa Bay in the NFC South tortoise race, I still think it will be New Orleans, whether Jameis Winston plays another down or not. 3. I know it’s fashionable to blame […]

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