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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Bucs hope they make a catch in Johnson

April 26, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. We know he can identify the best quarterback in NFL history. We are assured he can find the best tight end, too. But can Jason Licht find himself a sleeper? A steal? A diamond in the bucket of rocks? For Licht and his Tampa Bay Bucs, that is the next objective. He […]

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Bucs try to fill holes on Day 2 of draft

April 25, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The first day of the NFL draft is about faith. You know the player. You see the need. You envision him growing into his strengths and overcoming his weaknesses. The third day of the NFL draft is about dreams. You have scarcely heard of the player. But you know that payers-from-nowhere do […]

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Bucs pay the price for a top four tackle

April 24, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It’s premature to suggest that the Bucs have filled the biggest hole on their offense. It is fair, however, to notice that they have thrown 322 pounds at it. The Bucs added Iowa big, agile offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs to their off-season bounty Thursday night, moving up one slot to pick him […]

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What is the Bucs’ backup plan in the draft?

April 23, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. If you are like most of us, you have no idea of whether Jedrick Willis is better than Andrew Thomas, or if either of them is better than Tristan Wirfs, or if any of them will be a better professional offensive tackle than Mekhi Becton. Who is the strongest? The most agile? […]

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Bucs add another interesting weapon in Gronk

April 22, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Let it roll off your tongue. Savor the sound. Let it flow. And get ready to use the word “Gronk” as a verb. You know; “The Bucs’ really Gronked the Panthers on that play.” Or, “When you’re in the red zone, you have to Gronk it up.” Or this: The Bucs really […]

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What if baseball’s cheaters ended up winning?

April 19, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. What if the world begged your pardon. Better question: What if baseball accepted it. We live in the days where a lot of former great players are looking in through the window, their reputations sullied, their character in question. We have been surrounded by cheaters and villains, by short-cutters and varlets. But […]

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