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If Winston is done, where would he rank?

March 15, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Do you imagine it? Do you dream about it? Do you wait without breath for the day it occurs? Do you envision Jameis Winston packing his bags? Do you imagine him taking a cab — not an Uber — to the airport? Do you anticipate him handing his family’s tickets to the […]

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Stripped of sports, we await their return

March 13, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Bats do not crack. Balls do not bounce. Pucks do not slide. The ballparks are closed now. The arenas, too. Sports have been effectively shut down by a growing horror called the Corona virus. And nothing sounds worse than the sound of no hands clapping. It is only the sounds of seasons […]

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Should teams be wary of ancient quarterbacks?

March 12, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. And so I read that the Tampa Bay Bucs will be “all in” on Tom Brady. That’s no surprise. On the other hand, if Brady was “all in” on the Bucs, well, that would be news. I’ve said it before. I don’t blame the Bucs one bit for sending candy and flowers […]

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Slow start, special teams doom Lightning

March 11, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Lighting, there are a dozen games left to find themselves again. The slumping Bolts lost for the seventh time in their last 12 games Tuesday night, falling 2-1 to Toronto largely because of a horrible start. The Maple Leafs got off the first 11 shots of the game […]

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Lightning may face a tough road in postseason

March 10, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m Right about now, the identities are taking shape. You have your glistening highlight reel, and you have your guys who turn the middle of the ice into quicksand, and you have your tough guys who would rather strike a player than a puck. But as you prepare for the 2020 Stanley Cup […]

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Red Wings finally snap losing streak against Bolts

March 9, 2020 general

Monday, 4 a.m. One of these days, the sun will rise in the west. On that day, dogs will no longer chase cats. There will be no music on the radio. Ice cream will not be cold anymore. After all, anything is possible. The Detroit Red Wings have finally beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning. After […]

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Blown lead, late pick doom Vipers

March 9, 2020 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Halfway through the season, it’s time for a recap. The Tampa Bay football team is in last place. The Tampa Bay football team has a quarterback who has a problem with interceptions. The Tampa Bay football team keeps losing close games. Sound familiar? This time, the subject is the new Tampa Bay […]

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Bolts win a feisty game against Boston

March 8, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. This one should have been played in Cell Block C. Over here would be the Birdmen of Alcatraz. Over there would be the Hole in the Wall Gang. Most games have a referee. This would needed a warden and a parole board. Yeah, this was one of those fights where a hockey […]

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Bucs need to think about Barrett’s contract, too

March 7, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Lest you think of Jason Licht as a man with a single mission, rest assured that there are probably large collections of seconds in each day when he thinks about things other than his quarterback. Six seconds here. Four seconds there. Sixteen while he’s eating his lunch. There are issues, of course. […]

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Lightning’s Vasilevskiy rebounds against Habs

March 6, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. In the ebb and flow of a hockey season, he has dared to ebb. He has been mortal. Vulnerable. Spotty. He leads the league in victories by a goaltender, but not many of them have come lately. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, then, perhaps the best sight of all in Thursday night’s […]

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