How many big games does Jackson have left?

September 22, 2016 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. He looked stiff. He looked slow. He looked cautious. For crying out loud, Vincent Jackson looked old. Ever see a codger try to cross a busy street? That was Jackson, who looked out of place, out of synch and, for crying out loud, out of speed. On a day when the Bucs […]

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Recruiting: Lies, falsehoods and prevarications

February 2, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 6 a.m. Coaches lie. They peer over the table at a young athlete, and they talk of the world as if the player is the golden child he has been waiting for. They swear they will love no other. They flirt with the mommas and exchange firm handshakes with the papas. And as soon […]

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Can college football, and all its flavors, get here?

July 24, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 6:15 a.m. Every now and then, college football beats you up. Jimbo Fisher sits the front of the room, talking about his school’s athletes and their problems with violence against women.Not long ago, Nevin Shapiro was making another headline in Miami. Teams quibble over the subjectivity of who gets in the playoffs and who […]

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How do Bucs; receivers stack up as a duo?

July 16, 2015 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. One of them went long. The other one went deep. In the end, both of them made the catch. Yep, it was a fairly rewarding day for wide receivers Wednesday in the NFL. Dallas made Dez Bryant rich, and Denver made DeMaryius Thomas rich. These days, the end zone is lined in […]

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Winston easing into starting position with Bucs

June 4, 2015 general

Thursday, 8:40 p.m. It is already June 4. Hasn’t Jameis Winston conquered this NFL thing yet? Yet, in the middle of OTAs on Thursday, there was Winston, the Bucs’ overall No. 1 draft pick, splitting time at quarterback with Mike Glennon. Glennon, who won one game last year. Glennon, who couldn’t get off the bench […]

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40 lessons for the Bucs and the NFL draft

March 27, 2015 Florida State University

Friday, 6 a.m. How can a team learn its lesson so many times and never get any smarter? How can a team act so smart and have the results make it look foolish so many times? Such is the NFL draft, the humbling factor of a team that has rarely gotten it right. How can […]

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Ask the Expert: Doug Waechter

February 25, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Doug Waechter spent four of his major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, his hometown team. Over his time in the bigs, Waechter won 18 games. In his first start at Tropicana Field, Waechter threw a two-hit shutout against Seattle. He joins GarySheltonsports.com weekly to answer your questions about major league […]

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Winston booted one by mentioning baseball

February 24, 2015 College Sports in Florida

There for a minute, Jameis Winston had it all back. His reputation was restored. His image was renewed. His skills were rebooted. It was as if all the controversies at FSU, one by one, were disappearing and all that remained was unbridled potential. What college kid doesn’t shout out a rap lyric? Who hasn’t played […]

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