Johnson leads the Bolts to win over Blackhawks

January 25, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. If the Tampa Bay Lightning is going to be able to climb over its competitors, it’s going to need a little help. Like, maybe, from 2015. And, hey, didn’t you used to be Tyler Johnson? Johnson, the talented but oft-injured forward of the Tampa Bay Lightning, let the league know he was […]

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Welcome back, Tyler; Johnson leads big Lightning win

April 16, 2016 general

Saturday, 5:30 a.m. He was a ghost. A memory. A reminder of what the Lightning was like back in the golden days of last year. Ah, but these are the playoffs, and the lights are bright and the cameras are rolling. And, why, hello again. Tyler Johnson is back, and just like the old days, […]

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Despite rocky road, Lightning still matters

March 9, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. It has been a while since they mattered, a while since the sparks seemed to fly every time they went down the ice. It has been a while since the coming post-season held any promise at all Perhaps you have forgotten the fabric of a playoff game, the electricity. Perhaps you have […]

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Lightning pulls one out against Nashville

February 13, 2016 general

Saturday, 5:59 a.m. How much difference is there between winning and losing? Between success and failure? Between a keeper of a game and a lost cause? For the Lightning, the answer is 27 seconds. Asked again, it is 64 seconds. As quick as two finger-snaps, the Lightning pulled out a game against the Nashville Predators […]

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Johnson starting to click as Lightning wins again

February 6, 2016 general

Saturday, 6 a.m. For a half season, he was a memory. Tyler Johnson was lost. He was chasing the game he once dominated, and he could not catch up, and every game, the memory of how special he was faded a bit more. He was just another guy in just another uniform the Lightning. Nothing […]

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Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

February 4, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected. Here’s an idea for the Pro […]

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Bishop finally gets enough goals to win

November 13, 2015 general

  Friday, 12:17 a.m. It was beginning to look as if it were personal, as if Ben Bishop has somehow offended the locker room and the players refused to score for him. It was beginning to look as if every other goaltender in the league had better support, better luck, better karma. It was beginning […]

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Accepting blame is a part of sports

October 16, 2015 general

Friday, 6 a.m. A great many players will fight you to their last drop of blood. A great many players will injure themselves in the effort. They will twist and contort and expend their last drop of energy. What they can not do is admit their shortcomings. Ever. For some athletes, there is no mea […]

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Could Johnson be the Bucs’ 2nd chance at Bennett?

August 26, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Once, he was not enough. The Tampa Bay Bucs looked at him, and they shook their heads. He wasn’t worth the investment. He wasn’t big enough or fast enough or special enough. They liked the potential of other players better. They would pass on him and put their money into someone else. […]

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Things to look for when not looking at Winston

August 14, 2015 general

Friday, 6 a.m. If a drop of sweat runs down his cheek, you will see it. If he shakes his head at a play call, you will see it. If he freshens his chewing gum between second down and third, you will see it. There is nothing that Jameis Winston can do tonight that will […]

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