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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Time for Coop to get as angry as Torts would have?

December 14, 2016 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. His voice is modulated. There is no edge. There are no threats. Faces are relatively unscreamed into. Considering the slide of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is this the proper message? Things will be okay, we hear over and over again. It’s early. This is just a temporary tailspin. Things will get better. […]

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Ask Gary: Can the Bucs win five straight games?

December 3, 2016 general

(Each week, the readers take over and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports.  Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, make a comment […]

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Lightning goes to 3-0 with thrill ride of a victory

October 19, 2016 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Where do you start? Well, by catching your breath. You’re going to need your wind before you can talk about this one. When do you start? Well, by gathering your thoughts. By separating the come-from-behind triumph from the fall-from-ahead tragedy? By talking first about the goal from the  experienced star and later […]

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Stamkos’ mind wandered, but his heart was always in Tampa

July 1, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Now that he has made his fortune, the next chore for Steven Stamkos is to make the rest of us forget about it. That’s what the great athletes do, isn’t it? They play so hard, and they win so often, that no one thinks about how much money they bring home in […]

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Who should the Bolts keep? Stamkos or Bishop?

June 29, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Steven Stamkos or Ben Bishop? Pick one. Would you rather have the guy who scores more goals than any other Lightning player, or the guy who stops more shots than anyone else? The guy who barely got into this year’s playoffs, or the guy who left them prematurely? Stamkos or Bishop? Who […]

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Tampa Bay teams have to show their hearts

June 16, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. They want your money. They want your allegiance. They want new ballparks and improved ones or they want new cities. They want you to understand when they are not very good, and they want you to look the other way when they are not very smart. They want you to pay full […]

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Tampa Bay moves farther from The Golden Boys

June 7, 2016 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. The Golden Boys are leaving us now, entering into the golden years. Can someone make them turn back? One by one, time has brought them to their knees. It has slowed them down, and it has made them old, and it has watched them go from stardom to contributors to hangers-on. And […]

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Lightning finally lose, but they made you care

May 27, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. The wounds are fresh now. The heartache is brand new. The couch is freshly kicked and who knows where you threw the remote control. But when it all over, when the sting has subsided and reason returns to your living room, what will you think then? How will you remember this Tampa […]

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Defense has to show up for Lightning to win

May 26, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. There for a while, Victor Hedman was the Ice Linebacker. He was fast, and he was large, and never seemed to make a mistake. He skated, and the opponents got the dickens out of his way. He single-handedly made a mortal out of John Tavares. For the second straight year, there was […]

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