Random Thoughts: Grumpy Goose rips show-boaters

March 20, 2016 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hello. I’m Goose Gossage. And while you aren’t looking, I turned into your grumpy Aunt Greta. And things were a lot better before color TVs. – It’s bad enough that Oscar Pistorius thought he could buy his way out of a murder charge. It’s laughable that he thought he could do it […]

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Random Thoughts: Bucs barely missed playoffs

January 10, 2016 general

Just think. If the NFL expanded its playoffs to only 22 teams, the Bucs would still barely miss. – If Nick Saban wins on Monday night, do they change the name of the joint to Sabanburg? – Just getting it out there. Next year, I plan to vote for Fred McGriff again. I do not […]

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Remembering Lovie’s top 10 hits, misses

December 31, 2015 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. There have been good choices. Jameis Winston, for instance. There have been wise selections. Dirk Koetter comes to mind. There have been building blocks on the way to a better day. Ali Marpet. Kwon Alexander. On some days, Donovan Smith. But have  they been enough? Have they come fast enough? Ah, as […]

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Next year isn’t promised to Bucs, either

December 27, 2015 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. The team has its quarterback. The victories have tripled. The system is in place. From here, what can go wrong? Around Tampa Bay, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Next year. Next year will be better. Next year, James Winston will have a year under his belt, and Dirk Koetter will be […]

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Scattered passing, scattered kicking beat Bucs

October 4, 2015 general

Sunday, 9:40 a.m. The frustration fell like drops from the sky, relentless and unending. It always seems to rain on the unloved. The torrents came, each drop representing a bad moment in a defeat. We all have seen a storm of failure when it comes to the Bucs, and it does not seem that the […]

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What Lovie said, what Lovie should have said

September 15, 2015 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. He can’t say it, okay? He just can’t. Right about now, Lovie Smith may want to open a vein. He may want to throw himself upon the mercy of the court. He may want to quote to John McKay and suggest that execution of his offense – not to mention his defense, […]

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Bucs’ Winston still looks like a work in progress

August 31, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. If the preseason is a clue, he has work to do. If the practice games are an indication, he will take some time to grow. In the case of Jameis Winston, are you prepared for that? Winston, the Bucs’ rookie quarterback, remains a work in progress. Yes, Winston has tons of potential, […]

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To all fields: What if the Bucs are deadlocked?

March 28, 2015 general

Saturday, 11:40 a.m. At One Buc … Say Lovie Smith loves Marcus Mariota. A lot of people do. In Philadelphia, he’s the quarterback that everyone wants, largely because he played a bit for coach Chip Kelley. He won the head-to-head matchup by a lot. He won the Heisman. So it isn’t that far-fetched to think […]

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Bucs consider another character problem

March 19, 2015 general

Thursday, 9:59 a.m. Once again, Lovie Smith has resisted temptation. Once again, the headache has gone somewhere else. Once again, the trouble a guy could cause on the field proved not to be worth the trouble he would cause off of it. And so the Bucs took a pass on Greg Hardy, a pass rusher […]

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Ask Gary: Ranking Lovie among NFL coaches

March 14, 2015 general

(Each week, the readers send in a question, or a couple, 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 or be funny. Send the questions to GarySheltonsports@gmail.com.) If you were to rank […]

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