Friday, February 23, 2018

Tom Jones' Two Cents

USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

Our team.They're Americans, yes. But they are more than that.They're one of us. Adopted Floridians. Honorary members of Tampa Bay.And they gave us the signature moment of the Winter Olympics.USA! USA! USA!In the greatest moment in American hockey sin...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
Here’s really how to fix Major League Baseball

Here’s really how to fix Major League Baseball

ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball has a problem. A big problem.The games are too long. They are too boring. They are too slow.Something needed to be done and, well, Major League Baseball did something.The brain trust put those big brains t...
Published: 02/20/18
Shooting from the Lip

Shooting from the Lip

Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Worst newsSaturday night could not have been fun for Rays fans. Their team traded solid pitcher Jake Odorizzi and essentially let go of 2017 All-Star Corey ...
Published: 02/18/18
Tom Jones’ Two Cents guide to spring training

Tom Jones’ Two Cents guide to spring training

Times columnist Tom Jones give his Two Cents guide to spring training.Best place to watch a gameBradenton's LECOM Park, although if you're a true Floridian and spring training aficionado, you still and will always refer to it as McKechnie Field. The ...
Published: 02/17/18
Should we be cheering Shaun White?

Should we be cheering Shaun White?

On Wednesday, American snowboarder Shaun White turned back the clock and turned in a performance for the ages, winning gold in the men's halfpipe. It was the finest moment on the mountain for the greatest snowboarder to ever live. It was the first si...
Published: 02/15/18
Lindsey Vonn and beyond: Your Winter Olympics primer

Lindsey Vonn and beyond: Your Winter Olympics primer

Here's my Two Cents on the 2018 Olympics, which starts competition next week and celebrates the opening ceremonies at 6 a.m. EST Friday from PyeongChang, South Korea. It will be streamed live here.SIMPLY THE BESTTake some time to enjoy Lind...
Updated one month ago
So, ESPN, the whole A-Rod and steroids thing never happened?

So, ESPN, the whole A-Rod and steroids thing never happened?

So we're all cool with Alex Rodriguez now, huh? That's how it works? Everything's good?Apparently, because one of the biggest cheaters in the history of the sports, a man once suspended for an entire year because of performance-enhancing drugs, is no...
Updated one month ago
Why I love the NHL All-Star Game

Why I love the NHL All-Star Game

I love the NHL All-Star Game.Love it.Give me a game where Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are teammates. Give me a two-on-one rush where Nikita Kucherov is trying to set up Auston Matthews. Sign me up for any game where the best hockey players on the...
Updated one month ago
Something to consider before watching the new Tonya Harding movie

Something to consider before watching the new Tonya Harding movie

The three most compelling sports stories of our lifetime:•The incredible rise and destructive fall of Tiger Woods.•The life and times of O.J. Simpson.•Tonya versus Nancy.The rivalry between 1990s figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nan...
Updated one month ago
Spoiler alert: What happens after Minnesota Miracle and the like

Spoiler alert: What happens after Minnesota Miracle and the like

Did you see it?Tell me it wasn't the craziest ending you ever saw. Tell me you didn't blurt out some sort of version of "Oh my gosh!'' Tell me you didn't keep questioning if you really saw what you just saw.It was play so remarkable that it immediate...
Updated one month ago