Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tom Jones' Two Cents: Christmas gifts for Tampa Bay sports figures

Ralphie wanted a Red Ryder BB gun. Many dream of a white Christmas. And some little boys and girls want only their two front teeth.

This morning, did you get what you wanted for Christmas?

On this day we look at some local sports figures and what they wanted to see wrapped up under their tree this morning, starting with the Bucs' Josh Freeman.

Josh Freeman:

A fan base that appreciates the Bucs quarterback for all the things he does instead of criticizing him for all the things he doesn't do.

tom jones' two cents

Greg Schiano

A new whistle. You just know the Bucs coach has worn out the old one making sure his players have had their toes on the line in 2012.

Tampa Bay sports fans

A local TV show that discusses the topics of the week in Tampa Bay sports. Maybe put J.P. Peterson in as host and have local sports, media and broadcasting types bat around the hot topics.

Steven Stamkos

The end of the NHL lockout so the Lightning star, top left, can get on already with becoming the best player in the NHL. And for some of his teammates, clockwise from top right …

Marty St. Louis

A hockey season.

Ryan Malone

See Marty St. Louis.

Vinny Lecavalier

See Ryan Malone. (You know, we could do this all day.)

Dave Mishkin

The radio voice of the Lightning already got his gift of not having to yell SCOOOOOOOOORE!!!! for the past three months.

Carl Nicks

A big toe that doesn't resemble an Idaho potato, and one that doesn't keep the Bucs guard out of another season.


David Price's dog — the most famous and, by far, the coolest pet in Tampa Bay history — gets a Yankees chew toy.

Dick Vitale

More strength, more energy and more time to continue being one of this world's most valuable advocates in the fight against pediatric cancer. And you know, this time of year, Dick would probably like it if people went to his website,, to contribute to that cause.

Davin Joseph

A knee that doesn't resemble a plate of spaghetti, and one that doesn't keep the Bucs guard out of another season.

Gerald McCoy

Some well-deserved recognition for just how good a player the Bucs tackle has become. Oh, and some throat lozenges so he can keep saying whatever he darn well pleases.

Mark Dominik

Enough dough to patch up the defense like the Bucs general manager plugged the holes on offense last offseason.

Bucs cornerbacks

A few bottles of Adderall so they can at least do something real NFL cornerbacks do.

Ronde Barber

Another 2012 calendar so he thinks he's the same age and decides to play another season with the Bucs.

Tony Dungy

A cellphone that doesn't ring. That way he won't be able to answer the calls from teams wanting him to be their head coach, and he can stay right where we need him: working on Sunday Night Football.

Jon Gruden

A cellphone that doesn't ring. That way he won't be able to answer the calls from teams wanting him to be their head coach, and he can stay right where we need him: working on Monday Night Football.

Joe Maddon

For all this guy does on the field and in the community, the Rays manager gets whatever he wants.

Evan Longoria

Well, let's see here. He has a new $100 million contract extension, a Playmate girlfriend and a baby on the way. I'd say the Rays third baseman truly is the man who has everything.

The Rays

A catcher. And a DH. And another outfielder. Maybe a bullpen arm. Yikes, Santa probably couldn't fit all that down the chimney. Okay, can they at least have a healthy Evan Longoria for 162 games?

St. Petersburg residents

A mayor who has a serious solution — not just waving a lease — for the Rays stadium dilemma.

Willie Taggart

The new USF football coach needs a quarterback, a defense and a map of how to get to all the local high schools — you know, all the things former coach Skip Holtz didn't have.

Stan Heath

Just one kid who is 6 feet 6 and can shoot from downtown and jump out of the gym and rebound like a hawk and wants to play four years of college basketball just so he can take USF from an average program to a Sweet 16 team.

Doug Woolard

The USF athletic director needs a conference that doesn't resemble the Titanic.

Here's a stocking full of surprises for local sports fans:

A quarterback who makes them happy. The realization that they have the best manager in baseball. A new baseball stadium so they don't have to worry about the Rays moving. Bucs tickets so games won't be blacked out next season. Directions to the Sun Dome so they can go watch USF basketball. And playoff tickets for the Rays, Bucs and Lightning … if the Lightning ever plays again.

Fernando Rodney

The calendar Ronde Barber got so the Ray can continue having the greatest year for a reliever in baseball history.

Andrew Friedman

A nameplate that says "General Manager'' so we can call him that instead of that hoity-toity title of "Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations'' or whatever he calls himself for the Rays.

Tom Jones' Two Cents: Christmas gifts for Tampa Bay sports figures 12/24/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win


    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State


    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.