John Romano, Sports Columnist

John Romano

Sports Columnist

Finding the right career can be hit-and-miss. In my case, it was swing-and-miss. When Major League Baseball scouts declined to watch me play, or even acknowledge my existence, journalism seemed like a plausible fallback plan. I started covering prep sports for St. Petersburg's Evening Independent as an 18 year old college freshman, and have worked for newspapers ever since. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school and a wife in charge. And I still can't hit the curveball.

This girls basketball team lost 102-2, has no wins, yet keeps taking the court

Charles Eddings coaches his Osceola girls basketball team during a recent game against Dixie Hollins. (JOHN ROMANO | Times)
Osceola is 0-19, but you wouldn’t know that by the players' body language.

Super Bowl matchup determined on a coin flip, there’s your real outrage

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares (because the NFL sure doesn’t).

Romano: Lightning’s hot start could be a cautionary tale

Lightning players were left with forlorn looks after losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals last season. To avoid a similar scene they will have to snap a troubling trend of first-half NHL leaders faltering in the spring. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Holding the points lead in the first half of an NHL season hasn't translated to Stanley Cup success in recent years.

Music was in his soul, sax was at the ready for Rays games

Max Pierre plays the saxophone outside Tropicana Field on June 26, 2018. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times)
Max Pierre was an ever-present figure at baseball games for close to two decades. He died Jan. 5.

Why Fred McGriff’s Hall of Fame hopes are looking up

Former Devil Ray Fred McGriff, right, shakes hands with ex-teammate Tino Martinez, left, after throwing the ceremonial first pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners on June 9, 2018, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.  McGriff's hopes of reaching the Baseball Hall of Fame have taken an interesting twist. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
The Jefferson High star and former Devil Ray’s hopes of reaching Cooperstown are no longer in the hands of baseball writers, and that’s a good thing.