Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Blake Snell throws during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday in Washington. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Blake Snellís All-Star debut

The Rays' Blake Snell makes his All-Star debut with a memorable first pitch, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says he likes the Rays' new stadium plans, and there is controversy at the Home Run Derby.Plus, Florida head coach Dan Mullen says...
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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher arrives for his SEC Media Days press conference Monday at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. [Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jimbo Fisher discusses Florida State, Jameis Winston

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher was front and center Monday at SEC media days and spoke about leaving Florida State and why Jameis Winston will have no problem moving on from his suspension.Plus, Blake Snell might be the...
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Jake Bauers, right, celebrates a three-run home run with Rays teammate Kevin Kiermaier Friday in Minneapolis. [Associated Press]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays conclude surprising first half of season

A walkoff loss on Sunday is the Rays' third in four games to the Twins and brings the first half of the season to a close. The team enters the All-Star break a surprising two games over .500 but will be without All-Star catcher Wilson...
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Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Colorado Avalanche during a 2016 game in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Will the Lightning trade for Erik Karlsson?

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Rays second baseman Daniel Robertson prepares to tag out Miami Marlins' J.B. Shuck after Shuck attempted to steal second base during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game in Miami. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop two of three in Miami

The Rays lose to the Marlins 3-0 in what may have been a hangover from Tuesday night's 16 inning win that saw the Rays get two hits from a relief pitcher, catcher Jesus Sucre pitch, Mallex Smith benched and so much more.Plus, Rick Stroud...
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Booger McFarland, working for SEC Network, broadcasts from Florida's NFL Pro Day in 2017. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Booger McFarland on Monday Night Football, Bucs and more

Booger McFarland joins Rick Stroud to talk about his start in broadcasting six years ago, his new job on Monday Night Football and growing up in Louisiana.He also talks about the influences Warren Sapp and Tony Dungy had on him and...
Updated one month ago
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman (2) points to the dugout after being tagged out by Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria during a game in Houston in June. [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays welcome Astros to Tropicana Field

The Rays welcome the Astros to Tropicana Field on Thursday riding a five-game winning streak against teams above .500. Plus, the Lightning was in Los Angeles to meet with free-agent-to-be John Tavares.Also, defending champion...
Updated one month ago
Rays radio broadcaster Andy Freed, left, calls the action with Dave Wills during a game against the Oakland Athletics last season at Tropicana Field. [Times files]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Rays broadcaster Andy Freed

Rays radio broadcaster Andy Freed joins Rick Stroud on today's podcast to discuss how he met radio partner Dave Wills, how he almost got the Angels job a few years earlier, the Rays' 2018 season and more.Also, the Rays win a...
Updated one month ago
Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) slides into home plate as Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino (29) waits for the throw after Sucre scored on a base hit by Jake Bauers. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays thump Nationals

The Rays thump the Nationals 11-0 on Monday behind seven shutout innings from Blake Snell, a Kevin Kiermaier grand slam and Wilson Ramos' two home runs.Plus, the Lightning makes qualifying offers to four players, USF's athletic director...
Updated one month ago
Jameis Winston is seen on the sidelines during a game between the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons in November at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. [Times files (2017)]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Witness says Jameis Winston was unruly and alone in Uber

Tom Jones joins the podcast to talk about Jameis Winston's reported three-game suspension, as information from another witness has come out saying Winston was unruly and in the Uber by himself during the evening in question.Plus, the...
Updated one month ago