Thomas Bassinger, Sports Data Reporter

Thomas Bassinger

Sports Data Reporter

I am the sports data reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and here are some of the things I believe: • Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game of all time. • The eye test is bogus. It’s just a way to make your opinion sound more credible. • Football teams should almost always go for it on fourth and 1 and fourth and 2. • They should try two-point conversions more often, too. • They should stop touting the importance of “establishing the run.” Because it’s not important. • The triple is the most exciting play in sports. • Baseball should abolish the designated hitter. • Pitch clocks, too. • Skittles should bring back lime. Green apple is trash. • How will the Bucs do this season? Everything they have done or will do, they will do over and over and over again.

Here are the point spreads for the Buccaneers' 2019 games

The Bucs were 5-11 straight up last season but 8-8 against the spread. [MARK LOMOGLIO | Associated Press]
Even with Bruce Arians at the helm, Tampa Bay is one of the NFL's biggest underdogs.

Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh: Are the Buccaneers better off with Suh?

Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh have been voted to the Pro Bowl a total of 11 times and have garnered first-team All-Pro honors a total of four times. [Associated Press]
The defensive tackles have had similar careers, but Suh stands out in one particular area.

Five reasons the Buccaneers will (and won't) make the NFL playoffs this season

Defensive tackle Vita Vea was 12 years old when the Bucs last made the playoffs. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Ahhhhh, the NFL in May. Clean slates and fresh starts. Optimism is in the air. Everyone is 0-0. Playoffs? Super Bowl? Sure, why not? Dream away.

Here’s the real reason why the Buccaneers defense was so awful

[21st Century Fox]
In 2018, Tampa Bay suffered injuries to a record-breaking degree.

The Jameis Winston haters are wrong. And so are the fanboys.

The Bucs have lost 16 of the past 22 games in which Jameis Winston has started. [ADAM HUNGER | Associated Press]
The Bucs have won 21 of the games in which Winston has started. They should have won seven more.