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.

To be playoff contenders, the Buccaneers need more than Bruce Arians. Here’s the proof.

From 2013 to 2017, Bruce Arians' Cardinals teams won 66 percent of their games decided by one score, the third-best rate. [Associated Press]
“What a fool believes, he sees.” — Michael McDonald

NFL playoffs AfterMath: Football announcers gone wild

Hall of Fame quarterback and extra-point endorser Troy Aikman has been a Fox NFL analyst since 2001. [Associated Press]
When a team trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter scores a touchdown, it should NOT settle for the extra point. It should attempt a two-point conversion.

2019 NFL playoffs: That time when Ryan Fitzpatrick was a god and the Buccaneers ruled the world

This was every Bucs fan's Halloween costume. [Associated Press]
The Saints and Eagles meet each other in the playoffs Sunday. Can you believe that the Bucs beat both of them? That happened. No, really. It did.

Why Jameis Winston needs to buy a butt pillow

The Bucs allowed 109 quarterback hits this season, fourth most. [Associated Press]
When Bruce Arians wants to risk it, his quarterbacks end up on their biscuits.

Bruce Arians: Byron Leftwich will be the Buccaneers’ offensive play-caller in 2019

Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, right, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Leftwich was the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals this season and was on Arians’ staff in 2016 and 2017.