Monday, June 18, 2018


Tom Jones, Times sports columnist

Tom Jones, Times sports columnist

Tom Jones writes columns and television/radio commentary for the Tampa Bay Times' Sports section. He has covered everything from high schools to colleges to professional sports since starting with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1986. After the Independent, Tom worked at the Times (1987-91), the Tampa Tribune (1991-96), the Times again (1996-2000), the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (2000-03) and returned for his third stint at the Times in 2003. Though he has covered all sports, Tom is a hockey writer at heart. He covered the Tampa Bay Lightning from its first game in 1992 until moving to Minnesota to cover the Wild for three years. He returned to the Times again to cover the Lightning until taking over as writer and editor for Page Two in 2006. He lists Herb Brooks, Lou Piniella and Wayne Gretzky as the most interesting personalities he has covered and the 2002 Winter Olympics as the best event he has covered. Tom co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. He previously hosted a weekly sports roundtable show on Bright House Sports Network. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): listen live

While his teammates rushed the mound to celebrate a championship victory, the pitcher on a Minnesota high school baseball team made for home plate to console an opponent - a childhood friend he'd struck out to seal the game.

A sports story that we all can love

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind?Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination.
Published: 06/18/18
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
Tom Jones, Times sports columnist, pictured in the Times Studio (03/05/18).

Sports could use a little more empathy (and a hug or two)

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind?Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination.You get the idea.Sports are usually cutthroat, give no quarter,...
Published: 06/17/18
[David O'Keefe | Times files]

The golden age of baseball movies dawned 30 years ago this week

"Walt Whitman once said, 'I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the America game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.' You can look it up.'' – Annie SavoyThirty years ago this week...
Published: 06/15/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesTampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs a drill during mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2018 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Fla.

Maybe 2018 is the year the Bucs take that step forward

Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom, right, hold up the Stanley Cup as the team arrives at Dulles International Airport Friday in Sterling, Va. [AP Photo/Andrew Harnik]

What if the Warriors celebrated like the Caps?

This is how you do it.The Washington Capitals have been partying for five days now. Partying hard.It started right after they won the Stanley Cup last Thursday night when they took Stanley out to the party capital of the world:...
Published: 06/11/18
Former USF athletic director Mark Harlan, left, shakes hands with president Judy Genshaft after his introductory news conference in 2014. [Times files (2014)]

Judy Genshaft needs to stay away from USF’s athletic director hire

Judy Genshaft better get this one right. The future of sports at the University of South Florida depends on it.Genshaft has done a lot of great things in her 18 years as USF president.Hiring athletic directors is not among...
Published: 06/04/18
Updated: 06/05/18
Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Camden, N.J., Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Starting a Twitter burning account? Consider Bryan Colangelo …

I have a new favorite phrase.Burner account.Man, I gotta get me one of those. That way I can go around telling everyone how great I am while completely dumping on anyone who has ever criticized me. (We might be here a...
Updated one month ago
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) against the New Jersey Devils during first period action of game two of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday afternoon (04/14/18). Callahan did not return for late action as it was reported he has an injury.

Lightning’s Ryan Callahan likely to miss start of next season

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan likely will miss the start of next season because of surgery on his right shoulder.Callahan had surgery and will be out five months, the team said Thursday. That time line means he would be out until...
Updated one month ago
Johnny Field is congratulated by teammates after he hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, [Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images]

Late Night with the Rays is the best show on TV

Rays Up has turned into Stays Up this week.The Rays are on the west coast, playing a bunch of games that don't come on until 10 o'clock at night.It has been awesome.Late-night baseball is one of the most underrated things...
Updated one month ago
Washington's Brett Connolly, left, and Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault, right, both previously played for the Lightning. [Getty Images]

Two former Lightning pieces playing key roles in Stanley Cup final

If you're a Lightning fan and you watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the Capitals and Golden Knights, three things stood out.First off, Caps goalie Braden Holtby waited one game too long to look like a piece of Swiss cheese.
Updated one month ago