Tom Jones, Times Columnist

Tom Jones

Times Columnist

I don’t cheer for any teams and I don’t hate your team. I’m an objective sports columnist. I call it like I see it. But I can promise you that I love sports and believe everything I write. I hope I can make you think or laugh or cry or even get angry. But, most of all, I hope to make you care about what I’m writing. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but I’ve lived mostly in Tampa Bay since 1982 along with my wife, a Florida girl, and two grown sons who are now diehard Tampa Bay sports fans. Along with you the reader, I’ve seen all of our teams win a bunch and lose a bunch. What a ride it has been and continues to be.

Tom Jones says goodbye to sports after 33 years

Tampa Bay Times sports columnist Tom Jones is leaving to become the new senior media writer at the Poynter Institute.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The Times columnist pens his farewell sports column before moving to Poynter.

When are we going to learn to just trust the Rays?

The Rays dugout cheers a Tommy Pham double during a game in September at Tropicana Field. [Times files]
The Rays knew what they were doing when they traded Evan Longoria. Now that they've dealt Jake Bauers, maybe they still know what they're doing.

Tampa Bay is home to the greatest show on ice

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (91), shown here minutes before his three-goal performance against the New York Rangers Monday, is riding a hot streak that has the Lightning owning the NHL's best record at 24-7-1 with 49 points. DIRK SHADD  Times
Amalie Arena is the place for sports fans to be in Tampa Bay, especially this season. But who's having more fun, the fans or the Lightning?

As another crummy Bucs season winds down, now what?

Buccaneers fans react during the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay's 28-14 loss to New Orleans Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The loss dropped the Bucs to 5-8 and all but ended their playoff hopes. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
The Bucs' 28-14 loss at home Sunday to New Orleans cast the future of the GM, head coach and quarterback back into question.

Jameis Winston may be better off without DeSean Jackson

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) smacked hands with DeSean Jackson (1) during training camp last summer, but they haven't been able to consistently connect in Jackson's two seasons in Tampa Bay. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
The Bucs already have an elite corps of receivers without DeSean Jackson.