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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

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.

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  1. Ex-Bucs find Super landing spots

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    PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis was late. The interview session for the Patriots had begun Wednesday morning and the All Pro cornerback may have been watching film or watching his money, but he wasn't watching the clock.

    "Sorry, I'm late guys," Revis said without explanation as he took his seat at the podium, about 10 minutes tardy.

    It's okay, because Revis has waited for eight seasons to get to this stage. And as any NFL player knows, you haven't arrived until you arrive at the Super Bowl....

    Darrelle Revis, a cornerback with the New England Patriots, speaks to reporters during Super Bowl XLIX Media Day. [The New York Times]
  2. Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch was just there so he wouldn't get fined

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    PHOENIX — He walked into US Airways Center like a prize fighter on his way to the ring. The flash bulbs popped, fans rose to their feet and cameramen stumbled over each other trying to get a good shot of Marshawn Lynch.

    Wearing an Africa medallion and silver-rimed sunglasses, the Seahawks running back took his seat at the podium during media day.

    Lynch looked down at the microphone the way a dog looks at a hydrant....

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick, usually notable for wearing a hoodie on the sideline, sported sandals for media day.
  3. Media day madness par for course at Super Bowl

    Bucs

    PHOENIX — More than 5,500 credentialed "reporters'' from 27 countries participated in the Super Bowl XLIX media day, and it wasn't without its mix of unusual questions and creepy moments.

    Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski disclosed that his childhood crush was Pamela Anderson then participated in some Katy Perry karaoke to win an XBOX One.

    A flip-flop-wearing Bill Belichick, when asked by Jerod Mayo's young daughter, revealed his favorite stuffed animal....

    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for Super Bowl XLIX — and also tried his hand at karaoke.
  4. Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants proof or an apology from NFL

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    CHANDLER, Ariz.— Patriots owner Robert Kraft came to the Super Bowl seeking another Lombardi Trophy but might not be satisfied unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell presents his embattled organization with something even more rare: An apology.

    Making a surprise statement shortly after the Patriots' arrival at Super Bowl XLIX Monday, Kraft said he was disappointed in the league's handling of their investigation into whether the team deflated footballs prior to the AFC title game. He also expressed his belief that coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and the entire organization is innocent of the allegations made against them in various media reports....

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, along with his coach, has denied any guilt in Deflategate and said his feelings were hurt.
  5. Patriots' Browner endorses targeting injured ex-teammates in Super Bowl

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    PHOENIX — Former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner told his current Patriots teammates to try to target two injured members of Seattle's Legion of Boom in Super Bowl XLIX.

    Seattle CB Richard Sherman played the fourth quarter and overtime of the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay with a hyperextended elbow, and Seahawks S Earl Thomas dislocated his shoulder. Both are expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl....

    Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, a former Seahawk, wants teammates to take advantage of Seattle’s injured All-Pros.
  6. Pete Carroll's rah rah style turns into win win

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    PHOENIX

    It will be hard to forget the image of Pete Carroll, hands raised over his head, ricocheting all over the football field, looking for someone to hug after the Seahawks' improbable overtime comeback win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. But the truth is, it happens almost every day. Carroll's arms are always open for someone to fall into. The man knows how to cuddle. But the NFL hasn't always embraced his ways....

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, celebrating with wide receiver Doug Baldwin, has brought college-like enthusiasm to the NFL.
  7. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch must avoid gesture

    Sports

    PHOENIX — Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will be required to talk to reporters again this week and nobody knows how he will handle that obligation. But it's his unspeakable gestures after touchdown runs that might cost the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he plans to talk to Lynch about the NFL's plan to penalize his team 15 yards in the Super Bowl if "Beast Mode" performs an obscene gesture after scoring....

    Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  NFC219
  8. Seahawks' Richard Sherman, Pete Carroll speak out on Deflategate

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    PHOENIX — Leave it to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to predict the NFL will pick up the flag rather than penalize the Patriots for possibly underinflating their footballs in the AFC Championship Game.

    Minutes after arriving at the Seahawks' team hotel Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX, the outspoken Sherman shared his thoughts about Deflategate, saying the cozy relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell will lessen the punishment....

    “It won’t affect (the Patriots) at all,” Richard Sherman said.
  9. Key story lines in this year's Super Bowl

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    TAMPA — Stay tuned for a few more episodes of PSI New England, but, first, the super sleuths will have to yield so Super Bowl XLIX can be played.

    Although the game of inches has become a game of pounds per square inch, the NFL's biggest showcase game in Glendale, Ariz., next Sunday could be a great one.

    It's a rare title matchup between the historically great Seattle Seahawks' defense and the Patriots' Tom Brady, one of the most accomplished quarterbacks ever....

    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots celebrates after an interception in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX*** 532632539
  10. Brad Johnson had footballs scuffed for Bucs' Super Bowl win

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    TAMPA — Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon came face-to-face for a Got Milk? mustache photo shoot in January 2003, several days prior to Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. At 34, Johnson had developed a few compulsions during his career long before he became the Bucs' quarterback. He changed his socks and shoes every quarter, and over the course of a game, he replaced everything but his pants. Johnson always sweated profusely, and he liked the clean, dry feeling....

    Brad Johnson gets off a pass during the Bucs’ rout of the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. He says he was concerned about slick footballs during his career, but he had no preference about the inflation level.
  11. Bucs QB Johnson paid to have footballs scuffed before SB 37

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    Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon came face-to-face for a Got Milk? mustache photo shoot several days prior to Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. At 34, Johnson had developed a few compulsions during his career long before he became the Bucs quarterback. He changed his socks and shoes every quarter, and over the course of a game, he replaced everything but his pants. Johnson always sweated profusely, and he liked the clean, dry feeling....

    Brad Johnson, right, celebrates with teammate Roman Oben, after throwing a touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXVII.
  12. Jameis Winston looks to be more NFL-ready quarterback

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    TAMPA

    Anytime there's more than one quarterback potentially worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, it spawns lively debate. The discussion of Florida State's Jameis Winston will rarely pass without mention of Oregon's Marcus Mariota and vice versa.

    For comparison's sake, neither is in the same class as Peyton Manning, who entered the draft in 1998. But there was a time when the Indianapolis Colts were unsure whether to take Manning or Washington State's Ryan Leaf, who went with the second pick to the Chargers....

  13. Marcus Arroyo out as Bucs QB coach, play-caller

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    TAMPA — The Bucs already have thrown dirt over their 2-14 season.

    "We do have it buried," Jason Licht said Friday of his first season as general manager.

    Why not? No reason for Tampa Bay to dwell in the past when it has so much to look forward to, such as the first overall pick in the draft and its choice of Heisman Trophy quarterbacks — Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht answers questions from the media about Carl Nicks during Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday, July 25, 2014.
  14. One and done: Bucs part ways with QB coach Arroyo

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    If the Bucs draft either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota No. 1 overall as expected, he won't be coached by Marcus Arroyo.

    The team parted ways Friday with Arroyo, who was hired to coach quarterbacks but wound up being the designated play-caller for the Bucs in 2014 after offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford went on an indefinite medical leave of absence following a heart procedure....

    The Bucs parted ways Friday with Marcus Arroyo, who was hired to coach quarterbacks but wound up being the designated play-caller for the Bucs in 2014 after offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford went on an indefinite medical leave of absence following a heart procedure.