12/09/13 The Heater
Don't do it.
Not now. Not yet.
I'm talking to the Rays and I'm talking about David Price.
They are going to trade their ace pitcher sooner or later. I vote for later. Like sometime next season, maybe even next year.
But not now.
The Rays have to trade him eventually because they can't afford him. I get that.
I also understand the argument for trading him now. His value might never be higher than it is at this moment....
Take the bags off of your heads, Tampa Bay. Your team isn't so embarrassing at the moment.
That's now four victories in the past five games — way too late to salvage the season but not too late to, perhaps, save coach Greg Schiano's job.
What happened? How did this team go from losing the first eight to winning four of five?
"I don't know if it's that much of a difference," Schiano said. "We're finding ways to win the game. (Before) against good football teams, we were in games and we were finding ways to lose the game. We literally … invented ways to lose some games."...
12/08/13 TV and Radio
Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.
CBS's Gary Danielson had an absolutely terrific Saturday calling the SEC Championship Game with broadcast partner Verne Lundquist, who also was on top of his game.
Are you surprised?
With Danielson, you could pick out any of a hundred moments during a game as proof for why he is among the best in the business. But here's one....
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher had one of those looks that a football coach gets when his team doesn't do what it is supposed to do.
You know the look. Furrowed eyebrows, gritted teeth, clenched fists, looking like he was about to light into somebody.
It was the second quarter and one of his players had decided he was going to start the play a couple of seconds ahead of his teammates....
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Moments before Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher took the lectern Friday for his pre-ACC Championship Game news conference, it was announced — twice, in fact — that he would only answer questions about tonight's game against Duke.
But that announcement really had nothing to do with what he was willing to talk about. It was more about what he did not want to talk about: the controversy surrounding his prized quarterback Jameis Winston, who was not charged with sexual assault in an investigation closed Thursday....
Two legendary programs are undefeated and on a collision course for the national title.
We just saw one of the greatest finishes ever with Auburn upsetting Alabama.
This has become one of the better college football seasons in recent memory.
Yet the whole thing is fouled up.
The BCS is a mess. The new four-team playoff isn't even in place, yet you can already see the potential cracks in that system. It's time to flush it all down the tubes and start over with a new way of determining a national champion....
The greatest last play in sports history.
That's what it was. The end of the Auburn-Alabama game on Saturday was the greatest last play ever.
Better than any Hail Mary. Better than any walkoff homer. Better than any buzzer-beater in basketball.
In case you missed it — and, if so, welcome back from your weekend in a cave — here was what happened:
Auburn upset top-ranked, undefeated and defending national champion Alabama when Chris Davis returned a failed 57-yard field goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown. The only reason the play even happened was because officials put one second back on the clock after a long replay review of the previous play....
12/01/13 TV and Radio
What a weekend in college football. And it was made even more outstanding by the terrific work turned in by all the networks. It was a shining moment for college football and for those who broadcast it. Here's a quick snapshot of the weekend's highlights in college football.
• Let's start with the play of the day from the game of the day. Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard field goal 109 yards (though it officially counts as 100) for a touchdown for the incredible winning score. The direction on the final play — meaning the decision to stick with the end-zone camera as Davis went on his magical return — was masterful. That shot allowed viewers to watch Davis tiptoe the sideline and to see if any tacklers were in his way....
Down and almost out
And just like that, everything is awful again.
The Bucs' seesaw season hit the ground again Sunday, and that thud was a noncompetitive loss to the Panthers. All of a sudden, Greg Schiano can't coach again. Mike Glennon can't play quarterback. The offensive line stinks, and the defense, led by invisible man Gerald McCoy, can't stop anyone. Okay, so maybe it's not that bad, but here's a depressing thought: Sunday's game was probably a more accurate gauge of the 2013 Bucs than the three preceding victories over bad-to-mediocre teams....
The latest NHL television contract in Canada affects the legendary Hockey Night in Canada, the most famous sports show in that country's history. And it got me thinking about legendary sports shows in the United States. What are the most famous, the most iconic sports shows in American history? Here's one opinion.
Monday Night Football
This became a national phenomena in the 1970s, mostly because of the announcing team of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and "Dandy'' Don Meredith. Some 43 years later, the game doesn't quite have the same hold as in the '70s, but just the words — Monday Night Football —are deep-rooted in every football fan....
11/27/13 Human Interest
Today is a day when we give thanks. We gather with family and friends, share food and appreciate all the good things we have. Well, that's what some of us do. Thanksgiving is also about turkeys. Acted like a blockhead? Said something stupid? Tweeted something stupid? Congratulations, you've been nominated for Sports Turkey of the Year.
Here are the nominees and our pick for the 2013 Sports Turkey of the Year....
11/25/13 Lightning Strikes
In the dark days following the gruesome injury that just about snapped his right tibia in two, Lightning star Steven Stamkos felt it all.
Pain. Frustration. Helplessness. Anger.
But one emotion pretty much summed it up.
"Miserable," Stamkos said.
It was pure agony just to go to the restroom, or get a drink from the kitchen. Just sitting up took all his might....
TAMPA — Exactly two weeks after breaking his right tibia, Lightning star Steven Stamkos walked without any aids into a news conference Monday and said he still hopes to play this season.
"That's the goal and hopefully that's the reality when it is all said and done," Stamkos said in his first public comments since breaking his leg in a game at Boston on Nov. 11 when he slammed into the goalpost....
11/24/13 TV and Radio
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave coach Jason Garrett the dreaded vote of confidence last week, saying Garrett would be back next season. Not so fast, says CBS NFL Today insider Jason La Canfora.
"That's being met with a lot of skepticism around the league," La Canfora said. "If Garrett doesn't finish strong, no one I've talked to necessarily believes he's going to be back. Jones has done this in the past, said a guy's going to be back and he's gone. Mike Holmgren is one former coach, a Super Bowl winner, who would be interested in going there."...
Raise a glass
The Bucs appear to have found themselves a quarterback and, in the process, rediscovered their head coach.
Mike Glennon has thrown a TD in his first eight starts — the first NFL rookie to do so — and has as many interceptions all season (four) as the Lions' Matt Stafford had Sunday. The Bucs have won three straight after losing their first eight, just the second team to do that after the 1978 Cardinals....