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Ernest Hooper - Assistant Sports Editor

Assistant Sports Editor

When I look in the mirror every morning, I realize I like the guy looking back at me. Don't get me wrong. The man in the mirror comes with flaws. He needs to eat less, exercise more and try not to get so caught up in his own thoughts. But I still like him. I like having a wife willing to put up with all my flaws after nearly three decades of marriage. I like that God has blessed me with three children -- two sons and a daughter -- who have grown to become great young adults. I like that every morning I awaken excited about journalism, the awesome opportunity to connect with readers in ways both big and small. I love coffee, but serving Times readers represent my true caffeine. Most of all, I like that guy looking back at me -- all of his loves, all of his memories and all of his weird personality traits -- because he's still pushing to do more, be more and learn more. Nothing matters more than looking in that mirror and appreciating the man who looks back at me because that drives me to be better.

  1. Bucs running back Peyton Barber will be key in helping Tampa Bay elevate its struggling defense.
    New York enters with quarterback Daniel Jones starting his first NFL game
  2. Linebacker Kevin Minter and the Bucs defense have played well. Can they keep it up?
    After two games, the unit has allowed only one touchdown. How do they keep it going?
  3. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston hopes to have his team dressed for success as the season moves forward, but to do so he'll need to generate more offense. Tampa Bay plays host to the Giants on Sunday.
    In 2018, Tampa Bay fielded one of the league’s best passing units. Now it’s struggling.
  4. Bucs coach Bruce Arians has helped the team to a 1-1 record. The won-loss mark isn't surprising, but how they've done it has turned some heads.
    For some Times staff writers, the outlook appears a little brighter. Others? Not so much
  5. San Francisco running back Matt Breida (22) is one of the Tampa Bay area products shining in the NFL. The region is one of the national leaders in producing pro football talent.
    On ‘The Road To Miami Gardens,’ you can find an array of area players; plus shoutout to former Gator Eddy Pineiro
  6. After more than 18 years as a Times columnist, Ernest Hooper starts a new chapter as assistant sports editor.
    After more than 18 years as a Times columnist, Ernest Hooper starts a new chapter as assistant sports editor.
  7. After 13 years in Chattanooga, Paul Grove returned to Tampa as CEO of WEDU.
    After 13 years in Chattanooga, Grove returned to the local PBS station.
  8. In 2017, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blasted the league after injuring his Achilles tendon in a Thursday night game.
    Critics cite player health concerns, competitive value, but others like the mid-week games
  9. In the team's newest commercial, the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, long a fan favorite, makes a plea to fans to stand by the team after its disappointing finish last season.
    The ad subtly acknowledges the playoff collapse with a fuzzy clip of the playoff match
  10. Bucs coach Bruce Arians, Dolphins coach Brian Flores and Browns coach Freddie Kitchens all had their struggles on Thursday, but which new NFL coach had the worst debut.
    A win might have put Arians atop the list, but that spot went to the only coach to earn a victory in Week 1.