Frank Pastor - Assistant Sports Editor

Assistant Sports Editor

I was spoiled by sports from a young age, growing up in Pittsburgh at a time when the Steelers were winning four Super Bowls in six years and the World Series champion Pirates were a "Family." I'm also a voracious reader. There was a time I subscribed to five different sports magazines (my brother got a sixth) and a daily newspaper and read them all cover to cover. My love of sports and journalism came together at Notre Dame, where the Irish won the national championship during my sophomore year and my major was, essentially, covering sports for the student paper. Drawn by its reputation as a writer's paper, I've spent the past 20 years at the Tampa Bay Times, working as a reporter, editor and digital editor — and reading some of my favorite writers. I arrived in time for the "Hit Show" and was fortunate to experience the Bucs' Super Bowl victory, the Lightning's two Stanley Cups and the Rays' magical 2008, '11 and '20 seasons. Almost as fun as watching the games themselves? Reading and writing about them.

  1. Howard is coached by former USF player and longtime assistant Larry Scott, pictured here as Miami's interim coach in 2015.
  2. Fireworks celebrate the Buc's win in  Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
  3. USF forward Bethy Mununga (20) guards the land during a game against Baylor in December at the Yuengling Center on the USF campus.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship playoff football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Green Bay.
  5. USF guard Sara Guerreiro looks for an opening during a game against Baylor in December at the Yuengling Center on the USF campus.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) celebrates his fourth quarter interception during  Bucs v New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in New Orleans.
  7. Victor Hedman and the Lightning brought the Stanley Cup home to Tampa. Perhaps the team can win it again this year.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hugs tight end Cameron Brate (84) after what they thought was a touchdown. The Bucs scored on the next play. Bucs v Washington Football Team at FedEx Field on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 in Landover.
  9. Lightning fans Christina Hauerstein, Peter Hauerstein and Asha Connors, of Valrico, react to a goal while watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on the giant video board at Amalie Arena in September.
  10. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks for a receiver during the first quarter.
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), defended by Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker (21), catches a 33-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  12. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen has been given a one-year show-cause penalty for violating recruiting rules, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) gives a thumbs up during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 31-27. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets a hug from Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich at the conclusion of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 26-14.
  15. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in November in Washington.
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on as he heads off the field after going three and out during first quarter action at Raymond James Stadium on  Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 in Tampa.
  17. Charlie Morton delivers a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in September at Tropicana Field.
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets takes down as he releases the ball in the end zone for an incomplete pass bringing up a fourth and fifteen in the final seconds of the third quarter of Monday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Tampa. Brady was sacked on the previous play and this play was reviewed to determine if it was a sack or a fumble.
  19. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman celebrates with the trophy after the Dodgers beat the Braves in the National League Championship Series in October in Arlington, Texas.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the fourth quarter of theTampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, November 8, 2020.
  22. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), left, celebrates his touchdown with Cameron Brate during the second half.
  23. The New York Giants defense tackles running back Antonio Gibson of the Washington Football Team earlier this month in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants received word late Wednesday night that one of their players tested positive for COVID-19, the team said in a statement.