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John Romano - Sports Columnist

Sports Columnist

Finding the right career can be hit-and-miss. In my case, it was swing-and-miss. When Major League Baseball scouts declined to watch me play, or even acknowledge my existence, journalism seemed like a plausible fallback plan. I started covering prep sports for St. Petersburg's Evening Independent as an 18 year old college freshman, and have worked for newspapers ever since. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school and a wife in charge. And I still can't hit the curveball.

  1. Tom Brady (12) led the Bucs back from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 17-16 win over the New Orleans Saints Monday at Raymond James Stadium.
  2. Alex Golesh did not have a lot of name recognition before becoming Tennessee's offensive coordinator in 2021, but his reputation in coaching circles has been unquestioned as he has moved from job to job.
  3. Bucs running back Rachaad White was 8 years old when John Waller entered his life through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Fifteen years later, they live more than 1,000 miles apart but remain close with Waller serving as an unofficial business manager for the rookie.
  4. A rendering of the proposed Rays stadium and surrounding redevelopment as envisioned by the team and the Hines real estate group.
  5. Tom Brady has done a good job of avoiding pass rushers such as Cleveland's Myles Garrett, but Tampa Bay's quick-fire passing game has not translated very well to the scoreboard.
  6. Even with Tom Brady in his corner, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles seemed inexplicably reticent to go for broke in the fourth quarter against the Browns in a 23-17 overtime loss on Sunday.
  7. Quarterback Tom Brady gets off a shovel pass during the first half of the Bucs' loss to the Browns Sunday in Cleveland.
  8. End zone celebrations have been relatively rare for Tom Brady and the rest of the Bucs offense this season, but there's reason to be optimistic that Tampa Bay is beginning to find its identity on that side of the ball.
  9. An ill-fated attempt to create a new super league of soccer teams in Europe did not endear the Glazers to Manchester United fans, as this sign from 2021 suggests. The Bucs owners announced this week they are willing to consider offers to sell their historic soccer franchise.
  10. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy looks on as the Bruins go up 4-1 and clear the bench to celebrate the goal scored by Brad Marchand (63) during second-period action at Amalie Arena on Monday night in Tampa.
  11. Tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez backhands a ball while filming a series of video segments with FuzzyYellowBalls.com at Innisbrook. The online tennis lessons site works with the greatest minds in tennis who share their secrets through a series of mini lessons with subscribers.
  12. The Rays signed shortstop Wander Franco to an 11-year, 182 million deal in 2021. It remains to be seen how long Franco will stay in Tampa Bay and how much of his salary the team will wind up paying.
  13. Did the Rays cut ties with, from left, David Price, Evan Longoria and Blake Snell too soon, too late, or at the right time?
  14. Fred McGriff, who hit 99 of his 493 career home runs while in a Tampa Bay uniform, could be among the favorites on the Hall of Fame's new contemporary era committee scheduled to meet in early December.
  15. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy's goals-against average of 3.10 this season is, by far, the highest of his career, although the blame is equally shared with a defense that has been less-than-stellar through 15 games.
  16. Nikita Kucherov, wearing an "A" on his sweater as an alternate captain, celebrates his first-period goal in Tampa Bay's 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday night at Amalie Arena.
  17. Lexi Thompson nearly forced a playoff with a beautiful pitch from off the green on No. 18, but the shot landed just a couple of feet from the cup and Thompson had to settle for another runnerup finish in the Pelican Women's Championship.
  18. Tom Brady failed to get his first reception since 2018 in New England but, on the other hand, he threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time since Oct. 2 in a 21-16 win against Seattle. Perhaps he should stick to passing instead of catching.
  19. Playing in Munich against the Seahawks, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady was as crisp as he’s looked all season.
  20. Jamel Dean, shown celebrating an interception against New Orleans earlier this season, leads the Bucs with two picks in 2022. After averaging 27 takeaways over the past three seasons, Tampa Bay is on pace for 18 this year.
  21. USF needs a coach that the fans can root for long-term, so a splash hire likely isn't in the cards.
  22. Tight coverage has been a way of life for Mike Evans this season. A few years ago, the typical pass for the Bucs Pro Bowl receiver was 11 yards down the field. This season, it has been 8.8 yards.
  23. Bucs tight end Cade Otton celebrates after he scores on a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady at the end of the fourth quarter Sunday.
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