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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. Randy Arozarena was a breakout star for the Tampa Bay Rays in the postseason.
  2. Charlie Morton is walking away from Tampa Bay after agreeing to a one-year $15 million deal with the Braves, which is the exact figure the Rays declined to exercise on a 2021 contract option.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kevin Minter, left, looks on while Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) celebrates his 4-yard touchdown catch during the third quarter on Monday.
  4. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets taken down as he releases the ball in the end zone for an incomplete in the final seconds of the third quarter Monday night against the Rams at Raymond James Stadium.
  5. No one seemed to dispute LSU's claim to the national title at the end of the 2019 college football season. It's hard to imagine such a universal result in 2020.
  6. Bianca Pagdanganan watches the ball after her shot during the third round of the Pelican Women's Championship in Belleair on Saturday.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Hunter Renfroe makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Houston Astros centerfielder George Springer during the seventh inning of the American League Championship Series Game 3 against the Houston Astros on Oct. 13 at Petco Park in San Diego.
  8. The only reason the Bucs were in a charitable mood in this particular case, John Romano writes, is because Antonio Brown, 32, might still be an elite player.
  9. One year after leading the NFL and setting a new Tampa Bay record with 5,109 passing yards, Jameis Winston could keep the Bucs from having a home playoff game if he can keep the Saints on top of the NFC South.
  10. New Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng poses for a photo at Marlins Park before being introduced during a virtual news conference Monday.
  11. Bucs running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Panthers.
  12. Hard to complain when your quarterback throws for 341 yards with three TDs and no interceptions in a 46-23 victory.
  13. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady gets sacked in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay's loss to the Saints last Sunday in Tampa.
  14. Meteorologist Brett Adair has been chasing storms for more than a decade and started his own company, Live Storms Storms, in 2012.
  15. Rays manager Kevin Cash laughs while communicating from the dugout during a game against the Washington Nationals in September at Tropicana Field.
  16. Jameis Winston interrupts a post-game TV interview with Drew Brees to eat a W after the Saints beat the Bucs Sunday night.
  17. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) is tackled in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Saints.
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) on the field after getting knocked down by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan during the first half Sunday.
  19. Florida punter Jacob Finn (18) celebrates with fans after the Gators defeated Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday.
  20. Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden, left, speaks to a crowd of supporters during a drive-in rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 in Tampa. President Donald Trump, right, speaks at a re-election rally outside Raymond James Stadium  in Tampa on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
  21. Chi Chi Rodriguez's Academy and First Tee program are having an online auction this week with a virtual benefit event on Monday, Nov. 9.
  22. Giants running back Wayne Gallman, moving past defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting, had a little more open space than we're used to seeing against Tampa Bay's defense in a 25-23 Bucs victory Monday night.
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws during the first half of a game against the New York Giants on Monday night in East Rutherford, N.J.