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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. The Rays have been trying to replace Tropicana Field since Wander Franco was kindergarten-age. Their latest plan, a sister-city concept with Montreal, was rejected by MLB this week.
  2. Remember this place? This was the original Ybor City concept for a full-time team with a roof that was unveiled by the team in 2017 and died a premature death in 2018.
  3. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has been looking for an alternative site for Tropicana Field for more than a dozen years. Now that the sister city plan with Montreal is dead, the Rays can once again focus on Tampa Bay sites. Or somewhere else.
  4. Tom Brady ended up with more than 400 passing yards in a 34-24 loss to the Rams in September, but he also got sacked three times and lost a fumble against the fierce Los Angeles pass rush.
  5. Does this look like a man too old to win three more games? While 24 other teams are already dreaming about next season, Tom Brady and the Bucs are back in the hunt for another Super Bowl.
  6. El entrenador en jefe de los Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, abandona el campo después de vencer a los Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 el domingo 16 de enero de 2022 en Tampa.
  7. Bucs coach Bruce Arians points and waves to fans while exiting in style Sunday after the playoff victory over the Eagles.
  8. The Bucs' Tom Brady (12) on Sunday became the oldest starting quarterback to win a playoff game, breaking his own record. Yet again.
  9. It wasn't always the no-risk-it, no-biscuit offensive style that Bruce Arians prefers, but the Bucs head coach and quarterback Tom Brady still managed to lead the NFL in passing yards with a revolving door of players at skill positions.
  10. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay earlier this season. The Bucs won the game 28-22, but they need to be cognizant of Philadelphia's ability control the game's tempo with a running attack.
  11. The most famous touchdown in Bucs history came against the Eagles in the playoffs. Ronde Barber's 92 yard interception return in the NFC Championship Game in 2002 sent Tampa Bay on its way to a Super Bowl title.
  12. Safety Mike Edwards (32) and tight end O.J. Howard (80) watch the scoreboard from the sideline as the 49ers and Rams go into overtime after the Bucs beat the Panthers.
  13. Tom Brady had back-to-back 40-touchdown passing seasons for the first time in his career.
  14. These are the moments the Lightning have been waiting for. Nikita Kucherov, back after missing 32 games, heads to the bench to accept congratulations with Ondrej Palat after teaming up to score a goal in a 4-1 victory against Calgary Thursday night.
  15. Antonio Brown talks with Bucs coach Bruce Arians during happier times at a practice in 2020. Arians and Brown have a relationship going back to their days with the Pittsburgh Steelers a decade ago.
  16. John Daly II, left walks off the fourth green with father John Daly during the second round of the PNC Championship golf tournament Sunday in Orlando.
  17. There aren't too many stadiums that Tom Brady has never won at. The new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca. is one of them. Brady, shown here before the Bucs played the Rams at SoFi in September, lost 34-24 in his only appearance in the new facility. If the Bucs can avoid it, they'd be better off not returning to SoFi until Super Bowl 56.
  18. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with wide receiver Antonio Brown during the first half of Sunday's game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Head coach Bruce Arians said after the game that Brown is no longer a Buc.
  19. Tom Brady took the Bucs 93 yards in less than two minutes without any timeouts for the 28-24 victory.
  20. The field at Doak Campbell Stadium is named after him and a statue of him greets fans outside, but Bobby Bowden's greatest legacy will be all the hearts he touched during his long career at Florida State.
  21. Do Devin White (45), Sean Murphy-Bunting (23), Mike Edwards (32) and Jason Pierre-Paul (90) have another celebration in Green Bay ahead of them in 2022? That's a mighty tall order.
  22. Will Gholston and Anthony Nelson celebrate one of Tampa Bay's seven sacks during a division-clinching victory against Carolina.
  23. For about three weeks in November, the Seminole Tribe had the exclusive rights to sports gambling in Florida. Then a judge shut it down. And now competing interests are trying to get Florida voters to expand sports betting even more in 2022.