Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor

Ernest Hooper

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.

H. Lee Moffitt showed clarity of vision in fighting to establish cancer center

Longtime friends Doretha Edgecomb, left, and H. Lee Moffitt, 2019 Person of Vision, greet guests at Preserve Vision Florida's 40th anniversary award dinner Feb. 11 at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. [Amy Scherzer, special to the Times]
Preserve Vision Florida recently honored the former legislator for his unyielding efforts.

What player should the Lightning target if it makes a trade before the Feb. 25 deadline?

Columbus Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin, who faces off against the Lightning tonight, has been mentioned as a possible trade target Tampa Bay. [AP Photo/Jay LaPrete]
The chance to improve the team must be weighed against the value of staying pat.

NHLís American Legacy Truck showcases the gameís black roots

The NHL's American Legacy Mobile Exhibit will be on display from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena. The Lightning plays host to the Canadiens at 7. [Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lighting]
Lightning assistant coaches Nigel Kirwan and Frantz Jean, both black, toured the truck Friday.

Who will win the Daytona 500 and why?

Alex Bowman (88) leads the field during start of the second NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto race Thursday. Whether Bowman or someone else ends up in Victory Lane Sunday remains to be seen. [AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]
The flag drops on the Great American Race Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

What player, traded by a Tampa Bay team, do we still miss?

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop (30) waves to the fans during a 2017 video tribute after he was traded. Fans still wear Bishop's Lightning jerseys to the game. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Of all the favorites swapped to other teams, we still pine for some.