Mike Sherman - Deputy Editor, Sports

Deputy Editor, Sports

I grew up in Savage, Md., listening to the Orioles pregame show at dinner time. My mom would say “if we hurry up with the dishes, we can be at the stadium for the first pitch,” and there we were. When the Colts won Super Bowl V, there we were, at Friendship Airport with 2,000 Colts fans in 19-degree temperature on a school night. We always had four newspapers at the house; two delivered (The Sun and Evening Sun) and two swapped with neighbors (The Washington Post and Star). The next best thing to a game was reading about it. I was raised on stories and have been blessed to tell them in places like Utica, N.Y., and Nashville and Oklahoma City and now Tampa Bay. I’ve been sports editor at the Times since August 2016.. When I’m not going to games or watching them, I like to be at the beach with my wife, four children and son-in-law, sharing stories. If you know a good one, call me at 727-893-8201 or email

  1. Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy's (93) cleats are seen prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
    Buccaneers-Panthers: Carolina teammates vote McCoy a captain. He shares a new perspective on the rivalry.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Anthony Nelson (98) reacts against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
    Bucs 20, Panthers 14: Vernon Hargreaves tackle of Christian McCaffrey short of a first down gives Bruce Arians his first win in Tampa Bay.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) runs into the end zone after intercepting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) for his first pick six during second quarter action at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, FL.
    49ers 31, Bucs 17: San Francisco returns Winston’s third interception for the touchdown that sealed the Bucs’ fate.
  4. Jameis Winston should brace himself for the 49ers pass rush when the Bucs open their NFL season at 4:25 p.m. Sunday against San Francisco at Raymond James Stadium.
    What you need to know to keep up with today’s 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay-San Francisco game.
  5. Charlie Strong will try to end the Bulls' seven-game losing streak Saturday at Georgia Tech. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
    Predictions: Here are the Tampa Bay Times’ college football coverage teams picks.
  6. From the looks of the Tampa Bay Times staff picks for week 1, Jameis Winston isn't the only one giving the Bucs thumbs up.
    Here’s the Tampa Bay Times staff picks for the first week.
  7. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback D.J. White (24) tries to tackle New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
    Bucs 2019: The Super Bowl starts its two-year run in Florida this season. Next season it’s coming to Tampa, but until then our Bucs coverage team predicts the road to Miami Gardens.
  8. Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden gestures on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
    Bucs 2019: How the most notable NFL head coaches fared after their hiatus or retirement.
  9. At age 66, the Bucs' Bruce Arians is the NFL's third oldest head coach behind Seattle's Pete Carroll, who turns 68 on Sept. 15, and New England's Bill Belichick, 67.
    Bucs 2019: Arians is one of only 12 head coaches in NFL history to work beyond retirement age. Here’s how the others fared.
  10. USF running back Jordan Cronkrite and the Bulls open the season Friday at home against Wisconsin. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
    Predictions: Someone is picking USF to pull off the upset.