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Rick Stroud - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

  1. Tim Tebow. [Associated Press)]
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones and Rick Stroud debate Tebow, Dickie V, the first-place Bucs and the Rays playoff chase
  2. The Bucs will get their first look at rookie Daniel Jones Sunday when he starts for the New York Giants in a 4:25 p.m. game against Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium.
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Exploring quarterback changes for the New York Giants, Florida Gators and USF Bulls.
  3. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Why things are looking up for the Bucs, UCF and USF football, and maybe not for the Gators and Rays.
  4. The Giants will start Daniel Jones (8) against the Bucs on Sunday.
    New York will start Daniel Jones against a Tampa Bay team that hasn’t fared well against first-year signal callers in recent years.
  5. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees watches from the sidelines after getting hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. Brees has elected to have surgery, but it is not yet clear when the operation will take place or who will perform it, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What Drew Brees’ injury and Cam Newton’s lingering problems mean for the Bucs. Plus: A first look at the Lightning.
  6. Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) reacts after a pass intended for him is intercepted during the second quarter of the team's game against the 49ers in the team's season opener.
    Coach Bruce Arians has a message for O.J. Howard: play better.
  7. Bucs linebacker Kevin Minter (51) and defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) wrap up Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey in Thursday night's game. Part of the Bucs' stellar effort involved limiting McCaffrey to 37 yards rushing on 16 carries.
    Tampa Bay has allowed only one touchdown in two games this season
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) and quarterback Jameis Winston (3) celebrate following the team's 20-14 win over the Carolina Panthers following an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston plays a clean game, and the Bucs’ defense doesn’t allow a touchdown.
  9. Vernon Hargreaves (28) tackles Christian McCaffrey short of the first down on the play that clinched Tampa Bay's 20-14 win at Carolina. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
    Vernon Hargreaves’ game-saving tackle against Christian McCaffrey accentuates unit’s superior effort.
  10. Jameis Winston and the Bucs face the Panthers tonight. [Associated Press]
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews tonight’s NFC South clash and looks ahead to the college football weekend with Matt Baker.