Thomas Bassinger, Sports Data Reporter

Thomas Bassinger

Sports Data Reporter

I am the sports data reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and here are some of the things I believe: • Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game of all time. • The eye test is bogus. It’s just a way to make your opinion sound more credible. • Football teams should almost always go for it on fourth and 1 and fourth and 2. • They should try two-point conversions more often, too. • They should stop touting the importance of “establishing the run.” Because it’s not important. • The triple is the most exciting play in sports. • Baseball should abolish the designated hitter. • Pitch clocks, too. • Skittles should bring back lime. Green apple is trash. • How will the Bucs do this season? Everything they have done or will do, they will do over and over and over again.

Who is Jameis Winston? We still don’t know.

[DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]
The game tape and numbers paint a picture of a maddeningly inconsistent quarterback.

NFL Mock Draft Monday: Will Devin White be Kwon Alexander 2.0 for the Buccaneers?

Devin White ran a 4.42 40-yard dash last month at the NFL combine, the fastest of any linebacker. [Associated Press]
If Tampa Bay chooses the linebacker in the first round, it likely will be passing on the chance to upgrade its pass rush.

NFL Mock Draft Monday: The Bucs’ No. 1 priority is ...

Greedy Williams, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks of the 2019 NFL draft class, intercepted eight passes during his two seasons at LSU. [Associated Press]
Tampa Bay wants to be aggressive on defense. It’ll need upgrades in its secondary for that to work.

Takeaways from the Tampa WrestleMania 36 announcement

Plus, a prediction for the main event.

XFL names Marc Trestman as head coach and GM of Tampa Bay team

Marc Trestman was most recently head coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
He brings 30 years of NFL and CFL experience to Vince McMahon’s revived spring football league.