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.

XFL 2020: As the relaunch nears, answers to your burning questions

Clinton Lynch, who was a running back for Georgia Tech from 2015 to 2018, was one of about 150 players who worked out at the XFL's Summer Showcase in June at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [XFL]
When will we learn the team names? See the uniforms? When’s the draft?

Ranking the Buccaneers’ most important moves (and nonmoves) of the 2019 offseason

Bucs coach Bruce Arians: “We have one goal every year, and that’s to win the Lombardi Trophy.” [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Who will have the most impact? The veteran free agents? The rookie draft picks? The coaches?

The Buccaneers will spend more than $200M in 2019. Here are the highest-paid players.

Ndamukong Suh is the third-highest paid player on the Bucs defense, after Jason Pierre-Paul and Lavonte David. [CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press]
Four of Tampa Bay’s 11 highest-paid players are offensive linemen.

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Buccaneers to draft, Buccaneers to avoid

Chris Godwin's 95 targets last season ranked third on the Bucs, behind Mike Evans' 138 and Adam Humphries' 105. With Humphries leaving to sign with the Titans, Godwin is likely to see his share of targets increase. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
What to expect from Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, plus what you should do if you miss out on O.J. Howard.

XFL rules: How the XFL will be different from the NFL

The XFL hosted more than 150 prospects Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as part of its “Summer Showcase.” [XFL]
League commissioner Oliver Luck reveals the rationale for double forward passes and three-point conversions.