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.

Five reasons the Buccaneers will (and won't) make the NFL playoffs this season

Defensive tackle Vita Vea was 12 years old when the Bucs last made the playoffs. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Ahhhhh, the NFL in May. Clean slates and fresh starts. Optimism is in the air. Everyone is 0-0. Playoffs? Super Bowl? Sure, why not? Dream away.

Here’s the real reason why the Buccaneers defense was so awful

[21st Century Fox]
In 2018, Tampa Bay suffered injuries to a record-breaking degree.

The Jameis Winston haters are wrong. And so are the fanboys.

The Bucs have lost 16 of the past 22 games in which Jameis Winston has started. [ADAM HUNGER | Associated Press]
The Bucs have won 21 of the games in which Winston has started. They should have won seven more.

2019 NFL odds: Will the Buccaneers go over or under 6.5 wins?

The Bucs' chances of winning Super Bowl LIV are 100-1, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. [MARK LOMOGLIO | Associated Press]
The Chargers, Saints, Steelers and even the Lions are among the better bets.

Who were the draft picks the Buccaneers wanted but didn't get?

Three of the first six picks in the second round of last week’s NFL draft were offensive tackles, including Cody Ford, who might have been one of the Bucs’ targets. [BRAD TOLLEFSON | Associated Press]
On at least one occasion, Tampa Bay was prepared to take an offensive lineman, but then another team swooped in.