Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Tom Jones, Times Columnist

Tom Jones, Times Columnist

I don’t cheer for any teams and I don’t hate your team. I’m an objective sports columnist. I call it like I see it. But I can promise you that I love sports and believe everything I write. I hope I can make you think or laugh or cry or even get angry. But, most of all, I hope to make you care about what I’m writing. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but I’ve lived mostly in Tampa Bay since 1982 along with my wife, a Florida girl, and two grown sons who are now diehard Tampa Bay sports fans. Along with you the reader, I’ve seen all of our teams win a bunch and lose a bunch. What a ride it has been and continues to be.

Turkeys stand in a pen at a turkey farm in New Jersey. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Craig Warga

Tom Jones’ Sports Turkey of the Year

Tom Jones' annual mockery of those in sports who acted like clowns, boneheads, numbskulls or creeps over the year.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans watch the fourth quarter against Washington. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Beleaguered Bucs fans deserve a win Sunday

Haven't Bucs fans been through enough this season?
Published: 11/16/18
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ian Beckles is returning to WDAE with longtime Tampa Bay-area radio personality Ron Diaz. (Times file)

Major shakeup at WDAE: J.P. Peterson out, Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles return

Ron & Ian returns and J.P. Peterson is out as WDAE shakes up its lineup.
Published: 11/15/18
Updated: 11/16/18
UCF players take the field against Navy at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. UCF won, 35-24. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) 1245275

Enjoy College GameDay, UCF. This is as good as it should get

ESPN's College GameDay is going to UCF this weekend.Great. Now the most delusional college football fan base in the country will become completely insufferable.Well, good for you UCF. You can hold up signs. You can boo...
Published: 11/15/18
Jameis Winston (3) talks to teammates during the second half of the Bucs' 16-3 loss to Washington Sunday. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

The Bucs are starting a journeyman over Jameis Winston. Here’s what that means

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter didn't take long to figure out who his starting quarterback will be this week. Less than 24 hours, to be exact.Fairly soon after the Bucs limped off the field following Sunday's embarrassingly futile 16-3 loss to...
Published: 11/13/18
Jameis Winston (3) talks to teammates during the second half of the Bucs' 16-3 loss to Washington Sunday. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

This should be Bucs’ next turn on the road to nowhere

TAMPA — Well, that's about as vintage Bucs as it gets. The Yucks, if you will.During the game: two interceptions, two fumbles, two missed field goals.After the game: plenty of shrugs, grim faces and blank...
Published: 11/11/18
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht chat before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

What should we make of Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht?

TAMPA – So what do we make of Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht?That's what this Bucs season has suddenly turned into, a referendum on the head coach and general manager.Will they survive to keep their jobs beyond this year?...
Published: 11/10/18
Isn't everyone tired of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, right, by now? (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Here are the things in sports that GOTTA GO!

The Washington football team comes to town this weekend to play the Bucs.Notice we didn't use the nickname. We refuse. It's offensive. And don't even try to argue it. It's wrong and it needs to go.It's not the only thing in sports...
Published: 11/08/18
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (91) lines up for the puck drop with H. Lee Moffitt, Tommy Miracle, John Cullen and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) at center ice before dropping the ceremonial first puck on Hockey Fights Cancer night. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Ex-Lightning star, cancer survivor John Cullen counts his blessings

Tampa — Remember John Cullen?If you're a life-long Lightning fan, of course you do. He's something of a legend in these parts. A true inspiration.If you don't remember his story, he has lived to tell about it.And...
Published: 11/07/18
Jameis Winston (3) has been benched for performance for the first time in his NFL career. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

What is going to happen to Jameis Winston?

It's Fitz-magic Time.All eyes will be on Tampa Bay's new favorite player, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sunday when the Bucs take on the Panthers in a critical division game.This could be one heck of a feel-good story.But what if it's...
Updated one month ago