Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Jake Bauers, right, celebrates a three-run home run with Rays teammate Kevin Kiermaier Friday in Minneapolis. [Associated Press]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays conclude surprising first half of season

A walkoff loss on Sunday is the Rays' third in four games to the Twins and brings the first half of the season to a close. The team enters the All-Star break a surprising two games over .500 but will be without All-Star catcher Wilson...
Published: 07/16/18
Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Colorado Avalanche during a 2016 game in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Will the Lightning trade for Erik Karlsson?

Rick Stroud returns from vacation to discuss reports that the Lightning will acquire star defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.He also talks about reaction to Jameis Winston's three-game suspension, the Rays' crazy home...
Published: 07/06/18
Rays second baseman Daniel Robertson prepares to tag out Miami Marlins' J.B. Shuck after Shuck attempted to steal second base during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game in Miami. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop two of three in Miami

The Rays lose to the Marlins 3-0 in what may have been a hangover from Tuesday night's 16 inning win that saw the Rays get two hits from a relief pitcher, catcher Jesus Sucre pitch, Mallex Smith benched and so much more.Plus, Rick Stroud...
Published: 07/05/18
Booger McFarland, working for SEC Network, broadcasts from Florida's NFL Pro Day in 2017. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Booger McFarland on Monday Night Football, Bucs and more

Booger McFarland joins Rick Stroud to talk about his start in broadcasting six years ago, his new job on Monday Night Football and growing up in Louisiana.He also talks about the influences Warren Sapp and Tony Dungy had on him and...
Published: 07/03/18
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman (2) points to the dugout after being tagged out by Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria during a game in Houston in June. [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays welcome Astros to Tropicana Field

The Rays welcome the Astros to Tropicana Field on Thursday riding a five-game winning streak against teams above .500. Plus, the Lightning was in Los Angeles to meet with free-agent-to-be John Tavares.Also, defending champion...
Updated one month ago
Rays radio broadcaster Andy Freed, left, calls the action with Dave Wills during a game against the Oakland Athletics last season at Tropicana Field. [Times files]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Rays broadcaster Andy Freed

Rays radio broadcaster Andy Freed joins Rick Stroud on today's podcast to discuss how he met radio partner Dave Wills, how he almost got the Angels job a few years earlier, the Rays' 2018 season and more.Also, the Rays win a...
Updated one month ago
Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) slides into home plate as Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino (29) waits for the throw after Sucre scored on a base hit by Jake Bauers. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays thump Nationals

The Rays thump the Nationals 11-0 on Monday behind seven shutout innings from Blake Snell, a Kevin Kiermaier grand slam and Wilson Ramos' two home runs.Plus, the Lightning makes qualifying offers to four players, USF's athletic director...
Updated one month ago
Jameis Winston is seen on the sidelines during a game between the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons in November at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. [Times files (2017)]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Witness says Jameis Winston was unruly and alone in Uber

Tom Jones joins the podcast to talk about Jameis Winston's reported three-game suspension, as information from another witness has come out saying Winston was unruly and in the Uber by himself during the evening in question.Plus, the...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, left, speaks with quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the Dec. 18 game vs. Atlanta. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Will this be Jameis Winstonís last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they...
Updated one month ago
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston reportedly will be suspended for three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. [Times files (2017)]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to...
Updated one month ago