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.

Bucs-Panthers: Jameis Winston is not the one, and other lessons learned

The Bucs' Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and lost a fumble against Carolina Sunday. It's never good when a quarterback's turnover total is twice his jersey number. Tim Ireland  |  Associated Press
After suffering a 37-26 beatdown, the team should extend its stay in London, maybe indefinitely. | Thomas Bassinger

Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh: Who has had the better 2019 season?

Live 9:30 a.m. Sunday from London: Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh, Round 2! Associated Press
Before the season, the Buccaneers cut their longtime defensive tackle. They think they made the right call, but what do the numbers and film say?

O.J. Howard hasnít disappeared. The Buccaneers are just using him differently.

Bucs tight end O.J. Howard caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. Butch Dill  |  Associated Press
He isnít catching passes because he isnít running as many routes. And itís not helping Tampa Bayís offense.

XFL update: Tampa Bay Vipers reveal ticket prices, league sets draft format

The Tampa Bay Vipers will slither into Raymond James Stadium in February. XFL
The teamís pitch: an affordable game-day experience.

XFL draft: Roberto Aguayo returning to Tampa Bay?

Roberto Aguayo, whom the Bucs picked in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, played in Tampa for one season. Times (2016)
The rebooted spring football league, the brainchild of wrestling promoter Vince McMahon, will hold its draft next week.