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.

NFL Mock Draft Monday: Donít fall in love

LSU linebacker Devin White is expected to be the first linebacker taken in the NFL draft, which begins April 25. [Associated Press]
The chances that a player is better than the next player chosen at his position? Research shows itís a coin flip.

The Raysí opener strategy: Did it work?

Ryne Stanek posted a 2.98 ERA last season, beating his Baseball Prospectus projection by nearly a full run. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
At first glance, it appears so, but other variables could have contributed to Tampa Bayís surge.

Who is Jameis Winston? We still donít know.

[DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]
The game tape and numbers paint a picture of a maddeningly inconsistent quarterback.

NFL Mock Draft Monday: Will Devin White be Kwon Alexander 2.0 for the Buccaneers?

Devin White ran a 4.42 40-yard dash last month at the NFL combine, the fastest of any linebacker. [Associated Press]
If Tampa Bay chooses the linebacker in the first round, it likely will be passing on the chance to upgrade its pass rush.

NFL Mock Draft Monday: The Bucsí No. 1 priority is ...

Greedy Williams, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks of the 2019 NFL draft class, intercepted eight passes during his two seasons at LSU. [Associated Press]
Tampa Bay wants to be aggressive on defense. Itíll need upgrades in its secondary for that to work.