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.

Why the Jameis Winston-Peyton Manning comparison is a bad one

“You’re going into your fifth year, you’re not the rookie anymore,” Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said of Jameis Winston. “It’s time. Stuff really should show up now. [BILL KOSTROUN | Associated Press]
Comparing quarterbacks based on their raw interception totals can lead to faulty conclusions. Hereís a better way.

Fewer Jameis Winston interceptions in 2019? Donít count on it.

[PHELAN M. EBENHACK | Associated Press]
The Buccaneers quarterback has shown no signs of reducing his rate of high-risk throws.

Gerald McCoy: The Buccaneers didnít show me the respect I deserved

[Fox Sports 1]
On Fox Sports 1's ĎUndisputed,í he reveals how he feels about Tampa Bay giving his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh.

Buccaneers restructure Mike Evansí contract to clear salary cap space

Mike Evans caught 86 passes for 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns last season. [CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press]
The move gives the team wiggle room to not only sign draft picks Devin White and Jamel Dean but also make other additions.

Cairo Santos, dead man kicking

In seven games with the Bucs last season, Cairo Santos converted nine of 12 field goals and all 17 of his extra points. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
The incumbent kicker is competing with rookie Matt Gay for a roster spot, but have the Buccaneers already picked the winner?