Saturday, November 17, 2018


Tom Jones, Times sports columnist

Tom Jones, Times sports columnist

Tom Jones writes columns and television/radio commentary for the Tampa Bay Times' Sports section. He has covered everything from high schools to colleges to professional sports since starting with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1986. After the Independent, Tom worked at the Times (1987-91), the Tampa Tribune (1991-96), the Times again (1996-2000), the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (2000-03) and returned for his third stint at the Times in 2003. Though he has covered all sports, Tom is a hockey writer at heart. He covered the Tampa Bay Lightning from its first game in 1992 until moving to Minnesota to cover the Wild for three years. He returned to the Times again to cover the Lightning until taking over as writer and editor for Page Two in 2006. He lists Herb Brooks, Lou Piniella and Wayne Gretzky as the most interesting personalities he has covered and the 2002 Winter Olympics as the best event he has covered. Tom co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. He previously hosted a weekly sports roundtable show on Bright House Sports Network. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): listen live

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...
Published: 11/03/18
Updated: 11/04/18
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during practice. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Even Jameis Winston doesn’t appear sure of his future with the Bucs

TAMPA — Each week, the starting quarterback for the Bucs stands at a podium in the media room at One Buc Place. So that meant Jameis Winston met with reporters while standing at his locker. That's what the backup quarterback...
Updated one month ago