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Journalism That Matters Award Winning Journalist Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times takes you inside Tampa Bay Sports each weekday. Rick will go deeper into the biggest stories in Tampa Bay and have great guests to give even more insight on the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, USF and more.

Journalism That Matters Award Winning Journalist Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times takes you inside Tampa Bay Sports each weekday. Rick will go deeper into the biggest stories in Tampa Bay and have great guests to give even more insight on the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, USF and more.
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Journalism That Matters Award Winning Journalist Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times takes you inside Tampa Bay Sports each weekday. Rick will go deeper into the biggest stories in Tampa Bay and have great guests to give even more insight on the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, USF and more.








The Bucs Schedule Has a Tough Start, Kendall Beckwith is Hurt & Nikita Kucherov is in for Game 5

The NFL did the Buccaneers no favors with their opening 3 games of the 2018 schedule at New Orleans and home against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh making an 0-3 start possible, plus linebacker Kendall Beckwith broke his ankle and had surgery so his status for the start of the season is in question. Nikita Kucherov will not be suspended for his hit on Sami Vatanen as the Lightning look to win the series on Saturday and the Rays face off vs. the Twins with Chris Archer on the mound and they...


Lightning Beat the Devils Behind Kucherov's Hits and Goals

Nikita Kucherov scores two goals and delivered some big hits at the Lightning beat the Devils 3-1 to take a 3-1 series lead in a game that was very physical from the Bolts. The Rays beat the Rangers to win a series at home as Jake Faria pitches well and Alex Colome had some shaky moments, plus the Bucs schedule will be released on Thursday and we'll hear from Jason Licht about next week's NFL Draft.


Jameis Winston's 5th Year Option Picked up, Lightning Ready for Game 4 as Tom Jones Joins Us

The Lightning are preparing for Game 4 of their first round matchup with the Devils and Tom Jones joins us to break it down, the Rays lose to the Rangers 7-2 as Yonny Chirinos is roughed up, the Bucs pick up the 5th year option on QB Jameis Winston, and Florida State QB Deondre Francois was suspected of intending to sell marijuana but the search warrant didn't turn up enough evidence.


Lightning Penalties Cost Them Game 3, Rays Blake Snell Pitches Well & Bucs Players Back for OTAs

The Tampa Bay Lightning lose to the New Jersey Devils 5-2 after taking the lead early in the 3rd period but the number of penalties they took caught up to them and cost the game, the Rays break out the lumber beating the Rangers 8-4 behind Blake Snell pitching into the 7th inning allowing only 1 run and no walks, and the Bucs players returned to One Buc Place on Monday for OTAs including WR Desean Jackson.


Kevin Kiermaier Hurt Again and Lightning Take First 2 Games Over Devils

The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken a 2-0 series lead as they head to New Jersey for Game 3 and they may be without Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi who left Game 2 with injuries, and they may face a new goaltender for the Devils. Plus the Rays get swept by the Phillies at Tropicana Field but the bigger loss may be Kevin Kiermaier who sprained his thumb and may miss significant time for the 3rd straight season.


The Lightning Don't Disappoint in Game 1 vs. the Devils

We have missed the NHL Playoffs in Tampa Bay and the Lightning didn't disappoint in Game 1 as they defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2 in their first playoff game in nearly 2 years. Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde were fantastic as the Lightning carried play but once again the penalty kill tripped them up leading to goals. Tampa Bay will host game 2 on Saturday, meanwhile the Rays return to the Trop tonight for a series vs. the Phillies and it seems like they have...


Bobby 'The Chief' Taylor on Lightning Game 1 vs New Jersey and Rays blow another late lead

We break down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs the New Jersey Devils with Fox Sports' Bobby 'The Chief' Taylor as we discuss Andrei Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, the Penalty Kill, and more. Plus the Rays blow a 1-run lead in the 8th and lose the series finale to the White Sox and the Bucs preseason schedule is out including joint practices with Marcus Mariotta and the Tennessee Titans.


Breaking Down Lightning vs Devils and the Rays are Streaking in Chicago

The Tampa Bay Lightning start the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday and we have the Tampa Bay Times' Debby Downer, Tom Jones, to break the series down for you and the Rays are now streaking having won two in a row in Chicago but once again it didn't come without 9th inning drama from Alex Colome.


Rays Finally Win Their Second Game and Steven Stamkos Returns to Practice for the Lightning

The Tampa Bay Rays finally win their second game of the season but not without some drama, and snow, plus the Lightning begin preparations to face the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the playoffs and their captain Steven Stamkos was back on the ice after missing the last 3 games, meanwhile you'll hear from East Lake Grad Mason Cole as he is preparing for the NFL draft.


The Lightning Are Eastern Conference Champs and the Rays Blow a 5-run Lead in the 8th Inning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division Champs for the first time since 2003-04 as the Stinkin' Panthers beat the Boston Bruins again. The Bolts will face the New Jersey Devils beginning on Thursday in round 1 of the playoffs. Plus the Rays lose again to Boston, this time blowing a 7-2 lead in the 8th inning as Matt Andriese and Alex Colome can't hold it and unlikable Patrick Reed wins the Masters.


Kevin Kiermaier is Struggling and Should the Bucs Take Saquon Barkley if Available

The Rays lose by giving up a 2-run lead in the 9th as Alex Colome struggled after not pitching for a week. Tampa Bay is struggling offensively, especially their 3 big hitters in Kevin Kiermaier, Wilson Ramos and Carlos Gomez as they've scored 15 runs in 7 games. Plus if Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is available with the 7th pick in the NFL Draft, should the Bucs take him? Also the Lightning are back in first place thanks to the Panthers and a local girl helps prevent a shooting.


Mailbag: Describe the Rays Season, The Bucs Draft & Lightning Playoff Chances

We answer your questions on today's podcast including the one word to describe the Rays season thus far, what will the Bucs do in the draft, has your outlook on the Lightning changed after the Bruins win and more on Sports Day Tampa Bay with Rick Stroud.


The Lightning Gear Up For Playoffs By Blanking Boston

The Tampa Bay Lightning win a statement game against the Bruins as they pull back into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with 2 games to go. The Bolts shutout Boston as they play their best game in a long time and are gearing up for the playoffs. Meanwhile the Rays lose in New York to the Yankees in awful weather and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston unveils his Dream Room at a local elementary school.


What Is Wrong With the Tampa Bay Lightning?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost 4 of 5 and are no longer in 1st place in the Eastern Conference so what if anything is wrong with them? We chat with Tampa Bay Times Columnist Tom Jones as the playoffs are just over a week away and Steven Stamkos is hurt, plus Villanova throttles Michigan to win their 2nd National Championship in 3 years.


Exclusive Interview with Bucs Co-Chairman Joel Glazer

Rick Stroud sits down for an exclusive interview with Bucs Co-Chairman Joel Glazer to discuss what went wrong with the team in 2017, why GM Jason Licht and Head Coach Dirk Koetter are back, the truth about any interest they may have had in Jon Gruden returning and what he thinks of the Jameis Winston in light of the NFL investigation that is ongoing. Plus the Rays can pitch and play defense but can they hit, the Lightning lose again to another good team and the NCAA National Championship...


A SPAN of Emotion for Rays Opening Day

The Rays win on Opening Day in dramatic fashion as Tampa Catholic's Denard Span comes through with a 3-run triple in a 6-run 8th inning to beat the Red Sox 6-4 in his first game in Tampa Bay. Plus the Lightning lose in Boston 4-2 and fall out of first place for the first time since October 17th.


Rays Opening Day Preview and 20th Anniversary Look Back with Marc Topkin

Longtime Rays Beat Writer Marc Topkin sits down with Rick Stroud to discuss the Rays 21st Opening Day, what's ahead for this team and a look back at the last 20 seasons including the ups and down and craziness that has been Rays Baseball.


NFL investigation into Jameis Winston is "frustrating"

Rick Stroud is at the NFL Owners Meetings with insights from Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter on their free agent signings, what they are looking for in the draft, who will start at guard, what to expect from Vernon Hargreaves, and how frustrating the investigation into Jameis Winston is, plus you'll hear from Bucs Co-Chairman Joel Glazer on his thoughts about the Winston investigation. Also the Rays are 1 day from the start of the season and the Lightning are barely hanging onto first place in the...


Rays 20th Anniversary Memories

Rick Stroud looks back at 20 years of Rays memories as Tampa Bay gets set for Opening Day this week on the 20th anniversary, the NFL defines what a catch is and the Tampa Bay Lightning struggle vs Arizona as they risk falling out of first place.


Reaction from Jason Licht Interview, JPP speaks and Rays scale back roster

Bucs new defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul spoke with the media including getting choked up talking about his hand injury from a few years ago, reaction from our Jason Licht exclusive interview last week including the back stories on signing free agents, the Rays pair down their roster including optioning Austin Pruitt to Triple A, the Final Four is set for next weekend and the Lightning are in action tonight vs. Arizona.


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