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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.








Two Weapons Didn't Practice For Bucs & Neil Solondz On The Rays Hunt For The Playoffs With 6 Weeks To Play

Rick Stroud was at The AdventHealth Training Center on Monday where Mike Evans and Ronald Jones didn't practice with injuries and they may not play on Friday night vs. Cleveland. The Bucs did get WR Scotty Miller back who coach Bruce Arians says needs to impress in the next 2 preseason games. Plus Rays Radio Pre/Post game host Neil Solondz on the Rays playoff push, who might be coming to help the team down the stretch and how good as Willy Adames been lately in the field. Today's show is...


Jason Licht's Surprising Extension as Bucs GM, Matt Gay Goes From Waiter To Kicker & Rays Walk-Off Twice To Take Series From Tigers

Rick Stroud broke the news early Saturday morning that the Buccaneers quietly gave General Manager Jason Licht a 4-year extension with a 5th-year option back in January despite going 27-53 in his 5 seasons but it turns out that was what Bruce Arians wanted. Plus Matt Gay goes from washed out soccer player and waiter to kicking footballs in college and now the NFL and the Rays perhaps should have been swept by the last place Tigers but they manage to walk-off on Saturday and Sunday to take 2...


Which Players Need To Impress For The Buccaneers Tonight and Tom Jones On The Hot Rays and Bucs

The Buccaneers are taking on the Dolphins in their 2nd preseason game tonight so who needs to impress on the field to make the team as Coach Bruce Arians has already said he could cut the roster to 60 right now meaning there aren't many spots up for grabs. Plus Tom Jones joins us to talk about his predictions the Rays would be a .500 team as they sit 20 games over right now, plus his thoughts on the Bucs after 1 preseason game and College Gameday is coming to Disney World but no signs or...


Warren Sapp Says Gerald McCoy Was Wrong About His Number, Rays Lose Another Player To Injury & Lightning Trade Adam Erne

Rick Stroud spoke to Warren Sapp about Gerald McCoy's stance about the Bucs giving out his #93 the year after they cut him as Sapp says his number shouldn't be off limits as he didn't win anything in Tampa Bay. The Rays lose the final game of their road trip to the Padres but overall go 5-1 but they lost OF Avasail Garcia to an oblique strain which makes him the 23rd Rays player to go on the Injured List this season. The Lightning have traded Restricted Free Agent Adam Erne to the Red Wings...


Ryan Fitzpatrick Now Mentoring Josh Rosen, Ronde Barber On Upcoming Ring of Honor Induction and Marc Topkin On The Red-Hot Rays

Rick Stroud was at the Advent Health Center where Ryan Fitzpatrick returned as part of joint practices with the Miami Dolphins and he discuss why the Bucs didn't want Fitzpatrick to back up Jameis Winston this year and what Dolphins QB Josh Rosen says about his mentor now playing in Miami, Ronde Barber spoke about his upcoming induction into the Bucs Ring of Honor this year as he talked about some of his memories and that tremendous game he had in Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game,...


MAILBAG: Should Bucs Depth Concern You, How Good Is Matt Gay, Will Rays Make A Splash In Free Agency Next Year & Do Gators Have Enough DBs This Year

Rick Stroud answers your mailbag questions including if the Bucs lack of depth should concern fans, how does Bruce Arians no-nonsense style impacts the team, how good is rookie place kicker Matt Gay, how many wins does Jameis Winston need this year to remain a Buccaneer, does Tom Jones know anything about baseball, will the Rays make a splash move in free agency this off-season, should the Rays bring back Ben Zobrist for leadership, is Willy Taggart's job in jeopardy at Florida State, what...


The Bucs 'Perfect Drive', Deja Vea All Over Again & Rays Yarbrough Pulled After 8.2 Shutout Innings In 1-0 Win In Seattle

Rick Stroud breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from the Buccaneers first preseason game in Pittsburgh including what head coach Bruce Arians called the 'perfect drive' to open the game for Jameis Winston and the offense. The defense looked good to start but had some penalty issues late, Matt Gay looked good kicking a 55-yard field goal and some rookies did well to impress. We learned Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea may miss up to a month of the regular season after hurting his knee in...


Previewing the Buccaneers First Preseason Game Under Coach Bruce Arians

Tampa Bay Times Buccaneers Beat Writers Rick Stroud and Eduardo Encina discuss the Bucs first preseason game under new Head Coach Bruce Arians as they're in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. They break down who isn't on the trip, who needs to impress, and how long will the starters play.


Vita Vea Is Out As Bucs Awaiting Swelling In His Knee To Subside, Rays Lose Series to Blue Jays and Joey Knight On USF's Changes For This Season

Rick Stroud provides and update on Bucs Defensive Tackle Vita Vea who left Tuesday's practice after hurting his knee. He is out until the swelling goes down so they can do another MRI. Vea isn't the only Bucs not travelling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers as the Bucs will have their final walk through today. The Rays lose 2 out of 3 to the Blue Jays as the offense with runners in scoring position disappeared and Bulls Beat Writer Joey Knight joins us to discuss the changes that USF...


What To Watch For In Buccaneers First Preseason Game Under Bruce Arians & Did Rays Do Enough at Trade Deadline

Rick Stroud is joined by Spectrum Sports 360's Chris Torello to discuss what they are looking for in the Buccaneers first preseason game under Coach Bruce Arians, did the Rays do enough at the trade deadline to remain a playoff contender and how are their prospects doing, plus they break down the Lightning's newest acquisition, Bolt.


Lavonte David Has Knee Surgery, Dare Ogunbowale On Training Camp, Rays Win Streak Snapped, Yonny Chirinos To Miss A Month, and Lightning Sign Kevin Shattenkirk

Bucs Linebacker Lavonte David will miss the preseason after having knee surgery and hopes to return for the regular season so what does that mean for the Bucs defense who is already without Jason Pierre-Paul to start the season, plus Rick Stroud sat down with running back Dare Ogunbowale to discuss how training camp is going and what changes he's made this year. The Rays 6-game winning streak was snapped on Monday as they were shutout by the Blue Jays and they place Yonny Chirinos on the...


Jameis Winston With 2 Great Practices This Weekend, Rays Win 6 In A Row & Remembering NFL Writer Don Banks

Rick Stroud breaks down his thoughts after 8 Buccaneers practices including how the defense look much improved, the offense has weapons and Quarterback Jameis Winston may have had his 2 best practices as the Buccaneers QB ever. The Rays have been rolling as winners of 6 in a row, scoring 6 runs or more in 7 straight games and have moved back into the 2nd Wild Card spot in the standings, plus Rick remember a long-time colleague from the St. Petersburg Times, Don Banks, who passed away at the...


Rick and Tom On Bruce Arians' Health, Are Rays Contenders, and Andrei Vasilevskiy's New Contract

Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss just how concerned you should be about Bruce Arians health after the Andrea Kremer piece which told us that every year he's been a head coach he has gone to the hospital. Plus now that the trade deadline has passed, are the Rays contenders for the playoffs, did the Lightning make a good decision locking Andrei Vasilevskiy up for 8 more years and why are there so many people complaining about Lebron James at his son's basketball games.


MAILBAG: How Is This Bucs Training Camp Different From Last Year, What Is Different About The Defense, and Are The Rays A Playoff Team?

Rick Stroud answers your mailbag questions including what is different at Training Camp under Bruce Arians compared with Dirk Koetter or Lovie Smith, how is Todd Bowles defense different than Mike Smith, is Scotty Miller a diamond in the rough, who might be a salary cap casualty this year, are the Rays a legitimate playoff team with all of their injuries, how much longer will the Rays use the Opener, and with little roster turnover why should we expect a different playoff result for the...


The Glazers Wanted Bruce Arians To Call Plays, What Deal Did He Make With His Wife To Take The Job & How Concerned Should You Be About His Health?

Rick Stroud speaks with Andrea Kremer from HBO's Real Sports about her piece on new Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians including how he's gone to the hospital every season he has been a head coach, how the Glazers weren't happy that he won't be calling plays this season and the deal he made with his wife to take the job. Today's show is presented by Swimming with the Manatees at Book online at or call 352-777-1796!


Rookie Safety Mike Edwards Has Been Bucs Best Defender In Training Camp, Lightning Lock Up Vasilevskiy & Should Rays Make A Big Trade?

Rick Stroud breaks down Day 5 of Bucs Training Camp as the defense continues to shine and outperform the offense including a pick-six by rookie safety Mike Edwards which was followed by a choreographed celebration of riding a roller coaster. Edwards has been the best player on the defensive unit thus far and he looks like a great pick in the 3rd round for the Buccaneers. Also the Lightning sign Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to an 8-year $76 million dollar deal making him the 3rd highest paid...


Bucs Defense Dominates In First Padded Practice & Rays Wild Weekend in Toronto

Bucs Beat Writer Rick Stroud gives his thoughts on the first 3 days of Bucs Training Camp including how the defense has dominated the offense so far, Ronald Jones still needs to step up among the running backs, and the kicking competition between Cairo Santos and Matt Gay has been impressive. The Rays took 2 of 3 in Toronto but lost Saturday after leading by 7 runs and then won on Sunday after trailing by 7 runs to cap off a crazy weekend. Plus the Rays made 3 small trades on Sunday getting...


Jameis WInston Has His Swag Back, Devin White's Leading The Bucs Defense & Blake Snell Is Undergoing Surgery And Will Miss At Least A Month

Rick Stroud is joined by Eduardo Encina from One Bucs Place as Blake Snell is undergoing elbow surgery on his pitching arm and will be sidelined at least a month so how does this impact the Rays plans at the trade deadline next week, plus the Bucs have reported to training camp and prepare for their first practice later today. Jameis Winston meet the media and has his swag back while Devin White explains the responsibilities placed on him that he didn't even know.


What Has Caused Rays Latest Tailspin & Do They Need A Bat Or Bullpen Help More

Rick Stroud is joined by Rays Radio's Neil Solondz to talk about the Rays struggles of late, what they might be looking to add by the trade deadline next week, how much have injuries affected the club, and which AL Division leader may not make the playoffs. Today's show is presented by Swimming with the Manatees at Book online at or call 352-777-1796!