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Rick Stroud and Tom Jones are back with a daily podcast about Tampa Bay sports including the Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning, USF Bulls, Florida Gators and more. Rick and Tom have written for the Tampa Bay Times for over 20 years each and hosted mornings on 620 WDAE for 4+ years.

Rick Stroud and Tom Jones are back with a daily podcast about Tampa Bay sports including the Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning, USF Bulls, Florida Gators and more. Rick and Tom have written for the Tampa Bay Times for over 20 years each and hosted mornings on 620 WDAE for 4+ years.
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Rick Stroud and Tom Jones are back with a daily podcast about Tampa Bay sports including the Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning, USF Bulls, Florida Gators and more. Rick and Tom have written for the Tampa Bay Times for over 20 years each and hosted mornings on 620 WDAE for 4+ years.






Super Bowl Berths on the Line

Rick Stroud and Tom Jones look back at last week's playoff games to break down the Conference Championship Games this weekend. Rick and Tom agree that New England should roll over Jacksonville but they disagree on Minnesota at Philadelphia

Duration: 00:27:48

What Does it Mean if the GM Cringes at Expectations?

Bucs General Manager Jason Licht told Rick Stroud that he cringed at some of the preseason expectations last season and the outrage from some fans has been more than expected. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down what is all means, plus DeSean Jackson calls out Jameis Winston publicly for 'trying to impress the world', would the Bucs draft OJ Howard if they had to do it all over again, and does the Victor Hedman push Lightning GM Steve Yzerman to make a deal for another defenseman.

Duration: 00:34:46

Can the Lightning Keep This Pace Up?

Tom Jones sits down with Lightning Beat Writer Joe Smith poolside to catch up on the Tampa Bay Lightning through 44 games as they get set to come back from the bye week. Wil the Lightning be looking to add pieces at the Trade Deadline and who might they have to give up, who will fill Victor Hedman's minutes while he is out, and when will the Lightning get an Outdoor game on the schedule?

Duration: 00:20:46

Who Says You Need A Franchise QB in the Playoffs

The NFL’s final four teams are set and the starting quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the games this past weekend including the Vikings miraculous finish, the Jaguars proving they are a better team than the Steelers and the Eagles shutting down the Falcons offense.

Duration: 00:31:02

The Best Football Weekend of the Year

This is the best football weekend of the year as we realize why 4 teams were on a bye last week because they are the best 4 teams and the playoff intensity is ratcheted up. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down each of the 4 divisional playoff games as the NFC South teams are playing really well, plus they look at the Bucs OJ Howard who was scored the worst 1st round draft pick this year by Pro Football Focus.

Duration: 00:20:29

Will Jon Gruden Win More Games This Season Than Dirk Koetter?

It's our rapid fire round as we talk Bucs, Jon Gruden vs. Dirk Koetter, who can stop the Lightning, who will the Rays trade next, how long with the Patriots' Belichick and Brady stay around, what should happen to the College Football Playoff in terms of expansion, how much longer will Nick Saban coach and more.

Duration: 00:29:34

The Lightning Are the Best Team but Will They Hoist the Stanley Cup?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have passed the halfway mark of the season and they remain the best team in the NHL, on pace to set numerous franchise records, and they could have 6 players score 30 goals or more, but do they have an achilles heel? Rick Stroud and Tom Jones talk about this remarkable Lightning season, discuss their MVPs and what could potentially stop the Lightning from hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup.

Duration: 00:30:36

As Expected Tua Tagovailoa Leads Alabama to Another National Title

Alabama wins another National Championship as Nick Saban solidifies himself as the greatest college coach of this generation winning his 6th which ties Bear Bryant. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break the game down including inserting a true freshman QB into the game who hadn't thrown a meaningful pass all season and he lead the comeback.

Duration: 00:31:30

Not So Wild (Card) Weekend

The NFL Playoffs got underway and perhaps the games were underwhelming, but then again the best teams were on byes and we'll see them play next week. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down Marcus Mariotta making football plays, the Falcons showing the NFC South is tough, bad QB play from Buffalo-Jacksonville, and the Saints sweep the Panthers. The guys also preview tonight's National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia and they differ on their picks.

Duration: 00:31:17

The NFL Playoffs Begin and the Bucs are at Home Again

The NFL Playoffs get started this weekend and for the 10th straight season the Bucs will not be playing in them. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the Bucs playoff drought that started before Barack Obama became President and how close they might be to breaking the skid next year. Plus the guys look at the 4 playoff games this weekend.

Duration: 00:20:45

How Should Bucs Fans React to Jon Gruden Going to the Raiders?

Jon Gruden to the Raiders looks like a done deal so how should Bucs fans react to his return to coaching and it isn't a return to the Bucs. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break it down as well as looking at the other NFL coaching vacancies, possible firings to come and TJ Ward's arrest for felony marijuana possession.

Duration: 00:29:40

Did UCF Get Screwed?

Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether UCF got screwed out of a shot at the National Championship after beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl to finish undefeated. They also talk about the All-SEC Championship next week, what is the best way to hold a playoff, the Lightning's incredible statements they are making this year as Andre Vasilevskiy records another shutout on Tuesday night in Toronto, and John Lynch is a Hall of Fame Finalist again, what are his chances and how the entire process...

Duration: 00:40:27

What Could've Been for the Bucs

The Bucs come from behind to beat the NFC South Division Champion Saints in the final game of the 2017 season showing Bucs fans what could have been this year. Jameis Winston struggled in the game but orchestrated a game winning drive for victory. Rick Stroud and Tom break down why Coach Dirk Koetter will be back in 2018 with games like today with a team that hasn't quit despite their record.

Duration: 00:21:00

Koetter's Last Stand?

Will this Sunday be Dirk Koetter's last game as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the matchup with the Saints, what Dirk Koetter's future might be, DeSean Jackson's potential legal troubles after a car owned by him was found wrecked with weed and hollow tip bullets, predictions for Sunday's game, positives from the 2017 season, and some thoughts on the Tampa Bay Storm folding operations.

Duration: 00:29:57

Bucs, Gators and Seminoles Collapse is the Story of the 2017

As 2017 winds down we give our 2018 predictions on who wins the College Football Championship, the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, who will coach the Bucs, who will the Rays trade, how many wins will the college teams get and will Jameis Winston be suspended. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones also pick their 2017 story of the year and sports person of the year.

Duration: 00:36:48

More Fireworks in Bucs Locker Room Than On The Field

The Bucs lost to the Panthers on Sunday to drop to 4-11 on the season but there were some fireworks in the Locker Room after the game as Jameis Winston and Kwon Alexander were upset with Chris Baker after he takes an offsides penalty giving Carolina a late first down on 4th-and-3. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones breakdown what this means for the Bucs, Jameis Winston, and Dirk Koetter whose future is up in the air as he admits it's a distraction down the stretch.

Duration: 00:33:55

Bucs Lose Another Game They Could've Won

The Bucs lose to the Panthers on Christmas Eve in another close game that they could've have, perhaps should've won, and now their record is 4-11 with one game left to play. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the game in which Jameis Winston played well but turned the ball over 3 times as the Bucs seem to find ways to beat themselves each week. Plus the Jon Gruden rumors are getting hotter that he may want to return to coaching and is reaching out to potential assistants for interest.

Duration: 00:24:39

Who's Available to Play for the Bucs on Sunday?

It's a football Friday as the Bucs prepare to take on the Panthers on Christmas Eve with a depleted roster as the injuries are mounting. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the matchup and discuss whether there is concern over Vernon Hargreaves play this year, what is the ceiling for OJ Howard and the future of Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter with the Bucs. The guys also look at some key NFL matchups including the Saints-Falcons.

Duration: 00:29:31

Evan Longo(ne)

A horrible day in Raysville as the Tampa Bay Rays trade the franchise's best player Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. While it was inevitable, it doesn't take the sting away from the day that feels like the Rays are throwing in the white flag and starting over, although they won't say it. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss if December 20, 2017 go down in infamy for this franchise and how will the Rays fans react moving forward through a rebuild while trying to get a new stadium.

Duration: 00:29:18

How Good is Gerald McCoy?

Gerald McCoy is a Pro Bowler for the 6th straight year, one behind Warren Sapp in Bucs franchise history. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss just how good Gerald McCoy is as he's done all this on some bad teams with very little help on the defensive line. Plus as good as Gerald is on the field, he's even better off it. The guys also discuss the official slipping on Monday night trying to set the football, Doug Martin's rule violation, Lane Kiffin's coaching job at FAU and College Signing Day.

Duration: 00:39:56

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