The Bucs Drive For 55

The great part about the sporting world is that it has moments no one expects. After the Rays reached their summit on Friday night in clinching a playoff spot, only a few expected the Bucs to do big things against the Rams.

In Los Angeles, where the Bucs played their first ever game in 1976 – the Buccaneers made history with a 55-40 win over the previous season’s NFC champs. The odd thing about Tampa’s scoring spree is that it could have easily have been more, despite breaking their all time single game scoring record of 48.

If the Bucs can find some maturity on defense, the future for Tampa Bay’s NFL franchise may get here sooner than anyone expected. Their game this Sunday against New Orleans could be a indicator of how far they already have come.

Return To Glory?

Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, it was a memorable year for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019, despite all the drama swirling around their future.

It was six years and a manager ago when the Rays played meaningful games in October. With so many talented players winding up on other teams, it sure seemed longer.

But when that final out was registered in Toronto on Friday night that clinch Tampa Bay’s spot – the frustrations eased way. The young team celebrated without restraint their achievement – hopefully with more rewards awaiting them.

Congratulations to the Rays – in my book, you’re winners.

Another One Of The Good Guys

Another one of my radio colleagues passed away during the week. Most people in the Tampa Bay Area knew him as Howard Hewes – I got to know him as Joel Vincent, another one of his radio monikers.

I knew of Howard as early as 1985 at the age of 14- working my first job at The Coffee Mill off of Indian Rocks Road In Largo. He was the afternoon drive host on WHBO, and it was my first experience hearing this new format called “oldies” – hearing songs from previous decades I’d never heard of before.

I’d see him on TV on Saturday mornings hosting a car show in the late 80’s – which advertised local car dealerships. In early 1991, I got the chance to work with him at Sun Radio Network, as he would host a two hour talk show that was usually open topic.

For a time, I had to rely on public transit to get to work – back at a time when the local system didn’t make it all that easy to get to eastern Clearwater. I’d walk east on Ulmerton to the SRN studios, and Joel would show up as I got on the side roads, wanting to give me a lift the rest of the way.

A classy guy who I look forward to seeing again when my time passes. God speed, Joel.

The Haggis Is In The Fire For Sure

I don’t like doing political posts twice in a row, but sometimes the times we live in can’t be ignored.

The day I’ve feared would come now has – President Trump and the Democrats are now locked in mortal political combat over an attempt to remove a President from office that appears very unlikely to occur.

I can argue my point of view until the proverbial cows come home. I’d rather not do that the better part of forever, if you don’t mind. This is an event that could get very ugly very fast – and who knows which “side” of history is the “right” one.

What I am about to say is not intended to be hype – but I hope my country survives this.

Impeachment Revisited

Until 67 duly sworn United States senators say otherwise, Donald Trump is President of the United States.

The push to impeach the President, which seems to have gone on since the moment he was sworn in, has been renewed with the rumor of a quid pro quo relationship with the leader of the Ukraine in exchange for dirt on presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Based on minimal evidence up to this point in time, the Democrats and their friendlier outlets in the media have renewed such impeachment calls – all without revealing (to this point) what exact laws the President broke.

Personally, I don’t think right now it goes anywhere. Even if the Dems reach their goal of impeachment – it is not the true end result. Removal from office would be, and unless something really goes wrong – that ain’t gonna happen.

Sleep… Whatting?

Infrequently, just like we all do, I get sick – sometimes as a byproduct of getting better or eating better food.

Twice this past week I woke up from sleeping, sensing something wasn’t right. I felt the rear part of my shorts and felt a substance that shouldn’t have been there – that would normally be disposed of at my convenience. I wanted to yell like the guy who finds the severed head of a horse in The Godfather, but I didn’t think it would be practical.

To the shower, mucho pronto – and a trip to the washer/dryer at some point thereafter. A conga line between the bedroom and bathroom soon ensued.

So when this happens to you, your two best friends are Pepto Bismol and Rid-X. Oh, and a lot of laundry detergent.