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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Feeling Better

During the past two weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston went two weeks without throwing a ball until Friday according to http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/Bucs-Jameis-Winston-feeling-better-will-benefit-from-full-practice-week_162224203. Due to a shoulder injury, Winston was unable to participate in a number of team activities. However, with his injury subsiding, he will now be in position to practice and begin throwing again. While he is still sore, he is feeling much better and may be in position to start the team’s next game. He is scheduled to return to practice on Wednesday and begin getting involved in a number of passing drills as well as speak to the media about his progress.

Prior to injuring his shoulder, Winston played well in his last game against the Buffalo Bills. He passed for 384 yards and three touchdown passes with only one interception. This game would prove to be one of the best performances of his career. One of the things that made this quite an accomplishment is that he did not throw a ball until the Friday leading up to the game. Despite not having much time to practice and prepare, he was able to perform at a high level on gameday. By recovering from this injury, Winston should be in position to help his team win its next game and get back in the win column soon.

Last week, Winston kept his same routine but was unable to perform at a high level against the Carolina Panthers. His performance was quite shaky as he completed 21-38 passes for 210 but threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes. Winston also lost a fumble which proved to be a costly turnover. Despite the drop off in performance, Winston looks to bounce back and help his team win its next game. Winston and the coaching staff believe that the timing of his recovery has led to his drop off in performance last week. With more practice reps, Winston should be in better position to play at his best in the coming weeks. The team will play the Saints in New Orleans and face a team that has one of the best offenses in the league. As a result, Jameis will need to play well in order to help his team defeat the Saints and get back into the NFC South division race.

Tampa’s Lance McCullers Pitches in Game 7 of the World Series

According to a recent source http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/Tampa-s-Lance-McCullers-ascends-to-sports-ultimate-stage_162222895, a local Tampa pitcher named Lance McCullers will be pitching in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Lance McCullers has been one of the top pitchers for the Houston Astros this season and will be looked upon to help the team win its first ever World Series championship. McCullers will be in the spotlight as he will look to keep the Astros in the game and allow them to prevail in this decisive Game 7. Lance is used to the spotlight as he was a highly renowned pitcher in the Tampa area during his high school years. He pitched for a local Jesuit school in Tampa and was a standout star. McCullers is now looking to add to his legacy by pitching in the World Series.

By taking the big stage in baseball’s championship round, McCullers will be in position to prove to the nation that he is one of the elite pitchers in the sport. What has made him one of the top pitchers for the Astros this season is his curveball that regularly strikes out batters. He developed this pitch from his father Lance Sr. who pitched in the majors as a reliever for a number of years. However, Lance Sr. was unable to have a long career due to chronic shoulder problems. Lance Jr. will be looking to make his father proud by pitching well in tonight’s Game 7 of the World Series.

Pitching in tonight’s game will mark a first ever scenario for Tampa locals. Nobody from Tampa has ever pitched in Game 7 of a World Series. However this will change tonight as Lance McCullers will represent his city as well as the Houston Astros. During the postseason, Lance has performed very well. He has pitched six innings against the Yankees where he allowed only two hits in six innings. McCullers also closed out the ALCS in Game 7 by pitching four scoreless innings. During the postseason, McCullers has established a good ERA of 2.95. His quality play has given the Astros hope of winning tonight’s do or die game in Los Angeles. By taking the mound in Game 7, Lance McCullers will look to further establish himself as a local Tampa sports hero.

Tampa Ranks High as Vegan City

One of the most important parts of overall personal health is to follow a healthy diet. Today, one of the most common diet recommendations is to eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible, while limiting the amount of fatty meats in your diet. For those that would like to eat a diet that has higher amount of vegetables, one great city to live in would be Tampa, FL.

On November 1, the day after much of the world spent the night consuming a lot of candy, those that would like to follow a plant-based diet would enjoy celebrating World Vegan Day. This day celebrates and educates all of the benefits that come with following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Along with this day of celebration, some have even gone as far as to rank the top 100 cities in the country to determine which city was the most vegan-friendly.

The recent survey found that the city of Tampa, FL (http://www.wtsp.com/entertainment/events/tampa-ranked-in-top-15-best-cities-for-vegans-vegetarians/487890787) is the 15th most vegan friendly city in the United States. Tampa’s nearby neighbor, St Petersburg, was ranked 71st. There were a number of different factors that go into the rankings, which include the overall affordability of vegan products, the accessibility to vegan and organic plant life, and the overall community spirit.

Tampa likely received additional points due to the fact that they host the Tampa Bay Veg Fest every year, which brings together thousands of people that like to eat a clean diet and are looking to learn more about following a vegan diet. The Tampa Bay Veg Fest will also have a number of other activities including yoga, speakers, live music, and even animal rights groups that will be meeting with a lot of different people.

While Tampa did finish 15th on the list of the top, there are a number of other cities that are continuing to show that they have some of the top vegan-options in the country. Some of the top finishers on the overall list included New York City (number 1), Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Washington DC, all of which finished in the top 10. Some of the markets that finished last on the list included Toledo, OH, Greensboro, NC, and Henderson, NV.

Tampa Bay Ray’s Fastballs

Over the last decade, Tampa Bay Rays have recorded more strikeouts than any other pitching staff participating in the American League. Jim Hickey has been their pitching coach for all that time. The coach has an experience of two decades as a coach and pitcher in the minors.

Hickey got to experience how the hitter’s view of a rising fastball in 2004 after joining Houston Astros. He stood against Roger Clemens in the batter’s box, at Clemens’ request. From his position, Hickey could see his challenger zoom through the finish line. According to him, Clemens would turn burn and boom! It was his first time, and he thought that the trajectory would be a ball low.

Fastballs do not rise. However, some of them defy gravity for a longer time than others, making them look like they are rising. Such fastballs usually are not the ones thrown with maximum effort, but the ones that spin the most. According to Jake Odorizzi, Rays’ right-hander, this kind of fastball is usually referred to as the ‘invisiball’. Even though you might be seeing it, it is often challenging to hit it.

Odorizzi and most of his teammates can perform the move. Last season, none of the hardest throwers pitched for Tampa Bay, yet a study by Fangraphs in March indicated that the Rays threw over 60 percent of their fastballs (four-seam) up in the zone. According to Rays’ starter Chris Archer, the players will have to pitch to their level best as it continues to be the team’s edge. Watching the Rays pull the ‘invisiball’ move remains to be the most enjoyable part of the game.

Will Rays Trade for Bullpen Help?

Tampa Bay is only a couple of games out of first place in the AL East, and right on their heels are the New York Yankees. With the race for the division crown red hot, the Bronx Bombers have put a huge amount of pressure on both the first place Red Sox and the Rays with their trade that brought slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and pitcher David Robertson (2.70 ERA, 13 saves) to the team. The pressure is now on Tampa Bay to try and do something to bolster its roster for the stretch run.

One area the Rays are looking at is their bullpen. Yes, Alex Colome has 28 saves, but his 3.71 ERA is a bit high for a closer. Tommy Hunter has done a tremendous job paving the way for Colome with a 1.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28 innings. The rest of the bullpen, however, is suffering from sky high ERAs.

So who can help? One possibility is Philadelphia’s lone All-Star Pet Neshek. He’s 3-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 38 innings. He’s also being targeted by Boston, so Tampa Bay may have to be quick to pull a trigger on any deal for Neshek.

Another pitcher in Tampa Bay’s sights is Justin Wilson. The Detroit closer is 3-3 with a 2.29 ERA and ten saves. With their recent trade of J.D. Martinez to Arizona, the Tigers have shown they are in fire sale mode and willing to deal their top talent. Your text to link…

No doubt one or both of these pitchers will help Tampa Bay’s bullpen, and perhaps give them the edge in the American League East race. The question is, who must the Rays give up to get them?

NHL: After Leaving New York, Dan Girardi Seeks to Prove He Can Still Contribute in Tampa

Last season, NHL Defenseman Dan Girardi was at a crossroads in his career. After an 11-year career with the New York Rangers, Girardi was being “bought out” by the team. Girardi knew he still had a lot left in the tank, so he signed a 2-year, $6 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Of course, for the Rangers it was strictly a business decision. Injuries and the speed of the game have taken their toll on Girardi, per Yahoo Sports Tampa Bay.

Even though Girardi believes he did not leave New York on the best terms, he is a man on a mission. He is seeking to prove that even though his ice time has decreased significantly from 2012 on he can still be competitive for his new term. Even though he only received 26 minutes per game in 2011 and then had that number drop to 25:24, 23:07, 22:41, 20:19 and then 19:06, the Lightning believe that with the right young players around him Girardi can still be an asset to his new team.

Simply put, Girardi is hungry. He has recuperated well from his injuries and continues to train each and every day for his new role with the Lightning. He is on record for saying that he feels “100% great.” Ask Girardi, and he will tell you that there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to staying with one team for a long period. Unfortunately, the trap one can fall in is getting into “cruise control” and getting used to things the way they are.

Now that Girardi has something to prove, we can expect that his productivity numbers will go up, not down. Tampa Bay Lightning fans can definitely look forward to some productive play from Girardi. It is truly the Ranger’s loss.

Ondrej Palat: A Great New Contract

Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Lightning has recently signed a new five year contract. The Lightning is very keen on keeping Palat in Tampa. Palat’s increasing skill and talent provide the team with great hope and faith that the Lightning will perform much better than previous seasons.

Fan explains contract and what it means for the Lighting’s upcoming season.

It is pretty obvious that Palat likes this deal. His new five year contract includes $26.5 million, more than what the average deal usually provides. Palat believes that accepting this contract will help him perform better than he usually does during games. The contract assures him that he will be somewhere for an extended amount of time. It also prevents him from worrying of being traded with.

The Lightning’s general manager, Steve Yzerman, decided that his team’s roster needed to be looked over during the team’s off-season. Yzerman determined that some things needed to readjusted. Lighting’s forward, Jonathan Drouin, was traded for Mikhail Sergachev. Also, the veteran players, Chris Kunitz and Dan Girardi, were added to the team.

Both Girardi and Kunitz have a great amount of experience in the hockey rink. The two players together, have played 283 post-season games combined. Yzerman is confident that these twos players will make the Lightning much more sturdy in this upcoming season. These new adjustments to the team, are most likely going to be very beneficial. Yzerman expects that the team should expect a sharp increase in its performance and coordination in future games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Look to Take Next Step Forward

During the 2016 NFL season several teams took a step closer to the playoffs. One team that looked to make one of the biggest steps forward were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After having several years with poor records, the 2016 team ended up winning nine games and losing just seven. This record had them in contention for the playoffs all year, although they ended up finishing just shy of qualifying. While the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were very good and improved, some believe that they could take an even bigger step forward next year (http://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4373853/tampa-bay-buccaneers-why-they-are-super-bowl-contenders/).

While many people believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still a few years away from making a deep playoff run, others believe that they have as good a chance as any NGC team of winning the conference and going to the Super Bowl. One of the main reasons why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered a favorite to make the playoffs and advance to the Super Bowl is that they will be returning their star quarterback Jameis Winston. In just his second year last year, Winston looked like a Pro Bowl player that had the ability to gain the respect of teammates and opponents.

Another reason why the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers could take another step forward is that they have a much improved offense with several new key skill players. During the offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to sign wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who previously had Pro Bowl seasons with the Eagles and Redskins. They also were considered one of the winners of the draft when they were able to grab OJ Howard in the middle of the first round. Howard was previously a dominant tight end for the University of Alabama. They also made a few key defensive improvements to help reduce opponent scoring.

The Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Dan Girardi

The Lightning just signed defenseman and NHL veteran Dan Girardi to play for them. The contract is $6 million for two years.

Prior to that, he played 63 games for the New York Rangers, an average of 20 minutes per game. He scored four goals and gets credit for 11 assists. This level of performance did not match the goals of his contract with the Rangers, so they bought him out.

The Lightning still need depth in their blue line. They still have only five NHL defensemen. Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman will continue to play the biggest roles for the Lightning. Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman are former Rangers teammates of his.

Girardi’s seven-year-old son Landon was happy at the change because he wanted Steven Stamkos’s autograph. Fortunately, Stamkos texted Girardi a big welcome to the team, and told Girardi to let him know if Stamkos could do anything for him. He probably was not expecting a request for his autograph.

Giradi is 6 feet, 1 inches tall and weighs 212 pounds. At the age of 33, he has played in 788 regular season games and 122 playoff games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also signed Chris Kunitz as forward. Kunitz has earned four Stanley Cup rings. He won two playing with Pittsburgh in the past two years.

The Lightning general manager Steve Izerman said that signing Kunitz and Girardi would make their defense stronger than it was last season. It would bring an element of abrasiveness. That would make them harder to play against.

Girardi said he is a team-first type of guy. He doesn’t look for fights, but he sticks up for his teammates. He plays hard and finishes checks. He says he does not like playing against Kunitz. This implies he will enjoy playing on the same team on Kunitz. Kunitz is a tough player who goes straight up against the opponents and scores goals.

Tampa Bay Rays on the Rise

The Tampa Bay Rays are on the rise once again. While other teams wonder who they are, the Rays know. As a matter of fact, they have known their identity for most of the last decade which has led to a consistency when other teams ride highs and lows. It is also the reason they are once again battling the powerful Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the American League East. With a modest $70 million payroll, they are smart because they know who they are and stay within themselves.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports has them moving into his Top Ten MLB Power Rankings this week ahead of the Yankees. He explains his reasoning in this video clip https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-power-rankings-surprise-al-east-contender-172241269.html . It’s easy to agree with the points he makes.

Chief among his reasons is their consistent and powerful offense led by Logan Morrison, Steven Souza, Jr, and Corey Dickerson. Morrison has 26 home runs, Souza has 18, and All-Star starter Dickerson has 17. They make a combined $6 million or so and have 61 homers not a hundred games into the season. Their pitching rotation features Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, and Jake Odorizzi. It has the second best ERA in the American League behind the Houston Astros. They play solid defense, don’t hurt themselves, win more than they lose, and keep themselves in the pennant race against the behemoths in the division.

The Rays are rising by knowing who they are. They pay their players what they can, create a consistent culture, embrace their identity, and remain true to themselves. They aren’t flashy but they are good. And while everyone else had their eyes focused on the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays are on the rise once again.