Time To Rebuild for Lightning:

Two years ago they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks. Last season, they were one win away from a second straight trip to the Cup Finals. All indications were the Tampa Bay Lightning were on the cusp of becoming one of the NHL’s elite teams.

 

That’s not the case in 2016-2017. The Bolts are 29-25-8 with 66 points and lingering in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. With playoffs seemingly out of reach, Tampa Bay spent the days leading up to the March 1st trade deadline unloading some of its top players and preparing for rebuild mode.

 

First to go was Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay’s mainstay in goal since 2013-2014. He was sent to the Los Angeles Kings, along with a seventh round draft pick, for goalie Peter Budaj (27-20 this season), defenseman Erik Cernak, and two draft picks. Your text to link… A day later, on February 27th, veteran center Brian Boyle was shipped off to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Byron Froese, who had 24 goals and 15 assists in 48 games this season for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and a draft pick.

 

Deadline day brought the third and final big trade for the Lightning as they eye their future. Valtteri Filppula, who has turned into more of an assist man than a goal scorer over the past three seasons, was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, along with two draft picks, for defenseman Mark Streit, who was immediately sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2018 fourth round draft pick.

 

In losing three prominent players from its roster, the Lightning gained a quality goaltender and four draft picks, five when counting their January 27th deal with Montreal that included defenseman Jonathan Racine, and two prospects in Froese and Cernak. Should the infusion of youth work out, they’ll be added to a roster that already has solid goal scorers like Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson. Once Steven Stamkos is healed up and back on the ice, look for Tampa Bay to be back in the Stanley Cup mix.

 

Will Mike Glennon Back Up or Back Out?

Jameis Winston is the quarterback of the future for Tampa Bay. But the Bucs have offered backup qb Mike Glennon a truckload of money to stay on.

 

Glennon, who’ll be a free agent soon, could make about $8 million a year if he remains Winston’s backup. The deal the Bucs offered him is expected to exceed the contract Chase Daniels got from the Eagles, which was three years and $21 million to back up Carson Wentz.

 

But Glennon seems to be weighing all his options, and might want a chance to be a starter somewhere else. The Jets have shown some interest. In 2015, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan wanted him before they acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now ESPN reports that the team is once again considering Glennon, because he’s only 27, has shown potential, and besides, they’re “desperate for a quarterback” espn.com.

 

It remains to be seen if Glennon really has the stuff to be a starter, though. He hasn’t started a game since 2014. He entered the NFL in 2013, and in his first two seasons he started 18 games and went 5-13. His qb rating for those years was 57.6, and he had trouble with accuracy and often caved in to pressure. And some observers think there’s no market for Glennon bucsnation.com.

 

On the other hand, Glennon was 10 for 11 and 75 yards resulting in a touchdown last season against Atlanta. His lack of experience is largely due to Winston’s good health. And it appears that he’s looking carefully at the starting opportunities available, with no intention of joining a team he can’t succeed on. An unstable coaching situation is out, as well as no protection from a poor O-line.

 

So will it be money and security with the Bucs, or high risk, high reward as a starter somewhere else? It will depend on a few things, but mainly, on what opportunities come up.

 

Bucs Not Yet Ready to Commit to Doug Martin

Bucs May Not Keep Around Doug Martin for Much Longer

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot to consider when it comes to their running back Doug Martin and his potential future.

 

There is a very strong feeling in the air that suggests that the Bucs are looking for someone else to become the starting running back for their team in the 2017 season, because they have readily admitted that they aren’t fully committed to him for this upcoming season.

 

Martin did not dress for the week 16 game at the New Orleans Saints and then found himself suspended for the next four games for violating an NFL policy. Because of this, the Bucs are no longer obligated to guarantee he plays for them next season when he is due for a $7 million salary. Head coach Dirk Koetter, who just finished his first season with the team, noted that Martin was in town the past week, stopped by the office and looked to be completely healthy. After that he is scheduled to go back to California to train until other players return in April.

 

What makes things easier for the Bucs in terms of what to do with Martin is the fact the NFL Draft this year is stocked with several impressive running backs, including Leonard Fournette out of LSU, Dalvin Cook from Florida State and Christian McCaffrey out of Stanford. The team will be looking at all possible options but it is very likely they’ll reach a final decision after the draft.

 

Martin has not been the same player over the course of his five year career. He was drafted out of Boise State in 2012 and ran for over 1,400 yards that year and scored eleven rushing touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod at the end of the season. Since that time, he has struggled to stay healthy and at the end of the 2016 season he only played in eight games and had a career low of 2.9 yards per carry.

 

Rays Star Says Team Will Turn it Around in 2017:

Last year, Evan Longoria had a great season with a .273 average, 98 RBIs, and a career high 36 home runs. That was about the only great thing about 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. The team finished in the basement of the American League East with a record of 68-94, the club’s worst mark since 2007. None of their starting outfielders hit above .250, the entire team batted .243, and the ace of the staff, Chris Archer, was a 19-game loser.

 

But Longoria believes the Rays made a lot of good moves in the off season, giving them a shot at contending in a very tough AL East.

 

“I think we’ve bettered ourselves a little bit,” the All-Star third baseman told the Associated Press. “I think we’ve positioned ourselves to be right there.”

 

One of the biggest acquisitions Tampa Bay made was catcher Wilson Ramos, who hit .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs for Washington last year. Another key pick up looks to be outfielder Mallex Smith, who played 72 games for Atlanta last year, and has 229 career stolen bases in the minors. Your text to link…

 

The Rays also sought to improve their pitching staff by getting Jose De Leon from the Dodgers. The right hander had a 7-1 record with AAA Oklahoma City, and a 2-0 record when called up to the Dodgers. Tampa Bay also added two veteran relievers to its bullpen with Shawn Tolleson (46 saves the last two seasons for Texas) and Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 ERA with Cleveland and Baltimore last year).

 

Tampa Bay opens the season April 2nd at home versus the New York Yankees. In fact, April will be a good test for the retooled Rays as they face all their AL East foes that month; Yankees April 2-5 and 10-13, Blue Jays April 6-9 and 28-30, Red Sox April 14-17, and Orioles April 24-26.

 

 

Lovers of Haters

It’s hard trying to click with someone when they love everything you hate. Social media dating apps like Bumble and Tinder only pair you to people you find physically attractive, but what about those people who are hot but love that one politician you can’t stand? Good news everyone, now there’s an app for that!

Techcrunch.com tells us about a new app called Haters, that pairs you with people who have the same dislikes as you, instead of weirdos who are simply attractive. Let’s face it, looks aren’t everything! Haters evaluates your personal likes, loves, dislikes, and hates and uses that as you “profile” which is used to pair you to other people with similar profiles. But don’t fret, you can still swipe like we all know you love to do on Tinder. On Haters, swipe up to love, swipe right to like, swipe down to hate, and swipe left to dislike. Do you absolutely hate Trump? Swipe down! Do you love Gossip Girl more than anything? Swipe up!

Are you anti-online dating? No worries, in a few months time Haters won’t be just for online dating anymore! You’ll be able to use it as a way to make friends in your area that have the same views or likes/dislikes that you do. That also takes off some of the pressure for those who are looking for relationships, as it won’t be as awkward anymore. Ready to find a lover who’s a hater of the same things you are! Get Haters today!

 

Philanthropy: A Great Motivation

One of the most powerful factors in the success of an individual is his motivation. If one has a strong motivation, then he is going to go far in his life. In Jason Hope’s case. One of his motivations is philanthropy.

When one talks about the philanthropy of Jason Hope, it goes beyond giving to different charities. He gets specifically involved in his community. He looks out for the struggling in his specific city of Scottsdale. This is what makes his acts of service so significant. One major factor behind his acts is that he lives very close to the community he was raised in.

Jason Hope was born and raised in Tempe. He has attended ASU. His majors were Business and Finance. This has helped him a lot in his goals. With his education, he was able to start successful businesses in which he used great money management. This has helped him become a prominent figure in his industry as well as gain respect. Among the recipients of his support are local educational programs. After all, it is education that is going to open people up to the world around them. This will also open up plenty of doors for success.

Among the educational institutions that he has supported, he has chosen the ones that have had the most influence on him. They have taught him responsibility, and financial management skills. He has learned the importance of putting his money towards higher purposes. This brings about a greater sense of fulfillment than just being successful financially can be.

Jason loves the topic of technology. Perhaps one of the reasons that he is so passionate about technology is because he could see where it is going. He understands the good that technology could be used for. For one thing, technology makes it easier for people to do some of the things that they enjoy. For instance, the ability to cook food has been made easier with the help of technology. Smartphones are some of the best forms of technology in that it helps people keep in touch with one another. It also helps people run businesses.

Read more: Talking Net Neutrality & The Internet Of Things With Jason Hope

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Runningback Doug Martin Returns To Action This Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to get a boost on offense this Sunday when they welcome back Runningback Doug Martin to the lineup. Martin had been sidelined for almost the entire first half of this season due to a hamstring injury suffered in week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. His status was listed on this week’s injury report as questionable since his recovery was a day-to-day process, but Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter says he’ll be cleared to play by this Sunday’s game. Filling in for Martin had been Mike James and Peyton Barber, the latter of which had led the team in rushing last week in their loss to Atlanta.

The Buccaneers enter this week’s game at 3-5, tied for third in the NFC South with the Carolina Panthers and facing a 2-6 Chicago Bears team that is fourth in the NFC North. The offense was not the biggest issue in last week’s 48-23 loss to Atlanta, as their defense surrendered a net of 461 yards and 43 points, but still their offense overall only managed 70 rush yards while quarterback Jameis Winston dropped back 48 times. Thus far on the year, the Buccaneers have averaged 108 rush yards per game, good for 16th in the league, while the Bears have averaged about 96, good for 24th in the league.

Doug Martin adds quite a bit of power to a running game that despite having some decent statistics, has lacked the potency that Martin has provided over the last few years. Martin finished the 2015 season 2nd in total rushing yards with 1,402, surpassed only by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, a huge step forward from two setback seasons in 2013 and 2014. Starting this Sunday he’ll look to get back to last year’s form against a Chicago Bears defense that has given up about 100 rush yards per game, and is ranked 12th overall against the run. The Bears themselves are coming off a big upset win against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense, against whom they rushed for 158 yards as a team.

Tampa Bay Bucs Look Strong to Beat Bears

Heading into the 2016 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were considered by many football experts to being on the verge of turning into a perenially winning team. The main reason for the optimism was due to the success of quarterback Jameis Winston, who ended up being one of the top offensive rookies in the NFL last year. While the Buccaneers only ended up winning six games and losing ten, the team looked poised to take a step forward.

 

While the Buccaneers were expected by many to take a step forward this year, the team has gotten off to a slower than expected start. Through the first half of the year, the Buccanners have a record of just three wins and five losses and are three games behind divisional leader, the Atlanta Falcons. Part of the struggles have been due to injury, particularly because of the loss of star running back Doug Martin.

 

While the Buccaneers have not had a good start to the season, many are optimistic that the team can have a stong second half and even compete for a place in the playoffs. The start of the second half of the season starts this Sunday afternoon when the team will host the Chicago Bears. According to a recent article (http://thespun.com/nfl/bears-vs-bucs-prediction-preview-spread-channel), many expec that the Bucs will be able to beat the Bears and get the second half off on the right foot.

 

While the Bears are the favorites in Las Vegas, many people are not properly estimating the impact that the Bucs will have in the game. Star quarterback Jameis Winston has seemed to found his stride in the past few weeks. In the last week he was able to finally connect with Mike Evans, the star receiver, on a consistent basis. While the team lost to the Falcons in a shootout, it is unlikley that the Bears will be able to keep up with the Bucs on a regular basis during the four-quarter game.

 

 

Tampa Bay Looks Forward to Coming Weeks

As they entered the 2016 NFL Season, fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were very optimistic about the new season. In 2015 the team was considered one of the most improved in the NFL as they increased their win total from just two to six. Due to the strong play of quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Doug Martin, it appeared that the team could be ready to take the next step forward.

 

While there was a lot of promise to the upcoming season, the first four weeks of the year did not go as planned as the team lost three of their four games. However, according to recent news (http://thepewterplank.com/2016/10/11/buccaneers-win-changes-seasons-outlook/), the team played very well this week on Monday Night Football and defeated the defending NFC champs, the Carolina Panthers. After winning the game on a last-minute field goal, there is suddenly a lot of optimism about what the team could accomplish the rest of the way.

 

After winning the game, the Buccaneers are now 2 and 3, which places them in third place in the division and two games behind the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers clearly have the talent to win the division, as they are the only team in the NFL to beat the Falcons, which they did in the first week of the season. During week 6 the team will be on a bye week and they will begin to focus on the rest of the year.

 

One of the greatest opportunities that the team has coming up is the return of their star running back, Doug Martin. Martin was hurt early in the second game of the year and has yet to retune, but he is expected by many to be back after the bye week. This is an area where Tampa Bay has struggled, as the backup running backs have not been able to completely replace all of the production that Martin left behind during his absence over the past few weeks.

 

With several divisional games still on the schedule, the Buccaneers have a great chance to gain ground on the Falcons and the rest of the conference. As Winston continues to mature and develop, he will be tough to stop by the end of the year.

 

 

Tampa Bay Continues Team Development with Win

In the 2015 NFL season one of the more surprising teams in the NFL were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the team finished with a record of just 6 wins and 10 losses, it was a big improvement over the 2014 season when they won just four games. Much of the improvement was due to the success of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who was the former number one pick in the NFL draft and quickly showed that he belongs in the NFL.

 

After a good year in 2015, many people expected that the Buccaneers would take another step forward and potentially compete for a spot in the NFL Playoffs. However, the team did not get off to a great start through the first quarter of the season, which saw them start with a record of 1 win and 3 losses. The early season losses included a few blowout losses including those to the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

 

 

While the Buccaneers looked like they were heading towards another losing season, a recent news article (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfl/2016/10/tampa_bay_buccaneers_vs_caroli.html) pointed out that they did a good job redeeming themselves earlier this week on Monday Night Football.

 

 

In front of a national audience, the young Buccaneers team took on the Carolina Panthers, which went to the Super Bowl last year. The Panthers were also off to a poor start this year and were missing their star quarterback, Cam Newton, and starting running back, Jonathan Stewart. Despite the losses of key players, many expected the Panthers to win the game.

 

 

The Buccaneers quickly showed during the game that they were not a team to be overlooked. Their defense was very strong and continued to hold the Panthers who had a tough time moving the ball down the field. Winston looked strong and efficient throughout the game as he finished with 219 yards passing and one touchdown without throwing an interception.

 

 

In the end, the game came down to special teams play. With the score tied up with no time left on the close, the Buccaneers kicker made a 38-yard field goal to win the game by a score of 17-14. The victory helped Tampa Bay to stay in competition for the NFC South Division, which is currently led by Atlanta.