Jane Graves

A second-generation St. Petersburg native, I learned to score a baseball game at Al Lang Stadium watching the St. Louis Cardinals during Spring Training. I had a poster of the Tampa Bay Rowdies on my childhood bedroom wall and both won and lost my school lunch money betting on major sports events (Thanks, Big Red Machine. No thanks, Minnesota Vikings.) I watched every single painful loss in person at the Big Sombrero during the Bucs’ inaugural season and drank beer while enjoying some Bandit ball when home from college. And somewhere in my house, I have a seat cushion from the very first Rays game ever played. A graduate of both the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, I consider myself a true Bull Gator who’s not above painting my nails the colors of my favorite teams. I am a chick who loves sports. Especially my hometown teams. Always have, always will. It’s a great time to be a sports fan in Tampa Bay. Let’s talk about it.


Going Outback Bowling

Outback Bowl beginnings -- we remember. Boston College versus Georgia. The inaugural Hall of Fame Bowl. Tampa Bay had hit the bowl circuit.

One (Good?) Letter Deserves Another

Dear NFL,   Hey there. How’s it going? Guess you’re a little busy right now, huh, with it being end-of-season and all.  There are playoffs approaching and we all know it takes time and...

The Good, The Bad And The Weird

It's been a weird, weird week in the world of sports, especially here in Tampa Bay. Don't you think so? And while the Major Weirdness focused its stun gun on the sport of baseball (and y'all know...

The Moral of a Moral Victory

Well well well. There they sit. Our 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Holding down the bronze medal in arguably the most competitive division in the NFL this year, the NFC South. Thinking about the...

Nursing The Off-Season Baseball Blues

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks – I’ve got the off-season baseball blues.

Another Big game, Another Show

Dear Bucs,   Hope this finds you well and settled in the lovely city of Baltimore. Y’all have some serious business to attend to this afternoon and I’m sure you’re prepped, psyched and...

Banishing the Game After Hangover

On paper, this one should be a no-brainer. Easy-peasy. A romp, if you will.↵The hapless Carolina Panthers are in town today to face the Buccaneers. Normally, I don't like to label in that...

A Bucs' Fan's Epiphany

At the beginning of this season, I looked at this to be just another typical Buccaneer year, hoping the team would simply not suck. And then there was a moment in the game against Atlanta.

Bucs vs. Falcons: A Big Old Southern Scrap

Informal survey time: raise your virtual hand if you thought that the Bucs would have a 5-2 record and be tied for the lead in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons.  Ahem. No fibbing, please. Be...

Iconic Memories

I got my baseball education in the '70s, when Joe Garagiola and Curt Gowdy were Saturday afternoon regulars with the Game of the Week and colorful characters played the game on and off the field....

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