Thomas Bassinger, Sports Data Reporter

Thomas Bassinger

Sports Data Reporter

I am the sports data reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and here are some of the things I believe: • Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game of all time. • The eye test is bogus. It’s just a way to make your opinion sound more credible. • Football teams should almost always go for it on fourth and 1 and fourth and 2. • They should try two-point conversions more often, too. • They should stop touting the importance of “establishing the run.” Because it’s not important. • The triple is the most exciting play in sports. • Baseball should abolish the designated hitter. • Pitch clocks, too. • Skittles should bring back lime. Green apple is trash. • How will the Bucs do this season? Everything they have done or will do, they will do over and over and over again.

XFL draft: What we learned about the Tampa Bay Vipers

The Tampa Bay Vipers kick off their inaugural season in February. XFL
The Vipersí initial 71-man roster features numerous players who have ties to Tampa Bay. Plus, why coach Marc Trestman drafted big receivers and why 77-year-old defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville...

Former Plant High star Aaron Murray lands with Tampa Bay Vipers

Murray won a state title in 2008, started for four seasons at Georgia and played briefly in the NFL.

Bucs-Panthers AfterMath: With Jameis Winston at quarterback, Tampa Bay is going nowhere

Since he entered the NFL in 2015, Jameis Winston has been responsible for a league-high 87 giveaways, including six Sunday. Jeff Haynes  |  Associated Press
Sunday was a tough day for the players taken at the top of the 2015 NFL draft. The Titans at least are realizing what the Bucs are denying: They have a quarterback problem.

Bucs-Panthers: Jameis Winston is not the one, and other lessons learned

The Bucs' Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and lost a fumble against the Panthers on Sunday. It's never good when a quarterback's turnover total is twice his jersey number. Tim Ireland  |  Associated Press
After suffering a 37-26 beatdown, the team should extend its stay in London, maybe indefinitely. | Thomas Bassinger

Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh: Who has had the better 2019 season?

Live 9:30 a.m. Sunday from London: Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh, Round 2! Associated Press
Before the season, the Buccaneers cut their longtime defensive tackle. They think they made the right call, but what do the numbers and film say?