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.

Cairo Santos, dead man kicking

In seven games with the Bucs last season, Cairo Santos converted nine of 12 field goals and all 17 of his extra points. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
The incumbent kicker is competing with rookie Matt Gay for a roster spot, but have the Buccaneers already picked the winner?

Buccaneers film study with Donnie Abraham: Todd Bowles, rookie defensive backs will surprise

Donnie Abraham played cornerback for the Bucs from 1996 to 2001 and for the Jets from 2002 to 2004. [Times (2000)]
The former Pro Bowl cornerback breaks down Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards and explains what they need to do to succeed in the NFL.

Tampa Bay XFL team hires former USF executive Josh Bullock as its president

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He also spent seven years in the Rays front office.

Is Ndamukong Suh more dominant than Gerald McCoy in the fourth quarter?

A sight Bucs fans hope to see often: Ndamukong Suh sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees. [CAROLYN KASTER | Associated Press]
Let’s bust some narratives.

Here are the point spreads for the Buccaneers' 2019 games

The Bucs were 5-11 straight up last season but 8-8 against the spread. [MARK LOMOGLIO | Associated Press]
Even with Bruce Arians at the helm, Tampa Bay is one of the NFL's biggest underdogs.