Dory joined the 620 WDAE digital team as the Online Content Coordinator after spending the majority of the 2012 season as a Bucs beat writer for another media outlet. Prior to that, she covered fantasy football, college football, the NFL Draft and the NFL.
2013 is here and that means time to reflect on the most memorable sports moments in Tampa Bay from the past year. Click here for a slide show of all 10 moments.
10. James Shields Trade
In the midst of MLB winter meetings, the Rays traded the seven-year starter along with Wade Davis to Kansas City for four minor leaguers - two of them Royals top prospects OF Wil Myers and RHP Jake Odirizzi.
Shields won double-digit games his last six seasons in Tampa Bay, including a 15-10 record in 2012 and was an All Star and third in Cy Young voting in 2010, but his 3.89 career ERA cast a shadow over the 31-year-old righty's numbers.
Myers was widely voted the top player in the minors last season and with the departure of BJ Upton could have a legitimate shot at fighting for an immediate place in the Ray's lineup.
A fan favorite, "Big Game" Shields will be missed at the Trop, but with a full stable of pitching talent the Rays needed to focus on bringing in big bats and they just may have done that with Myers.
9. USF Fires Skip Holtz / Hires Willie Taggart
In three years as head coach of USF, Skip Holtz led the Bulls to an abysmal 16-21 record overall and an even worse 5-16 Big East record.
In 2012, the Bulls finished 3-16 (1-6 conference play), the worst record in the program's 16 year history.
Taggart, on the other hand, is a bright young coach who returned to his alma mater, Western Kentucky, in 2010 as the head coach and after going 2-10 his inaugural season turned the program around to a bowl-eligible 7-5 (did not receive a bowl invite) in the following year.
This season, the Hilltopppers again finished 7-5 and received their first-ever bowl invitation to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - which they lost with interim head coach Lance Guidy at the helm.
Taggart is a Bradenton native who was a standout at Bradenton Manatee High before becoming Western Kentucky's star QB. The Jim Harbaugh protege (Stanford RB coach 2007-09) is a strong recruiter and energetic coach who will breath life back into a lackluster Bulls program.
8. Rowdies Win NASL Title
The Rowdies won the North American Soccer League title in dramatic fashion at Al Lang Field, defeating the Minnesota Stars FC in game 2 of the Championship on penaltty kicks.
Minnesota won the first game of the home-and-home series 2-0, forcing the Rowdies to need to end regulation with a two-goal lead to keep the hunt alive.
The penalty kicks followed a 3-1 Rowdies regulation win with the aggregrate goals tied at three, and two scoreless 15-minute overtimes.
Tampa Bay scored on all three of their kicks as Minnesota was stopped by Clearwater native and the league's best goalie, Jeff Attinella, on their attempts as the Rowdies captured their first championsip since 1975.
7. Bucs Big Three Free Agency Signings
Tampa Bay stepped out of their franchise comfort zone in the spring of 2012 and signed two of the most sought after free agents of the year in Pro-Bowlers WR Vincent Jackson and LG Carl Nicks.
The consistently reliable Jackson signed a five year, $55.55 million ($26 mil guaranteed) deal while Superguard Nicks inked a $47.5 million, five-year contract ($31 mil guaranteed).
In need of another corner, the Bucs went after six-year veteran Eric Wright who was coming off the best season of his career in 2011 as a member of the Lions. Wright, whose Buccaneer future is in question after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance (Adderall) and sitting out four games with a suspension, signed a five year, $37.5 million with $15 million guaranteed. Due to a clause in his contract, the suspension may have voided all, if not some of the guaranteed money owed to Wright and Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik may just want to cut their losses and let Wright go.
Jackson on the other hand had the most productive season of his eight-year career, totalling 72 receptions for 1,382 yards and eight TDs and set franchise records for longest reception (95 yards) and most receiving yards in a single game (216) against the New Orleans Saints on October 21.
Nicks wasn't as lucky and had his season cut short after struggling through most of it with a toe injury that eventually required surgery. Before being placed on IR, Nicks bolstered the left side of the line that adequately protected Josh Freeman's blindside while run blocking for rookie Doug Martin.
According to members of major media outlets around the country, the addition of Jackson and Nicks automatically gave the Bucs the King Of The Free Agent crown and immediately upgraded the offense, which finished the season ranked No. 9 overall in the league.
6. Lockout Threatens The Lightning's 20th Anniversary Season
Owner Jeff Vinik and GM Steve Yzerman built a tremendous product over the past two seasons together; despite the Lightning missing the playoffs last season.
The 20th anniversary season was set to be an extravaganza, deeply rooted with community and fan involvement.
Many markets are concerned about maintaining stability through the lockout which has been in effect since September 15, but Vinik and Yzerman are hoping that the huge efforts in a small amount of time will keep the Lightning faithful from bolting.
5. Ronde's 200th Consecutive Start
Ronde Barber is one of the most decorated and beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneer for his contributions on and off the field. The Bucs honored Barber during the season opener and declared the game "Ronde Barber Day" with giveaways, free parking and half-priced concessions as the team faced division rival Carolina.
A pre-game highlight video and cameos of former teammates and coaches flashed on the Raymond James Stadium Jumbotron - a stadium Ronde helped open back in 1998.
The Bucs would eventually beat the Panthers and the only disappointment of the day was that the game was blacked out and thousands at home were unable to watch Barber snatch his 44rd career pick and tally his 28th career sack.
After the season finale against Atlanta, Barber was non-committal as to his future in the NFL but if he calls it quits with 215 consecutive starts, over 1,000 tackles, and the only player with over 40 sacks and 25 interceptions the Hall Of Fame will be his next stop.
4. Bucs Fire Morris / Hire Schiano
After three seasons and a 17-31 overall record - with 10 wins coming in 2010 alone - GM Mark Dominik and the Glazers decided to move on from the lackadaisical leadership of the Raheem Morris Regime and into a new direction with the disciplined and hard-nosed Greg Schiano.
First order of business for the 11-year Rutgers head coach was to do away with some of the players who did not fit the "Buccaneer Man" mold that Schiano was implementing. Tanard Jackson, Kellen Winslow, and Dezmon Briscoe left before training camp began, while Brian Price was traded away on the camp opener. Later in the season, embattled CB Aqib Talib, who seemingly turned his life around, was traded to New England while serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance (Adderall). Now that the same fate might await former teammate and current Buc Eric Wright.
Interestingly, Talib (Patriots) and Briscoe (Redskins) are the only players out of the five former Bucs who are on an NFL roster.
Schiano not only began to change the culture of the Buccaneers from an off-the-field standpoint, but demanded hard work, dedication, accountability and trust on-the-field as well.
After finishing 2011 4-12, the New Schiano Order made a huge improvement marking a 7-9 record in 2012 and finishing ninth in total offense and jumping from the worst to first in run defense in a year.
There is still a lot of work tobe done, but for players willing to put in that work - the future of the Bucs may pay them dividends.
3. Evan Longoria Signs Extension
The Rays drafted Longoria third overall in the 2006 MLB Draft and was considered the best pure hitter among college players in the class. Six games into his major league career, Tampa Bay signed the California native to a six-year, $17.5 million contract with club options, potentially making the deal worth $44 million over nine seasons.
In November, the Rays put a lot (if not all of their eggs) into the face of the franchise's basket when the Golden Glover inked his name to a 10-year, $136.6 million that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
Longoria has always said he wanted to play his entire career for Tampa Bay, and with the extension, that dream is a possibility.
2. Steven Stamkos Scores 60
Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and seven other Hall of Famers have scored 60 goals in a season - and now so has Steven Stamkos.
The Lightning center came close to the feat during the 2009-10 season, scoring 51 goals and winning his first Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader.
He reached the 60-goal milestone in dramatic fashion - waiting until the final game of the 2011-12 Lightning season on his way to picking up his second Richard Trophy.
In addition to the two Goal-scoring titles in his four seasons with Tampa Bay, the 2008 No. 1 overall draft pick has scored 179 goals and 329 points, been named an All Star twice, appeared on the cover of NHL 12, and signed a hefty five year, $37.5 million extension with the Lightning in July 2011.
At 22 years old, Stamkos has a bright future ahead of him - but with the lockout now at over 100 days and counting, he may have to wait until next year to keep his legacy going.
1. David Price Wins Cy Young
Most Rays fans knew there was something special about David Price when he stepped on the mound for the first time in September 2008. Pitching out of the bullpen during the playoffs capped off by a legacy-in-the-making save in Game 7 of the ALCS against Boston - sending Tampa Bay to their first and only World Series appearance.
After finishing runner-up in Cy Young voting in 2010, the former Vanderbilt standout (attended the esteemed university on an academic scholarship, passing up the chance to enter the Dodger's farm system after being drafted out of high school) became the first Tampa Bay Devil/Rays player to win the award, given to the best pitcher of each league every season.
In 2012, Price finished the year with a 20-5 record and a league-leading 2.54 ERA. The three-time All Star started 31 games, pitching 211 innings and surrendered 16 HRs and walked 59 batters while striking 205 hitters out.