Tom Jones was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied English at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 1986.
He began his writing career with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1985. He then went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times from 1987 to 1991, the Tampa Tribune from 1991 to 1996, the St. Petersburg Times again from 1996 to 2000 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from 2000 to 2003. He then rejoined the St. Petersburg Times for a third time in his career in 2003, where he worked ever since.
Jones has spent most of his career covering the NHL, including being a beat writer for more than 15 years of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota. Wild. He also spent two years on the Tampa Bay Rays beat. He then become a columnist at Times starting in 2007. Jones has won several national and state writing awards, including a top 10 game story in the nation in 1998 as named by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Over the course of his career, Jones has covered the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, baseball and hockey all-star games, the NCAA basketball tournament and the Frozen Four.
Jones lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Patty, and sons, Sam and Andy.
With over two decades of reporting on professional and collegiate sports for the Tampa Bay Times, through performance and work experience in journalism and broadcasting in television and radio, Rick Stroud has cultivated an impressive list of sources and utilized his knowledge to produce an outstanding body of work in both print and electronic mediums.
During his career, Stroud has reported on national sporting events including 22 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud’s stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. The stories for which Stroud won second place for Best Investigative Reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors, led to sanctions against both Gators programs.
Since 2004, Stroud has appeared as an NFL Insider for ESPN2’s First Take and is a regular contributor to ESPN’s SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. He also contributes to NFL Network’s Total Access.
Stroud becan covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in 1990. Since then, the Bucs have undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum. They also celebrated a Super Bowl XXVII victory. His reporting was referenced in Tony Dungy’s best seller, Quiet Strength, particularly because it was Stroud who informed Dungy of the Bucs’ plan to replace him with Giants Super Bowl coach Bill Parcells.
A former Div. I-A baseball player at Arkansas , Stroud brings a unique perspective to sports reporting. During the NFL lockout in 2011, he also served as one of the Times’ beat writers responsible for covering the Tampa Bay Rays.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
If you're planning on heading to the northeast for this year's NFL celebration known as the Super Bowl, leave the brats coolers and cases of beer at the house. Monday morning it was announced that at this season's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, there will be no tailgating, according to the game's committee CEO, Al Kelly.
"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," Kelly said. "And provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."
Also announced what with an expected 80,000 fans in attendance there will be transportation limitations. The committee will charter buses called the Fan Express, which will cost $51 and pick up and drop off passengers. Fans can also take N.J. Transit to the MetLife Stadium stop or be dropped off by vehicles that must have parking passes.
Also since there will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots available for fans, black car, taxi or limo won't be an option for VIPs.
Maybe the couch this February is the best option.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Oregon Ducks national championship hopes are over for another year, but they are headed to San Antonio, TX to play Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 30th. Everyone except for Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown for who suspended from the team on Monday for his role in a snow ball fight that got out of hand.
Wait.....a snow ball fight? THAT can get a college football player suspended before a college bowl game?
Apparently so as you can see from the video below of the snow ball fight that things did indeed get a little crazy on the Oregon campus.
What won't help Brown's case (if he chooses to fight to play in the bowl game) is his continued retweeting of tweets sent to him in support of Brown and condemning the suspension.
@Johnnydlong u can say that again— Pharaoh Brown (@Callme_P_RO) December 9, 2013
(AP) - Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.
The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Orlando.
Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason game.
Halladay was 203-105 with an ERA of 3.38 in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
ROY HALLADAY TO RETIRE AS A BLUE JAY: The @BlueJays are pleased to announce the contract signing of RHP ROY HALLADAY. (cont'd)— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 9, 2013
This agreement will ensure the legendary right-hander will retire as a Toronto Blue Jay. pic.twitter.com/SeK1SUO909— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 9, 2013