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.
ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman were ejected in the first inning after both benches cleared during an argument.
Reserve Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird was also ejected.
Gomez, the second batter, hit his 23rd homer to make it 1-0 off Paul Maholm. As soon as he hit the ball, Gomez stood in the batter's box watching the ball sail into the left field seats and flipped his bat behind him.
As Gomez started walking up the first base line, he was yelling at Maholm, who yelled back.
The argument continued as Gomez slowly trotted across first base and began arguing with Freeman.
Freeman yelled back at Gomez, who touched second and third without incident before Braves catcher Brian McCann met him about 20 feet up the third-base line and stopped him.
I would like to apologize first to the fans, MLB, my teammates and the Brewers organization as well as the Braves organization.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
The way I carried myself on the field is unacceptable, I should have done better to control myself and set a good example.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
In the heat of the moment I let my emotions get the best of me. As a professional athlete I have to respect the game.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
I should have not let the situation escalate. I would like to put this behind and do what I love, and that is play baseball at 110%.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
Again my apologies to everyone that I may have offended I truly regret it. Thank you and have a good night God Bless. #CG27— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013