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
On Sunday afternoon during a break of action at the US Open, NBC Sports Bob Costas gave an update on the New York Mets game against the Chicago Cubs. The Mets won 4-3 following a dramatic walk-off home run in the 9th inning. However following the highlight of the Mets walk off celebration at home run, Costas added some commentary to the highlight calling the moment an “indication of the on-going decline of Western Civilization.”
Check it out below.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel still has three years of eligibility left at Texas A&M.
But a tweet he sent out early Sunday morning has some wondering how long he'll stay.
Starting the tweet with an expletive, Manziel's said "stuff like tonight is why I can't wait to leave college station... whenever it may be." The comment went out to Manziel's more than 350,000 followers from his verified account before it was deleted almost immediately.
He soon followed another tweet, saying: "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."
The quarterback led the Aggies to a win at eventual national champion Alabama last season, and became the first freshman to win the Heisman.
A Texas A&M spokesman says that he does not expect a statement from Manziel or the university on the matter.
Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 16, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A sewage problem at the Coliseum forced the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday's game.
The pipes backed up on the lower levels of the stadium during Oakland's 10-2 victory, creating a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by both teams and the umpires.
The A's and Mariners moved to a higher floor and cleaned up postgame in the locker room occupied by the Oakland Raiders during NFL games.
Coliseum officials said the six-day homestand, which drew 171,756 fans, overtaxed the plumbing system at the 47-year-old stadium.
It's raw sewage coming up from the shower drains by the way. I'm told some hideous details I don't want to share. New building, please.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 16, 2013
I wonder if the raw sewage leak into the clubhouses is Jon Heyman's way at getting back us???— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) June 16, 2013
On a positive note, sewage coming up pipes in the clubhouse I pretty gross. #justsaying— Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) June 17, 2013