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
The Cleveland Browns are 4-8, haven't had a winning season since before Barack Obama was President, and haven't made the postseason since 2002. But worse of all, they play in Cleveland.
So leave it up to the creative genius that is "Angry Brown Fan" (accoring to his Twitter account) to come up with the holiday cd that you can't miss.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
Every year there seems to be a professional sports team that does a "theme night" to go with a special promotion the franchise is executing. For example "70's Night", or "Star Trek Night" brings out the life and color of not only the team themselves but also the fans.
Check out what the NHL's Minnesota Wild are doing for legendary musician Jimmy Buffet as his Margaritaville Tour heads to the Twin Cities for a date at the Xcel Energy Center tonight.
Buffett, who grew up a New Orleans Saints fan, has no real ties to an NHL team as far as his fandom, but surely this jersey will spark the crowd enjoying their cheeseburgers in paradise.
Lows expected for below 15 degrees in the Twin Cities Tuesday night.
Though the Auburn-Ohio State debate really took off, and took over the second half of the show, needless to say we got to the Bucs-Panthers game Monday on the Sports Page.
And Rick, heading back home from Carolina, jumped on the phone real early for his thoughts on the game.
First off, as we always have to remind fans when their team loses, Carolina is better. Now that's out of the way Rick told us "The one thing that was dissapointing is that Greg Schiano didn't think his guys played with the intensity they have the last 3-4 weeks. That's disturbing" if you're the coach, he said.
So was the offense, but as Rick points out "That's kind of who they've been for a while. when they play a gogd front seven... that's the kind of days you have."
Here is the full conversation: