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Before joining the B/R team in April 2012 , I covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on for 3½ years.

As a Tampa Bay native, I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity and privilege of reading the work of some of the finest sports writers in all of the country in Tampa Bay Times sports columnists Gary Shelton and John Romano, as well as Ira Kaufman and Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.

Shelton, in particular, has had perhaps the greatest influence in my writing style, as I've always admired his ability to skillfully blend wit, sarcasm and substance into every piece he writes.

As for my football influences, it begins and ends with none other than the "Voice" himself, Mr. Gene Deckerhoff.

Like so many in the Tampa Bay area, I grew up listening to Gene call Bucs games on the radio. I grew fond of his penchant for painting pictures so vivid, so detailed, it was as if I was watching the broadcast on television. I told myself from an early age, "I want to do that one day."

Linebacker Hardy Nickerson was the first Bucs player I "connected" with. His was also the first football jersey I ever owned.

All of that said, don't call me a homer.

While I grew up rooting for them, I have no problem checking my emotion at the door. When they do well, I'll call it as such. And when they don't, yep, I'll call it as such. Case in point: last season I "predicted" the Bucs would finish 6-10, "with an outside shot of 7-9."

I don't wear fan glasses when I analyze.

That is, I don't have delusions of grandeur or mix-up my emotions with my gut instincts. I'll always call it like I see it, good, bad or indifferent, and that is my promise to you.

You can always reach me by e-mail at or should you feel so inclined, you can Follow @ActofRod
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  • Bill Elkins posted 2110 days ago

    Bill Elkins

    Well Hello j.j. , My name is Bill Elkins. It appears you read my scenario that was posted on bucs.con captains blog about a possible trade in the top of 2013 draft involving Tampa Bays Josh Freeman . I loved your follow up on this scenario , Please keep us informed of any rumers or conjecture you may come across on this subject, Thanks j.j. sincerly a true bucs fan since 1976.