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Man Orders Beer, Robs Bank, Returns to Bar to Finish Beer

Do you remember that coworker who was always on break? He’s now turned to crime: Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer. [...] A bartender there said Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then [...]

Teams That Haven’t Won a World Series

Store this away for a future trivia night. There are still eight current major league teams that have never won the World Series: the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

Keep on Truckin’: 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991. And finally in 1997. Long before quarterback Brett Favre made retirement an annual and reversible rite, Leonard demonstrated that on the subject of possibly hanging it up for good and starting a new career he [...]

Baby Aardvark

Cute alert! Meet Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest addition: a baby aardvark! The young male aardvark was born at Busch Gardens on April 10. Busch Gardens’ animal care experts stepped in when they saw that the mother was not attentive. There are only about 35 aardvarks in zoos in North America.With fewer than a dozen successful births [...]

The Quick 10: The 10 Worst Sports Logos Ever

Think the Memphis Grizzlies have a terrible logo? Scratching your head about the Tampa Bay Rays’ completely unintimidating sunbeam? Those logos are amazing compared to these 10 from InventorSpot.com. Taking the top spot is a crudely-drawn feline that represented the Detroit Lions from 1927-1928. Hmm, wonder why they got rid of it after only a [...]

Woody’s Winners: NFL Week 10

NFL WEEK TEN I posted last week’s column a day late, on Saturday, and for whatever reason, the extra day seemed to make a world of difference. Somehow, I pulled a 12-1 record in Week 9, including Cleveland’s upset of New England. (My only slip-up was the Colts’ 3-point loss to the Eagles.) It probably won’t [...]

Cliff Lee: Wild and Crazy Guy

The most dominant postseason pitcher of his era, Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers might like to tell you his success can be traced to serious introspection in a thinking man’s game. Sounds feasible enough. He could make that case, except for one catch. He’s given it no thought. © JUSTIN LANE/epa/Corbis “I don’t really dig that deep [...]

Woody’s Winners: NFL Week 7

NFL WEEK SEVEN: Week 6 brought a bit of normality back to the NFL, with fewer head-scratchers than in weeks past. I won 9 of 14 picks, and three of my losses were upsets that didn’t quite happen (including 3-point losses for Washington and Dallas). Still, things are weird in the standings: In the NFC, every [...]

Remembering Neil Alan Smith

Neil Alan Smith, 48, was a dishwasher at a Crab Shack in St. Petersburg, Florida. When he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, the St. Petersburg Times reported the story. An online commenter to the story responded: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 [...]

Woody’s Winners, NFL Week 3

NFL WEEK THREE: By my count, seven teams are expected to start a different QB this week than they did just half a month ago on Kickoff Weekend. Some replacements are due to injury, but others are due to poor performance, and Woody thinks it’s a bit early in the season for any NFL team [...]