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Mitch Perry Report for 5.27.16 – Lighting strikes no more

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The somewhat improbable Tampa Bay Lightning run for a second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup ended last night around 11 p.m. when they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1. The Lightning were pretty thoroughly outplayed if you go by shots-on-goal, but the last eight minutes or so were absolutely nail-biting. There’s a reason why the National Hockey League is considered a distant fourth when it comes to our major sports leagues in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.19.16 – Sorry, LeBron. Actually not sorry

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I know soccer aficionados (somewhat pretentiously) like to call their favorite sport “The Beautiful Game.” As much as I respect that it’s the world’s favorite sport, it ain’t America’s. That would be football. Personally, I would advocate that basketball is actually the most beautiful sport when it’s executed the way the San Antonio Spurs did two years ago in defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and what the Golden State Warriors did last year. The Warriors were…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.27.15 — $55 million later, the govt’s case against Barry Bonds ends with a whimper

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In the new hit comedy, Trainwreck, there’s a scene where a sports physician (played by Bill Hader) humblebrags to some guys at a party about some of the athletes he’s worked with: LeBron James (who co-stars in the film), Tom Brady and Chris Paul for starters. Those names all draw “ohhhs” from the sycophantic sports fans. But when he mentions Alex Rodriguez, there’s dead silence, followed by a character (played by former SNL actor Tim Meadows) saying, “F*ck him.” That scene…

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Stadium deal no-voters on council are going to make enemies no matter what

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They’re damned if they do. They’re damned if they don’t. That’s likely how the majority of City Council feels about the impending conversation regarding the Rays, Tropicana Field and the future of baseball in Tampa Bay. As council convenes in its chambers for yet another workshop to discuss the longstanding stalemate between the baseball franchise and the city, five of them are again being criticized by the Tampa Bay Times. Cut a deal already, is the usual mantra of the…

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Amid optimism, U.S.-Cuba relations challenge baseball players

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Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse. On the way, a dozen fans waited just outside a fence, calling the 6-foot-2 Cuban slugger’s name, holding out balls and gloves and begging for autographs and selfies. “Where’s the fat guy?” the 24-year-old Tomas asked, suddenly uneasy with the small frenzy. He called again for his interpreter and full-time assistant, Ariel Prieto. “Gordo! Gordo!” he shouted, using the…

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Study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

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Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record. “We’re enjoying a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.1.15 — The Tampa Bay Times has had enough with some City Council members

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The St. Petersburg City Council won’t be voting on that newly revised agreement that Mayor Rick Kriseman worked out with the Tampa Bay Rays last week that seemingly resolved the main conflict in why the Council didn’t approve the deal last December — the redevelopment rights to Tropicana Field. The new deal the mayor negotiated would ensure that all proceeds from those rights would (rightly) go to the city, and not the departing baseball franchise. But that’s not sufficient enough for several…

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