Bill's Sports Binge: Bye, Tom

I've always said, show me somebody born and raised in Tampa and I'll show you a tree. There are, of course, a few notable and honorable exceptions. By now, anyone who's ever known or cared about anything involving local sports knows about the passing of former Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen. People from local politicians to Hall of Fame legends kindly shared personal experiences with the man, writer, ambassador, WWII vet and Gator grad who had a bigger influence on the growth of Tampa Bay than I-75. Like the passing of George Steinbrenner almost a year ago, it's difficult to write about an icon without repeating what's been covered at length, but here goes.