Tampa Bay: The Hub Of The Sports World

Luis A. Mendez

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  1. Jaybird
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    I’m beginning to suspect that it might be a bad idea to have a Superbowl that isn’t in a “neutral” city. Pro wrestling knows how to work the cheap heat that swirls under everything. The World Series knows to have half its games in one hometown, half in the other. How will the Superbowl handle being in the same city as one of the teams? (Riots, probably.)

    Anyway, that got me idly “Wasn’t Wrestlemania 28 in Tampa?”

    Got on the google. Oh, it was in Miami Gardens.

    Now, I used to be the guy who could rattle off the main event for Wrestlemania but, lemme tell ya, that was a lot easier when there were only 14 of them and half of them involved Hulk Hogan. So I’m not saying that I didn’t have to google which one was 28 but I remembered it being in Florida for a reason. Seriously.

    They had live artists perform songs for the two wrestlers. Hometown Hero The Rock was introduced by Flo Rida. John Cena, at the time, had this weird heat where everybody who had a voice in a high register (usually female, usually boys before their voices changed) cheered at the top of their lungs and everybody who had a voice in a low register (usually post-adolescent males) booed.

    So since they knew that people would boo the heck out of him, they had P. Diddy come out (to a mixed reaction) and announce that Cena’s entrance song was by Machine Gun Kelly… an artist who came out wearing a shirt that said “Cleveland”.

    So the babyface got a nudge by being a local and having his song sung by a local, and the heel got a nudge by being from Boston and having his song sung by someone proudly from a city that hosts a rival basketball team (among other rivalries, I’m sure, but even *I* know about the whole LeBron James tone-deaf decision to do that “Decision” thing.

    Anyway, I’m glad that Tampa is on the map this year. I hope that the Superbowl isn’t, you know, too damaging to the town.Report

    • InMD in reply to Jaybird
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      I don’t think it’s quite so dire. Florida generally and the TB-SP area specifically is reputed as a weak market for sports fandom. The Rays for example have long been thought of as existing so that retirees from the NE have a local stadium to see the Yankees and Red Sox play. Over the last decade the organization has money-balled as well as anyone and had a lot of success despite a very small payroll yet still does not have much of a fan base.

      The Bucs are more established but I don’t think it’s going to be like putting the SB in Philly with the Eagles playing or anything close to that. And as we’ve learned the cities that are going to react are going to do it regardless of where the game is actually played. There will probably be some home field advantage but my guess is it will be muted by a combination of covid and price of admission.Report

  2. Reformed Republican
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    I’m not a football fan, but I grew up in central Florida. I remember the Bucs being a joke team for most of my life, up until the Tony Dungy years and the Jon Gruden led Superbowl win. As a result, I have a soft spot for the team, so I’m glad to see they are in the Big Game again.Report

  3. CJColucci
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    As a Yankee fan, I respect and fear the Rays, but I do not hate them, as I am required by law to hate the Red Sox. Having no particular hockey allegiance, I don’t object to the Bolts’ success unless they’re up against a NY team. I don’t follow American soccer, and have no feelings about the Tampa Bay team. But as a NY sports fan I can’t get behind Tom F*****g Brady. Sorry about that. When they get good with a different QB, I’ll have no objection to any success they have that is not at the direct expense of one of my teams.Report

    • Pinky in reply to CJColucci
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      I’ve had to change my opinion on Brady. I used to think of him as a solid QB in a perfect system – you can’t talk about the Patriots without using the word “system”. But he did just go to a dog of a team and make them look like a Patriots team.

      So, GOAT? Yeah, I think so.Report

      • InMD in reply to Pinky
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        My opinion on him has evolved but the cupboard wasn’t totally bare. He’s got Mike Evans and Chris Godwin then attracted some good FA help (Gronk out of retirement etc.). Todd Bowles is an awesome DC.

        But you can’t take away from him what he’s pulled off. The jury is no longer out on GOAT status. He’s it.Report

      • Stillwater in reply to Pinky
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        That’s a pretty good take, I think. Brady’s success has always been discounted a bit due to the genius of Belichick. Even then, Brady and Bill went to 9 Superbowls in 20 years together, which is just a staggering percentage. That Brady is now going to a tenth SB in his first year with a new team and coach sorta kicks his status as GOAT into the stratosphere.Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to Pinky
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        The thing I’ve noticed is that in previous years when I watched the Pats I found myself asking, “How did that receiver get that open?” after Brady hit them. As the Bucs have moved into the playoffs, I have found myself asking the same question, and have noticed that the receivers are open in the same ways. My suspicion is that Brady is just that good at reading defenses at this point in his career, and after a full season his receivers understand what he wants them to do.Report

        • Stillwater in reply to Michael Cain
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          One example of that: with 8 seconds to go in the first half against the Packers Brady sees press coverage on the outside with no over the top help. Receiver runs a go route for a TD. Brady not only saw it but threw a perfect pass to capitalize on it. Made it look easy.Report

      • CJColucci in reply to Pinky
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        Whether Brady is the GOAT or not, as a NY sports fan I am obliged to hate him. Possibly even more if he is the GOAT.Report

    • Brent F in reply to CJColucci
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      As a Jays fan, the Rays aren’t a hateable team, but they have very hateable ballpark.Report

  4. Mike Schilling
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    After three interceptions in the NFC championship game, a better header might be “Brady Accompanies The Bucs To The Super Bowl”, The defense saved his butt.Report

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