Tampa is emerging as one of the best sports cities in the country with the Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays dominating their leagues.
There is a reason why people are starting to call it “Champa Bay.” For years, Tampa has been the laughing stock of the sports world in everything but hockey, but a dramatic shift has occurred over the past few years that has revolutionized the face of the city.
For starters, even this Buccaneers fan can tell you that the Lightning are one of the best-run organizations in the entire world. The fact that a town like Tampa can bring the best hockey talent from around the globe to create a team that won a Stanley Cup and is back to the finals again is nothing short of spectacular.
Amalie Arena is one of the best stadiums to visit, the team is extremely involved in the community, and again, it is all happening in a state that doesn’t even have hockey affiliated with most of its schools.
The Rays have been on the come-up recently, fielding a Cy Young pitcher, and almost making it to the World Series had it not been for the blatant cheating from Houston. The Rays haven’t won the World Series yet, but with the third-best record in baseball and several years of deep postseason runs to build on, this could be their year.
And finally, the Buccaneers have crawled out of the depths of mediocrity through sheer will. While it has just been one season of success, 2021 was so good for the Bucs that it seems impossible to go back to the old ways now.
Tom Brady is one of the most recognizable athletes in the sports world and is constantly pictured in his Buccaneers jersey, the roster is filled with young talent, and the rest of the NFC appears to be far behind the champs.
The Bucs, much like the Lightning, are in a great position to repeat next season. We’ll just have to see if the Lightning can pull of their repeat first as they begin the final stretch of their playoff run on Monday.
This may seem like a dream, but there is no longer an argument for any other city in the country to compete with Tampa. No other city can say that its fans got to see their team win a Super Bowl at home and host a Stanley Cup Finals game. And we haven’t even gotten into the baseball playoffs yet.
Gone are the days of the perennial dominance from Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. This writer is sure that it kills them to watch their teams suffer at the hands of those from Tampa, but they’ll just have to accept that going forward.
Go Bucs, go Bolts, and go Rays
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