Welcome to Champa Bay

By John McCormick Jr.

So your favorite teams have had some trouble winning championships lately? Well, look no further than Tampa Bay.

In the past year alone, Tampa has acquired back to back Stanley Cup trophies from the Lightning while the Buccaneers became the first team to host and win the Super Bowl this past February.

If you’re more of a baseball fan, take a look at the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, unfortunately lost in the World Series last year, but they currently sit at first place in the AL East standings with a 75-47 record.

Now you may be asking yourself what happens after a Tampa sports team wins a championship?

The answer is boat parades. The city of Tampa puts up all the drawbridges and all of the players and coaches drive their yachts through the Hillsborough River to celebrate their victory.

Mel Short, a New York native and rising junior at The University of Tampa  expressed his thoughts on Tampa Bay’s recent championships.

“As a New Yorker I obviously want to see my favorite New York teams win, but I’m pretty content with Tampa winning,” said Short. “The atmosphere is amazing and you really see the city come together as one after a championship win.”

There are many things to look forward to if you’re a sports fan and a new student at UT. The talent in Tampa is not going anywhere and there just may be another boat parade.

As the NFL season approaches us, the Buccaneers led by future Hall of Famer Quarterback, Tom Brady take on the Cowboys on Sept. 9 to kick the season off. 

All 22 starters from the 2020-21 championship team are returning and look as strong as ever coming into this season. 

On July 7, The Lightning beat the Canadians to acquire their second Stanley Cup in two years. The powerhouse team that is the Lightning worked quick in a 4-1 series win.

The team has been in the headlines for quite some time now and it appears they are not going anywhere. 

They will kick off their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 12 seeking their third consecutive Stanley Cup trophy.

For baseball fans, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting five games ahead of the New York Yankees. 

Second baseman Brandon Lowe, has been a star for the Rays as he knocked his 29th home run out of the park to help his team beat the Orioles and extend their first place lead.

Playoff baseball is just around the corner with 34 games left in the season. The Rays look to continue their dominant play. 

Suffice to say the city of Tampa is the best place to be when it comes to sports as of right now. 

Anthony Serravillo, sophomore criminal justice major at UT has never been more amazed about how Tampa is creating history right in front of his eyes.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience, the city and the fans are so passionate about their sports teams,” said Serravillo. “Alongside these incredible teams, I get to say down the road that I was a student at UT when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in their own stadium. I feel like I’m a part of that history that was made.”

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