Category: Tampa Bay Sports

Gators Defeated By Bulldogs In OT

Yante Maten has been tearing it up all season for his team, the Georgia Bulldogs. It was not surprising at all that he lead the team to their victory over the Gators during the game last Wednesday at Gainesville. Yante scored a total of 23 points against the Gators, for the Bulldogs, as well as sinking the impressive 3-pointer that landed the game into overtime.

The final score of the game on Wednesday was 72 Bulldogs and 69 Gators. The win came as an end to the Bulldogs three game losing streak. It was the first time the team has won Gainesville in a decade and a half. Yante Maten was on fire Wednesday night, really going the distance to assure a win for the team.

In the last few minutes of the intense game between Florida and Georgia Yante scored several goals to help turn the tide of the battle to the side of the Georgia Bulldogs. They were 11 points down with only ten minutes left in the game before he single handedly put a stop to the Gators triumph. He also scored his 10th double-double of the season during the game.

Mark Fox,coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, had nothing but good things to say about Yante Maten, singing him high praises. Fox referred to Maten as a “winner,” and “a terrific person.” Needless to say, the coach was more than thrilled with the outcome of Maten and the rest of the team Wednesday night. Georgia is scheduled to play against the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday. The Volunteers are in the middle of a 7 game winning streak and will not be an easy team to defeat for Florida.

The Florida Gators coach, Koulechov, on the other hand was not so impressed with his teams performance and the final verdict of the game. The coach called it a “tough loss,” and went on to say that his team would be headed “back to the lab” to work on developing a new groove. Florida is up against the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday.


First place Tampa Bay Lightning are showing the Canadians that they are a force to be reckoned with. Tamp Bay is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern conference. More commonly known as the BOLTS, a name inspired by Phil Esposito.

Esposito is best known from his days as a Canadian broadcaster. He was also a coach, a player, and former professional ice hockey executive. He is a respected member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Esposito’s successes included playing 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Hockey News

The name came as a suggestion when during the summer months in Tampa the storms produce Strong Lightning Bolts in the sky. Hence the name “The Bolts” or Tampa Bay Lightning was born.

Billionaire Jeffrey Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning who purchased the brand almost a decade ago, had a good feeling about this team from the very start. Tampa has produced so many great sports teams. As an financial analyst, Vinik knew there was much growth potential demographically in the Tampa area.

This will be another exciting year for the Bolts as they travel to Canada in Winnipeg Winnipeg Manitoba to face off with the Central division leaders the Winnipeg Jets.

The Bolts and the Jets played very well going into the weekends All Star break. The Tampa Bay Lightning are on a three game winning streak as the Winnipeg jets are now three out of four games win. Sports

This weekend all eyes will be on the Super Bowl and Tom Brady. As Minnesota hosts the 52nd Super Bowl this Sunday. Good luck to the Philadelphia Eagles and to the New England Patriots. May the best team win.


I am personally a Hockey aficionado and admit that I too will be eating wings and pizza and drinking beer and rooting for one of the teams this Sunday. Which team, I have no favorite. I am on the bandwagon so to speak. Maybe one day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host a Super Bowl or win it! The fun and the excitement is part of the adventure.

After the Super Bowl is over, there are still a few months of great hockey coming. Go Bolts! Make some Lightning happen!