Category: Tampa Bay Sports

Tampa Bay Welcomes a New Sport’s Team

Although it has its origins in the year 1968 by a couple of students from Columbia High School, Ultimate Frisbee seems to only recently become popular–at least in sport’s news. However, with its rise in popularity, more teams have been developed, allowing the sport to be played on the National level. Tampa Bay is among the latest to receive their very own Ultimate Frisbee team. Called the Tampa Bay Cannons, the team plays in the American Ultimate Disc League.

It began in 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida, but in a desire to increase their audience, they decided to move to Tampa Bay. The Cannons play in the South Division of the American Ultimate Disc League and have their first game against the Raleigh Flyers on March 31st. They also open at home against the same team on April 7th.

Ultimate Frisbee is easy to understand in its most basic concept. The goal is to pass the frisbee, or disc, to a teammate located in the end zone. Those who are passing the disc cannot move whilst they are holding it. Interceptions, incomplete passes, and passes that end up out of bounds are automatically turned over to the other team. Within reason, the game is sometimes played during inclement weather, giving another edge of a challenge to players when they have to deal with variables such as rain or high winds.

Unlike other sports, and promoting itself as a counterculture game, there is no referee to keep track of the rules. Instead, Ultimate Frisbee relies on the players and good sportsmanship to ensure that the game is being played fairly. In clubs, however, there are sometimes game advisors available in the event of a penalty dispute.

The United States has a long history of wins in this particular sport. In 2014, they won four out of five divisions. They were able to win all divisions between national teams in 2016 and nearly did the same in 2017, except for the women’s team which lost to Russia.

With the rise in interest in the game, it may not be long until the Cannons are saturated with possible new recruits. With luck and skill, the Cannons will bring pride and a plethora of wins to the Tampa Bay area.

The Willie Taggart Era Officially Begins at FSU

At just 41 years of age Willie Taggart has been given the reins to one of the blue-chip programs of college football, Florida State University, and March 21st marks the first time that Taggart can take the field with his players and get out there for a practice. It has been a meteoric rise for Taggart, a native of Bradenton, Florida, spent the previous season at the University of Oregon but was lured back home to coach the Seminoles due to the opening left by Jimbo Fisher bolting for a massive contract at Texas A&M. Previously to that, Taggart helped build the University of South Florida into a respected program and in his last season with the Bulls led the team to a 10-2 record including a conference title. This season will be the largest spotlight Taggart has ever coached under but he is known as a fierce competitor and the roster he was bequeathed is still one of the more talented in the country. Florida State fans are known for their high expectations, and Willie Taggart and this Seminoles team will need to come out to a hot start today at practice if they want to live up to those expectations.

While we won’t likely learn too much from the team’s first practice it is still going to be a welcome sight for FSU fans to see Taggart conducting drills in the Seminoles gold & garnet colors. Last year FSU underperformed, in large part due to injuries at key positions such as Quarterback, but perhaps hearing a new voice leading the team will begin to motivate the team to bounce back in the 2018 season. Every practice will need to count for the Seminoles as they actually open up next season with a matchup against familiar ACC foe Virginia Tech. While the game against Virginia Tech will be at home, FSU will take to the road to take on Syracuse and then Louisville, both respectable programs that could pull off an upset if FSU is not prepared.

The opening practice surely won’t make or break the Florida State football program, but it is the symbolic opening of the Wille Taggart era. And while Taggart’s experienced success at USF and is heralded as an elite recruiter the simple fact remains that he has never been in charge of such a large program before, so the first day of practice will also be a chance for Taggart to shake the nerves off a bit.

Buccaneers Sign Mike Evans to Largest Wide Receiver Contract in NFL History

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Mike Evans to a five-year contract extension with $82.5 million, with $55 million injury guaranteed. The deal is set to keep Evans, 24, in Tampa Bay until 2023 and would see the receiver average $16.5 million a year, making him the second highest-paid wide receiver in the league behind the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown. Worth a maximum of just over $95 million, counting bonuses, the new contract has also set a record for the highest agreed upon sum for a wide receiver in NFL history.

Talks of a new deal between Evans and the Buccaneers had begun before the 2017 season, but intensified during the off season with Evans approaching the option year of his entry-level contract, which could have seen him become a free agent. With the young Pro-Bowler already in the franchise top three for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, securing him with a long-term contract was one of the Buccaneers’ priorities. Evans announced the new deal on Instagram, pledging to “continue to strive for greatness on the field as well as in my community.”

Since being selected out of Texas A&M with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft , Evans has tallied more than 1,000 yards every season, establishing himself as one of the league’s foremost offensive players. Last season saw him tally up 71 receptions for 1001 yards and five touchdowns in 15 appearances. This run puts him behind only A.J. Green and Randy Moss for consecutive seasons with 1000 yards or more after being drafted; Green had five and Moss had six. In 2016, Evans set his career high in receptions (96), yards gained (1,322) and touchdowns (12), earning selections to the Pro Bowl and the second-team All Pro list.

Despite Evans, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and quarterback Jameis Winston combining to lead Tampa Bay to fourth in the league in yards per game with 272.9, the Buccaneers are looking to rebound from a disappointing season that saw them post a 5-11 record and finish bottom of the NFC South.

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.

TAMPA BAY SPORTS

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.

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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!