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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!

Lightning Show No Signs of Slowing Down:

Here it is, halfway through the NHL season. At this point, it is pretty clear who are the contenders, who are on the bubble, and who have zero hope of reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are clearly in the first category. Not only are they contenders, they remain the best team in the league. As of January 10th, the Bolts are 31-9-3, good for 65 points, the most in the league. Just behind them is the surprise team in not just the NHL, but in all of sports, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who are 29-10-2 with 60 points. If anyone expects the bottom to fall out sometime for the Lightning, don’t plan on it. Yes, they did lose back-to-back games the first week of January — one of those loses coming in a 2-1 shootout versus Montreal. But Tampa Bay is 7-2-1 in its last ten games. They also went 11-2 for the month of December. After a run like that, a little bump in the road is expected. But the Lightning responded from those back-to-back losses with back-to-back wins over Detroit and Carolina.

The Lightning are tops in the league in several key categories. They rank number one in goals per game at 3.7. Six players are at double digits in goals, with Nikita Kucherov collecting 27. The defense has been just as strong, with Tampa Bay allowing 2.4 goals per game, the 2nd best average in the NHL. Along with Andrei Vasilevskiy having a 2.10 GAA, only two players on the roster have a plus-minus rating in the negative numbers. The defensemen can also get into the scoring act as well, as the blue liners have put up 30 goals this season, led by Mikhail Sergachev with eight. Your text to link… They are also third in the power play at 24.7 percent.

The Lightning’s winning ways have allowed them to build up a 12-point lead over Boston and Toronto in the Atlantic Division, and that’s with the Bruins recent 8-0-2 run. The only way for Tampa Bay to lose its hold on the division is with an epic collapse. That, however, appears unlikely.

Lightning Take On Struggling Coyotes On Game 2 Of Roadtrip

After blanking the Blues on game 1 of their road trip, the Lightning looks to pile on another win in Arizona tonight.

With a record of 22-6-2, the Lightning leads the Atlantic Division with 45 points and a 5 game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Coyotes sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division with a record of 7-21-5 with only 19 points. One could easily say that tonight’s game could be a trouble-free night for Tampa Bay. However, mismatches like this could also end up being a trap game from the division-leading Lightning.

Consider that the Lighting is heading into game 2 of a road trip, playing three time zones away from their home site. During their last road trip, the Lightning lost three out of four games. That included a shutout against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Tampa Bay side may not have a sure thing in Glendale tonight.

Then again. Let’s look at the Coyote’s numbers on their home ice. Arizona has a record of 3-8-1 at Gila River Arena. One of worst in the NHL. By the looks of the Coyote’s home record, the odds should favor the Lightning. However, there is some additional data to suggest that tonight’s game may be closer than expected.

Last season, the Lightning went 0-2 against Arizona, being outscored by 5-3 in both matches. With more than a couple of games to give in the Atlantic Division, the Lightning may not put on their best effort in order to preserve some energy for the rest of their road trip.

Also, Arizona will have some incentive to play harder in front of their home crowd. And the Coyotes may find themselves in a sort of comfort zone given that 9 of their next 11 games will take place at home.

Overall, tonight’s match may be more competitive than the teams’ respective records suggest. Look for a high scoring game that may end up going into overtime. If that is the case, the Coyotes may have an outside chance to steal a game against the Lightning.

Former Tampa Bay Player Attacked By A Shark

If you are familiar with the movie Jaws, then you probably know how dangerous sharks can be if they bite you in the water. One former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player had an encounter with a shark that can be said to be taken out from the Jaws movie. In case you are wondering, he did survive to tell the tale.

Warren Sapps, who played as a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Bucanners, got bit by a shark while he was lobstering in the waters off Florida. Fortunately for Sapps, the bite was relatively minor. The incident occurred near the Florida Keys while Sapps was lobstering or catching lobsters.

Sapps is an NHL hall of famer who Tampa Bay Bucanners fans will remember and respect through time. Despite getting bit by a shark, the former NFL player did not let the incident bring him down or stop his lobster hunting adventure. Warren put gauze on the bite and even laughed it off. He even posted a photograph of the shark bite on twitter joking the shark got a piece of me. Sapps, who was in good spirits, then posted a photograph of himself catching lobster. The shark may have gotten a piece of him, but he had caught some delicious lobster for dinner he continued to joke!

I don’t think I would be able to continue diving after getting bit by a shark. It takes a lot of guts and grits to keep going after that. Then again, I am not a former NFL defensive tackle player. Warren Sapps showed that even when the going gets tough or you get bit by a shark, it pays off to have some humor and to make light of the situation.

So why did the shark bite former NFL player Warren Sapps? It seems the sharks also prey on the lobsters in that area. Another more hilarious theory is that the shark was coming in to tackle Warren Sapps but failed and managed to only bite him instead.

South Florida defeated by undefeated UCF

Despite the narrow defeat, the University of South Florida’s star quarterback Quinton Flowers ruled the field. On national television and before his fellow college students and alumni, Flowers set multiple USF records including single-game passing yards and total-yardage records.

Flowers faced off against the undefeated University of Central Florida Knights. Quinton Flowers is becoming known for being a runner more than a thrower, but managed to throw for 500 yards. UCF was the nation’s top scoring offense, prior to kickoff. Flowers managed to pull of some great plays despite some questionable coaching by Charlie Strong. This is Flowers’ last collegiate football game. Flowers has not said whether he will enter the draft.

Flowers performance over the year was incredible to sports analysts, some noted that if this was a mid-season game, he may have been considered as a heisman contender. However, he now faces a mid-level bowl game either in Annapolis, Maryland or Birmingham, Alabama. Quinton Flowers managed to out-gain the Knights 605 yards to UCF’s 533 yards.

Questions are now focused on Coach Charlie Strong and whether he will remain at University of South Florida. His playcalling has been questioned many times during the season and has led to some major upsets including their defeat against UCF. A victory against UCF would have put them one step closer to being in the Peach Bowl. UCF’s victory marks the first time in program history of finishing unbeaten in regular season.

Despite Flowers’ strong performance, the game came down to special teams. Near the end of the game, UCF’s Mike Hughes found an opening and ran for a 95-yard touchdown. In only 53 seconds, UCF took an eight-point lead. Flowers’ has also been a positive influence on University of South Florida, both on and off the field. The future of Flowers’ has yet to be determined.

Tennessee Recruiting Former Tampa Bay Football Coach

The Tampa Bay Bucs former coach Greg Schiano maybe headed to Tennessee. The Tennessee Vols are working on finalizing a deal with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano to be Tennessee’s new coach. Tenneessee has been searching for a new coach and was temporarily focused on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Mullen was waiting to see what happened with the coaching position at Florida. Greg Schiano previously coached at Rutgers and delivered them a 68-67 record over 11 seasons. Despite that record, he brought one of the nation’s worst football programs and turned it around with six bowl appearances in his last seven seasons.

Schiano was previously sought after by high-profile colleges including Michigan but decided to go to the NFL after the 2011 season. Schiano was fired in 2013 and returned to college football with Ohio State. Schiano is Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. Tennessee athletic director John Currie fired Vols coach Butch Jones with two games still to be played. Schiano was later implicated as a witness in the Penn State child rape scandal. Schiano worked at Penn State University from 1990 to 1995 in a variety of roles, first as a graduate assistant and later a defensive backs coach. He then later worked for the Chicago Bears and then the University of Miami as a defensive coordinator. Schiano has never coached in the Southeastern Conference.

Should this deal be official, it’s unclear if Greg Schiano will be coaching Ohio State’s defense in the Big Ten Championship or in a possible bowl game or playoff chase. Schiano has turned Ohio State’s defense into one of the nation’s elite defenses in the last two seasons. He’s produced multiple first-round draft picks in the defense side of the game. Ohio state fans are waiting to see what happens, while Volunteer fans are excited.

Tampa Sports Team Contribute Towards Removal of Confederate Monument

Monuments are used to memorialize events that took place many years ago. There are those who believe the monuments are a sign of heritage while there are those who believe that the statues are racist. There have been debates on whether the Confederate monuments should be removed or not. In Florida, the county commissioners approved the removal of the Confederate memorial. It was passed because the monument was a public safety hazard. The memorial in Aeterna was to be removed only if the donations would reach half the cost. The professional sports team from Tampa, Florida contributed to getting rid of the Confederate monument. The team donated money to help remove the monument. The memorial was in front of the Hillsborough county courthouse. The team was of the opinion that the monument was not playing any role in adding value to the community.

Some of the prominent people who contributed towards the removal of the monument were greater Tampa chamber of commerce chairman; Mike Griffin pledged $70,000. Mayor Bob Buckhorn donated $1000, and bob Gries contributed $50,000. The gofundme which was in charge of raising funds for the monument managed to reach its goal. There were over $140,000 contributions towards moving the monument. The monument in Tampa known as memoria in Aeterna was constructed in 1922. The monument was built with the money that was contributed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The first team to support the memorial relocation was the Rays team. The team was in support of the relocation from the word go. It also shows that the team actively participates in the community activities.

There have been problems when it comes to removing the monument. For instance, in Charlottesville VA, were white nationalists were against removing the monument. It was not a usual occurrence for the team to take on such stand. The decision to get rid of the monument was made during the August 2017 meeting. Most of the Confederate monuments were constructed at a time when there were racial conflicts. The statues were meant to celebrate the white supremacist culture. Majority of the monuments are being removed or relocated to other areas.

Plant Versus St. Johns Bartram Trail Semifinal Capsule

The semifinal capsule which had Plant meeting with Bartram Trail was held at Plant’s Arena. It’s well known that the Bartram Trail has never qualified to participate in the state championship games. However, the schedule has existed on a verge with an anticipation of getting there. This marks the fourth seminal final the Bears are playing under Coach Darrel Sutherland. In the previous semifinals, Armwood defeated Bartram Trail 46-38 in the year 2011 and 35-28 during the tri-overtime in 2013. Bears also lost three times this season to their formidable counterparts, Cocoa St. Augustine and the Cartersville. Two of these defeats happened on a difference of seven points or less. Bartram is adapting to play at their home ground nowadays as their form has improved significantly. Bears will host their fifth home game on the coming Friday as Plant will be having its playoff match on the road. The Bartram Trail will be enjoying an advantage of its loaded playmakers to gunner in points in bunches. They are targeting to put up at least 43 points on average per every game. The quarterbacks Joey Gatewood and the Riley Smith differenced their time hence ranked close to each other.

The winner of the game between plant and Bartram Trail will play Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas-the Venice champion.

The key matchup will involve Bartram Trail’s offenses versus Plant’s solid defense. The robust Bears attack has recorded a score of 49and above points from the past six games played which proves that it is not only the quarterbacks set which tough. So far, Davin Ellison has covered 1,005 yards and 17 touchdowns. This category has four receivers who have over 200yards this season which has Xavier Hutchinson who is at the top with 861. Plant can take pride in their defense which performed exemplary against a good number of potent attacks. The Panthers compromised 31 points during their previous four games. This saw Micah McFadden lead with 175 tackles in the state. McFadden will be highly regarded even after Love went into frames with his tibia during the last week’s game which they won over Lakeland.

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Recently, Miami has moved up to no number two in the college football. The team has finished second behind Alabama. Additionally, we have Clemson at position three while Oklahoma comes fourth. Other teams that remained in the top four the next week are Wisconsin and Auburn. Apparently, the top four of the selection committee stayed unchallenged. Coaches are so determined to have their teams winning the game. It is because the competition is very high.

In other news, Coach Campbell is determined to have some achievements to his team. When the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Cardinals on Sunday, he expects nothing else more than best. There two things he wants to bring back from Arizona. These items include an eighth victory and Larry Fitzgerald’s jersey. He would try his level best to ensure that he has things in his possession. Also, he is looking forward to seeing friends and former colleagues. Having seen the previous colleagues he will have that self-satisfaction. Also, he will have a successful homecoming as possible.

Apart from that Ronald scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Also, Florida Atlantic used a late scoring burst to beat Northern Illinois 77-67 in the Gulf coast. In that game, the most outstanding player was Ronald Delph. Apparently, Delph posted his second double while Antony Adger scored 14 points. Gerdarius Troutman scored 14 points while Justin Massey added 13 points to the owls. Jacksonville jaguar’s receiver, Allen Hurns has failed to attend for practice four consecutive times. Therefore, he is unlikely to play at Arizona. He injured his foot in a previous game

Finally, US Supreme Court on Monday rejected to take up a challenge to a Florida law. The law bars people from openly carrying a firearm in public. The case has been on the court for the last six years. It is now clear that no one is allowed to carry guns in public. Carrying firearms in public can affect sports. It is because, in sports, several peoples gather together and there can be an individual who has no goodwill for the people. Such people can cause multiple deaths if allowed to carry the firearm.

Vasilevskiy Lifts Lightning at Amalie Arena

The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to one of the best starts in the NHL this season. Their dominance at home includes six straight wins. A big reason for the Lightning’s success has been the outstanding play of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Vasilevskiy has been a model of consistency, winning nine straight starts for the Lightning. This ties the young Russian for a franchise record with John Grahame, a Tampa Bay legend who accomplished the feat in 2005.

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to sports fans that Tampa Bay is making a strong start. The team is deep at every position and has been knocking on the door of a second Stanley Cup for a couple of years now. With the play of Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos, the Bolts cannot be disputed as a contender. It is Vasilevskiy, however, who is getting a lot of cheers from the fans at Amalie Arena.

There were some concerns among fans when the Bolts traded goalie Ben Bishop to the Dallas Stars. Bishop is the tallest goaltender to ever play in the NHL and his presence in front of the Tampa Bay net was often key to the team’s success. Vasilevskiy was tasked with filling some big shoes when he assumed the starting role for the 2017-18 season.

The young man has thus far shown incredible poise. During his nine-game winning streak, Vasilevskiy has posted a save percentage of .946. It is still early in the season but the goalie is making a difference. His performance on the Lightning’s home ice is especially impressive. The Bolts recently fell to the Anaheim Ducks at home, snapping a six-game win streak in Amalie Arena. During that stretch, Vasilevskiy had games with 28 or more saves. These performances included outings against the Detroit Red Wings and other tough teams.

Will the Russian be able to continue his excellent play? Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning hope so. At the moment it appears that staying healthy for the entire NHL season may be the biggest threat Vasilevskiy will face as the Bolts chase another chance at the Cup.