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The Field Goal Kick That Landed a Win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday’s night NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers started with both teams holding one and three records. By fourth quarter Business Insider reported the teams were tied 14 and 14 until Buccaneers’ rookie kicker, Roberto Aquayo kicked the football straight down the middle of the field landing a win for the team. It was the best play performance for the rookie who had missed two previous kicks in the second quarter and fourth quarter.



Aquayo never missed a kick while playing for Florida State University inside 40 yards, but is struggling on the Bucs team. His struggles turned into victory after his team players provided him support on the sidelines right before the winning kick of the day. Thus far Aquayo has a field goal kicking record of four of eight for the season.



Preseason was difficult for the rookie kicker in the beginning after missing two field goals and an effort to kick the extra point field goal in the first and second week. By the end of the final two weeks of preseason, Aquayo was five for five. He finished the preseason with eight of 10 field goals.



Buccaneers coach, Dirk Koetter spoke to ESPN and said that he has concerns about the rookie kicker when most kickers are able to make goals inside of 50 yards when the weather permits. The first missing kick Aquayo made was during the second quarter which was 33 yards out. This happened at Carolina 30-yard line after Russell Shepard recovered Ted Ginn Jr.’s punt. The second missed field goal happened in the fourth quarter after Brent Grimes made a touchdown interception in the end-zone.



Coach Koetter applauded the Buccaneers team players who encouraged Roberto Aquayo on the sideline before the field goal kick. The team support and power actions of defense to get the ball back and Jameis Winston leading the offense gave him another opportunity to make a field goal. Koetter continues to have concerns about the rookie after a loss to Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago. He missed a 41-yard field goal which would have given the Buccaneers the lead. Koetter is pleased with the overall performance of the NFL team and the winning field goal.


Tampa Regarded as One of America’s Fastest Growing Cities According to Forbes

In a recent article about the growth of American metropolitan areas, Florida cities represented five of the 20 most swiftly growing areas in the country. Among these Florida cities, Tampa was listed as the most rapidly growing Florida metropolitan area for the 2017 year. Forbes calculated the growth of American cities based on the government’s recorded numbers for population, employment, wages, gross metro product output, and home values within the city limits. Tampa was shown to have increased in every category by at least a 15 percent margin since the data collection in the early 2000s. Tampa’s long time mayor, Bob Buckorn has discussed Tampa’s swift growth during a recent press conference with other city officials, and announced plans to develop new measures to stimulate economic growth.


Other Florida cities included on Forbes’ list of the fastest growing American cities were Cape Coral, Palm Bay, and Lakeland. A massive amount of revitalizing activities are said to be responsible for the rapid expansion of many of Florida’s cities. Expansion efforts combined with Florida’s ideal scenery and relaxed community provides citizens with the ultimate mixture of business, pleasure, and entertainment. The real estate market in Tampa has nearly tripled in revenue over the last decade, a factor which has been largely influenced by the cities rapid growth. New housing projects and subdivision developments have also been influenced by Tampa’s rapid growth. The influx of thousands of movers on an annual basis have caused the Florida construction industry to expand, employing hundreds of workers who would ordinarily have difficulty finding work.


The effect of Tampa’s rapid growth has been overwhelmingly positive and has caused many Florida citizens to attain a higher standard of living. According to Forbes, Tampa (along with several other rapidly expanding cities in Florida) is set to become one of the nation’s wealthiest cities with one of the lowest unemployment rates within the next decade. If the city continues to experience rapid expansion and an increase in career outlooks, it will likely have a positive effect on the nation as a whole. Exceptional state and local government systems often lead to a forced improvement in federal systems. For this reason, the entire country is rooting for the continued success of the Tampa, Florida and its surrounding areas.


Tampa Listed as One of the Best Places to Purchase a Home

In a recent article discussing the top 25 metropolitan areas to reside in the United States, Tampa, Florida came in at number 19 in the nation. The bay area city beat out other metro areas that are historically known for attracting young professionals and families like Atlanta (number 21 on the list) and Boston (number 24 on the list). Several analysts have listed Tampa’s most recent expansions as reasons for the city’s increasing popularity. The city has recently undergone some very expensive construction and additions to its infrastructure, largely because of the development of investors like Jeff Vink and Bill Gates,who have committed to the revitalization of the Tampa metro area.


In addition to the development of thousands of new shops, buildings, and businesses, Tampa has become a desired place to reside because of its expanding rental options, high average salaries when compared to other cities in the nation, and close proximity to areas of interest like Miami, St. Petersburg, and Orlando. According to an article by Forbes on the subject, metro areas are often categorized as more or less desirable based on the draw the area has on college graduates. Because a high amount of the American population that considers a big move from one state to another is made up of recent college graduates, average salaries are a huge indicator of a metro areas’ potential growth. Tampa Bay currently has one of the largest average salaries among college graduates with a small amount of experience. This fact combined with the fact that Tampa is adding new businesses and subdivisions on a consistent basis has contributed greatly to the city’s sudden explosion in out of state movers.


Another indicator of large growth in metro areas is the area’s appeal to millennials. Tampa’s investment in tourism has gained it a huge pay off with regard to millennial appeal. Company’s like Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Florida Zoo, and the Museum of Science all make Tampa a desirable place to relocate for both young professionals and young families. Ultimately, the Tampa city government hopes to continue to increase the number of out of state residents relocating to the bay area. Forbes has predicted the city will increase in growth by about 30 percent within the next five years.




Jeff Vink Partners With Bill Gates to Improve Tampa Economy

Forbes recently published information regarding a Tampa acquisition made by Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, and investor extraordinaire, Jeff Vink. The article discussed the implications of the partnership between the two businessmen and what they could mean for Tampa’s infrastructure. Bill Gates has been well known since the launch of Microsoft in the mid to late 1970s. Jeff Vink, although slightly lesser known than his current development partner, has had an equally extraordinary career. Vink rose to prominence in the late 1980s as an investor and has since made billions of dollars predicting futures in the stock market. Although Vink has had more success than most Americans and could have easily retired to his own private island, the businessman opted to take up residence in Tampa, Florida, where he purchased several professional sports teams and began to take an interest in the city’s business market.


According to an interview the investor recently participated in, Jeff Vink believes that Tampa is a largely untapped resource with regard to earning potentials and viable job markets. Soon after becoming a resident of the burgeoning city, Vink decided to lay the foundations for economic growth and stability through consistent investment into businesses, buildings, and entrepreneur supporting activities.


Jeff Vink developed a investment fund and joined forces with Bill Gates’ Cascade development fund to pump large amounts of liquid resources into the struggling city. Vink has stated that these efforts are being made to ensure that Tampa natives are encouraged to engage in the revitalization attempts without feeling burdened by changes that occur too quickly. By developing a time released investment calendar, Vink has allowed residents and workers to gradually become accustomed to new businesses and renovations. Vink has also contributed to projects that were developed to help Tampa’s residents travel more efficiently including the Tampa highway revitalization project. The partnership between Jeff Vinks and Bill Gates has allowed Tampa’s most worn highway systems to be completely rebuilt in a matter of months. In addition to the development of new businesses, homes, and roads, the Gates/Vink partnership has contributed to the production of senior communities, the addition of biking lanes to bustling highways and roads, and the construction of thousands of new shops and hotel chains in the Tampa metropolitan area.


Tampa Wins Out In Super Bowl Bid

Tampa Bay has found a stroke of luck in the Super Bowl sweepstakes. The city originally entered a bid to host the big game. However, Los Angeles had become a sexy attraction. The league scheduled the 2021 Super Bowl to be held in the new stadium that would be home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. However, delays have been reported in the building of the new attraction in Southern California. The NFL had concerns about the venue’s ability the host its premiere event. There are also league rules in place which states that a host Stadium must be in working fashion for at least two full football seasons in order to be qualified for hosting a Super Bowl.


The Tampa Bay venue has been in place for quite some time and its staff is familiar with the needs of hosting such an event. The NFL felt more comfortable with moving the big game to Florida. This comes as a pleasant surprise to the city of Tampa Bay, which had lost its 2020 bid for the Superbowl to Miami.


Tampa Bay has great experience with hosting premier events. The Super Bowl has taken place in Tampa during the 1998, 1991, 2001 and 2009 seasons. The citizens and officials of Tampa Bay, Florida are prepared to bring the very lucrative game back to their city and show that they can operate on entertainment’s biggest stage.


Raymond James Stadium was constructed as the new home for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It sits adjacent the old location and opened its doors in 1998. During construction it was known as Tampa Bay Community Stadium. Eventually naming rights were sold for 32.5 million dollars. In 2006 the naming rights where renewed in order to keep the familiar title of Tampa Bay’s local venue. It has hosted big events in the past including the ACC Championship game in 2009. It is also home to the Bulls of South Florida University.


The stadium is affectionately known as “Ray Jay” by the local fans. Several unique features highlight Raymond James Stadium including the life-sized pirate ship that fires cannons every time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a score.




Tampa Receives Unanimous Bid to Host Super Bowl LV

In a one-day meeting, NFL owners voted unanimously to have Tampa host the February 2021 Super Bown LV.


The decision was made in the midst of construction delays hitting the proposed Los Angeles Stadium — which the Rams and Chargers will share — caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Los Angeles had previously been the favorite to host Super Bowl LV. However, the NFL regulates that teams hosting the Super Bowl must have stadiums that have been operational for at least two seasons.


Super Bowl LV will be the first NFL championship held in Tampa since 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. This will be the fifth Super Bowl that Tampa will host.


“The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer. Tampa still needs to ensure the commitment of local hotels, event venues, and business leaders before the bid becomes official.


Tampa was lauded for its hosting of the College Football National Championship game this past January. By the time the Super Bowl returns to the city, its Raymond James Stadium will have undergone a $150 million renovation.


Tampa representatives were worried after being rejected for hosting the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020, which Atlanta and then Miami won the rights to. With the possibility of more cold weather Super Bowls taking place in the near future, the city was glad to receive the 2021 bid.


“Hosting our fifth super bowl has been a top priority for quite some time,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “It’s something we monitor on a daily basis in terms of the national landscape for future years and certainly we had seen some of the reports bubble up and the conversations became much more tangible in the last few days.”


Super Bowl LV Reportedly Set for Tampa

The rains of Southern California have helped plant the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars to flow into the Tampa market 2021. That’s because the National Football League (NFL) is reportedly ready to award the rights to Super Bowl LV to Tampa, with the vote by NFL owners reportedly a unanimous one.


The reason that Tampa will be the beneficiary of this financial boon is because the original city for that contest, Los Angeles, fell victim to torrential rains over a crucial period of time. That resulted in construction on the new stadium being built there to stop work for close to two months. With the timeline for completion already tight, the belief was that the construction wouldn’t be finished in time for the game, which will now be played in the city in 2022.


When the announcement was made that construction would push back the finish a full year, the reason given was that the rains that began in early January came during the mass excavation portion of the work. This pivotal period requires that other work that might ordinarily be going on come to a halt. Thus, no work for was performed for much of that time, and because a rule requiring that a stadium be open two seasons before hosting a Super Bowl was on the league books, the change had to be made.


The new stadium will eventually be the brand new home of the Los Angeles Rams and former San Diego Chargers, the latter of whom announced plans to move to the city this past January. In the Chargers’ case, the team was coming full circle since the franchise began in Los Angeles as a member of the American Football League. The Rams also made a return last year after 21 playing seasons in St. Louis.


Assuming that the vote becomes official, Super Bowl LV will mark the fifth time that the city has hosted the festivities. What usually focused on a single day has expanded to a full week, resulting in a huge financial boost for the entire community.


The four previous contests were held in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009. The 1991 clash came against the backdrop of the early days of the Gulf War.



Tampa To Host the Bowl

Due to unexpected inclement weather in southern California over the winter, Super Bowl LV, which was initially intended to be played in the New Rams/Chargers stadium, will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fl. Uncharacteristic torrential rains contributed to delays in building the new Los Angeles stadium, and construction in now on schedule to be completed in the summer of 2020. It has been reported that up to two months were lost due to the series of downpours and the terrible timing in which they occurred. By pushing the date back until the summer of 2020, ample time will be given for the complete construction of the new stadium, while still accounting for any unexpected weather-related delays. Although this is an unexpected blow to the Chargers and Rams fandom and to the city of Los Angeles all is not lost, as Super Bowl, LVI will reportedly be held in Los Angeles. Your text to link…

While this new move will represent some disappointment for the city of Los Angeles, it represents an incredible opportunity for the city of Tampa as this represents the fifth time that the city has hosted America’s largest sporting event. This comes as a surprise as Tampa was originally in the running to host the Superbowl in 2016, along with Miami, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have until August 25 to get their stadium up to the standards required by the league to host the event, and as Raymond James Stadium is in the midst of a $150 million renovation, should offer the city and the fans an incredible experience. During the annual owners meeting in which the 32 team owners meet, it was the general sentiment that hosting an event of this magnitude, could offer up a myriad of potential problems and was not worth the risk. Tampa proved to be the logical choice as a replacement due to its optimal weather and history of success hosting the Superbowl. As per the NFL rulebook, a stadium must be in full operation for at least two seasons before it is eligible for hosting the Superbowl.

Super Bowl LV in Tampa

If you haven’t yet heard the news, the NFL has officially made the move from Los Angeles to Tampa for Super Bowl LV.


Largely, this is due to the fact that there are some uncertainties regarding the new stadium in Los Angeles, but having another Super Bowl in Tampa gives Florida culture, football culture specifically, another chance to showcase and insert itself in the most expensive, most watched football game on Earth. Florida continues to be a hot bed for conventions and large sporting events, and the Super Bowl just happens to be the largest.


Of course, Tampa is a great place to host a Super Bowl because there is so much here to do. Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium are world-renowned for the types and numbers of animals they house. Adventure Island and Dinosaur World are fun attractions that kids and families can find something enjoyable at. That’s not even all of the specific, unique attractions in Tampa before you get to the standard museums, zoos, and parks, though Tampa has those as well. Combine that with delicious Tampa food warm Tampa sun, and what can beat that?


As great a location as Tampa is for a Super Bowl everyone can enjoy, the city hosting LV also begs the question- what if Tampa is playing in that Super Bowl? Yes, they are in arguably the most competitive division in an NFC conference that is better on average than it has been in recent years. Jameis Winston has gotten better over the past two seasons and there’s no reason to believe a healthy Winston will stop improving. He’s improved his completion rate and thrown for more yards and touchdowns in the past two seasons he’s been in Tampa, and an easier schedule compared to last year as well as an improving offensive line make it feel more likely every year that Tampa residents may have a chance of watching the home team play in Super Bowl LV right in Tampa.


There are a number of different reasons why Super Bowl LV being hosted in Tampa is a great decision. Did we miss one? Let us know!


Forbes Announces Tampa as Home to Several Billionaires

In Forbes’ most recently published list of the world’s richest individuals, the popular business magazine announced that Tampa, Florida was home to at least seven of the wealthiest people in the world. The list of the wealthiest people of 2017 was a record breaker in itself, boasting over 2000 billionaires in the world. The list has never before held such a large amount of billionaires and it is said that the booming Western economy has played a large role in the expansion of most incomes, including the incomes of the top two percent. The positions at the top three slots Forbes’ list was predictably occupied by Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezoz, and Investor, Warren Buffett. A factor that was not so predictable, however, was the inclusion of seven of Tampa’s residents on the new list.


Edward Debartolo Jr. (founder of Debartolo Holdings), Robert Duggan (owner of Pharmacyclics), Kenneth Feld (CEO of Feld Entertainment), Todd Christopher (founder of Vogue International), Ronald Wanek (owner of Ashley Furniture), Thomas James (chairman emeritus of Raymond James Financial), and Howard Jenkins (founder/chairman of Public Super Markets) are all Tampa residents who were included in the coveted Forbes list. The Florida city has seen a swift increase its population of wealthy businessmen over the last year, moving from four residents included in the Forbes list to seven in a matter of months. Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn, has expressed his enthusiasm at the lists inclusion of Tampa businessmen and has discussed its implications for the growth and stability of Tampa’s economic system.


Buckhorn stated that the ever increasing population of wealthy businessman in the Tampa metropolitan area is a great sign for the stability of the economy and the growth of the Tampa job market. The mayor believes that a continual influx of businesses into the area will significantly impact both the working and business classes in the city. In response to the publication of the Forbes wealthiest people list, Mayor Buckhorn held a brief press conference to discuss ways in which city officials could continue to foster the development of new business and support job growth. Currently, Tampa holds a record as the 6th fastest growing city in the United States.