A day in the life: Tampa Bay sports fans


A day in the life: Tampa Bay sports fans

By Jon Fucile

The Rays are in first and the Lightning are in the playoffs so Tampa Bay fans are everywhere these days. They are an interesting bunch, with their wrinkly skin and I just wet myself aroma. Intoxicating?

A day in the life of this odd bunch starts at 6 in the morning after roughly 16 hours of sleep. The creaking and snapping you hear isnt their old beds or the stiff wood floors but rather their bones. Awesome.

They turn on the TV and watching ESPN for a little bit to check the scores (or just look at the pretty colors). Then they read the paper.

This is a very typical strategy. Generally any Tampa Bay fan doesnt care about sports until their teams are in the playoffs anyway and even then theyll only watch if there is not a Matlock marathon on.

After reading the paper and a short nap, they like to call and complain about things that make them mad.

The nurse at the home tried to explain he was yelling into a cup and not a phone but it fell on deaf ears. Literally.

All the excitement of reading the paper and yelling nonsense leaves them little time to get up and go to the bathroom and there are lots of accidents.

By mid afternoon, all the Tampa fans are dragging a little bit and they need a little pick me up.

Around three all the Tampa Bay fans gather to eat dinner, talk about their new heart medications, trim each others ear hair, show off their new and disgusting growths and talk about that Stamkos kid the radio mentioned, whoever that is.

By 5 p.m. all the Tampa Bay fans are in bed dreaming old people dreams, which explains why the Lightning and Rays never have any fans in the seats.

Tampa Bay can try to claim they are a city of champions with their one Super Bowl, one Stanley Cup and Hulk Hogans six WWF championships but much like Hogans profession, their sports love is fake. If you want a real city of champions Tampa, come visit Boston. Were sure you can get a sweet discount on flights with your AARP cards you jokes.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan


Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.