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.

Blakely: This could be the start of something big for Celtics

Blakely: This could be the start of something big for Celtics

BOSTON -- Prior to this year, the Celtics hadn't been to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012. That trip served as a curtain call of sorts for the last great C's dynasty.
But this one, which ended with Cleveland's emphatic 135-102 Game 5 victory Thursday at TD Garden, is very different.
Rather than closing another chapter in the Celtics' longstanding legacy of greatness, it could serve as the beginning of a new narrative in the franchise's steady growth.
"For us to be in the Eastern Conference finals after the first year of this team really being together, adding additions like Al Horford and Gerald Green . . . I can go down the list of guys that we needed to learn to play with, and for us to talk about where we wanted to be and actually make it, it's a big-time accomplishment," said Avery Bradley.
Boston has been among the younger teams in the NBA, with the 31-year-old Green being the oldest player on the roster.
But what the Celtics lacked in experience, they made up for with great effort.
"The great thing about this is the experience," Bradley said. "We were able to go to the Eastern Conference finals, learned a lot about being in this position, and I feel like it's going to help us for next year."
But as we all know, the Celtics will look to strengthen themsevles this offseason, which means there's a very good chance they'll have a different look when they gather again in the fall.
How different is anyone's guess.
"It's difficult every year whenever you don't have guys back," said coach Brad Stevens. "I think you share a bond (over the course of a season)."
Stevens and this group have been together for eight months. Eight months of struggles, successes, frustrating defeats and euphoric victories that brought them to the conference finals, which is where their season came to an end.
But as disappointed as the players and coaches are inow, there's definite excitement about this franchise in the very near future.
Boston has the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft, with all indications -- for now -- pointing to Washington's Markelle Fultz as their choice.
And their top first-round pick from a year ago, Jaylen Brown, seemed to steadily improve as the season progressed. It was one of the few times in his life where minutes weren't just handed to him, which he admits was a learning experience unlike anything he had ever had, yet he adjusted and played better as the year went along.

"I've had ups, I've had downs, I've had opportunities, I've had mistakes," said Brown. "So I've been learning and growing and improving all year and I'm going to continue growing and improving and prove people wrong, prove doubters wrong."
Having the season end the way it did has indeed left a bad taste in the mouths of many Celtics.
"I can use it as fuel," Brown said, adding: "I want to get back to the same place I'm at now."
Bradley, who was on the 2012 team that lost to the Miami Heat in the conference finals, knows the Celtics are going to do whatever they feel is necessary to give them the best chance at competing for a title.
"It's out of our control as players," Bradley said. "We had a great year together. If guys are here, if guys aren't, we all wish the best for each other.

"But I do feel this is a special group. We all gave our heart every single night, played as hard as we could. I respect all my teammates, and I really appreciated playing with all the guys I had a chance to play with this year; a special group."