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  • The Super Bowl Shouldn’t Have Looked That Normal

    02/08/2021 10:40:54 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 49 replies
    Variety ^ | February 8, 2021 | Caroline Framke
    Almost a year after retreating inside from a deadly virus whose spread has only gotten monumentally worse since, I turned on the Super Bowl. It might be weird to see a sports event as typically hyperbolic as the Super Bowl brought down to a simmer Amid Pandemic, I thought, but at least I’d have some new shade of background noise on as I put together my 80th puzzle of quarantine. The reality of the event was almost stranger than the strangeness I’d expected. Instead of making obvious changes to reflect the fact that the entire country is in some version...
  • Ratings: World Series Opener Tops Tuesday, Down Sharply vs. 2019

    10/21/2020 10:07:27 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    TV Line ^ | October 21, 2020 | Matt Webb Mitovich
    In the latest TV ratings, Fox’s coverage of the World Series opener between the Dodgers and Rays averaged 7.2 million total viewers and a Tuesday-topping 1.8 demo rating — though down sharply from the preliminary numbers (11.6 mil/2.9) for last year’s Nationals/Astros Game 1. Check back later for the final tally! NBC | The Voice (7.5 mil/1.0) was down a tick from Monday’s premiere, but teed up Transplant for Stateside highs of 4.3 mil/0.6. ABC | The Bachelorette (4.1 mil.1.1) slipped about 20 percent from last week. Leading out of that, a Supermarket Sweeeeeeep! encore did 1.8 mil and a...
  • Ex MLB'er goes off on MLB

    MLB is giving players the option of wearing BLM patches on their jerseys? Knock yourselves out as I won't be watching....ever again
  • Wesley Chapel homeowner fires on three intruders, killing two of them (Florida)

    07/11/2020 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 76 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 7/10/20 | Chris Tisch
    WESLEY CHAPEL - Two armed intruders were shot dead and a third was wounded when a homeowner fired on them early Friday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner said he was inside his home playing video games when at about 12:43 a.m. he heard the glass of his laundry room door shatter, according to a sheriff’s report. He saw an arm reach inside to unlock the door. Then the homeowner said he saw a masked man walk in and aim a gun at him. The homeowner said he grabbed his Glock 9mm pistol, which was just a...
  • NOW: Protests in Tampa After Nightclub Owner Ignites Emotions With "Just Shoot Them All" Comment

    06/02/2020 8:44:36 PM PDT · by wrrock · 13 replies
    11:20 PM EDT -- Protests in Tampa After Nightclub Owner Ignites Emotions With "Just Shoot Them All" Comment. The protest has shifted from remembering George Floyd to remembering George Floyd AND to "protesting against a racist and an alleged rapist." LIVE STREAM....
  • Polk County Sheriff Warns Rioters: Don't Take This into Neighborhoods. People Own Guns Here

    06/01/2020 2:55:19 PM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 01, 2020 | Matt Vespa
    Polk County Sheriff Warns Rioters: Don't Take This into Neighborhoods. People Own Guns Here. George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. It was tragic, avoidable, and the use of force was totally absurd. He was arrested for the nonviolent crime of using false documents. He was handcuffed and subdued. Why did Officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of his neck for nearly ten minutes? Floyd died as a result. He could be heard crying that he could no longer breathe. Chauvin was fired and brought up on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The three...
  • LIVE: Tampa Standoff As Cops Form Perimeter to Prevent Protesters From Blocking I-275 Traffic

    An ongoing encounter between protesters and cops near the on-ramp to I-275, Tampa’s busiest freeway. Officers formed a perimeter encompassing the entire onramp. It appears the protesters want to stop freeway traffic. The standoff is ongoing… Watch.......
  • Tom Brady accidentally enters wrong house in Tampa

    04/23/2020 2:37:57 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 46 replies ^ | April 23, 2020 at 03:19 p.m.Updated: April 23, 2020 at 03:25 p.m. | Adam Maya
    Tom Brady is still finding his way around Tampa Bay. It must be hard to leave home after 20 years. The new Buccaneers quarterback on Thursday acknowledged a report that he accidentally entered the wrong house earlier this month. Brady thought he'd arrived at the residence of Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich but instead went next door to Leftwich's neighbor's, per TMZ. Tampa resident David Kramer told TMZ that Brady walked right through his front door holding duffel bags before realizing he was in the wrong place. "I literally was just sitting here and I watch this tall guy...
  • Patriots trade Rob Gronkowski to Buccaneers for 4th-round pick (Gronk comes out of retirement)

    04/21/2020 6:41:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 35 replies ^ | 4-21-20 | Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss
    The New England Patriots have agreed to trade Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers in a deal that reunites the retired tight end with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday on SportsCenter that the five-time Pro Bowler has been "really invigorated" physically since he retired from football nearly 13 months ago. "He tells me he feels fantastic, the best he's ever felt," Rosenhaus said. "His weight's back up to 260. He passed his physical with flying colors today. He's just really excited about playing football again, and being in Florida is exciting for him." Gronkowski told...
  • Rob Gronkowski returns from retirement to reunite with Tom Brady on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    04/21/2020 5:04:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 21, 2020 | Doha Madani
    Former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski will come out of retirement to reunite with Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the NFL.
  • Jameis Winston bids Tampa Bay farewell: 'See you at the Super Bowl'

    03/22/2020 8:12:01 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 38 replies
    The Sporting News ^ | 03/21/2020 | Liam Blackburn
    Jameis Winston bade farewell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the signing of Tom Brady, with the outgoing quarterback telling fans he would see them at February's Super Bowl. The Bucs completed the marquee acquisition of Brady on Friday. The 42-year-old superstar left the New England Patriots earlier in the week after winning a record six Super Bowl rings with the franchise.
  • ‘Make or break moment.’ Tampa Bay leaders hold climate change summit.

    01/18/2020 7:31:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 1/08/20 | Zachary T. Sampson, Langston Taylor
    ST. PETERSBURG — As she arrived to speak at the region’s first ever resilience leadership summit, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor came upon a hotel parking lot packed with cars. Hundreds of people from local governments, universities and scientific consulting firms had shown up Tuesday. Valets at the Hilton in Carillon Park double-parked vehicles, choking the entry. The scene summarized the day: a symbol both of the growing interest in climate change in Tampa Bay and the enormous hurdles officials face as they aim to curb emissions (from cars, for instance) contributing to rising seas. **SNIP** Among the first speakers was...
  • 'It was my livelihood': Popular roadside food trailer stolen in Hernando County

    12/17/2019 10:47:37 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    RIDGE MANOR, Fla. — A popular roadside dining spot is no more after someone stole David Alley's food trailer. "This was a dream," said Alley. "It was my livelihood, it was everything." Alley moved to Florida about two years ago to start Dave's Takeout after his wife passed away from cancer. Hernando County deputies are now on the hunt for his trailer after he reported it stolen Sunday morning. Alley kept it locked up in the parking lot of an antique store located at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Cortez Boulevard in Manor Ridge. HERNANDO NEWS | The latest headlines from...
  • Tampa Bay Rays’ ‘shared city’ plan with Montreal is dead

    12/05/2019 9:09:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 4, 2019 | Jacob Bogage
    The Tampa Bay Rays still may consider relocating, but the ballclub won’t be leaving Florida’s Gulf Coast for at least another seven years. The team and the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., broke off talks about a proposed “shared city” concept that would have the team play half its home games at Tropicana Field and the other half in Montreal, according to a memo from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (D) to the city council. City and team officials agreed, he wrote, to “abide by the existing use agreement” that would keep the team at Tropicana Field through the 2027...
  • Teen barred from senior homecoming dance for wearing a jumpsuit instead of a dress

    10/06/2019 9:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10/04/2019 | Hope Schreiber
    On Friday, Darcy Krueger, 17, showed up at the Tampa Bay Homeschool Homecoming Dance wearing a black jumpsuit, but was turned away because of a dress code. Darcy, who has been entirely homeschooled except for one semester of middle school, has attended many events thrown by the organization behind the homecoming dance, TampaBay Homeschool Prom, her mother tells Yahoo Lifestyle. But this time, she was sent away for failing to wear a dress. Darcy, who has been entirely homeschooled except for one semester of middle school, has attended many events thrown by the organization behind the homecoming dance, TampaBay Homeschool...
  • Twitter reacts to Cam Newton's latest bizarre outfit choice for Thursday Night Football

    09/13/2019 8:37:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 13, 2019 | CBS
    Anyone who knows Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows he loves to experiment with fashion, and his Thursday Night Football attire was one of his boldest looks yet. Newton struggled on primetime, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home as the Panthers fell to 0-2. Some said his outfit came up short as well. Here was his TNF look:
  • Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow, 35, is convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman [tr]

    06/11/2019 6:30:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2019 | Staff
    Former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr., 35, was convicted on Monday of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas last May by a jury in Southern California. Winslow was also found guilty of indecent exposure toward the woman and of lewd conduct. But the jury remained deadlocked on six other felony charges, including two more counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker last year and an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003.
  • Mom of 4 holds intruder at gunpoint for a terrifying 13 minutes until police arrive

    06/06/2019 5:06:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 58 replies ^ | June 4, 2019 | Hope Schreiber
    A Tampa Bay mother held an intruder in her home at gunpoint for a terrifying 13 minutes until police arrived at the scene. Lauren Richards, a mother of four, initially made a call reporting a suspicious person on her property 21 minutes before police arrived. On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Richards called 911 at 12:41 a.m., according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office representative. "I tell [911] somebody just came into my door. He's unfamiliar. I don't recognize him," Richards told WFLA. While waiting for officers to arrive to the suspicious person call, Richards looked outside her home in Rolling...
  • Hackers take over Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Twitter account

    02/21/2019 2:15:35 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 3 replies
    WFLA ^ | February 21, 2019 | Staff
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Tampa police are investigating a bomb threat made against Tampa International Airport after hackers took over Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter account. The hackers tweeted a nonstop series of offensive racist and pornographic posts and claimed a bomb was in a package at TIA. The hackers appeared to take over the mayor’s Twitter account just before 4 a.m. with an initial post that said “Hacked by @MeeZoid @CxlvxnSwag @SheepKiller69 you can’t touch US ####.” Hackers changed Buckhorn’s cover and profile photos and renamed the account “Bob Cuckhorn” with a bio that said “City of Tampa’s Mayor.White...
  • Remember when it snowed in Tampa Bay 42 years ago?

    01/20/2019 2:31:09 PM PST · by simpson96 · 58 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | Gabrielle Calise
    Jan. 19, 1977. The day when temperatures plunged into the 30s on the Suncoast and snowflakes dusted Tampa Bay. The storm didn’t last that long, but it was enough to cement the day into our area’s history. Some native Floridians delighted in seeing their first snowfall. Families built snowmen together. College students ran around nude and skipped class. But not everyone was pleased to wake up to the falling flurries. Farmers’ crops were destroyed. Icy gusts of wind knocked over power lines and ripped trees out of the ground. The governor at the time, Reubin Askew, called a state of...