It’s time to officially crown Tampa Bay America’s Worst Sports Town. The Rays have been solid for the last 4 years, the Buccaneers are on the rise, and the Lightning made the playoffs last year. But, no one in Tampa cares. Attendance for the regular season and playoffs for the Rays was dismal, TV ratings were in the cellar, and the Bucs’ Monday Night Game was almost blacked out. Let’s examine the list of excuses:
1. Tampa is full of old people. Old people love two things: baseball and TV. Go to the game or watch it.
2. The economy is bad. And it’s better in Detroit? Try to find an empty seat there.
3. Tampa is transient town. No one is “from” there. No one is from LA. Good luck getting into a Laker game.
Suck it up Tampa and support your teams. Maybe sell off that extra Sebring convertible for some season tickets. Cut back on the 4:30pm dinners at Country Kitchen Buffet and sign up for cable. Your teams deserve better!
(photo: [JAMES BORCHUCK | St. Petersburg Times]