Year of The Champions

In a year where nothing seemed normal with COVID-19 taking over the world and everything was disrupted from the every day normal lifestyle we once knew. We would begin to question if we would’ve gotten any sports in 2020.

For years those of us who have been loyal fans of the Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning & Buccaneers have only asked for just one thing from the Sports God’s and that would be for them to bless our hometown of Tampa with more championships.

In 2020 not only did we see championships but multiples. Tampa Bay Buccaneers started off the chain of reactions with the events about to take place..

March 2020 Free Agent QB & the greatest of all time Tom Brady announced he would sign a 2 year deal with our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers and shocking the entire Sports World, weeks later we would find out the Bucs would get rights to then retired TE Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots for a 3rd or 4th round draft pick.

Major League Baseball was debating at the time if there would even be a season due to Covid pandemic, but they pushed it off as long as they could and decided no fans would be allowed to attend the games and if they did it would be a limited thing. MLB officials would set the season to 60 games and would add a third wildcard team so we would see what a bracket system would look like in MLB.

Meanwhile the NHL was going in full swing and skipped the season and went straight into a playoff bubble which was one of the toughest things to do having X days on a row where there was no off days and such, straight grind to the Stanley Cup. Lightning over came those obstacles and wound up hoisting the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history and first since 2004.

Tampa Bay Rays would be the next team up and would fight off the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees & Houston Astros in the playoffs before facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series which was an amazing road as the Rays & Dodgers finished the shortened season with the two best records in all of baseball. Rays lost in 6 games when many had the Dodgers sweeping the Rays in 4.

Back to the Buccaneers who at this point was well on to having a winning record and keeping up with the division rival Saints in the NFC South race and was well on their way to a playoff berth since 2010 but the question was how far would they make it.

They went on to finish the season 11-5 and would win 3 straight road games over the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints & Green Bay Packers before facing & beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl in their very own stadium.

If 2020 has taught us anything when it comes to sports, it’s to never count out any of the Tampa Bay franchises because when you do, it’ll only fuel their fire to prove you wrong.

SO TAMPA BAY!  Tell us what these championships mean to you in the comments below, we want to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “Year of The Champions

  1. I have lived in the Bay Area since 1990. My wife and I moved here from NY to give our kids a better life. My younger sons and my daughter have been raised on Tampa sports so this year was especially satisfying for us all. We love our teams and Tampa ! Go Bucs, go Rays, and go Lightning!

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