Thursday, January 31, 2013
Government and business leaders are in talks with the team about a potential move.
Despite winning consistently and investing more than $20 million into Tropicana Field stadium, Rays executives say the games continue to lag behind in attendance. "We've been winning consistently, but attendance has been trending downward," said Michael Kalt, the team's senior vice president of development and business affairs in a presentation before the Hillsbrough County Commission last week. "W’eve gone from 26th overall (in attendance) down to last in 2012, with an average of slightly over 19,000 people coming to games and that's with the extraordinary roll we've had on the field." Kalt was joined by other upper echelon members of the Rays organization, including the team's principal owner Stuart Sternberg and team president Matt …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
About 5,500 people showed up to see the Tampa Bay Lightning's first practice of the season.
With the salute of their sticks, the Tampa Bay Lightning thanked the estimated 5,500 fans at their first practice of the season Sunday afternoon, ready to play hockey. The Lightning opened up its training camp Sunday and decided to head to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to host the first one of the year instead of the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to give fans some elbow room and plenty of things to do during a Fan Fest from getting autographs to snapping plenty of photos of the team fans missed. Single-game tickets are on sale, and the team is running a special offer through 11:59 p.m. Monday where they will waive the Ticketmaster fees by using the code FORUM when purchased online. The team was able to practice Sunday after the National Hockey …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Although he accepted a coaching job with USF, Robert Weiner reportedly will stay at Plant.
Tuesday, January 8
On Sunday, Coach Robert Weiner said goodbye to his players at South Tampa's Plant High School. Today, Weiner decided against a position at University of South Florida as receivers coach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He's staying put at Plant, where he led the south Tampa school's team to four straight titles, the Times said. What do you think about his decision? Tell us in the comments.
Weiner has been with Plant High since 2004.
Tuesday, January 8
On Sunday, Robert Weiner made the announcement to Plant High's players and their parents: He was leaving his post as football coach to become University of South Florida's receivers coach, according to tbo.com. Weiner helped Plant's program gain national recognition during his tenure as coach, according to MaxPreps.com, after not having a winning season in a dozen years, according to the Tampa Bay Times. What do you think about Weiner leaving Plant High? Who do you think should replace him? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation has joined forces with the Orlando Magic basketball team.
Friday, January 4
Do you have a little basketball lover? If so, check out Hillsborough County's new partnership with the Orlando Magic to offer basketball experience to county youth. The Junior Magic Basketball Leagues will provide boys and girls ages 7 - 17 a chance to improve their skills while rewarding them with special perks for all their hard work, according to a county press release. The program runs from Feb. 11 - April 12, 2013 and registration will be held from Jan. 14 - 18, 2013, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at county rec centers listed below. The $25 program cost includes a certificate of achievement, free ticket to a Magic home game, live games to improve skills, a reversible Junior Magic jersey, and weekly practices. To register, stop by one of the …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Gardening, chair-exercises, and balloon volleyball are a few of the exercise options available for seniors.
The New Year is a time when many people start thinking about getting fit and exercising and it’s no different for seniors. As seniors age, remaining active becomes increasingly important. Senior living communities and caregivers should consider looking beyond traditional physical therapy options to keep seniors engaged and active. Seniors are most receptive to physical therapy when caregivers and their therapists develop individualized plans that fit both their lifestyle and interests. Research shows that it is difficult to motivate seniors to begin to exercise if it hasn’t previously been a priority. Integrating modified, low-impact activities, like yoga, into seniors’ exercise plans increases the likelihood that they will …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The beleaguered coach is on his way out after three lackluster seasons.
Monday, December 3, 2012
University of South Florida football fans wanted change and it looks like they’re going to get it. Rather than a shift in strategy, however, they’re going to see a change in the Bulls’ head office. Coach Skip Holtz is out of a job after this weekend's season finale, which ended with a 27-3 loss to Pittsburg, TBO.com is reporting. Holtz had been with the Bulls for three seasons, none of which produced winning performances. Earlier this week, Holtz’s record with the Bulls had The Tampa Tribune speculating that change was in the air at USF. With an overall 16-21 record in Holtz’s three years at USF, it was clear something had to give. Fans, it was reasoned, wanted to see an immediate change either on the sidelines or the scoreboard. Today’s …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The Robinson Knights are headed to the state semifinals after downing a talented Pasco team.
The Robinson Knights continued their quest for a Class 5A state title Friday night, dispatching the Pasco Pirates in smashmouth fashion 49-21. The Pirates scored first after sophomore Brandon Ray scooped up a muffed snap on Robinson's first offensive play. Ray took it 30 yards in for the score and the fully-packed Pasco visiting stands went berserk. The Knights calmed things down by answering with a crafty touchdown run on fourth-and-goal from the seven-yard line. Three running backs swept right and junior Robert Priester got it and scooted in to tie the game. The Knights scored on their next drive after a completion to senior Cody Hodgens set them up at the goal line. Sophomore Michael Duclos punched it in from there. The Pirates …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Robinson Knights continue their quest to send Coach Mike DePue out on a high note on Friday night against the Pasco Pirates.
The buzz all year has been Robinson High football team's scoring defense, the favorable playoff bracket in 5A, the Knights going to the well and pulling up a bucket-full. The Knights have knocked down several walls already in 2012. They beat Jesuit, claimed a district title and now find themselves on the brink of the state playoffs. It has been a tremendous year for Robinson. They have scored 13 defensive touchdowns in 2012 and have discovered weapons and had weapons step up to clinch crucial games. The Knights fell 26-24 to south Tampa rival Plant in the final week of the regular season but have since rallied for playoff victories against Port Orange Atlantic High and a regional semifinal rematch against district rival Lakewood. The Plant…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The southside rivalry game lived up to its billing on Friday night.
On a week when most teams schedule a non-district game, the Plant Panthers and Robinson Knights schedule a cross-town fistfight. And it was just that. The atmosphere on Friday night was electric. Parking and seats were almost non-existent as standing spectators lined the circumference of Jack Peters Field, three and four deep in some places. The game had all the hallmarks of a classic rivalry. The Panthers were flagged, for the second year in a row, before the game even started. Last year, it was due to the players running out and taunting the Robinson coaches. This year, it was because the Panthers chose the moment when the Robinson marching band was starting a drumroll before the national anthem to run out onto the field. The Knights …