Hockey Games In Flip Flops Weather Will Never Get Old
When I moved to Tampa 3 years ago, I knew I was going to miss going to Bruins games in Boston. I was lucky enough to work for the team the year they won the Stanley Cup. I grew up in Maine and I don’t know how she did it, but my single mother managed to arrange a trip down to Boston once a year so I could see a Bruins game live. Sure we were in the nosebleeds, but any real hockey purist will tell you those are actually the best seats in the house. Fast forward 25 years and here I was working for the Boston Bruins flagship radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub. I got to shoot pictures for our website at ice level and then go interview the players in the locker room. And I got paid to do it. I had it good.
When CBS transferred me to Tampa, I heard it was a hockey town, but naturally I was skeptical. The last game I covered for the Bruins was Game 7 against the Lightning in the playoffs. I had the chance to meet Phil Esposito. Instead of talking hockey with a legend, he kept telling me how much he loves Tampa and promised I would too. He was right.
Last night was my 4th or 5th time seeing a Lightning game live. Most of the games were when the Bruins were in town so my loyalty will always be with the B’s. But Tampa Bay is no doubt my #2. The organization does everything right, from the seat ushers on up. The games are fun. Energy is high. The team puts in 100%. The Bucs and Rays could learn a lot from the way the Lightning does business.
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