As I have been mentioning, there has been happiness in our area amidst all the sadness the COVID pandemic continues to cause.
This was the first stretch of sporting seasons where the Lightning (who won the Stanley Cup), the Rays (who made the World Series), and Buccaneers all made the playoffs of their respective leagues. After the Bucs defeated the Saints 30-20 in the NFC Divisional Playoff last night (essentially the quarterfinal round of the Super Bowl, for those of you who follow less casually), the Bucs stand a win away from playing in the Super Bowl – which would also make this the first stretch of seasons where all three teams made the finals of their respective sports.
Even more interesting is that if the Bucs win, they go down in history as the first team to host their own Super Bowl. The 1979 Rams and 1984 49ers have come the closest to the fear so far – playing their Super Bowls in nearby stadiums. But a team hosting their own Big Game has only ever occurred in fiction. (The Warren Beatty film Heaven Can Wait comes to mind.)
Interesting times for sure in this area, though I wonder if the average sports fan appreciates how fortunate of a time this is.