813Area has new update 15 hours ago Lightning Round: Long weekend edition
Photo by Scott Audette /NHLI via Getty Images Today is Memorial Day. The blog will be relatively quiet today as folks in the US observe Memorial Day. Hockey remains on pause so there’s not much to report anyway. No further progress was announced between the NHL and the NHLPA on resumption of play activities. For now, they’ve agreed to a general playoff format and nothing else. So still a long way to go before we have a clear idea of if and when the NHL might be able to resume games. Speaking of that playoff format, the Lightning were one of only two teams to vote against the plan. Alex Killorn noted the potential for team’s that get a bye in the opening round not being in as good of game shape as teams that would play more competitive games in the play-in round. “I brought the format to my team,” Killorn said via text Saturday night. “They didn’t feel it was fair that certain teams that probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs would have a chance to make the playoffs in a best-of-five series. My team also felt it was unfair that the teams with a bye would not be as well prepared for a playoff series as the teams that had already basically played a playoff series to get into the playoffs. News and Notes Over the weekend, the Lightning posted a story about Yanni Gourde video chatting with kids from the Make-A-Wish foundation. Most of them have had their wishes put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak but Yanni took some time to chat with Lightning fans. Over the last week, Gourde sat down at his home laptop and chatted with each wish kid, finding a way to connect with them - not easy given kids can be shy, especially around a pro hockey player, combined with the lag time we’ve all experienced the last couple months on video calls — offering them encouragement, explaining why their wish has been postponed and offering to meet with them at a Lightning game once fans are allowed to return to arenas. New York state is allowing professional sports teams to resume training as of yesterday. “Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” Cuomo said. “I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena — do it. Do it. Work out the economics, if you can. Justin Bourne at The Athletic wrote up his thoughts on the playoff plan. He’s concerned about further devaluing the regular season. My problem with the idea of the NHL’s proposed solution is how badly it devalues roughly a 70-game regular season to date. The NHL was already a league that undervalued its regular season in my estimation, prior to all this. But as we’ve written over the last few days, the answer to this conundrum is not to try to make the playoffs more fair. But to make them more unfair so that the regular season stands out as a beacon of reason by comparison. I know not everyone is with us on this yet. But I believe you’ll all come around. Or actually maybe not. We might be on an island on this one.
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17 hours ago Museum of Science and Industry to reopen with COVID-19 safety guidelines
MOSI is balancing having a museum full of hands-on exhibits and preventing the spread of germs.
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22 hours ago Memorial Day Weekend: Here's what you can still do around Tampa Bay
Many events may be canceled, but there are ways you can still mark the holiday.
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22 hours ago Researchers track high levels of COVID-19 in Florida wastewater
South Florida sewage is "chock-full" of the virus.
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22 hours ago Child drowns after being caught in a current at Siesta Key Beach
Witnesses told the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office several children were seen caught in a current about 100 yards offshore.
813Area has new update 1 day ago Brady, Mickelson fall to Woods and Manning in ‘The Match II’
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for The Match The return of “The Match” brings a lot of laughs and a lot of money for Covid-19 relief It wasn’t the best performance by new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, but it was certainly an entertaining one. He and Phil Mickelson fell to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning by one stroke in “The Match II” which raised $20 million dollars for COVID-19 relief. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson even stopped by and offered 100,000 meals for each shot on hole sixteen that got within twelve feet of the pin, which Brady, Mickelson, and Manning all achieved leading to a 300,000 meal donation. Brady struggled most of the day, but had what could be considered the best shot of the match as well; TOM BRADY. WOW.Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch now on TNT pic.twitter.com/k4Au3SOpSU— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2020 Woods and Manning went up three after the sixth hole and maintained that lead until Brady’s eagle on eleven. The duo then cut the lead to one after winning hole fourteen but just couldn’t close things out. This wasn’t just a fun event of four of the greatest players in their sport getting together for a round of golf, but the help it provided - both financially as well as in the form of entertainment for a sports-starved country. This was a nice sign that things are on the right track to provide some sort of normalcy in the near future. Along with news that the NBA, NHL, and MLB are all closing in on agreements to resume their seasons, this event was a nice escape. Here are a few of the highlights from The Match II; Peyton Manning came to play today.That's a birdie for the 2-time Super Bowl champ.#CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/8G2DVPFM6E— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 24, 2020 "That'll be in the fairway...on seven"Tiger showing TB12 no mercy Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch now on TNT pic.twitter.com/YNMXpOCPCH— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2020 Brady sinks the eagle.Phil and Tom starting the comeback? (??@audi) pic.twitter.com/VO4pw771tr— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2020 I've never related to a professional athlete more than I do to Tom Brady right now— Bucs Nation (@Bucs_Nation) May 24, 2020 Everyone tweeting about @TomBrady struggling right now should be aware he will likely take Twitter notes like Michael Jordan on a good day and use this fire to win multiple Senior Tour championships.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) May 24, 2020 Tom Brady is going to hold the NFL hostage this season after Twitter is going after him for a round of golf #TheMatch— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) May 24, 2020 All in all, it was a fun afternoon/evening of entertaining golf and a rematch next year - hopefully with better weather - would be more than welcome by many of those that watched today. But, as Tom Brady said after shanking a tee shot where Charles Barkley promised a $50,000 donation if Brady could just put it in the fairway - “When does football season start? I’m ready.”
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1 day ago Some Tampa Bay churches plan to reopen, others stay virtual for now
The Diocese of St. Petersburg will allow church-goers to attend mass next weekend.
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1 day ago WATCH: Catfish caught on camera 'walking' over gators
Now, you're probably thinking: What in the world is a walking catfish?
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1 day ago Hi, Sly! Say 'woof' to Tampa police's newest K-9
He's a very good boy in the making.
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1 day ago Police investigate Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard crash
One person was taken to the hospital.
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1 day ago 17-year-old hurt in Gulfport hit-and-run
Police are asking for your help to find the car responsible.
813Area has new update 1 day ago Bucs Nation Podcast: Way-too-early game preview for Week 2 Panthers/Bucs
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to take a look at the second game of the 2020 season. JUST IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! Join me and Steven Taranto of Riot Report/247Sports as we break down the Week 2 matchup between the Bucs and Panthers. We give our matchups to watch, impact players, bold predictions, and of course, a final score prediction! Don’t miss it!
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1 day ago Volunteers take to downtown Tampa streets to paint intersection mural (Photos)
On May 23, people traveling in downtown Tampa at the intersection of Franklin and Twiggs streets were in for an artistic surprise. The Tampa Downtown Partnership recently commissioned local artist Meaghan Farrell Scalise to paint the first intersection mural in downtown Tampa. She and volunteers spent the day painting the mural, titled “Lift Up Luck,” which described as blending Tampa’s history with the spirit of resiliency during the Covid-19 pandemic. View the photos for scenes from the…
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1 day ago Tampa area banks use millions in Fed liquidity for PPP lending
These local banks have tapped into a Fed program in order to increase their capacity to create PPP loans.
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1 day ago Pro-development interests will seek to assert influence in Hillsborough's 2020 elections
Several have contributed to the new PAC, the Tampa Bay Business ... Lanz, 64, an Ybor City native and grandmother living in Wellswood, who runs a ...
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1 day ago 1 dead, 2 injured after triple shooting in Tampa
Police are still looking for the shooter.
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1 day ago VOTE: Do you feel comfortable with in-person religious services?
It's Your Say, Tampa Bay! Vote now in our poll!
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1 day ago Trump boat parade sets sail in Tampa Bay-area waters
Supporters of President Donald Trump flew "Trump 2020" flags, with a few "Make America Great Again" verbiage thrown in, too.
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1 day ago Woods, Manning taking on Mickelson, Brady in TV charity match
It's Tiger vs. Lefty in the game for coronavirus efforts featuring NFL quarterbacks on the second straight Sunday of live golf.
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2 days ago Man taken to the hospital after moped, car crash
Hillcrest Avenue is shut down in the area of the crash while crews work.
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2 days ago Men indicted on charges of using explosions to rob ATMs
Prosecutors say the men took nearly $70,000 from several Tampa Bay-area ATMs between November and January and vandalized others without taking any cash.
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2 days ago Pinellas County beaches reaching 'unprecedented levels' of capacity
The sheriff's office suggests if you're not on the beaches yet, get an early start tomorrow.
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2 days ago Life in the Time of Coronavirus: Teacher Retires with Video Goodbyes
The World Languages and Art History teacher says she'll miss taking her Spanish classes to Ybor City to learn about Spanish and Cuban culture.
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2 days ago Minivan crashes into Publix Liquors store, injuring 2 people
The Dade City Police Department said the van crashed all the way into the store.
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2 days ago Guest column: How the Brady Effect has already changed Tampa and the Bucs
running wild in our beautiful city parks. No harm — no foul. And thanks for being a good sport.” Tampa Bay finds itself in the national spotlight, and the ...
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2 days ago Gov. DeSantis offers Memorial Day message: ‘God Bless their memories’
The governor posted the video message to Twitter.
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2 days ago During the shutdown, this Ybor City restaurant server got creative to make ends meet
Ke'Lana Brown stands outside 7th + Grove in Ybor City. [DIRK SHADD | Times].
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2 days ago Bradenton Police Officer dies unexpectedly after surgery complications
Sgt. Kaull had been with the department for 17 years.
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2 days ago The Historic Columbia Restaurant In Ybor City Reopens Her Doors Once Again
It began in Tampa's Ybor City, (pronounced EE-bore) as a small 60-seat corner cafe known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, ...
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2 days ago You're invited! Local shelter holding "kitten shower"
SPCA Tampa Bay says it's expecting a lot of kittens this year, so it's raising money to be ready to care for them.

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