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Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

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Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in the 2003-04 NHL season. The Lightning look to dominate and make a statement this upcoming season. 

With new additions for the Lightning for the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to add more physical players to the roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning added Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Maroon, 31, for this season. Last season, Maroon played and won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues and is a hard working player who can score and can add depth to the Lightning. Maroon will not back down from a fight and had sixty-four penalty minutes during the regular season. This shows that Maroon will stick up for his teammates and will provide depth for the team.

 The Lightning also added Luke Witkowski, 29, a free agent who the Lightning inked for 2 years from the Detroit Red Wings can provide the team with his ability to hit and fight. Witkowski is not a big goal scorer, but can support his team with body checks and hits. 

The Lightning had to trade some of their stars this offseason and make some tough choices and decisions. Ryan Callahan, 34, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will likely retire from playing hockey due to his severe back injury that doctors recommended he should stop playing hockey. In exchange for Callahan, the Lightning got goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

The Lightning also traded forward, J.T. Miller, 26, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two first round draft picks. The Lightning also gave up forward, Adam Erne, 24, to the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for a 2020 fourth round draft pick. 

The biggest news is that the Lightning haven’t made a deal to extend one of their top stars, Brayden Point. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent who scored a total of 92 points in the 2018-19 NHL season. Point said in an interview “I would like to stay in Tampa,” but the season is very close to starting and he has yet to sign a contract with any team. This has made Lightning fans worry about a fan favorite player, not resigning with the Lightning. 

This year, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, 29, will play in his twelfth NHL season looking to win his first career Stanley Cup. Stamkos has led the team since 2014 since the departure of Martin St. Louis, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stamkos also led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in 2015, when the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning lost the series, 4-2. After their historical season in the 2018-19 NHL season ending with the best record in the league, they lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos said “it was a fluke.” The Lightning plan to come out aggressive, strong, and end that way, but this time with a Stanley Cup. 

The Lightning have many star players such as Nikita Kucherov, 26, Victor Hedman, 28, Tyler Johnson, 29, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 25, and many more, as they have a stacked lineup filled with top scorers. Kucherov, is coming off a historical season ending with 128 points winning the Hart 

Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player, Arts Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL, and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player for the season. Kucherov set the NHL record for most points in a single season by a Russian-born player. Hedman, came off a season of injuries, but is ready to go for this upcoming season and is feels like he is healthier than ever. Johnson tied his own record for most goals in his career during a single season with 29. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy for the best NHL goaltender. 

This shows that the Lightning can be one of the greatest teams with their style of playing and having great coaches and players. The Lightning plan to win the Stanley Cup and they plan to be one of the greatest teams for a long time.

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Lightning Keeps On Striking

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Lightning Keeps On Striking

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a hot start into the 2018-19 National Hockey League season as they have a record of four wins, one loss, and one overtime loss. In their home opener on October 6, 2018, they defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. They fell behind in their second game of the season as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 when they let three goals in the last ten minutes of the third period.

The Lightning struck back with a huge win over the Columbus Blue Jackets defeating the Blue Jackets 8-2. The Lightning had rearranged their lines, moving Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point to the first line with Captain Steven Stamkos. This led to the reunion of the triplet’s line, a line consisting of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov who are a dominant line throughout the whole NHL.

They had their offense going once again with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 with Tyler Johnson getting the hat trick. A hat trick in hockey is whenever a player scores three goals in one game and then fans throw their hats onto the ice.

The Lightning kept striking with another win over the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. They were so close to winning their sixth game of the season but took an overtime loss against the Minnesota Wild 5-4. They came right back and destroyed the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 with a record of shots in the second period with a total of thirty three shots. They totaled fifty four shots in the game.

The Lightning play Vegas’ Golden Knights tonight, Oct. 26.

 

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Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses

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Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses

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Tampa, Fla.–A golfer has many courses to choose from in Tampa Bay. Golfers can go to courses such as Bay Palms Golf Complex, Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Westchase Golf Club, and Rocky Point Golf Club.

Bay Palms Golf Complex has two 18 hole, par 72 courses and the complex calls it a “golfers paradise.” They also have a variety of foods and they have a golf shop. The Bay Palms Golf Complex has two courses, the north and the south. The complex says the south course is the hardest one to play on and is very challenging. You can also get private lessons at this complex in Tampa.

The Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club offers a golf league and “has a rich landscape.” The Heritage Isles Golf Club considers their course to be “beautiful.” They also offer lessons on the driving range and they also have a pro shop to get your golf gear or equipment from.

The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course. This country club also offers a heated pool and tennis courts to play on. You can even host different activities and you can even host a wedding there if you’re getting married.

The Westchase Golf Club has a variety of things to do at their club. You can set up a wedding and other bookings. You can also play golf and set you own tee off time when it is available. This golf course and club is known as Tampa’s “friendliest golf course.”

Lastly, the Rocky Point Golf Club opened in 1911. It was used for prisoners during World War Two, at which time the federal government closed the course to golfers. In 1953, the course was reopened and the property was sold over to the City of Tampa for $1. The City of Tampa still owns this course today. You can buy a membership to this course and there is also a grill there to eat at. You can also book a tee time at the course.

If you are looking to golf in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend that you go to one of these courses.

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Bucs Off to a Good Start Despite Quarterback Suspension

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a good start to their season, despite the suspension of star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston was suspended for three games for a conflict with an Uber driver, so backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, started the first game for the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team won by defeating the New Orleans Saints with a score of 48-40. Fitzpatrick led the team to this win with four touchdowns and 417 total yards.

The second week pitted the Buc against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs started Fitzpatrick again, and won against the Super Bowl champions. The final score of that game was 27-21 with Fitzpatrick having another fantastic game with four touchdowns and a total of 402 yards. The Bucs then went on to lose their third game of the season to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a close final score of 30-27. Fitzpatrick would then total 411 yards with three touchdowns for the team. The Bucs are currently at two wins and one loss this season.

The Bucs’ next game is on September 30, 2018 against the Chicago Bears who have the same record as the Bucs. This time, the Bucs will not have home field advantage as they will play in Chicago. Tampa fans will want to see the Bucs pull this one off and continue their dominance with their backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays Finish a Great Season

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Rays are finishing their twentieth anniversary season this fall with a great record, despite having to trade all their star players at the start of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded most of their star players during the 2017 off-season. They traded star player and face of the franchise, Evan Longoria. Longoria played for the Rays for 10 seasons. With Longoria gone, the Rays then traded team All-Star, Corey Dickerson, who’s batting average was over 300. They also traded slugger, Logan Morrison. With most of the team gone, the Rays called up key players Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, and traded for a bunch of prospects to call up from their minor league affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

The team was desperate for good players for offense and defense. People were saying the Rays were going to be a horrible team. Some people even said they wouldn’t win 60 games. The Rays shocked the whole world by ending their season this fall with over 85 wins. They had an unbelievable season despite the team having mostly rookies.

The team could have even gone on to play in the playoffs if they were in the National League but they are in the American League East with some of the toughest teams in the MLB such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays ended this season in third place but they were so close to getting the second wild card spot. However, the Oakland Athletics team clinched the spot and they will face the New York Yankees to see who will play in the American League Division Series.

The Rays were led by star pitcher, Blake Snell, who set a franchise record for most wins in a single season for a Rays pitcher passing David Price’s twenty wins in 2012 when he won the Cy Young award. Snell will be talked about in the Cy Young candidate race for the American League this year.

With such a surprise ending to this amazing Rays season, this sports fan wonders what is in store for next season. Here’s hoping to a playoff spot!

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African Fashion Comes to Tampa Bay

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Tampa, Fla.–On Saturday, Sept. 22, at the AC Marriott Hotel, an African Fashions pop-up show was held. There were also clothes, jewelry and handbags for sale before and after the fashion show.

There were eight models in total, seven women and one man. The women varied in height, shades and sizes. Each had multiple outfits all suited to their body shapes and skin tones.

The best piece in the line was one of the early pieces in the show. This was a one shoulder top made of carnation pink chiffon fabric. The bottom was a long, vibrant, yellow skirt that flowed instead of being skin tight. On the skirt were large pink and orange carnations. The way all the warm colors work together to make the eyes wander the outfit is what makes the outfit so brilliant.

While this piece was more sophisticated, another great piece was designed for a much more casual outing. The eye-catching part of the outfit was the cloak-like jacket, similar to what little red riding hood wore. The hooded cloak had wavy stripes in various shades of blue and aqua, orange and white. Underneath was a black hater top and a pair of black leggings, to make the cloak the center of the show.

There were some pieces that were not as strong. One of them was a knee length dress that had dark and light blue stripes contrasting each other with a shape resembling an over easy egg in two shades of pink scattered across the dress. The shades did not complement each other, and the pattern shape did not make the dress easy to look at.

I thought that the complete line looked beautiful. African fashions utilize colors and patterns which gives variety to an otherwise bland fashion world. The African fashion designers do things that many European and American designers are too afraid to; they use at least three different colors in every piece.

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Red Tide Explained

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–Every year red tide arises along the west coast of Florida and sometimes on the Atlantic side of the Florida coast at the end of summer and beginning of fall. Red tide kills and destroys marine wildlife and even effects businesses and tourism near the beaches impacted by red tide. However, this year specifically, red tide’s damages are particularly devastating.

Red tide, or harmful algae blooms, occur when toxins are released by algae blooms causing a discoloration in the water. The toxins from the algae blooms kill fish, and harm marine mammals and birds. Red tide can last between a few weeks or longer than a year.

This year, red tide crept up on to the Florida coast around Aug. 5 and 6 and is mainly affecting Florida’s gulf coast.

Many animals are impacted by red tides every year, including: fish, manatees, dolphins, turtles, birds, and several others. Red tide has killed 174 manatees and over 300 sea turtles this year because of how toxic the bloom is.

According to the New York Times, the medical and research director for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Dr. Heather Barron, has seen a higher number of animals being affected by red tide this year.

“The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife has seen a 25 percent increase in patients compared with this time last year,” said Dr. Barron.

Humans can be affected by red tide as well. The air around red tide areas can cause sneezing, coughing and tearing. However, those who have emphysema or asthma may have a harder time breathing and need to be especially careful.

Due to red tide, beaches are seeing less tourists and businesses are getting less customers. On a normal day you can see a beach filled with people at 12p.m.; however, red tide has scared away tourists and businesses are feeling that affect.

The Florida Wildlife Commission is trying to help save animals found alive on the shore. They house the animals in rehab facilities until the toxin is out of their systems.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency due to red tide. Scott has promised $1.5 million in emergency funding to help take care of the crisis.

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Red tide impacting tourism in Tampa Bay area

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Sept. 9, 2018

Plant City, Fla.–The infamous “Red Tide” has quietly been killing untold numbers of manatees, turtles, millions of fish and other marine animals, while making human eyes itch, coughing and breathe in an unbearable stench. August has been a rough month for tourism in Florida, with red tide turning blue waters to a rusted brown and many dead fish washing up onto the shores.

Mcshane, who traveled from Ellicott City, Md. with her parents for a week long vacation in Tampa Bay, was excited to have fun except for when she got to the beach she came to an empty beach and she wondered if it was even safe for her to be there.

Red tide has caused tourism to the state’s beach to fall tremendously, which has led to business downfall as well.

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., had big decisions to make when it comes to the animals dying and businesses struggling. Scott is also facing pressure from citizens who want answers and immediate action. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given $3 million in a grant to help local communities affected by red tide. Florida’s tourism agency will receive $500,000 to create an emergency grant program to help promote travel in red tide areas, and Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Fla. will receive $100,000 to help with animal rescues.

Counties affected by the dangerous red tide in Florida are Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota. These counties will be provided money and resources by the state grant to fix the problems red tide has caused.

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