The belated response. Why? Because we’re not a damn Miami blog. That’s why.
50) Yes, we know it is confusing, but the St. Pete Times Forum is located in downtown Tampa. If you hear someone call it anything other than the Ice Palace, they’re not from here.
49) For the last time, this is TAMPA, not TAMPA BAY.
48) Ybor City is our way of:
- A: Chasing off tourists that we don’t like.
- B: Funneling all sketchy residents into one condensed area.
47) For safer and more enjoyable nightlife, try Channelside District, the South Howard Avenue (SoHo) bars, or any assortment of the more laid back North Tampa pub scene.
46) If country music is more your thing, I’ll see you at the excessively large Dallas Bull, or the more quaint and authentic Round-Up.
45) The city splits into North Tampa and South Tampa at Kennedy Boulevard. Much like Florida, the further south you go, the further north you go.
44) John Lynch, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott could all still run for mayor and win.
43) I may or may not have gotten goosebumps writing those four names.
42) Nobody is actually from here, except me. Third-generation Tampa native and damn proud of it.
41) While driving to a Tampa Bay Rays game from North Tampa you will pass:
- George M. Steinbrenner Field
- Yankee banners on street lights
- An assortment of giant signs reminding you of how many titles and pennants the Yankees have won.
40) If you at all frequent Starbucks or Carrabba’s, you will eventually see Derek Jeter. But if you’re lucky, you’ll see Minka Kelly.
39) Speaking of Jeter, at 30,875 square feet, he is currently having the largest home in Hillsborough County built on Davis Island. It comes complete with a giant wall scandal that’s pissing off fine neighbors everywhere.
38) Jeter’s house may not have its own zip code, but Idlewild Baptist Church does.
37) Residents are technically supposed to be called “Tampans.” We avoid that title for obvious reasons.
36) Tampa has the highest population of UFC fighters in the nation. Everywhere you look there are people wearing crazy Affliction and TapouT T-shirts. Wait, those aren’t UFC fighters? My bad.
35) Miami has Little Havana, Tampa has little New England. You might know it as the University of Tampa.
34) The University of South Florida’s football program began play in 1997, proving that it was possible to have a team with even lower academic and behavioral standards than “The Big 3.”
33) Tampa has more strip clubs per capita than any city in America. The most famous of these is Mons Venus whose owner has run for public office.
32) If you have ever been to Mardi Gras and thought “uh, this could use some pirates and boats,” then the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest is for you.
31) Where fans now park to go to Raymond James Stadium once stood Tampa Stadium. It was here that my persona was sculpted at an early age. For better or worse.
29) Don’t be alarmed when you go to a Tampa Bay Lightning game and fights are greeted louder than home team goals.
28) Our lives are miserable any time a Tampa team plays a team from the northeast.
27) Short list of people no longer welcome around town: Keyshawn Johnson, Tim Brown, Coco Crisp, Bill Parcells, Keyshawn Johnson.
26) Being educated and respectable decreases your chances with the women.
25) You want the Cuban food, trust me. For lunch, try the West Tampa “Boliche Row” restaurants by the stadium. These include Arco Iris and La Teresita. For dinner, take it up a notch and go to the historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City (but don’t wander around).
24) Teddy Roosevelt was a frequent customer at Columbia with his Rough Rider troops during the Spanish-American War. *Historically inaccurate.
23) Tampa: Beaches! Tiki Bars! Palm Trees!… No, that’s St. Pete.
22) On May 5, 1973, Led Zeppelin played in front 56,800 people at Tampa Stadium in what was at the time the largest audience to ever see a single artist performance. They came back again in 1977 but were greeted by a cloud of tear gas.
21) Tampa is known as the de-facto headquarters of pro wrestling. I know, this explains a lot. Pro wrestlers that call Tampa home include: Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, The Big Show and Batista.
20) If you see John Cena at Best Buy, give him a chair shot to the back of the head. He loves it.
19) Cigars are a great, great thing.
18) If you have a fear of bridges, you’re S.O.L.
17) If you see a sign that says “Tampa Historic District,” run like hell.
16) Every parent whose kid plays baseball thinks that their son will be the next Tino Martinez, Fred McGriff, Doc Gooden, Gary Sheffield, etc.
15) I’ll tell you an awesome secret that you can’t tell anyone else: [whisper voice] Gino’s Bar and Restaurant.
14) Bucs games are somehow more enjoyable when the team is awful.
13) Dale Mabry Highway will take you just about anywhere that you need to go.
12) If you ask someone where they’re from and they say Tampa. Ask what part of Tampa. If they say “Brandon,” take them to the top of the Sunshine Skyway and toss them off.
11) Alcohol is legal at the Gandy Beach. Sleeves and non-denim clothing are not.
10) Typical weekend
9) If you’re out at Channelside, be sure to stop by the Channelside Towers, luxury condos that serve as the pseudo dorms for Rays players without families.
8 – The city was happy when the Bucs won the Super Bowl. It erupted the week before when the Bucs beat the Eagles to get there.
7) If you have a house on Bayshore Boulevard, you’re stupid rich.
6) The brewery that my Grandpa was a career employee at is no longer here, but Budweiser is still king.
5) Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are nothing more than a giant daycare for 12-15 year olds who are hated by their parents.
4) We have a pirate ship in our football stadium. What do you have?
3) The most successful pro sports franchise in Tampa history plays on a 50-yard piece of carpet and kicks footballs off of nets.
2) There aren’t too many rules on a Seminole Indian Reservation. Thus the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was born.
1) Life doesn’t get much better than a summer afternoon at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Ford Amphitheatre.