A solid weekend followed by misery for the Bay Area.

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

           The weekend of October 9-10 was one of the best for Tampa Bay sports in recent memory. All three of the bay area teams won their games, giving fans of the Bay area something to be excited about. However, this most recent weekend has turned out to be a rather dismal weekend for bay area sports with many questions left to be asked about teams as their seasons are underway.

 

            The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off a miraculous comeback, scoring a touchdown with two minutes remaining in the game against the Cincinnati and then picking off Carson Palmer to set up an amazing catch by Micheal Spurlock that led to the game winning field goal by Conner Barth that put the Bucs at 3-1 going into a divisional game against foe and defending champion New Orleans Saints. The Saints put on a clinic shutting down the already poor running game by the Bucs and made Josh Freeman throw short screen passes the entire game in a 31-6 romping yesterday in front of a dismal 51,000 fans at Ray Jay, which led to yet another blackout.

 

            The Rays fought off a 2-0 deficit in the ALDS and stole two games in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. The bats suddenly got hot and Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford lit it up in the top of the 8th inning with back to back solo shots to give the Rays a 6-3 victory followed by another solid outing with a 5-1 victory sending the series back to St Pete where Cliff Lee dominated the Rays with his solid cutter and fastball to end the series with a 5-1 loss as well as the season for the Rays.

 

                        The Tampa Bay Lightning started off their season last Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at the St. Pete Times Forum and didn’t disappoint with Steven Stamkos lighting the lamp twice with two tip in goals and Vinny Lecavalier showing his slap shot off with a goal leading the Lightning to a 5-3 victory. On Saturday night however the offense just vanished and the stellar goalkeeping was gone too and the Lightning got crushed by the Florida Panthers as Mike Smith allowed six goals in a shocker in Sunrise. The Lightning still stand at 3-1-0 but even after a blowout the Lightning look to bring a lot of excitement back to the Bay area. “ I still have high hopes for the Bolts even after a bad loss like that; you can’t win em all” says senior Ryan Silverman

 

            Despite a dismal performance by our bay area teams following a spectacular one, don’t expect our teams to win them all. Until next week, keep cheering on your team Bay area fans.