Looking back at “Champa Bay’s” celebratory moments from 2021.
This year I repeated one thing to myself each time I walked into a stadium: To quote the Dani Rojas character from the
Ted Lasso series, “Football is life.” This was my mantra to pump myself up before documenting each game. I edited to “Hockey is life” and “Baseball is life” as needed.
I admire hard work, teamwork and athleticism and aspire for both professionally and personally. So with that celebratory spirit in mind, this is a collection of championship moments from the historic seasons by the Lightning, Buccaneers and the Rays.
By the end of each of this season I found a new mantra: “Photo is life.”
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his second goal after beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during third period action against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on June 28 in Tampa. Kucherov ended the night with two goals and an assist and was named the number one star of the game. Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) hoists the Stanley Cup while leading his team around the ice after the Lightning shutout the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on July 7. Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov hoists the Stanley Cup with his team while celebrating in the rain after the boat parade during the Championship Celebration at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa on July 12. Tampa Bay Lightning fans line the Riverwalk while celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory on July 12 in Tampa. Fireworks erupt to celebrate the Bus's win in Super Bowl 55 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Buccaneers became the first team ever to play and win a Super Bowl in their home stadium, Feb. 7 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with his family as he hoists the Lombardi trophy after the Bucs win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium, on Feb. 7 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) celebrates with wide receiver Tyler Johnson (18) after the Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 in Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tanner Hudson, left, cheers as wide receiver Mike Evans pops the cork on a bottle of champagne along with wide receiver Scott Miller during a boat parade on Feb. 10 along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Tom Brady is pictured smiling, surrounded by press and teammates after celebrating during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa on Feb. 10.
Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56) slides into home plate as Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7), center, anticipates the throw while Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (8), left, and umpire Dan Bellino (2) watch the play during the seventh inning in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 7 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Arozarena was called safe stealing home. This was the first stolen home base during a postseason game since 2016. Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg glows orange as the Tampa Bay Rays clinch the AL East title after beating the Miami Marlins on Sept. 25. That’s four division championships in 14 years for Tampa Bay, including a second straight.
Trophies accumulated by Tampa Bay sports teams in 2020 as Tampa Mayor Jane Castor made a proclamation for April 23 as “Champion’s Day." From left is The William Harridge Trophy won by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Stanley Cup won by the Lightning, the Lombardi Trophy won by the Buccaneers and the Eastern Conference Championship Trophy won by the Rowdies, at Ballast Point Park on April 23 in Tampa.