Sports World Reacts To Tampa Bay’s Championship Run

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On Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Ross Colton scored the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout for Tampa, while Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 22 saves in the win.

The win continued a pretty crazy run for Tampa sports. For the Lightning, this is a second-straight Stanley Cup. The team won its first Cup in 2004, and has now added Nos. 2 and 3 in back-to-back years.

In between them, of course, was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ Super Bowl. The team added Tom Brady in the 2020 offseason, just days into the COVID-19 pandemic. He would lead that solid roster to their first title in almost 20 years.

The Tampa Bay Rays almost made it a perfect sweep for pro sports teams in the area in 2020. The MLB club won the AL Pennant, but fell short against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Still, it has been a miraculous run for teams from Tampa over the last year-plus.

It probably isn’t appropriate to give the full credit to Tom Brady, but that isn’t stopping people. Brady did start off a crazy run of titles in Boston, including the Red Sox snapping their 86 year World Series drought in 2004, amid his first trio of Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

The biggest shock may be that Brady is 0-2 in The Match in that time. Golf truly is the great equalizer.

For the Lightning, the back-to-back titles are an incredible accomplishment. They’re the first back-to-back champions since the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming just the second franchise to accomplish that feat since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.

Meanwhile, the Rays are 51-36, just 2.5 games back in the AL East. They have the fourth-best record in the American League overall, so there’s a very real chance they’ll be in title contention this fall.

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