Tampa Bay Lightning Go 0-For-10

May 29th, 2015

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A man-on-the-street radio segment revealed Tampa is a town that isn’t quite hockey crazy.

In fact, the following is downright stunning and hilarious.

WDAE-AM 620 host Marc Ryan set out to find out just how Lightning crazy Tampa is with the Bolts deep in the Stanley Cup chase. So he grabbed a microphone and a recorder and hit the streets within a couple of miles of the Ice Palace.

Ryan talked to 10 people, and the Bolts struck out. He also exposed some frauds along the way.

Joe wonders how the Bucs would fare in a similar experiment. Joe suspects/hopes it would be much better. Tampa Bay is just too much of a football town.


23 Responses to “Tampa Bay Lightning Go 0-For-10”

  1. QQQ Says:

    So I guess Joe Bolts Fan won’t be coming back anytime soon?

  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    Doesn’t surprise me Tampa is a horrible sports town over run by transplants loyal to their “hometown” teams. Unless the team is really good and the games are a hot ticket Tampa residents don’t care that much. Besides hockey is not the NFL, MLB, NBA or even college football it’s the 5th most popular sport (if that) so this is not a shocker

  3. ChuckInJAX Says:

    Whatever happened to that delightful hockey fan/reporter from JoeBoltsFan anyway?

  4. pick6 Says:

    i’m curious how many new yorkers are aware of the current playoff run if you went around midtown manhattan on a weekday afternoon. fewer than you would realize, i bet. yes there are a ton of hockey and rangers fans in NY….but per capita in a city of 8 million that is also overrun with transplants?

  5. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I don’t know about this…I’ve been wearing my lightning jerseys every game day and I hear “go bolts” non stop from people out in public

    When’s the last time you saw Raymond Jameis as filled and intense and exciting as Amalie Arena.

    I’m a lightning season ticket holder and they may not have sold out every game but they came damn close…..it was impressive to see that place full for a Thursday night game against the Nashville Predators.

  6. TampaSportsGirl Says:

    I am pretty disappointed in this – I believe he only posted the bad interviews for click bait – he’s full of crap if he doesn’t think this town knows hockey – just look at the ratings for Game 5 – as I said CLICKBAIT…

  7. Bucfansinz1986 Says:

    Wonder if he poked a microphone and asked opinions on America’s Infamous Quarterback? If he used his real name, I bet he would.

  8. Bucdon Says:

    This is one of the funniest things I have heard in a while. (The Pensacola Ice Flyers) bwaaahaaahahahahah
    This would never happen with Football.

  9. LargoBuc Says:

    I found thst out of the three teams here, the Bucs are the least popular. I didnt do any kind of big study survey or anything, but it seems that the Lightning, and even the Rays get a lot more love locally than the Bucs, which says alot ehen you consider how big nfl is and the Bucs have been here longest. Now I live in west Largo by indian rocks beach, and thats just what i’ve seen around here. It’s probably different in other areas. But its hard to turn a blind eye to how strong the Lightning have become here.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    I hate to be a bummer when it comes to the Lightning, but does anybody really think this team will top the Rangers in game 7 in New York? Highly doubtful in my opinion, but I would be bewildered, astounded and flabbergasted if it happens. Gotta cover both sides. Go Bolts!!!

  11. Alex Says:

    Is this that clown that said the lightning wouldn’t beat the red wings? This is dumb. You pick ten random people and they don’t know specific players on this team or in this case non players or former players. Wow! They don’t know the coach? How shocking???? This guys a clown. No one cares

  12. Snook Says:

    Not any different from the people who interviewed fans outside the NFL draft a couple years ago that knew nothing about a lot of the players being drafted.

    This isn’t a Tampa thing. This is a “people are stupid” thing.

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hey, the Bucs rule the roost in Tampa Bay, hands down, no if ands or buts. It aint even close. Count in all these surrounding counties, the Bucs are loved by millions.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    Smug a-holes like this is why I can’t listen to sports radio.

  15. KMAC1322 Says:

    Lightning attendance records would say otherwise

  16. cmurda Says:

    Thank you KMAC. Jeez, people can complain about virtually anything. 95% of Floridians are from another state. It explains why the loyalties lie elsewhere. Many of the Bucs faithful were once faithful to a different NFL or NHL team. Far different than millions of New Yorkers who are from NY. Comparing attendance of Bucs games to Giant games is ludicrous. I’ve seen many empty seats at Yankee Stadium in the 80’s when they sucked. It’s the way it goes. People wnt to see a winner. By the way, out of 30 NHL teams the Lightning have the 8th highest attendance so there goes the theory that Tampa doesn’t support hockey.

  17. what? Says:

    75% of the general public probably can’t name a single active hockey player, regardless of the team. It’s the definition of a niche sport. Those to like it, love it. (for good reason) Those who don’t pay attention (the majority), probably couldn’t tell you what month the Stanley Cup Finals are played in — even if you asked them on the day of game 1.

  18. Wesley Says:

    Joe, Joe , Joe…. how disappointing that you would post such garbage. Ten people are you kidding me? This type of response would be the same in most major league sports cities, including N.Y. where i have first hand experience.

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lightning up 2-0 with 7:36 left in game, HOLY SMOKES! I’m on the edge of my seat.

  20. FanOfBucs Says:

    Woohoo!!! What a fricking game!

    Go BOLTS!

  21. Bucfever40 Says:

    Now he’s making a show off this clip…….a day after securing a spot in the finals, this wannabe “media personality” always tries to piss on our parade, it’s a sorry attempt to strum up controversy which equals ratings (sound familiar BD?) He purposely targeted minorities and women who generally don’t follow hockey(I said GENERALLY). Why is this even being talked about, that arena packs them in every game!

  22. BucDaddy82 Says:

    I call BS on this. The Lightning have been in Tampa since 1992, Won a Stanley Cup and now are going back the FINALS. Which is the equivalent of going to 2 Super Bowls. TAMPA knows Hockey. Love the Bolts and all Tampa Bay sports teams! FYI I am a Season Pass member! GO BOLTS! GO BUCS!

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    I think the guy is spot on.