The Tampa Bay Lightning thrives while the Tampa Bay media look elsewhere in sports

Late this summer, before the NFL season was underway, the Tampa Bay Times did the Tampa Bay-media thing and played up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ahead. “Most talented offense ever?” discussion before a regular season game had been played seemed like… well, an attempt to raise expectations.

I’m not here to judge the Buccaneer season as it nears a conclusion, I’m here to ask about the Tampa Bay Lightning.

See, with that hype about the Bucs, there hasn’t been the same headline-priority work for the Bolts in the Tampa Bay media, at least not from what I’ve seen. All while the Bolts are doing what counters Tampa Bay college and pro sports teams most of the time: Winning and winning. And winning.

After Saturday night’s lop-sided victory over the Colorado Avalanche, the Lightning stood at 23-7-1 after 31 games of play so far. That’s a .742 win percentage and point percentage (the common average stat in the NHL with thanks to their point system). Despite injuries hampering the team (which has rendered the franchise impotent in years past – 2016-17 specifically) the club is still at the top of the pops, leading the NHL in points (47), wins(23) and goals-for (124).

Here’s another number of note: 23 wins is half of what the 2003-04 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning amassed in 82 regular-season games. The club’s current 124 goals-for is just more than half the 2003-04 club’s season total of 245.

I’d also like to touch on Brayden Point’s Oh-my-God hat trick in 91 seconds of play (interrupted by an intermission). This was the fastest natural hat trick the league had seen in almost 30 years. [Author note: This did not happen in the 7-1 win cited in this piece, it happened in November and was one hell of a feat.]

Point is vying for the NHL lead in goals, everyone is lighting the lamp for God sake (including Ondrej Palat, who returned from injury to score his first and second goals of the season in the Avs game Saturday).

My question to the Tampa Bay Times is: Where’s the hype? Where’s the admission that the hockey team currently at play at 401 Channelside Drive renders the mediocre standard of Tampa Bay sports as null and void? Major League Baseball is one hell of a challenge and raising expectations with winning for the Tampa Bay Rays is asking MLB itself to change. The University of South Florida Bulls aren’t the nation’s top tier of college sports, nor the state of Florida’s for that matter.

And the Buccaneers… Oh, lordy, you’ve kissed the ass of one of the least competitive franchises in professional sports for too long. You’ve given priority to Jameis Winston’s transgressions as if they matter more than standard news affecting the masses… All while the Lightning is meh filler news fodder despite earning international interest for their contention in the premiere league of ice hockey.

The media questions that should be asked of relevance in headlines right now are:

  • Is this the best Tampa Bay Lightning team of all time?
  • Is Lightning hockey the most potent offense it has ever known?
  • Will the Lightning contend for Lord Stanley’s Cup?

51 games of NHL play remain. That’s one hell of a chore before the proverbial second season of the NHL begins. If the Lightning make the playoffs (which seems certainty with current play), they will have achieved the feat 11 times in 25 seasons of play (26 years of existence — but the 2004-05 lockout erases one season of play). That tops the Buccaneers 10 playoff appearances in 42 seasons.

One last question: Will the media give the Lightning a better dose of coverage with continued success? Sadly, that’s arguable. Prioritizing the status-quo of the sports that dominate national media is what will continue, even if the Bucs don’t contend and the Rays play as also-rans.

It’s a shame, really, because Lightning success gives a reason to take local pride. Damnit, this Bolts team is fantastic and I’m proud!

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The indie music scene and Lonely Oak Radio

Are you into the independent music scene or do you have curiosity into what’s currently going on in that music realm? Perhaps you’d like to discover a new flavor of rock/alternative/pop music? I’d like to recommend a radio stream for such.

I’ve been listening to Lonely Oak Radio for about two years since promoting the Pretty Voices on the station. In that time there are a multitude of songs that I’ve taken an interest to and even more that I’ve posted on my Underexposed Soft Rock and Easy Listening playlist (Note: Don’t take that as a sign everything Lonely Oak plays is on the softer-sound side because it’s not, its only a fraction of the sound cache the station produces). Not many of the acts on the station are widely known, that’s the life of the indie artist – the chase for exposure

This link will take you directly to the radio stream of the site. No, it’s not a bare-bones audio stream tool but shows the song currently playing as well as the artist and the next artist. There are links to AmazonMP3.com so you can get the song playing if you’re interested in as much. It’s just really integral to have knowledge of what’s playing (without a DJ yammering at length before and after the song plays). It’s also integral to actually hear music without having to deal with advertising (or pay a monthly fee for ad-free radio).

If you’re an artist, you can submit your music to Lonely Oak Radio here. If you’re a fan or supporter of an artist featured on the station, you can donate money to Lonely Oak Radio to get a song to play a few days in a row (the quirk is knowing if you’ll actually catch the song on-air, but I digress).

There are more indie stations out there than I know of, providing more music y little known artists they world over… This stream is just one sampling of what’s out there.

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“The Playlist Exchange” is a promotional avenue for content on Spotify

Just a heads up for musical artists who are looking to promote their tunes on Spotify as well as for people running niche playlists who want to promote that list, there’s a place for that.

The Spotify Community is a message forum area devoted to the Spotify platform, covering a lot of areas of the field including playlists. The Playlist Exchange is the specific forum in the community where playlists are promoted and curators look for new songs to add to their lists. Many music genres get covered, but so do many niche areas such as topics, moods, musical arrangements and what have you.

Mind you, the Exchange may be an avenue for promotion but it doesn’t guarantee songs getting added to playlists or people actually following a playlist you post. I’ve submitted music by little known groups to playlists (songs by artists I am not associated with, I’m just a fan of) and got passed over while I’ve also posted my Underexposed Soft Rock and Easy Listening list with little gain.

Marketing is a chore. The Playlist Exchange is simply a potential contributor to goal achievement.

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Reacting to chatter of expanding the NHL playoffs

A season in professional sports is played with the intention of winning a championship. That’s basic sport, ain’t it? You play a regular season with the hope of making it to the proverbial second-season: The playoffs. To make it to the post-season, to contend during the marathon of the regular season, is an accomplishment unto itself, and to go further is the dream.

In the NFL with its short 16 game season, only 12 of the league’s 32 teams make it to the playoffs. In Major League Baseball, after the grueling 162 game season, only eight of the league’s 30 teams make it to the second-season. The NBA and NHL are both 82-game regular season leagues, they’re also passing 16 teams to the playoffs each season. The key difference is the NHL has 31 teams (and soon to be 32) while the NBA has 30.

The NFL and MLB formats make the playoffs a divine achievement by itself. The NBA and NHL have an open format to contention… And there’s talk in the NHL about expanding the contender option.

I cringe at the notion. Continue reading

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“Die!! Can I get fries with that?”

Reviewing morning headlines… I’m not sure if I should be laughing or cringing at this one.

Woman chokes a McDonald’s restaurant manager over ketchup

Police are seeking a woman who pushed, punched and choked a McDonald’s manager because she wanted ketchup.

Police in Santa Ana, California, say the assault took place around 11 p.m. on Oct. 27 when the drive-thru customer entered the restaurant through an employee door and asked for the condiment.

(There’s video footage by the way, click the link to see it.)

It’s a sign society is twisted – that someone was led to do this. It also makes me wonder how she would have reacted to In-n-Out Burger giving her mustard and no ketchup?

 

 

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Like all history, this “Revolution” remains relevant

The world has changed quite a bit in 50 years but a song has regained immense relevance. It’s a song that societies around the world and pop culture has found relevance time and time again during its existence. Sometimes it’s just figuratively relevant while other times it’s very much directly relevant.

In the United States of America in the fall of 2018 we’ve seen mass shootings (several times) with political ideological history tied to the gunmen. That’s not as literal as the #MAGABomber that attempted assassinations of political and public figures through mailed pipe bombs.

That’s what makes Revolution by The Beatles extremely relevant at the moment.

For the record (and those who don’t know history), “Chairman Mao” is a reference to Mao Zedong, former Chinese emperor.

With the 2018 election having set in just days ago, the requests for a contribution has been common (a norm in US politics). All-too-common for this election cycle was ”minds that hate” looking for cash.

There’s a healthy form of politics and then there’s what is occurring in America at the moment. Political ideologies always contrast, but it’s when society works in cohesion that America can thrive. Society thriving isn’t the driving factor of “Make America Great Again” and those using death and destruction to show support toward it are proving it.

Both sides of the political fray should take some comfort in the chorus of “Revolution” though it seems distant at the moment. You don’t need to go extreme, life works its way out:

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right

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The bitterness of politics meets the cold of ice hockey

2018 election year campaign contest… Nikita Kucherov vs. Jack Eichel. Seeing I’m a Kucherov supporter, I’m sharing his ad here.

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by | November 1, 2018 · 3:40 PM

2017 Music Tampa Bay Top 100 — now a Spotify playlist

Music Tampa Bay‘s annual Top 100 lists (which ran from 2008 through 2017) featured a wide swath of music — we’re talking genres and time-of-publication. Some of the songs were relatively new releases, some were much older. All of them were from artists derived from the Tampa Bay and west central Florida area.  I use that as a lead-in to the 2017 Music Tampa Bay Top 100 playlist on Spotify because only 54 of the 100 songs were on Spotify (or at least that’s the amount I found).

While some of the songs are very much available online, others aren’t and some are on select sales and streaming avenues and not on Spotify. Another issue I’ll cite here is that the Top 100 list for 2017 was hindered with thanks to Hurricane Irma’s effects on the Tampa Bay area. While that has nothing to do with only 54 songs on this list, it does explain why some of the songs on this list were also part of the 2016 Top 100 list (…a playlist with only 57 of 100 songs).

I very much intend to add the 2008 Top 100 listing to the Spotify playlists, but if these more recent lists are getting just over half the list songs, I don’t expect 2008 to do better. We’ll see about that.

One other thing — if you’re a Music Tampa Bay listener or a musician featured on Music Tampa Bay, I encourage you to donate to the station. They are a non-profit station trying to promote music created by local musicians. It costs to broadcast and stream online, though. Every bit of supportive income helps.

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Just where did Rusty Fedotenko go? I’m glad you asked!!

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by | October 18, 2018 · 10:08 AM

A new Spotify playlist of Tampa Bay musicians and music

In spring of 2017, I took to the task of taking a graphical list of songs by bands and performing artists and turned it into an interactive list. Indeed, the Music Tampa Bay Top 100 list of 2016 post was an attempt at exposure for the artists and their work that went further than the hyper-local radio broadcasts and its online music stream.

I’m taking things a step further though I don’t know if this will lead more people to check out this music or what. I’ve created a Spotify playlist of the 2016 Music Tampa Bay Top 100 list.

In trying to aid the exposure of the artists and their music, I don’t know if it did the job so much. Let’s see if a Spotify playlist can help things along.

From my experience researching three different Top 100 lists, I’ve learned it’s a tradition for not all the songs to be available through online streaming. In this case, only 57 of the Top 100 songs from the listing were available… They represent a mix of music genres: Rock, Reggae, R&B, Folk, Pop and Country. The performers herald from the Tampa Bay and west central Florida area and while their sound may be taken as unique, they are all very much of the genres they are derived from in music.

I have intentions of also posting the 2017 Top 100 list and perhaps ones that came before it too. That’ll come in time. Right now, first things first and the 2016 list is here.

 

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