The Montreal X-Rays… of Tampa Bay?

The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten permission from the MLB to explore become a two-city franchise.

Why? Well, the owner, after failing to secure money for a new stadium, is strong-arming Tampa now. The team isn’t making enough revenue and are stuck on a shitty lease deal through 2027. So what’s the next best thing? Trying to move the team the hell out of Tampa!

Kind of.

Year after year, the Rays fall to the bottom five in average attendance per game. The last time they weren’t in the bottom five was in 2010 … when they were ninth from the bottom.

I understand, everything is about money the owners. The MLB is thriving in terms of money from companies putting up advertisements throughout MLB games. But what happens when the fans stop coming to the ballpark? When fans stop tuning into games due to the lack of star power? Aaron Judge and Mike Trout are more boring than watching paint dry. Teams like Tampa have nothing to make money (and they’re doing really good this year). Literally, name me four players for the Rays. I’ll wait. Continue reading “The Montreal X-Rays… of Tampa Bay?”

“They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NHL Edition

Too often in its first-round series against Columbus, Lightning coach Jon Cooper and his Tampa Bay players found themselves trailing on the scoreboard and searching for answers. Really, they're still looking. The Blue Jackets swept the Lightning out of the playoffs. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Coach Jon Cooper and his players reacting to yet another stunning loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets; Columbus swept Tampa in 4 games during the first round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs (Credit: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times)

In case you missed the first three parts of this series, click here for the NBA, here for the NFL, and here for the MLB

In this edition of “They Should’ve Been a Dynasty,” we explore recent NHL teams that should have won more than they ultimately did.

Remember the rules, I see as a dynasty: a team that has won at least three championships in a 10-year window. It can be a smaller window (i.e. a three-peat), but I think the simplest barometer is winning three championships within a certain window of time, showing that you were the best of your sport, and you showed it repeatedly.

Ranges of time are flexible depending on the eye of the reader, but this is how I view them. Continue reading ““They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NHL Edition”

Tiger Woods is Back!

The Masters received a special gift this weekend in the form of a Tiger Woods win! This is huge for the sport!

Tiger Woods, who of course was wearing the red/black combo Sunday, was behind or tied for most of the rounds until the 15 hole where he took the lead and also the hearts of Tiger fans everywhere! Time after time, failure after failure. This is one of the defining moments of his career. From arrogant/cocky to humble in 11 years. Continue reading “Tiger Woods is Back!”

808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 42

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson briefly discuss the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle (12:10), introduce their new segment: “Pause, Party, Play” (17:47) and run through the week in NBA news (42:32).

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Check out our artist of the week, Lazy Summer

Produced By: Jonathan Kermah

Edited By: Trevor Wilson

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808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 41

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson discuss the latest albums from NAV and Rich the Kid (18:45), Lonzo Ball’s departure with Big Baller Brand and end of the season stat lines (33:30).

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Check out our artist of the week, Chris Focus.

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808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 40

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson reveal the 808s and Ankle Breaks March Madness Bracket. Vote on Twitter to decide which of the thirty-two hoops lyrics is the best of the best. Is it the success of the player in the lyric that decides greatness? The cleverness of the bar? The memorability?  You decide.

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March Madness seedings

Division 1

  1. Biggie – “Gimme the Loot”: I’m slamming n***** like Shaquille, shit is real
  2. Phife Dawg – “Steve Birko (Stir it up)”: “The height of Muggsy Bogues, complexion of a hockey puck
  3. Drake – “Back to Back”: “Back to back like I’m Jordan 96-97
  4. Travis Scott – “Way Back”: “James Harden with the range on me, n**** way back
  5. Future – “Might as Well”: “I took off just like a rocket, Olajuwon Hakeem
  6. Drake – “Sicko Mode”: “See the shots that I took, wet like I’m Book
  7. Gucci Mane – “Kept Back”: “Ben Simmons Shake em with the left hand
  8. Lil Pump – “D.Rose”: D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose

Division 2

  1. Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”: “Feeling as hard as Vince Carter’s knee cartilage is
  2. Drake – “Thank Me Now”: “You make friends with Mike but got to AI him for your survival
  3. Meek Mill – “Burn”: “Slam dunk in that p****, Blake griffin yo h** n****
  4. J.I.D. – “NEVER”: N***a this a 3-point and one, and 100, Wilt Chamberlain with the hand dunk.
  5. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 2: “One hood with 20 44s like a cloned Kobe Bryant
  6. Nicki Minaj – “Only”: Tell them b****** blow me, Lance Stephenson
  7. Royce Da 5’9 – “Streets of the Night”: “Well endowed in God’s image, never smile, Kawhi Leonard
  8. Beastie Boys – “Get It Together”: See I’ve got heart like John Starks”

Division 3

  1. Kendrick Lamar – “The heart Part IV”: “You Jumped Sides On Me, now you bout to meet Westbrook
  2. Royce Da 5’9 – “W.O.W”: “Y’all expecting me to hesitate to shoot this b****, well y’all are definitely in the playoffs with JR Smith
  3. J. Cole – “Fire Squad”: “Meets KD, ain’t no nigga that can shoot like me!
  4. Fabolous – “Levelin’ Up”: Call them plays so the team win, Coach k to my Blue Devils
  5. Action Bronson – “NaNa”: “Introducin’, it’s Bronsonlino, with my hair slicked back I look like Rick Pitino
  6. Lil Wayne – “Big Bad Wolf”: I got a Greek freak, she call me Antetokounmpo
  7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – “Work (remix)”: “Paul George with your b****, to the beat I pace her
  8. 2 Chainz – “IKuyo”: “Draymond with the lockdown

Division 4

  1. Jay-Z – “Empire State of Mind”: “If Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron, I’m paying Dwayne Wade
  2. Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”: You can live through anything, if Magic Made it
  3. Frank Ocean – “Nikes”: “Say she need a ring like Carmelo
  4. Drake – “0-100”: I been Steph Curry with the shot
  5. Jadakiss – “Put Your Hands Up” – And ya’ll scared I can tell / that Ima get Bucks like Milwaukee cause like Sam I ca’sell”
  6. Lil Wayne – “What’s Wrong with them”: “that’s that 9 n****…Rondo
  7. Offset – “Taste”: “3400 Nawfside, Charles Barkley
  8. Baka – “Live up to my name”: “Posted like Ibaka,”

Produced by: Jonathan Kermah

Edited by: Trevor Wilson

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