Game On!…with Rob Kriete – FEBRUARY 3

T’was the week before Super Bowl 55, and all through T-town, not a creature was mask-less, nor a movie-star to be found!

Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy in Tampa

Fan events at Tampa Riverwalk / NFL Experience during Super Bowl 55 week (Steve Jacobson/ISM)

The pandemic has taken some of the shine from the usual pomp-and-circumstance of hosting a Super Bowl, but Tampa fans do not seem to care. With vendors selling Tom Brady jerseys by the gross and “Fire the Cannons” T-shirts throughout the west coast of Florida, Buccaneers fans are pumped for being the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl (even though the NFL will not let the team “fire the cannons” upon scoring to maintain the neutrality of the event) in their home stadium.  Bucs fans are fired up for Sunday!

Alas, there are some great, safe activities around Tampa for NFL, Buccaneers, and even Chiefs fans to enjoy. As previously reported, pyrotechnic shows off the Gasparilla Pirate Ship behind the Tampa Convention Center will happen again this Friday and Saturday evening.

Gasparilla Pirate Ship fireworks

Tampa Bay Buccs fans

Fan events at Tampa Riverwalk / NFL Experience during Super Bowl 55 week (Steve Jacobson/ISM)

The NFL-Experience is open at Julian B. Lane park, as well, but please don’t show up without a ticket. The mayor of Tampa has also called for mandatory mask-wearing throughout the city, inside and out, through the end of the Super Bowl festivities.

Tom Brady - 2021 Super Bowl

However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to practice at home, like they would for their regular-season games. The comfort and benefit of playing the biggest game of their football careers (or, at least most of them) at home in Tampa clearly is a unique advantage for the Bucs. While the Kansas City Chiefs, with their dynamic young quarterback, are returning to the big game for the second consecutive year, benefit from that experience.

Patrick Mahomes - 2021 Super Bowl

Even a modest NFL fan can predict an incredible game this Sunday. Tom Brady, the 43-year old Hall of Fame-bound QB, returning to the Super Bowl for a record 10th time, and Patrick Mahomes, who many say is the heir-apparent to Tom, squaring off with their pass-heavy offenses in Super Bowl LV.
However you celebrate the game this weekend, do it safely. Look for a deep dive of stats and prediction for the game this Saturday in my Buc Up! column.

Until we get our Game On, be safe, everyone!