Keck’s Column: What I Love About Tampa Bay


July 4, 2020. Between Corona and divisiveness, we should remember how we are more fortunate than just about anyplace else on the planet being here in Tampa Bay.

Here’s why I love living in Tampa Bay

I love any day in December. Try going to the beach in New York on Christmas Day.

I love the Bucs’ new uniforms. Those old alarm clock numbers are living proof that cough syrup can be dangerous.

I love a grouper sandwich at Frenchy’s.

I love a hurricane at the Hurricanes.

I love the Dessert Room at Bern’s.

I love Lightning ownership. Easily the best ownership group in North America. They truly care about the team, the fans, and the region.

I love the Outback Bowl. The SEC vs. the Big Ten. Sit back and enjoy this game. Year after year, it is always among the most electrifying of the college football season.

I love Ray Kennedy. Spend just five minutes with the guy. You will never find a human that cares more about this community and makes sure his kids do the same.

I love a cheeseburger at El Cap.

I love spring training baseball. Is there anything more relaxing on a spring day?

Is there anything more un-relaxing than US-19??

I love the Rays. The baseball side is the most inventive in professional sports. Ownership shows my dumbest ideas are not the dumbest.

I love pre-gaming at Ferg’s. I don’t care if it is a baseball game, a football game or the Home Show. No place better! Although any Beef O’ Brady’s is every bit as good.

I love Mons Venus. Uh… that’s what Peter Blake tells me.

I love outdoor concerts at Coachman Park. The best of music and scenery.

I love everything Gasparilla… except for the hangover.

I love Facebook. Really?!!! Yes. Verification I’m not as stupid as I feel.

I love I can vote for Biden or be a Trumpster and MacDill Air Force Base is right down the street to protect that right.

I love running along Bayshore Boulevard or the Bay in Vinoy Park. Believe me, it is the only time I enjoy running.

I love even though there won’t be fireworks shows this year, a sunset on the Gulf blows them away every day of the year.

Just a few of the reasons that even in 2020, I am so thankful to call Tampa Bay my home.