This week, both the Miami Heat and Florida Panthers have the chance to make it to their respective final four. At the same time, the Tampa Bay Rays are on the road in Baltimore and New York, continuing their hot streak. It’s an exciting time to be a fan with Florida sports killing it, and it’s been that way for years.
It’s fair to say the three Florida NFL teams, sans Tom Brady retiring, are on the rise, and the University of Florida just had six players drafted into the NFL.
While some of this is not a new experience for the Sunshine State, it does deserve a moment of recognition to appreciate how much there is to be excited about with Florida pro sports. Though 2020 will forever be remembered as a grueling challenge due to the pandemic, the Tampa teams had banner years during that time. The Bucs beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl as the host city. This was the first time a team won in their own stadium. A few months prior, the 2020 World Series saw the Rays take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in both 2020 and 2021.
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
So far this decade, Florida has seen many of its sports teams raise banners. For the Heat, Panthers, and Rays, there is undoubtedly still a lot of work to be done. However, all three teams have given fans reason to have faith. They are also coached by credible seasoned leaders who have their squads focused.
The Future is Bright
Many of Florida’s pro teams consist of young, hungry players who are improving each week. The same can be said for the Miami Dolphins who have one of the game’s most interesting minds in head coach Mike McDaniel.
Let’s take a deeper look at the six reasons Florida sports are killing it right now.