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In 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Canadian women's national team goaltender Manon Rheaume. She went on to play in 2 preseason games, making her the first woman to play in any of the major professional North American sports leagues

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The Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL team) installed two Tesla coils in its stadium in 2011, just so they could shoot lightning whenever they scored a goal.

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  1. The Hole: a facility operated by the Church of Scientology in California. The Tampa Bay Times described it as "a place of confinement and humiliation where Scientology's management culture...grew extreme." It has been described by ex-members comparable to that of a North Korean death camp.

  2. Tampa Bay police were called to Tampa-area Walmarts nearly 17,000 times in a calendar year

  3. In 2011, Tampa Bay began drug testing welfare recipients. Of 4,000+ welfare recipients tested, only 2% failed.

  4. Bo Jackson was drafted in the first round of the '86 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but refused to sign because he believed that they tried to sabotage his baseball career by purposefully making him ineligible for his senior season.

  5. The live action footage in the Spongebob Squarepants episode 'Band Geeks' was from a Memphis Showboats versus Tampa Bay Bandits football game.

  6. Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in the NHL. She was the goalie for Tampa Bay Lightning.

  7. Tampa Bay Rays scout Fernando Arango urged his team to draft Albert Pujols as he fell through the rounds in the 1999 MLB draft. He quit his job when the team failed to draft the slugger...who was then picked by St. Louis in the 13th round and became the best hitter in baseball for a decade.

  8. On May 18th, 1539 Hernando de Soto set out again for North America. May 25th they landed in what is today Tampa Bay.

  9. The Tampa Bay Lightning are named as such because of the claim that Tampa Bay, FL is the lightning capital of the continent.

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In 2004, eight days after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, team owner William Davidson became the first owner in sports history to win two championships in the same year when his Detroit Pistons took the NBA title.

In 2005 the Tampa Bay Times identified that a housing bubble was forming in Florida and warned that it might be the epicenter of the "largest housing bubble in world history." - source

NHL goaltender Peter Budaj of the Tampa Bay Lightning has a picture of Simpsons character Ned Flanders on his mask. - source

Enrique Oliu has been the Spanish language radio broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays for 20 years, and has been blind since birth.

The only NFL team with a sub .400 all time record is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. - source

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In 1980 a freighter struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Tampa Bay, FL), causing six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. The bridge was also featured in the 2004 film "The Punisher".

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Former Tampa Bay Rays (then Devil Rays) owner Vince Naimoli was so cheap that he refused to purchase internet access or company email accounts for the team because he felt that they were huge fads.

The Tampa Bay Lightning may have been owned by the Japanese mafia via a shady entity called Kokusai Green.

The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only NFL team to go 0-16, and the second to have a winless season. The other team being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went 0-14 in 1976, before it was changed to 16 games a regular season.

Burt Reynolds co-owned a USFL football team called the Tampa Bay Bandits. One of their primary sponsors was Skoal.

Nick Franklin of the Tampa Bay Rays, aplayer who has made $3 million in his career, spends his offseasons as an Uber driver and has a 4.8 rating

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Bo Jackson was selected with the first overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 NFL draft, but he refused to sign with them because he believed that they sabotaged his college baseball career.

In the "Band Geeks" episode of Spongebob, The "Bubble Bowl Crowd" is actually from a United States Football League Game between the Memphis Showboats and the Tampa Bay Bandits

Amalie Arena has 2 Tesla coils installed for the Tampa Bay Lightning (Hockey team)

The all time most successful NFL team in terms of W-L record is the Chicago Bears. The least successful is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Out of the 48 players in the Tampa Bay vs Chicago NHL final only 9 are American while 21 are Canadian.

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Hockey player Rob Kantos got a "hat trick" (3 goals) in the first Tampa Bay Lightning game ever, but the fans in Tampa were so unfamiliar with the hockey tradition of throwing hats on the ice for a hat trick that there was only one hat thrown.

Wayne Gretzky has a brother that briefly played in the NHL for Tampa Bay, and together they were the highest scoring brothers in NHL history.

On July 3, 2014 the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays set the team batting order as 8-6-7-5-3-0-9

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