December 30, 2011

2003 Tampa

Tampa, Florida
March 2003

Year of the Grouper Sandwich

Day 1

The weather on day one was great. We took a wrong turn and had to drive down a newly formed river.

When we arrived at the arena the weather cleared.

The view from our assigned seats

Apparently, the NCAA Tradition representatives did
not pull the right strings this year. Our assigned seats
required assisted oxygen and sedatives to relieve
the vertigo.Fortunately, we did not spend much time in these seats
and performed some self assisted upgrades.

Dinner at the Columbia restaurant was great, even though it wasn’t fast enough for Ken.

Day 2

Outside Raymond James Stadium – Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Yankees at Legends Field

A small part of the wine cellar at Bern’s Steakhouse

Day 3

Day 3 and more rain… Here we are at a mall in St Petersburg. Walking on the tile was very much like walking on ice, Leo was seen doing a couple of dances as he almost fell.

More tile approaching the Tropicana Dome

The famous site of the 1999 UConn National Championship


Other Memorable Moments

Brush with Fame
When attending the Yankee game at Legends field, George Steinbrenner was spotted sitting in his luxury box behind us.

The boys also reunite with Newington high school grad Mike Speigler who is now the Athletics Director at the University fo Florida.

Bad Boys Bad Boys?
Ever wonder why cops is always filmed in Tampa?  Well, we found out when Leo navigated us right into some of the best neighborhoods in Tampa.  We also spotted a police cruiser every 5 minutes while driving

Year of Upsets
We witnessed 3 upsets out of 6 games.  We also saw two number 2 seeds get beat in the second round by a 7 seed and a 10 seed. 

The Games (Midwest Regional)

2) Florida  
Florida 85-55
15) Sam Houston State
   Michigan State 68-46* 
7)Michigan State
Michigan State 79-64     
2) Wake Forest   
Wake Forest 76-73   
15) ETSU
   Auburn 68-62*
7) St Joes
Auburn 63-65*  
10) Auburn 

* upsets

Highest Final Seed: Michigan State made it to the Elite 8