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Back to the Future Tattoo

Marty McFly would have had an easier time if had had a plan for flux capacitor tattooed on this arm. Kevin Vanderhoof of Tampa, Florida inked Doc Brown’s original sketch on a fan. Link | Artist’s Website

12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

Cheetah and Dog are Roommates

(YouTube link) One year ago, Busch Gardens Tampa introduced the public to a cheetah cub and a yellow Lab puppy who are best friends. The pair — later named Kasi and Mtani by park fans via a Facebook poll — spent only supervised play times together at first. Now, a year later, they live together full time [...]

Water Guns Banned, Real Guns OK at GOP Convention in Florida

There’s politics, and then there’s gun politics: You cannot bring squirt guns to certain areas of the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida – safety reasons, you understand – but real guns? Those are perfectly [...]

How The Big Cat Rescue Celebrated Thanksgiving

(YouTube Link) The resident felines at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida may not know what Thanksgiving is, but they sure know how to celebrate! Watch as these big ole kittehs chomp down on some turkeys and chickens, loving every minute of it and proudly strutting their poultry prize around for all to see. –via Break

The Late Movies: Jump Blues

Jump blues is a type of up-tempo blues that first gained popularity in the 1940s and experienced a renewal in interest during the (dreaded) 1990s swing revival. Billboard has described jump tunes as having a “bright bounce in the medium tempo and a steady drive maintained.” I usually think of it as Big Band [...]

Magnetic North shift leads to airport closing

Tampa International Airport shuts down temporarily so workers can perform maintenance. TIA’s main runway will be closed until the 13th to accommodate …

Woody’s Winners: NFL Week 10

NFL WEEK TEN I posted last week’s column a day late, on Saturday, and for whatever reason, the extra day seemed to make a world of difference. Somehow, I pulled a 12-1 record in Week 9, including Cleveland’s upset of New England. (My only slip-up was the Colts’ 3-point loss to the Eagles.) It probably won’t [...]

Woody’s Winners: NFL Week 7

NFL WEEK SEVEN: Week 6 brought a bit of normality back to the NFL, with fewer head-scratchers than in weeks past. I won 9 of 14 picks, and three of my losses were upsets that didn’t quite happen (including 3-point losses for Washington and Dallas). Still, things are weird in the standings: In the NFC, every [...]

Woody’s Winners, NFL Week 3

NFL WEEK THREE: By my count, seven teams are expected to start a different QB this week than they did just half a month ago on Kickoff Weekend. Some replacements are due to injury, but others are due to poor performance, and Woody thinks it’s a bit early in the season for any NFL team [...]