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Website ranks Florida the worst in everything

Published:   |   Updated: June 30, 2015 at 02:09 PM
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Florida — a.k.a. the rest of this country’s comedy punching bag — has been dissed again.

Thrillist, the same website that named South Tampa among the “sexiest neighborhoods in the U.S,” ranked SoHo among the “bro-iest,”and has applauded Tampa’s steakhouses, bars and strip clubs, now says Florida is the worst of all 50 states.

Not the worst in any particular category, just the actual worst.

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Watch Alex Trebek rap the ‘Fresh Prince’ theme on ‘Jeopardy’

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If there was ever a set of rap lyrics burned into the collective minds of anyone who lived through the ‘90s, it was the theme song to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Alex Trebek proved his own familiarity with the song during a clue on last night’s “Jeopardy” that he seemed to really enjoy reading/rapping.

The music was added to the video later, but it syncs right up with Trebek’s flow.

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including flamenco guitarists Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Capitol Theatre and Motown Heat and the Sounds of Soul at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Donald Trump campaign logos are all about the hair

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Donald Trump is running for president, for real, and he needs a campaign logo.

Actually, he already has one, but the people at DesignCrowd, a site that connects freelance designers with clients, thought their users could do better, and we have to agree.

The site held a contest to create a logo for The Donald’s 2016 campaign, and you can see where their minds went in the photos above (hint: it’s all about that hair).

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including Romeo Santos at Amalie Arena, and Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla at the Amphitheatre. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Busch Gardens reveals theme for Howl-O-Scream 2015

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Busch Gardens today revealed the theme for this year’s Howl-O-Scream after-hours horror event, aka “the tagline that will be drilled into your brain by many, many TV commercials this fall.”

They’re calling it Unearthed, and they released just a small tease about what that means with this “breaking news” update posted to the website:

“Breaking News: Maintenance crews stopped in Tracks - A construction team was halted yesterday when crews hit upon a mysterious object while digging in Busch Gardens Tampa. The park is currently investigating the unusual discovery. Please check back for more information.”

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including David Crosby at the Capitol Theatre, The Rolling Stones in Orlando and a British invasion at Skipper’s Smokehouse. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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More ticket policy talk

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 01:43 PM
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♦  “Teams are putting more stock into the mental game, not just one-on-one sessions or workshops with coaches, but trying to channel group mentality within the stadium as well.” — Olivia Wyatt, psychology major at Tufts University, explaining the Lightning ticket restrictions in an article for the website Premier Sport Psychology

♦  “Well, as you know a few years ago it didn’t matter if this was Chicago or Tampa Bay. We’re lucky we had 3,000 fans. So, it is exciting. It’s a fine compliment to our fans that we would have that many that would go on the road.” Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, on Chicago games past and present, to ESPN

♦  “Tampa Bay isn’t even a damn city. It’s like calling them the Delaware River Flyers.” — Travis Hughes, SB Nation writer in Philadelphia (Note to Travis: The team represents the Tampa Bay region. Think New England, Golden State, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.)

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Why even play the other games

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 01:42 PM
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Apparently, the Cup is now a best-of-one, if you believe one national sports commentator.

“I’m not gonna stutter, I’m not gonna stammer. This series is over. It’s completely over,” says Tony Kornheiser on his ESPN show “Pardon the Interruption.”

He pins that on how the Lightning lost Game 1, 2-1, after dominating most of two periods, then giving up two quick goals late in the third period.

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Porn actors, agent from Netflix’s ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ documentary have ties to Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: June 10, 2015 at 04:11 PM
By Christopher Spata

“Hot Girls Wanted,” the new, Rashida Jones-produced documentary about the amateur porn industry in Florida, debuted on Netflix a few days ago, and if you’ve seen it, you know that Tampa comes up more than once in the 84-minute film.

There’s a shot of the Tampa Bay area Craigslist site during a montage of wanted ads around the U.S. offering young women easy entry into the porn business with enticing headlines such as “free flight to Miami!” And there’s Jade, a 24-year-old porn actress from Tampa who goes by “Ava Kelly,” schools her younger housemates on the industry and wears a USF t-shirt in her off-time.

One of the main characters in “Hot Girls Wanted” is Riley Reynolds, the porn agent said to be from Tampa (Brandon, actually) who runs the five-bedroom house where his Hussie Models agency’s performers live, play with his cute puppies and unwind between Reynolds driving them to porn shoots.

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