From Steven Stamkos’ Twitter slip of the thumb to the Golden Globe nominations, here are five things we’re talking about over breakfast and what to look for around the Tampa Bay region today.
1. Stammer time: The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos is gaining as much attention today for a Twitter “accident” as he is with his slipping play of late. Stamkos created a bit of a frenzy when he “liked’’ a story on TSN asking fans whether the Maple Leafs should pursue the pending unrestricted free agent and Toronto native. It’s a focal point as the Lightning take on the Senators tonight. More
2. Golden prelude to Oscars? The Golden Globes are widely seen as a preview of what we can expect to see when the Academy Award nominations are announced while also honoring the best of television, as seen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ‘Carol’ led the movie nominations with five, while such films as “The Big Short” and “Spotlight” also received acclaim. Did your favorite movies and shows get shut out? More
3. Cuba meets Scientology: Leaders of the Cuban exile community and the opposition party still operating in Cuba meet with the Church of Scientology at their Ybor City headquarters today to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among those attending are Cuban Baptist pastor and outspoken Castro critic Mario Felix Llenoart Barroso and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former U.S. representative from Miami The church’s Ybor building was the location of a famous speech delivered in the late-1800s by Jose Marti, considered to be Cuba’s George Washington for bringing the island its independence. Stay with TBO.com for updates later today.
4. New-look Bucs: For one game, the Bucs will be donning new duds as part of the NFL’s “Color Rush” alternate uniforms — the effort that drew criticism from colorblind folks who couldn’t distinguish the Jets’ green from the Patriots’ red a few weeks back. Tonight, the NFL will unveil the Bucs and Rams will wear during their game on Dec. 17 — the Bucs are expected to wear matching “Buccaneer Red” jerseys and pants, while the Rams are expected to go all yellow. More
5. Red tide arrives: A word of warning for folks who like to take to the water in southern Pinellas County. The red tide that had been pervasive in Manatee and Sarasota counties has crept into Pinellas, polluting waters in lower Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay and the south Pinellas gulf beaches and leaving dead fish in its wake. More