Tampa mayor jokes about renaming city ‘Tompa Bay’ if Bucs win Super Bowl
Tampa Bay mayor Jane Castor is unsurprisingly on the Buccaneers’ bandwagon with the hometown team one win away from its first championship since 2003. It’s clear Castor recognizes that one player in particular deserves much of the credit.
Tom Brady has delivered a berth in Super Bowl LV in his first season with the Bucs after a two-decade dynastic run with the New England Patriots. Tampa Bay and the surrounding region are understandably whipped up into a frenzy ahead of Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium, and it sure looks like Mayor Castor has really gotten caught up in the hype.
Castor recently relayed a lighthearted conversation she had with Brady about potentially changing the name of the city in his honor.
“I told him, we are not discussing changing our city’s name until he brings home that Lombardi Trophy. So Tom and I will have that discussion in due time,” Castor said, via ESPN. “Yes, we will talk about that, changing ‘Tampa,’ since we are becoming a title town, to ‘Tompa Bay.’ We’ll have those discussions.”
Interestingly enough, there is something of a backstory to Castor’s playful, tongue-in-cheek comments.
Castor recently “pardoned” Brady after the superstar signal-caller ran afoul of Florida’s then-on-the-books stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic in April.
Brady was spotted by a Tampa Parks and Recreation employee working out in a closed park shortly after he signed with the Bucs, and Castor jokingly apologized to Brady for the confusion and misunderstanding.
“Tom, it’s Tampa Bay. Not Tampa Brady,” Castor said at the time. “You win us a Super Bowl and we’ll discuss Tampa Brady.”
The Buccaneers quarterback himself even cracked wise about how he was so unceremoniously welcomed to his new town by “getting kicked out of the park the other day” over his trespassing transgressions.
The “Tompa Bay” talk obviously is nothing more than an astute act of PR of a savvy politician and an effort to rally local residents around the Bucs ahead of Sunday’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It will never happen, of course, but most Tampa-area residents who passionately back the Bucs will love her passion, even if is based on the totally unrealistic notion that a city would be renamed after a local sports hero.
All that being said, Castor did guarantee that there definitely will be a “Tom Brady Day” in Tampa if the quarterback delivers the Lombardi Trophy to his new home.