December 23, 1995: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This was my first NFL game, and the only reason I really got to see it was because my dad was a Lions fan. They got their ass totally kicked by Detroit, 37-10. The only real notable thing about this was that it was then-Head Coach Sam Wyche's last game with the team (he would be replaced by Tony Dungy the next season). We left sometime in the fourth quarter .
February 11, 1996: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning
First, and thus far only NHL game, the Lightning got their ass kicked 6-2 😕 . Nothing notable except that the game was played at the Thunderdome, today popularly known as Tropicanna Field (yeah, the Lightning played hockey there originally )
December 28, 1997: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lions-Bucs 2, Electric Boogaloo! Except this time, it was not only the last NFL game being played at Houlihan's Stadium (Formerly Tampa Stadium), it was an NFC Wild Card game, the first Bucs playoff game since 1982. It was a Christmas present from my dad, and this time around the Bucs came out on top. I saw future Hall of Famers Barry Sanders, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp (not to mention Tony Dungy), as well as other Bucs mainstays Mike Alstott, Warrick Dunn and Trent Dilfer.
April 23, 1999: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Devil Rays
First MLB game....well, it's the '99 Rays, they won (somehow ) and yeah....on the plus side I got to see Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr, Jay Buhner, Jose Canseco, Fred McGriff and Wade Boggs play. Rays won the game. Notable for watching Griffey bean Raymond, the Devil Rays mascot, and also for a hilarious incident involving a foul ball. See, the Trop had, at the time, an Outback Steakhouse kiosk, and my brother got a Bloomin' Onion. WELL, he happened to get it just as Edgar Martinez was up to bat, smacking a foul ball right at us. We watched the ball, looked at the food...yeah. It missed, but still.
April 11, 2004: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Devil Rays
For a few years, we'd watch baesball on Easter Sunday and wonder just what kind of an asshole went to a ball game on Easter. SO THERE WE WERE AT THE BALL GAME ON EASTER SUNDAY...
Rays won 10-1. Notable players for the Rays was Carl Crawford and Tino Martinez, while the Orilioles had Javy Lopez, Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmerio.