As an early Mother’s Day gift, I took my mom to two Tampa sporting events. The first was to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the St. Pete Times Forum in game three of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. Though she’s still a die-hard Red Wings fan, she’s adopted the Lightning as her Eastern Conference team.  Unfortunately, Tampa lost, but we had great seats and got to see a great game.

My mom loves hockey! She learned the sport when I started working for the Detroit Red Wings, back in the day of the glowing puck. (Do you remember that?) To the long-time hockey fan it was very annoying, but for my mom, and any new fan, it was a great way to learn how to follow the puck.

For the second game, my dad and I took mom to see the Tampa Bay Rays host the Chicago White Sox. Gotta say, I was totally impressed with the fans at Tropicana Field. We were walking through the concourse when the national anthem began. Fans and workers alike stopped what they were doing, looked up at monitors, removed their hats, put hands over their hearts and stayed that way until it was over.  I’ve been to a number of sporting events and have never seen that type of reverence.

I’m extremely lucky to have a mom who likes sports! Does your mom like sports? Who is/are her favorite teams(s)? How are you spending Mother’s Day 2011?

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