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Welcome to SB Nation Tampa Bay.

SB Nation Tampa Bay is your regional hub for everything about sports in the Tampa Bay area. We hope you will make this a regular stop every day as you seek information about your favorite teams and players.

The Tampa Bay regional site is the of 20 such hubs being launched by SB Nation this month.  Those already unveiled include New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Arizona, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.  Launching over the next two weeks are Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  But today is Tampa Bay's day.

SB Nation is comprised over 250 individual local sports blogs.  Here at home, you can read about your Tampa Bay Rays on DRaysBay, the Lightning on Raw Charge, the Buccaneers on Buc 'Em, and USF athletics on voodooFIVE.  From those and other sources, we have assembled a great group of writers who will bring you a look at Tampa Bay area sports from the perspective of the fan.  We are here to add to what the above mentioned SB Nation team blogs already provide, and to give you one place to quickly scan and find out what is going on with all of your favorite Tampa Bay teams.

Tonight we're going to party (see below for your invite), but first a quick tour of what you will find here on the hub site:

Story Streams --  Perhaps most unique to this site are the StoryStreams. A StoryStream is a new way to cover news by keeping all related updates in one place.  You could consider it a blog within a blog, dealing with just one news story at a time. The stream allows us to add updates in a rapid fashion so that the most immediate news can be at your fingertips at a moment’s notice. Instead of having 15 scattered posts about the latest Rays stadium news, a StoryStream will keep all updates together, organized by time.

Starting Lineup -- Found right in the middle of the home page of SB Nation Tampa Bay, the Starting Lineup is a group of links to five interesting stories about Tampa Bay sports from anywhere around the web. Could be from SB Nation writers, could be from anywhere. We hope the starting lineup might give you a head start on the watercooler talk.

Features -- Feature articles will offer commentary and insight on a particular subject, perhaps a major event, or an in-depth interview with an athlete.

The Beach Bucket -- SB Nation Tampa Bay's blog, the place for us to really spout off on what's going on in and around town. You might find all sorts of stuff in there, from small news bits, to interesting asides, to off-beat or interesting happenings surrounding our teams and players.  Basically, anything that doesn't fit neatly into the other places gets stuffed into the bucket. 

Extras from around the web -- Links and the latest news from the four local SB Nation team blogs, top contributions from the local SB Nation community, and the latest tweets from local sports fans and media.

OK, I know you guys never want to read instructions, so we'll move on to the party information.  Check this out:

Hey Sports Fans -- SB Nation is buying the drinks!

Come celebrate the launch of SB Nation Tampa at the inaugural SB Nation Tampa Meet-up!  Join your fellow Tampa sports fans for an evening of good company, great sports conversation and free stuff.  Complimentary well drinks and discounted beer all evening (liquor courtesy of Crown Royal Black)!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
1600 E. 8th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605

Food and drink specials, giveaways and great raffle prizes!


I think that's everything. Get on out of here, explore the site, join the community, give us your thoughts by adding to the conversation (comment!!), and have fun.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.