With Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Detroit Red Wings less than 48 hours away, we thought it might be fun to compare the two cities, away from the sports arena, to find out which comes out on top.
Just like hockey, Tampa Bay enters the matchup as the favorite on paper, but can it come through in the clutch?
Tampa Bay – The annual high temperature in Tampa Bay is 81.7 degrees. The low? 65.
Detroit – The high temperature averages 82 degrees during July but drops to 31 in January with lows in the teens. Detroit gets just 89 total hours of sunshine in December.
Winner – Tampa Bay (in a landslide): There’s a reason people from the Midwest move to Florida when they retire and not vice versa.
Tampa Bay – The cigar capital of the world
Detroit – The world’s automotive center
Winner – none: Neither city produces much of its most famous product anymore, so too close to call this category.
A river runs through it
Tampa Bay – Hillsborough River
Detroit – Detroit River
Winner – Tampa Bay: Can you canoe down the Detroit River while paddling next to an alligator? Didn’t think so.
Tampa Bay – 401 Channelside Dr.
Detroit – 19 Steve Yzerman Dr.
Winner – Detroit: OK, that one’s pretty cool. Touché, Detroit.
Tampa Bay – St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, etc.
Detroit – Belle Isle Park
Winner – Tampa Bay: Detroit’s Belle Isle Park is a nearly 1,000-acre state park in the middle of the Detroit River between the city and Windsor, Ontario, best enjoyed between June and late August. Tampa Bay boasts miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches frequented by vacationers, spring breakers and international travelers throughout the year. Is this even a comparison?
Tampa Bay – The Big Guava
Detroit – The Motor City
Winner – Detroit: Tampa’s Big Guava moniker sounds cool, but it doesn’t really make sense as the city isn’t a producer of commercially-grown Guava.
Tampa Bay – Sunshine Skyway
Detroit – Ambassador Bridge
Winner – Tampa Bay: While the Ambassador is notable because it connects the mainland United States to Canada, nothing beats a drive to the top of the Sunshine Skyway, with its sweeping views of Tampa Bay and neighboring islands, especially as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa Bay – Cuban sandwich
Detroit – Detroit-style pizza
Winner – Tampa Bay: Pizza was already perfected by New York City and Chicago. Detroit just made their deep dish square. Not very original if you ask us. The Cuban perfectly combines ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles between two pieces of crunchy-on-the-outside, buttery-inside Cuban bread.
Musical contribution to the world
Tampa Bay – Death metal
Detroit – Motown
Winner – Detroit: Yeah, sorry about that one, world. Our apologies.
Final count: Tampa Bay wins 5-3-1. While closer than expected, Tampa Bay pulls through in fine fashion. Here’s hoping the Lightning can continue the region’s dominance over our friends to the north on the ice.