XFC is a prominent mixed-martial-arts organization dedicated to finding the next generation of MMA superheroes through open tryouts so that these undiscovered fighters may one day climb into the bloodied center of a professional cage match. XFC XI: The Next Generation features four XFC Open Fighter Tryout winners as well as Micah Miller, Kim Couture, and many more. Watch as these skilled fighters vie for domination using techniques drawn from Brazilian jiujitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, tae kwon do, and more.
If there’s one team to emulate in professional sports, it’s the New York Yankees and their 27 championships. Since becoming the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the big league Yankees in 1994, the Tampa Yankees have grown into a minor league clone of their MLB brethren—they’ve won five Florida State League titles, including back-to-back years in 2009-10.
Further strengthening the Yankee bond, the T-Yanks play all their home games at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Spring Training facility of the Bronx Bombers. A scaled-down replica of Yankee Stadium, Steinbrenner Field is an 11,000-seat facility brimming with Yankee lore. The 31-acre complex even has a Monument Park, which honors the organization’s greatest players and beer vendors.
Named one of USA Today's Top Ten Skating Rinks in 2008, USA Skateplex sends eight-wheelers careening around a skating arena, competing in a full arcade, and snacking at concession stands. During public skate sessions, freewheelers strap on their own blades or a rental pair of old-school four-bangers and do the counter-clockwise coast to DJ hits. Pairs of floating friends can take a breather for intermittent soda and arcade breaks; groups of four get twice as many game tokens and a large cheese pizza to salten the deal.
The Transitions Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, pits formidable golf kings—such as two-time winner Retief Goosen and 2010 winner Jim Furyk—against the lush greens and brutal traps of the Innisbrook's 72-hole Copperhead course. The verdant meadows of the Copperhead course sprawl to 7,340 yards and feature unusually dramatic elevation changes and reassuringly infrequent bear attacks. The tournament mixes the traditional drama of men dueling with clubs with a week of events such as the March 13 Think About Your Eyes Family Walk, which raises money for blindness prevention and lobbies to jazz up televised golf coverage with tie-dyed greens.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Winners of the Stanley Cup in 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning's tight-knit team of ferocious foot-blades peppers each game with artful stickwork, Plexiglass-rattling body checks, and epic Shakespearean soliloquies. With a club-level ticket to Lightning Launch weekend, you'll enjoy a mid-tier view, plus a free hot dog and carbonated beverage, at the Lightning versus Thrashers season opener after pre-gaming the night before with a live concert courtesy of alterna-rockers Stone Temple Pilots. STP frontman Scott Weiland is a true rock star, with the pipes, tats, and gravel-filled veins to prove it. Should a strict aural diet forbid you from consuming the devilry of electrified music, opt for a rock-free ticket to the October 21 game against the New York Islanders. Your terrace-center ticket puts you in the upper seating tier, where you can watch forward Martin St. Louis deke the defense and sink the biscuit in the basket, while goalie Dan Ellis fiercely defends the cookie jar and franticly consults his pocket dictionary of hockey terms. With any luck, you'll witness a hat-trick, an all-out line brawl, or a rarely initiated can-can-dance diversion tactic.
Three Florida-based acts will entertain crowds with a mix of R & B, Southern rock, and funk during "Beach Chair Blues Night," held in Jannus Live's well-appointed outdoor courtyard. Sitting in their own beach chairs, attendees can groove to the soulful sounds of the headliners, the Mike Kach Group, whose eponymous singer and keyboardist tickles ivories on piano, organ, and stray elephant. Local guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Griswold serves as a special guest for the evening, and Southern rock opening act The Standback Band will perform with a recruited roster of fellow Bay Area blues musicians.