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Off Topic: The annual Best of the Bay ballot

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One mainstay in the area is an annual survey/poll of Tampa Bay's best from local independent newspaper Creative Loafing (formerly The Weekly Planet). This online survey / ballot of best-and-worst things of the area lets you vote on subject matters from local personalities, places of interest, and of course best of local sports. There's a few quirks to this, though: You need to vote on at least 20 of the 100 categories listed on your ballot for your vote to count. It's also VERY Tampa-Bay centric, so those without much knowledge of things around Tampa Bay should take a pass on the chance to participate. Voting is through August 31st...

Summer Fill: A few questions for the Detroit Red Wings

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SB Nation Hockey's Summer Fill series kicks off as Raw Charge poses a few economic questions towards the Detroit Red Wing's blog Winging It In Motown.

Off Topic: Goodbye Tampa Bay Storm and the AFL

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The Arena Football League is closing up shop indefinitely. Raw Charge offers a minor lament.

Raw Charge is Kindle'd

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I'm not quite sure how popular Kindle is, or e-Readers in general. I'm someone who prefers the regular read-it-in-a-book kind of deal, or browse-it-on-the-web. But then again? My habits aren't yours. So I'm announcing that Raw Charge is available on Amazon.com's Kindle store. Subscribe and get new posts delivered directly to your Kindle. This also goes for other SB Nation web sites (like Buc'Em and DraysBay, naming the two other Tampa Bay team blogs).

Ohlund: "I only spoke with Tampa."

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If you haven't seen this yet, please check it out. ingmarWbergman posted it up as a FanPost in yonder right sidebar. Thank you for the translation!

CLS Re-Draft - Lightning Update

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In the Cycle like the Sedins Re-Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning have made three picks in the first three rounds. But two Lightning players have also be chosen by other teams. Who were they and where...

Dead of Summer link dump and open thread

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The dead of summer link dump -- Tampa centric to one degree or another.

CLS Re-Draft 2nd Round Update, Part I: Picks 31-45

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31. Colorado Mike Ribiero C $5,000,000 32. Montreal Anze Kopitar C $6,800,000 33. Anaheim Tim Thomas G $5,000,000 34. Florida Steve Mason G $900,000 35. Buffalo Patrick Kane RW $3,725,000 36. Boston Evgeni Nabokov G $5,375,000 37. Ottawa Cam Ward G $2,666,667 38. San Jose Dany Heatley LW $7,500,000 39. Toronto Alexander Semin RW $4,600,000 40. New Jersey Martin St. Louis RW $5,250,000 41. NY Rangers Dan Boyle D $6,666,667 42. Carolina Dion Phaneuf D $6,500,000 43. Minnesota Ryan Miller G $6,250,000 44. Los Angeles Marc-Andre Fleury G $5,000,000 45. Detroit Duncan Keith D $1,475,000

CLS Re-draft - First Round Overview

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Overview of the first round of the Cycle like the Sedins Re-Draft. Where did the Tampa Bay Lightning players "go" to?

Filling the news void, one unsourced falsehood at a time

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Idle speculation is the devil... but some people have made a very successful career out of it -- as long as you disregard their ill-repute.

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