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Tampa Mayor makes Lively push to rename Town'Tompa Bay' if Buccaneers win Super Bowl

"I told himwe aren't discussing changing our city's name until he brings home that Lombardi trophy. So Tom and I will have that discussion in due time," Castor said. "Yes, we'll discuss that, changing'Tampa,' because we're turning into a title town, to'Tompa Bay.' We will have those talks."

Brady's Tampa welcoming began when he was unceremoniously booted from a public park throughout stay-at-home orders in April. That directed Castor to write Brady an open letter with a lighthearted apology for the misunderstanding, where she advised him,"Tom, it is Tampa Bay. Not Tampa Brady. You win us a Super Bowl and we'll talk about Tampa Brady."

Past the town"rename," Castor did assure ways the city could honor Brady, stating,"without a doubt, we will have a Tom Brady Day."

Castor also is receptive to the notion of Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White -- arguably his best performer in the postseason -- riding his horse Dream inside Raymond James Stadium, something he has voiced a desire to perform. He called riding his horse Daisy Mae around LSU's Tiger Stadium"the best day of my entire life ."

"That definitely is an option," Castor said. "But it is simply gonna happen 1 way, and that's if I could ride out to a horse with Devin White. That we definitely can do. ... I grew up with horses, so he and I can both ride out and hoist that Lombardi trophy on horseback "

The Tampa Sports Authority, which oversees Raymond James Stadium, along with the Buccaneers told ESPN that they would internally discuss the possibility of allowing a horse in the stadium. But even if that doesn't occur, Castor, the former Tampa chief of police, said she would be delighted to join White for a ride around town.

"Are you kidding me? We'll have a mounted patrol parade," Castor said. "I was only down by the [Tampa] Convention Center with our mounted patrol unit. Yeah, definitely. I just went horseback riding Sunday before last, so I know my way round a horse. And I will find my way round that Lombardi trophy!"

So far as placing about the Super Bowl, Castor was delighted with the area's compliance with her executive arrangement to get mask-wearing in certain outdoor areas, including the nearly 3-mile Riverwalk across the Caribbean Tampa waterfront. Tampa's existing mandates didn't need masks outdoors.

"Those areas were decided by the idea that there could be big crowds that would not have the ability to distance," Castor said. "And up to now, we've seen great adherence to that."

She also echoed what Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesdaywhen he told people to avoid Super Bowl parties and"just lay low and cool it."

"We're joining that mantra as well. We would like everyone to stay home and revel in the Super Bowl excitement and the Buccaneers' win in the protection of your own home," Castor said. "But we also realize that people are going to be quite excited and a great deal of individuals are gonna come out. We promote the wearing of masks inside and outdoors when you cannot socially distance.

"We need everyone to have a secure and healthy Super Bowl experience. Everyone who comes to visit town, we need them to arrive healthy, we want them to stay healthy. The only people that are gonna be disappointed are the K.C. fans"

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