Where Tom Brady goes, championships follow.
The Tampa Bay Lightning dispatched the Montreal Canadiens in Wednesday's Game 5 to win their second Stanley Cup in as many years. The Lightning now are 2-for-2 on championships since Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers in March 2020 -- and the former New England Patriots quarterback couldn't be happier.
Brady -- who backed his new hometown team with a hype video earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- was quick to shout out the Lightning and captain Steven Stamkos via his Instagram story Wednesday night.
The Lightning's victory came exactly five months after Brady's Bucs won Super Bowl LV. That win prompted a boat parade in which Brady famously tossed the Lombardi Trophy over open water, but the Lightning might want to keep the Cup away from the 43-year-old QB.
Tampa Bay has been a remarkably successful sports town since Brady's arrival, with three championships in four opportunities. The one team that hasn't won it all in the "Tompa Bay" era? The Tampa Bay Rays, who won the American League pennant before falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 World Series.
The city's latest championship spawned a nickname that may not sit well with Boston fans.
Boston sports teams won 11 titles during the 20 years Brady was in New England, so "Champa Bay" still has a long way to go.