As I reported in a new commentary segment on WCNT-tv that you can watch now on YouTube and Facebook, I was fortunate to be invited by the University Area Community Development Center (CDC) on N. 22nd St. in the University of South Florida area of Tampa to see Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (photo, right), who literally spent the better part of an entire afternoon hanging out with the families who live near the CDC.
About a month before the NFL draft, Jameis was asked by his barber, who owns the Who’s Nexxt Barber Shop on E. Fletcher Ave., to make an appearance at a family barbecue event at the Center and not only did he attend — along with his mom — he spent the better part of a warm, humid April afternoon posing for pictures and signing one autograph for literally every one of the 200-300 people who attended. In fact, he didn’t sit down to eat a burger until everyone in the crowd had 2-3 minutes of his complete attention.
And, Jameis didn’t just sign and pose, he interacted with as many of the kids and their families as possible — even when more than one attendee asked him to sign a Dallas Cowboys jersey. For example, when the Bucs’ talented young QB signed a pair of cleats, he’d tell the kid wearing the cleats that they, “better get results from these. I want touchdowns or pancake blocks with these. I don’t just put my name on anything and not expect results.” His genuine smile and warmth made everyone who attended the event feel like they were his good friend.
In other words, even though I (and my older son Jared) graduated from Florida and Jameis (and my younger son Jake) graduated from FSU, I am a bigger Jameis Winston fan today than I was when the Bucs took him with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
And, with the addition of former Philadelphia and Washington WR DeSean Jackson before the draft, and top picks O.J. Howard and Justin Evans in the 2017 NFL Draft (which was still ongoing at our press time), it appears that the Bucs are serious about improving the talent around their leader and I don’t blame them.
Jameis is one superstar athlete who shines, even when the camera isn’t on him. I expect bigger things from him and the Bucs this season and even if that somehow doesn’t happen (which I doubt), I know it won’t be because of a lack of effort on the part of this future superstar QB.
And, Speaking Of WCNT-tv…
The big news is that not only we have modified the format for WCNT-tv — which now has had a reach of more than 600,000 people and all 21 episodes released to date have been viewed more than 200,000 times on Facebook and 100,000 times on YouTube — the show is now 100-percent owned by yours truly, which means there is even more we can do to promote your business — in these pages, on our WCNeighborhoodNews.com website and on our WCNT-tv YouTube and Facebook pages.
Because we found that most of the viewers weren’t watching the full episodes when they were released as much as they were the individual segments from each episode, we decided to no longer air full episodes. Instead, our News, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) Featured Business, Neighborhood Dining News and Entertainment Calendar segments will each be released individually. For our Episode 21, the News and Entertainment segments were released on April 21, while the Dining (about Little Italy’s Family Restaurant & Catering, see ad on pg. 50) and WCCC Featured Business (about the Palms Pharmacy in Tampa Palms) were released on April 28.
With yours truly now setting the prices for WCNT-tv, it’s more affordable than ever for you to advertise in these pages, on our website and for your business to be a WCCC Featured Business on WCNT-tv!
In other words, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-2575 today to get more info about our new bundle and to get your WCNT-tv segment scheduled!
That’s Just Ducky…
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, which will host its second annual Duck Derby on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1 p.m. This year’s family-friendly Derby will kick off from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Hall at 4220 Land O’Lakes Blvd. (U.S. Hwy. 41) and will again feature food, fun and those cute rubber duckies racing to win prizes for attendees and raise money to benefit Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco’s K-9 Association.
For more info about the Duck Derby, see the ad on pg. 17, visit the Club any Wed. at noon at Quail Hollow Country Club or visit WCRotary.org/Duck-Derby.