Tampa Bay mascots will take Chubby Checker’s Twist Challenge Tuesday at Palladium

THIS JUST IN:  Team mascots from all over Tampa Bay will take Chubby Checker’s Twist Challenge at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 on the steps of the Palladium.

Raymond (Tampa Bay Rays), Thunderbug (Tampa Bay Lightning), Pelican Pete (Tampa Bay Rowdies), along with mascots from the Tampa Yankees, Clearwater Threshers and other teams, will dance The Twist to Checker’s classic recording, in support of Mascots for a Cure, a national non-profit organization dedicated to help children and their families battling cancer.

The resulting video will be used as a challenge to those in Tampa Bay, and other communities, to donate to Mascots for a Cure, and to create their own Twist Challenge videos.

Chubby Checker, the celebrity spokesperson for the organization, performs at The Palladium Thursday, March 23. Here’s a link for tickets and information on the show.

The public is invited to come out and watch the fun, and to twist along in the video! The Palladium is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North at Third Street.

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Bubba’s Book Club

Neil Peart, OC, is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. He also reviews books.

“All through 2012 and into 2013 I kept a list of the books I hoped to write about for Bubba’s Book Club. (The key word was “hoped.”) Unlike most book reviewers, I have the luxury of choosing to read only books that I expect to enjoy – whether on the strength of a good review, a friend’s recommendation, or a taste for the author’s previous work. Also unlike most book reviewers, I can choose to write about only the books I do enjoy.”

Some of the (many) titles reviewed by Mr Peart: Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons, John Barth (2011), Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon (2012), A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers (2012), A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (2010) etc etc etc

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This time, Lightning rallies after blowing two-goal lead and wins in OT

Forget that the opponent was in last-place. Forget that the Tampa Bay Lightning blew a two-goal lead for the second straight night. Forget that it took until overtime to complete the task.

The Lightning won.

What else matters?

The Lightning, getting points in its sixth straight game, is starting to show signs of life in the Eastern Conference Wild-card race. Sunday night, Tampa Bay launched 40 shots at Colorado, and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory.

The winning goal was scored when Jonathan Drouin stole the puck, then scored with at 2:27 of the overtime period.

“That’s what he does,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “He’s a gifted, gifted player. You get him that close to the net with the puck and a little bit of time and space and he can do some magical things.”

For the second straight night, the Lightning seemed to be in good shape after Braydon Point and Vladislav Namestikov. But the Avs came back to force overtime when Matt Duchene scored the tying goal with 41.9 seconds to play on a shot that deflected off two players.

“Give Colorado credit for not quitting down 2-0 going into the third,” Cooper said, “but we needed to win one of those. Regardless of how this game’s going to turn out or how we’re going to get to 3-2, we needed it.”

The Lightning could have iced the game when Tyler Johnson scored in the third period, but the goal was disallowed. It spoiled a good night for the Triplets.

“Yeah, they were our best line tonight.” Cooper said. “They were a factor every time they hit the ice. Like I said, you feel for those guys. They get that one goal called back as well as they had played. There was a little contact. The ref saw it one way. We see it the other. That’s how it goes.”

Tampa Bay now returns home for four straight games, include Tuesday against Edmonton.

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