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Best Tampa Sports Bars for Super Bowl 50

Watching Super Bowl 50 in Tampa

The NFL’s 50th Super Bowl takes place today at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California where two No.1 draft picks go head-to-head in what is likely to be a one-and-done scenario for the sheriff as he attempts to out-duel Superman in this Bronco-Panther matchup, perhaps Manning’s last. And although driving to California may have to be planned out for a lucky few, watching the game with friends here in Tampa is a close second. The exhilarating excitement that comes with bone-crushing football on a national stage can be expressed with others locally that enjoy the same game. And to no surprise, the Super Bowl gets us excited for a number of reasons: the athleticism of every player, the nail-biting plays, the amazing halftime show that usually features a superstar entertainer, and of course, the best commercials of the year. According to Nielsen, a global performance management company that measures what consumers watch and buy, the 2015 Super Bowl generated 114.4 million total viewers. The game set a new record for the fourth time in five years becoming the most-watched show in U.S. history. The viewers also expressed their sentiments on social media totaling 65 million people posting on Facebook, and 28.4 million tweets posted between kickoff and 30 minutes after the game, according to Twitter. Here at 2 College Brothers we would like for everyone to have a good time watching the game, having a few drinks and enjoy being around others that love the game. For this reason we wanted to share a few sports bars that offer the best viewing and drinking experience in the Tampa Bay area. Here are a few that made the list this year chosen by your Tampa Movers.

Our Picks for Tampa Sports Bars

Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill

Ferg’s, founded 23 years ago, is the largest sports bar in the state of Florida, covering nearly 2 city blocks.  Watch the Super Bowl from one of 88 TV’s in 3 restaurant rooms, around 6 bars and in 5 covered outdoor areas. Ferg’s is famous for its wings and we expect to sell 30,000 of them on Sunday, including take out. Sports fans have also enjoyed our authentic Cubans and 1/2 lb. burgers made with choice brisket, short rib and sirloin.  Our 80 item menu is nothing like a typical sports bar menu!

Fans at Ferg’s on Sunday have a chance to win a free 7-night cruise, a Budweiser bicycle, coolers and other prizes! Carry-out wings pickup times are being booked on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 727-641-5614.

Irish 31 Pub & Eatery

Irish 31 is a premier upscale Irish Pub with a chef-driven menu and live music nightly. This Super Bowl they’ll have the game on the big screen and wall-to-wall TVs with the sound up, indoor & outdoor seating, and a pup-friendly patio. Irish 31 is offering $3.10 miller light drafts (with keep the Bucs pints for $6) and $3.10 Irish 31 red ales. With Locations in Hyde Park Village & Westchase, Irish 31 will soon be expanding to WestShore Mall, Wiregrass, Clearwater Beach, Sarasota and Seminole.  

Ferg’s Live

Ferg’s Live is Downtown a new favorite venue for live sports, live concerts, and great food and drink, with over 8,000 square feet of space to party! Ferg’s Biggest SuperBowl Party in the Bay includes a 150 square foot LED wall, 2 giant projection screens inside, wall-to-wall flat-screens, and the sound turned up for the big game. Pregame with the Jeremy Thomas Band from 2-6 pm, and enjoy 50 wings + two 32 oz personal pitchers for only $50, 16 oz Corona Bucket for $20, Smirnoff and Smirnoff flavors for $4, Captain Morgan Rums for $5, and Crown Royal and Crown Regal Apple for $7.

Peabody’s Billiard & Games

With over 70 TV’s and two 10 ft projection screens, Peabody’s is doing it big this year for the Super Bowl. We’ve created a special tailgate style menu available only on February 7th that features homemade wing sauces for each team: A  deliciously tangy Carolina-style bbq sauce for the Panthers and a sweet Raspberry-Habenero  sauce that packs some heat just like the Broncos. These sauces are the perfect mix for all fans!

And what’s Football without beer? We have all-you-can-drink draft beer for $16.99, $9.99 beer buckets, and $5 double pints of Miller Lt & Coors Lt. Plus, everyone who comes in to watch the game has a chance to win  a 48″ inch TV! No purchase is necessary and ticket holder must be present at time of giveaway to win. We’ll also be hosting a pick-a-square contest and doing some random prize giveaways throughout the game! For the ultimate Super Bowl viewing experience, come to Peabody’s.

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Best Tampa Gyms to Kickstart your New Year’s Resolution – A College Movers Guide

Choosing a New Year’s Resolution to Stay Fit

It’s December 31st and you’re out celebrating the coming of the New Year while reflecting on how 2015 went. You had a great year yet there is still that lingering feeling of how you could have accomplished more. Like most of us, you’re trying to find the best New Year’s resolution to focus on in 2016. You want to choose something that you know is practical but not uninspiring so it doesn’t become just another neglected New Year’s resolution. According to a Journal done by the University of Scranton, of the 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% of people are successful in achieving them. So choosing a resolution should be simple enough for you to accomplish but enough of a challenge to be considered a success. To get started, this year the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions are listed below:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

As you can see, two of the top five have to do with some type of fitness or health initiative. As Tampa movers, we know the importance of staying fit and reap its benefits daily. Many people feel they fail in this department from being inconsistent and want to set a routine to start the year. So it’s only natural to expect the majority of New Year’s resolutions to revolve around getting in shape. For this reason we wanted to share some of Tampa’s best gyms and studios with personal tips on how to get the New Year started right.

CrossFit Jaguar


CrossFit Jaguar is a 10,000 square foot facility located in the Carrollwood area. Their offerings include coach led CrossFit classes for every skill level focusing on weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning with a variety of class times to fit your schedule.  In addition they offer one-on-one personal training and sport specific programs.

To start the New Year, CrossFit Jaguar is offering a 8 week New Year’s Fitness Challenge “Look Better Naked”, starting on January 16th.  It will Include: before/after photos, body fat testing, pre/post performance WOD and personalized nutrition only for only $50. Those interested can sign up here. CrossFit Jaguar is also offering 50% off your first month of group training with the purchase of their On Ramp program (for beginners) and new clients with CF experience can buy one month and get 50% off their second.  

Q: What workout goals do you recommend setting for a New Years resolution? 

A:“It depends on what you’re training for?  There is no one size fits all routine; different goals along with starting fitness level and a few other factors will dictate the training.  Contact us to set up your Free Trial and Consultation.  We’ll discuss your goals and answer any questions you may have to determine the best place for you to start; Whether it’s fat loss, building muscle, better on the field performance or contest preparation, the coaching staff at CF Jaguar will guide you to success.”

4U Fitness

4U Fitness is a high-tech fitness studio that provides custom and scientifically based programs by incorporating a revolutionary fitness device that utilizes electrical muscle stimulation. Each program is designed specifically to the needs and goals of every individual. This specialized program only requires 2 – 20 minute sessions per week for guaranteed results!
 
Their New Year’s Special includes a 1 Free Week Trial that includes 1 free consultation, 1 free baseline strength and full-body assessment & 1 free session of choice. A $50 discount will be applied to any purchased package.
 
Q: What workout goals do you recommend setting for a New Years resolution? 

A: “For those setting New Year’s Resolutions, we highly recommend that you adopt a lifestyle change vs. seeking a “quick fix”. It is too often that we see clients waste their precious time and money on unhealthy and extreme weight loss and crash diets that can be extremely taxing on the body and could also result in damaging repercussions. We recommend a sustainable program that includes 2 to 3 full-body workouts per week. Our unique programs and technology are time efficient and produce lifelong results. Not to mention, we are the sole providers in the US because we own the technology. We will be launching in the US this coming year to accompany our 1800 locations worldwide.”

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology

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How our Tampa Professionals Move a Piano

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Piano Movers Tampa – How to Successfully Move a Piano

Pianos are essentially the Holy Grail for moving companies when it comes to some of the most difficult pieces they can be faced with. They can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds, and potentially be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, 2 College Brothers has a designated Tampa piano moving team, that has moved countless pianos over the years. We also have one million dollars in insurance, enough to cover just about any piano!

There are many different sizes and styles of pianos, ranging from concert grand pianos, to smaller upright spinet pianos. Each type has a specific method, and requires different equipment, skill level, and varying amounts of man power.

When selecting a moving company to move your piano, it is important to make sure they have experience, and the management is aware of the different methods to make sure your piano gets the proper attention.

This article focuses mainly on moving a grand or baby grand piano, as these are generally the trickiest (not to mention most expensive) types of pianos, and should always be left to a professional.   Fortunately, 2 College Brothers, Inc, utilizes training from the American Moving and Storage Association on how to move these types of pianos, and only our experienced piano moving team will be handling it.

Materials needed to move a grand piano

  • Piano Board
  • Arm straps
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Plastic baggies
  • Moving pads or blankets
  • Tape
  • Stretch wrap
  • Floor dolly
  • 3 experienced movers
  • Truck with a lift gate or wench (Optional but preferred)
  • Buckle straps
  • Nylon tie downs

Step 1: Inspect the environment

Look over the piano for any pre-existing damages. Note any and point them out to the customer. Survey the area around the piano. Make sure it is clear of any obstacles. You will need plenty of room for three people to move around, as well as for the piano to move freely to the front door. Because the piano will be length wise on its side, make sure there is plenty of clearance around corners.

Step 2: Protect the ancillary pieces

Use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to undo the hinges on the piano topper. You will want to prepare a spread out blanket off to the side. Remove the topper from the piano, and set it on the blanket. Wrap this up in the blanket using tape and stretch wrap. Set this out of the way. Do the same with the music rack and keyboard cover. If the keyboard cover does not come off, wedge wound up stretch wrap, or cardboard on the ends to hold it in place and keep it from flapping open. Place any screws, washers, or bolts into a labeled plastic baggie.

Step 3: Protecting the tuning pedals

This next step will focus on the bottom of the piano. We want to pay special attention to the tuning pedals, as these can be easily damaged if not properly removed and protected. Have one mover crawl under the piano, and use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to dismount the rack that supports the tuning pedals. Once these are removed, insulate each pedal with plastic wrap and moving pads. Wrap these as you did the piano topper and music rack. Make sure nothing can interfere with these as they can easily become bent, rendering them ineffective. A common mistake amongst inexperienced piano movers is to not properly protect the tuning pedals. Make sure your movers take extra care of these like 2 College Brothers does!

Step 4: Un-attaching the legs and the “piano flip”

This is where some skill and experience comes into play for a piano mover. If you were to be facing the keys, you will want to focus the front left leg. You will also be using the piano board for this segment. Place the piano board about three feet to the left of the piano. One mover should hold the front left corner of the piano, and another the back left. The third mover must un screw the front left leg, while the other two movers hold their end up. Once the leg is off, the third mover should set it on a moving pad, as he hustles around to the front right side. In a controlled movement, the front left mover lowers his end onto the piano board, while the other two moves lift their ends up, keeping as much tension off the remaining legs as possible. Once the front left end is resting safely on the board, the first mover can help to finish turning the piano onto its side, so that it rests safely on the piano board. From here, the remaining legs are to be taken off, and protected.
Grand piano

Step 5: Relocating the piano to the truck

Once the Piano is safely resting on its side on the piano board, be sure to wrap it completely in moving pads, tape, and stretch wrap. Then, buckle the protected piano to the piano board with the buckle straps. With two movers lifting, and one stabilizing, use arm straps to lift the piano onto a flat dolly. The piano may not be rolled to the entryway, with one mover in front, one mover in back, and one mover stabilizing. To get the piano over any thresholds or bumps, utilize this same lifting technique. Please note that any stairs or large steps will require at least 1 more additional mover, preferably 2. DO NOT attempt to move even a baby grand piano up stairs without the adequate manpower.

Step 6: Transporting the piano in the moving truck

Once you safely get the piano to the moving truck, use the lift gate or winch to lift the piano up into the truck. Additional manpower may be required to roll it up a ramp. Secure the piano to on of the walls of the truck using buckle straps, or heavy duty nylon rope. There is no need to remove the piano from the flat dolly as long as it is secured properly in the truck, however do put the wheel locks on the flat dolly. Once the truck reaches its destination, un fasten the piano and slowly lower the piano off the truck using the lift gate wench, or with additional manpower, the ramp.

Step 6 Setting the piano back up

Wheel the piano to its desired location at the new destination. Unwrap it, putting all materials to the side. Using arm straps, lower the piano board off of the flat dolly and directly next to it. Essentially, you will be doing an exact reverse of steps 1-4. Screw the Back left and front right legs back onto the piano. Have one mover ready to receive the top (front right) end of the piano as it is tilted toward him. The other two movers should deadlift the front and back left ends of the piano, keeping as much tension off the legs as possible. Once upright, the mover on the receiving end of the front right must hustle around and re-attach the front left leg. Congratulations, the piano should now be resting safely upright at the new location! Simply re-attach the tuning pedals, music rack, and topper. Remove any insulation from the keyboard cover. If necessary per the client’s request, move the piano to the desired location of the room by having each mover lift each end, slowing carrying the piano to the assigned spot. Do not slide roll (if it has wheels) the piano as this can damage the floor or legs.

And there you have it! Moving a piano, simplified into 6 easy steps the 2 College Brothers “Master’s Degree in Moving” way! Don’t forget, we also move upright pianos, billiard tables, appliances, and gun safes! Stay tuned to hear more about how these “beasts” get moved from point A to B!

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