BREAKING NEWS: Tampa’s Philly of the South (TPOTS) moves to a new football nest/location for the 2019 NFL season & beyond!

After almost seven years of calling Bucket’s Tap & Tavern on Gunn Highway in Tampa, Florida our football nest. The clubs board members have decided to spread the club’s wings and “fly Eagles fly” to a brand new football viewing location.

So it’s “say la vee” to Bucket’s and tons of memories of countless Eagle highs and low’s during that time period. The biggest memory of all that was made at Buckets, was on February 4th of 2018 when the EAGLES won the Super Bowl! What a party that was as almost 600 strong packed Bucket’s to watch our beloved BIRDS, finally fulfill the dream that so many of us had been waiting most of our lives for.

I can’t emphasize strongly enough that Tampa’s Philly of the South did nothing wrong to cause the new management team at Bucket’s to sever, this mutually beneficial and long lasting business relationship. Bucket’s management for reasons we may never truly understand have now decided to let’s just say “go in a different direction”? It is important to note, that this decision was totally made by the new management group at Bucket’s. In my opinion, this decision not to host our club’s activities makes very little business sense. However, in the long run, it’s their business and no matter how short sided this move might be it’s still 100% their call. With those points in mind, we the club members of TPOTS will push onward and upward – taking our passion and love of the EAGLES team to newer heights at our new football nest/location.

I’m proud to announce to all of you at this time that the new nest of the club will be at Tampa Joe’s. They are located (in the NE corner of the AMC 24 Movie Theater complex) @ 9316 Anderson Road which is right off the Veterans Expressway. Check out their website @ for all the details that make up this unique, fan-friendly and great spot to watch our Eagles “on the road to victory”. I’m 100% certain that you will find that Tampa Joe’s is a major step up from your local “run of the mill” tavern, pub or sports bar experience.

A small list of great features that TAMPA JOE’S can offer to Tampa’s Philly of the South might look like this:

*A warm and friendly, welcoming and fun-loving staff and management team.
*Tons of wide screen TV’s and the house audio will always be set to the EAGLES station.
*An outstanding menu that features a fantastic variety of food items.
*A “two for one” happy hour that runs “all day / every day”.
*Tons of free parking.
*Fresh and clean restrooms, bar and dining areas.
*A large outdoor patio area featuring a “fire pit” and comfortable lounge side furnishings.
*And what might be the most important feature of all – they really want our club at their location. The staff and management at Tampa Joe’s really wants to partner with our fan club and help you “our valued club members” have the BEST EAGLES FOOTBALL game day experience anywhere in the Tampa Bay area!

Guys this is the football location we have been looking for! This opportunity we have presented to us here is one that will help grow our brand name and further increase our stranglehold reputation as being one of the best Philadelphia Eagles fan clubs in SE USA, and yes even in the entire nation. Since 1995 we have been proving that fact to be true, one football game at a time!

More details on this move will be posted on the website and on Facebook (as needed) in the coming days and weeks. Please consider this your official notification that your Tampa Philly of the South fan club has moved to a new, better, brighter and more football accommodating nest here in Tampa. You guys are going to LOVE the new nest, as we step up your football game day experience and take it to new heights.

How can you help? Please spread the word about this move to everyone wearing the green & silver here in the Tampa Bay area (and beyond) via your Facebook and all of your social internet accounts. Word of mouth is a powerful tool. Your efforts in helping to get the word out to Eagle nation would be greatly and sincerely appreciated. We don’t want any EAGLES fan left behind! The club REALLY needs your help to get the word out there about this move – so step up, due your part and help us out.

Thank you for your time and any and all extra efforts you deem fit to offer on behalf of the club, as it relates to this very important task. Looking forward to seeing you all at Tampa Joe’s for the Eagles season opener on September 8th @ 1 pm EST.

Bleeding GREEN – GO EAGLES!!!

If you have any questions about this please contact me directly.

Mike Kline – Founder of Tampa’s Philly of the South
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Richard Kaplen – Great friend, Devoted Father, Husband, Vietnam Veteran, Board Member of Tampa’s Philly of the South – Die Hard Eagles Fan & one of my closest friends, passed on today

It is with deep regret and a very heavy heart, that I must inform you all of the passing of Rick Kaplen, my dear friend and above all else a true fellow die-hard Philadelphia Eagle fan. On behalf of the whole Tampa’s Philly of the South fan club members, we offer our prayers, comforting thoughts, and deepest sympathies to his loving wife Linda and his whole family. You guys are not alone at this time of grief, the entire Philly of the South fan club is here for all of you! Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has passed over to that other side of life, that someday we all must face in our way and in on our way.

Rick, please know that each of us that knew you personally, found a way to bond to you with you in the affection of love, respect and a belief in true “Philly” brotherhood that you always showed to all of us. You were always there for me and the club, always showing your willingness to work diligently behind the scenes for anything that would promote or better our club. Never in an effort to benefit yourself but only in an effort to someway benefit all of the club members. Never asking for anything in return but maybe perhaps just a simple “nod” of appreciation from a club member that you didn’t even know personally but somehow truly enjoyed the fruits of your heartfelt labors.

Many of our fan club members will never understand your willingness, heartfelt love of the team and that never give in or give up attitude when it came to how you felt about Philly of the South. Win, lose or draw – you were always that one Eagle fan I could always count on no matter what the score said. I will always be thankful to the Lord above that you were there with the club and me in 2018 to watch your beloved BIRDS with the Superbowl. World Champions buddy – and nobody can ever take that away from you or your fellow club members.

You, my dear friend, will be sorely missed – I will always think of you after every Eagles touchdown when the club erupts in another chorus of FLY EAGLES FLY. Your love of the team and our club will NEVER be forgotten by me and hopefully, all club members that knew you. My only regret is that death never allows one last moment to tell someone like you Rick “face to face” that I truly love you brother and thank you for all you did for me and our fan club!

Rest in peace bro and know that I will never forget what you gave and taught to me and our fan club about life, love of the team, being a true fan and brotherhood. You will always be one of my heroes, God’s speed buddy.

Mike – Club Founder of Tampa’s Philly of the South