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I went to Florida for spring break, and me and my pals decided to spend a night at a Tampa Bay Lightning game.

The game itself was pretty blah (2-0 Lighting over the Ducks), but the truly entertaining part was to see how the Floridian fans took to the game.

First, it's not hockey-- it's "ice hockey." You know, to avoid confusion with the myriad of field hockey teams that populate south Florida.

Then, during the first icing, there was actually a message up on the scoreboard describing what icing was. The same thing happened to describe the penalties.

Now I know that this sort of thing doesn't happen in a good American hockey town like Chicago or Detroit, but as a Canadian, it was hilarious.



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#2 Posted on

    Originally posted by Big Bad
    I went to Florida for spring break, and me and my pals decided to spend a night at a Tampa Bay Lightning game.

    The game itself was pretty blah (2-0 Lighting over the Ducks), but the truly entertaining part was to see how the Floridian fans took to the game.

    First, it's not hockey-- it's "ice hockey." You know, to avoid confusion with the myriad of field hockey teams that populate south Florida.

    Then, during the first icing, there was actually a message up on the scoreboard describing what icing was. The same thing happened to describe the penalties.

    Now I know that this sort of thing doesn't happen in a good American hockey town like Chicago or Detroit, but as a Canadian, it was hilarious.



Well, I'll guarantee every high school and college in south Florida has at least a women's field hockey team, so, yeah, there's your confusion...

Hey, if it takes explaining icing on the jumbotron ("The game stop; she start up again,") so be it. This is the same as the infamous "glowing blue Fox puck." It's not INTENDED for those of us who know the game...it's to help potential new fans to understand the game a little better. I don't think ANYONE up here, Don Cherry included, fully understood that.

They explain NLL lacrosse rules here in Calgary, and lacrosse is our national sport. They're trying to help us learn the game and, therefore, buy more tickets...nothing wrong with that.

Having said all that, I saw a game in Nashville back when the Preds first joined the league. Funniest part was NO ONE left their seats during intermissions...they were *ASTOUNDED* by the zamboni! :)




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I know along the beaches on Florida's east coast there are an abundance of roller hockey leagues too.

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#4 Posted on

    Originally posted by Bullitt
    I saw a game in Nashville back when the Preds first joined the league. Funniest part was NO ONE left their seats during intermissions...they were *ASTOUNDED* by the zamboni! :)


I saw the same thing when I first went to an IHL game here in San Diego (GO GULLS!) back in 1990. 10,000 people in the crowd stunned by the Zamboni. People would actually give it a standing ovation!



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#5 Posted on

    Originally posted by mountinman44

      Originally posted by Bullitt
      I saw a game in Nashville back when the Preds first joined the league. Funniest part was NO ONE left their seats during intermissions...they were *ASTOUNDED* by the zamboni! :)


    I saw the same thing when I first went to an IHL game here in San Diego (GO GULLS!) back in 1990. 10,000 people in the crowd stunned by the Zamboni. People would actually give it a standing ovation!



Heck, I've spent an entire lunch watching the zamboni clean up the ice at UTC. That thing is mesmerizing!



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The worst thing about having hockey in Tampa is all the turncoats we got around here. All these people who moved from up north are Lightning fans for most of the year. But when their team comes to town they jump ship. Red Wings, Flyers, and Rangers fans are the worst. They come in in the other teams jersey when they were just wearing a Lightning jersey the night before. It makes me sick.



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The Zamboni is a beautiful machine. When I was a little guy playing minor hockey, I wanted to grow up to be a Zamboni Driver. Then I saw the guy who drives the Zamboni sweeping up and taking out the trash after the game.

I think it's good that after a penalty or a stoppage in play that they put up an explanation to help educate the new fans about the game. The glowing puck was ridiculous because you had no choice whether or not you had to watch it. If you're at a game, some info on the scoreboard can be ignored but the glowing puck couldn't.
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The blue glowing puck didn't bother me so much as the red glowing puck with a tail any time the puck went over a certain MPH. truely stupid.



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#9 Posted on

    Originally posted by Guru Zim

      Originally posted by mountinman44

        Originally posted by Bullitt
        I saw a game in Nashville back when the Preds first joined the league. Funniest part was NO ONE left their seats during intermissions...they were *ASTOUNDED* by the zamboni! :)


      I saw the same thing when I first went to an IHL game here in San Diego (GO GULLS!) back in 1990. 10,000 people in the crowd stunned by the Zamboni. People would actually give it a standing ovation!



    Heck, I've spent an entire lunch watching the zamboni clean up the ice at UTC. That thing is mesmerizing!



LOL! I know what you mean. There's no better way to eat Panda Express than watching the UTC Zamboni.



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    Originally posted by brick
    The blue glowing puck didn't bother me so much as the red glowing puck with a tail any time the puck went over a certain MPH. truely stupid.


I hated them both. The whole thing just annoyed the hell out of me. And my friends who weren't into hockey before were even less likely to get into it afterwards, what with their "God dammit! Do all the games have that shit?! Well fuck it then!"

As for the explanations on the scoreboard, I don't think it's such a bad idea for the non-traditional markets to have this the first few years of having an expansion team in the area. You gotta build up the fan base somehow, and every little bit counts. Do they do this in, say, Nashville, Atlanta, or Phoenix?



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I've been to several games in Phoenix, and I never saw it on their scoreboard. I don't remember it in Tampa Bay five years ago either.



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