I Can't Believe That The Florida Panthers Decision To Hand Out Commemorative Fake Rubber Rats Went Poorly...
Welcome to the BB&T Center! Please take your complimentary fake rodent upon entering the building, but please - whatever you do - don't throw it on the rink. Yes, they are meant to honor the fake rats of yesteryear that were made famous by so often being hurled onto the ice surface, but these are to be treated differently. These aren't throwing rats. they are souvenir rats. They are for fans to take home and place on their mantle to properly memorialize the Florida Panthers getting swept in the Stanley Cup Finals two decades ago. Nothing like being given a replica rat to serve as a reminder of your favorite team's biggest success which also so happens to be it's most decorated failure. Can't believe Panthers fan didn't heed that warning when they could have added such a lovely piece of decor to their basement barroom.
The Florida Panthers may have taken down a beaten up Devils team the other night, but they definitely didn't reign victorious in the battle of wits with those there to support the visiting team. I think we can put the whole "Devils have no fans" narrative to rest now considering they were well represented enough in Florida - towards the end of a non-playoff season - to delay the game and get the home team penalized. Panthers fans will claim otherwise, but I am not even convinced that the majority of the rats on the ice came from the hands of Devils fans, but if they want to give us the credit then that's fine by me. If outsmarting an incredibly shortsighted organization and having a very real impact on the outcome of a professional sporting event makes us wrong then maybe we don't want to be right. Don't criticize the opposition's fans for littering their way on to the powerplay when you asked them to hold on to a glorified piece of trash for the entirety of three periods. Especially when their decision to do so was likely a result of the Panthers fans doing it first.