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Update on Lightning home opener

Posted Oct 7, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Oct 7, 2008 at 07:44 PM

Guys, I love the passion being displayed on the previous post on what I thought would be an innocent topic (with the exception of somebody suggesting I put down the crack pipe for my thinking, yikes!!!!!), and one that I feel strongly about. But just to clarify, I wasn’t suggesting that the team move the game to a different day or anything like that. My thought was, why make the sports fan of Tampa Bay choose between the two teams? Why not leave the option to allow them to see both? I know that’s what I would want to do if I was put into that position.

And for the fans who are going to hockey game, I think it would be pretty cool to catch the new-look Lightning live and then catch the Rays game being projected out on the plaza to the wall on the parking garage. But that’s just me, given the choice, I of course would take hockey, but this is the American League Championship Series and quite honestly, I think it’s a great thing that we even have to discuss this topic. I never would have thought the need would arise to ask the Lightning if they were considering whether or not to move their home opener because the Rays were still playing in October. It’s such a great a compelling story and I just think fans should be offered the chance to catch both.

It’s a moot point, however, as the Carolina Hurricanes have turned down the Lightning’s request to move the start time, so Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. Because Carolina plays at home on Friday, and Saturday’s start time falls within the same 24-hour period, the Hurricanes have to agree to the time change. They haven’t, so it’s status quo.

As far as my feelings on that, well, at some point Carolina might be asking the Lightning for a similar favor and all I can say is, what comes around goes around. I know in the pasta Tampa Bay has been accommodating to changes to schedules having to turnaround and start a game with less than 24 hours before start times. Guess Carolina can count on not getting any help from Tampa Bay the next time.

On the flip side of that, I don’t think the team really pressed the issue. Maybe they asked out of courtesy because I kept asking about it, maybe they never had any interest in moving the start time to say, between 5-6 p.m. It was made clear that they understand Carolina’s position on this because of the travel issues involved and the wear and tear it may take on the players. But the thing is, Carolina’s season hasn’t even started yet, how can starting a game two hours earlier be that big of a deal? Skip the morning skate, for crying out loud. Believe me, I know that hockey players are creatures of habit, the skate on game day, they eat, take a nap and then go to the rink. I understand routines would be broken up. But there are plenty of routines that get disrupted througout the season. As a matter of fact, Tampa Bay plays a game in Carolina on Nov. 16 that starts at 3 p.m. (I’m not complaining since that means no deadline issues for me grin that will break up all kinds of routines.

But that’s just me on my soapbox. Time to get off and return to my normal life as a very stressed out father of four boys who are jumping around with their Wii controllers and talking in Surf’s Up lingo that I don’t fully understand. Think I need to take the remotes and tackle some NHL 2K9!!!!!

Reader Comments

Por (msanders) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Blue Jackets ran into a situation where people would have to choose between the Buckeyes football game and Blue Jackets game.  They scheduled the hockey game early and then showed the football game on the jumbo tron afterwards for anyone who went to the hockey game.  They made a big event out of it with giveaways, etc.  Being a diehard U of M fan I didn’t stay, but from what I’ve heard it was a big success and everyone had a good time.  It would be nice if they did something similar for the Lightning and Rays.  Especially since the Bolts have that awesome jumbo tron in the Forum.

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Por (shale) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

To me I think it is a slap in the face of the Lightning fans and Rays fans alike.  If the Lightning really wanted to press the issue they could.  Moving the game back to the suggested time would give ample time to the Tampa sports fanatic an opportunity to catch the Lightning and then catch the Rays.  My guess is gonna be that the tv ratings for this hockey game will dwarf in comparison to the Rays.  And what a way to watch a game….first catch the new look Lightning and then be able to walk outside and watch the beloved Rays.  Shoot, they way I look at it, what if the Rays are to play a game 6….hmmmm that game falls next Saturday, which is most assured to be a nite baseball game.

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Por (Cookie) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Erik, I do appreciate you providing a forum for our discussions. At least I know that you’re aware of my hockey addiction. smile

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Por (shale) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Get you heads outta of your tail on Channelside Drive and pay attention to the “CINDERELLA” of a lifetime in Tampa. Be weary that you are not the only game in town and think ahead for any possible scheduling conflicts and benefit with the publicity that Rays are creatin.  Cuz, I am gonna tell you right now if you goto a game 6 next Saturday Nite….The Forum will lose alot of traffic to baseball followers for that day.

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Por (Tampafan) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Let’s face it, its not the 4th game of the series and they have swept the Sox with the first 3, its the 2nd game of a 7 game series.  Get over it people, exciting as it might be to real Ray’s fans, its only the beginning of the series.  Enjoy your hockey and TiVo the Rays, if you must.

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Por (Anne B) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Stop pushing for the change. I certainly doubt if the shoes were reversed that the Rays would change their schedule. Stop trying to screw some of us long time STH that have to work that day before the game. That would be appreciated.

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Por (Dan) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Honestly.. For all you people who think the season is over after two games and just want to be negative towards the Lightning now.  Go to the Rays game your not wanted at the SPTF

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Por (hockeyWA) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

baseball…..YAWN.  I’d rather watch WHL (junior hockey) than watch baseball.  Let the thousands of Bandwagon fans flock to the Trop…to watch game ONE.

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Por (hockeyWa) on October 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I mean TWO smile

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Por (Mike Joyce) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Actually, at one of the games last year, I was talking with someone who comes from a city near my home town in Canada and we agreed that a Junior game would be preferable to the Lightning.  That might apply to what we saw over the last weekend.  Most Junior games have intensity and spirit, which was almost totally lacking in Prague.

I’m happy to see that the game won’t be changed.  Who wants bandwagoners anyway.

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Por (Cookie) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Bandwagoners, like it or not, play a role in many sports. As a Lightning season ticket holder, I noticed a number of regulars were not at the Lighning game when USF Bulls became a darling of the media last year.  Many of those people bought season tickets for the Bulls the following year. Good for USF.  There are people who never attended Bolts games until the ‘04 playoffs. Some of them are now season ticket holders.  Good for the BOLTS!

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Por (hockeyWA) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I agree, they play a role…unfortunately it isn’t a good role. I moved from Seattle in 02 and became a lightning fan instantly. Having been to 60 WHL games (seattle thunderbirds) the NHL experience was more to my liking. Due to all the new
hockey “fans” during the Stanley cup playoffs, i was stuck outside watching on a big screen. I was surrounded by people who had no idea about hockey..they just wanted to be part of the party.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The other bad thing about bandwagoners is that when times get tough, they jump off the bandwagon.  They aren’t true fans, but want to be around for the gravy train.  You can always tell a bandwagoner from the crazy sounds coming from their mouth when they try to impress everyone within earshot about how little they know about hockey.

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Por (Cookie) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

hockeyWA, I can only imagine how you felt. Being a season ticket holder, I was never stuck outside.  I have friends who have been STH for many years but due to the economic situation,can no longer afford them. I feel for those people.  For those who jumped aboard in ‘04 and became STH and then did not renew this year just because we finished last in the league—-shame on them!

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Por (Joseph Schmoe) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Whaaa!  Boo Hoo!  Need some cheese for that whine?

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Por (David Lee) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Erik, your complaint is completely ridiculous.
First off, as you wrote, but apparently forgot as soon as you typed it, Carolina plays on Friday night.  This means they’re already at a disadvatage, playing the second of a back-to-back with travel.  On the road, against a rested team.  They’re not exactly anxious to reduce their turnaround from 21 hours to 18.5.
This is a division game, and there’s no way Carolina is going to deliberately put themselves at more of a disadvantage than they already are. 
Secondly, since when do division rivals do each other favors?  After what they did to the access to/from the visitor’s locker room, there is no team in the league that will ever owe Tampa any favors or be in a hurry to do one for them.

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Por (Tyler) on October 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/rbh/comments/tampa_bay_writers_fans_irked_by_carolinas_rebuff/


Ya Losers

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