Florida Panthers Headed to Playoffs, Finally: Fire Up that Bandwagon

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When it comes to big time sports, Miami is primarily a football team thanks to the long and proud histories of the Miami Dolphins and Hurricanes. Oddly, our football teams are stuck in sucksville at the moment, and just about every other major sports team in the region is giving us a reason to get excited.

Yet, perhaps most oddly of all, the lowly Florida Panthers have finally broken the longest standing playoff rut in the National Hockey League and are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2000. Fire up the bandwagon, baby, because we are jumping on! Or is it a bandzamboni in hockey? We're not really sure.

Of course, our excitement can only be so verbose. The Panthers kind of sucked their way into the playoffs. They lost last night to the Washington Capitals 4-2 after all. However, the Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from playoff contention last night, which guaranteed the Cats a spot in the playoffs. They'll now enter as either the third, seventh or eighth seed.

The Panthers have lost eight of their last nine games, which takes a little bit of gas out of bandwagon. Though, they still have a chance to seal their first ever divisional championship. All they need is for the Capitols to lose their next game. The Panthers can also be proactive about it and win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday to secure the title.

Of course, we know that Hockey is a strange and mystical sport to most South Floridians. That's OK. The people running our pro football team don't actually know that much about football, so why let ignorance stop you from cheering?

Just pretend its a weird version of soccer involving sticks, pucks and skates instead of balls and feet. We've all done a pretty good job of learning to be basketball fans ever since LeBron came to town, and last night we did our best MLB fan impression. We know we can bandwagon cheer our hockey team on to victory! Lets do it! It's not like anyone else is going to do it.

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blackcatsearching

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Miami Ninja
Miami Ninja

This article is so true about how South Fla. sports fans being "bandwagoners" as opposed to "true fans" who stand behind their teams thick and thin. Look at the Marlins for example, their Opening Day game sold out in no time being they have a new ballpark with a new look and new name. But everybody knows that the hype around all that will die down, and attendance figures for the Marlins games will drop to the level of when the were still playing at Sun Life Stadium. With both the Panthers and the Heat going to the playoffs soon, people in South Fla. will be like "Marlins? Who the f**k are they?"

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Rubber rat sales on the rise in Sunrise, FL ?

Joshrobbs
Joshrobbs

You also forgot to mention that when they did loose it was in overtime or a shoot out so they still earned a point in those games. Not last night but the losses before. Besides that you nailed the article I especially appreciate you bandwagon digs! Primarily the "we all learned to be basketball fans" 100000 times the truth!

Sad
Sad

Wow....didn't even get the Washington Capitals name right.  Truely sad. 

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Skitt's Law: any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself

Ebf
Ebf

Ironic that you're making quips about bandwagoning, yet you can't even get the Washington CapitAls name right.

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