Face it, There’s No Better Option

Finally! The Dolphins won their first game! Now that their pursuit of anti-perfection is over, it’s officially time for south Florida sports fans to get passionate about their Panthers. And there’s plenty to root for; the Cats have at least one bona fide superstar in Olli Jokinen and they might actually make the playoffs. In their way this week is the Montreal Canadians, a team that is sure to bring quite a few of its rabid fans to town along with it.

Yes, those Rush-loving, French-speaking hockeyphiles travel hard for their boys, and we could stand to learn an important lesson from that: How to tilt home ice in the Panther’s favor. See, the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise) often gets too quiet at crucial moments during Panthers’ contests. Our team would be much less likely to continue the pattern of losing the lead late in the game if only we could just focus all that sports frustration we’ve bottled up and fire a laser of pure hockey malice at the opposing team. So come help Jokinen and crew take on Saku Koivu’s Canadiens this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Call 954-835-8000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Fri., Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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Brett Gillin