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Rats will no longer be served at Panthers games

Apr 23, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers have been forced to cut off rat sales at the BankAtlantic Center, the club announced today.

CEO Michael Yormark is blaming visiting Devils fans for the moratorium after a number of the rubber rodents were thrown on the ice during play Saturday.

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said afterwards he was worried his team could be penalized for the nefarious actions of the visiting fans.

“I’m a little concerned about the rats in the middle of the game,” said Dineen. “I know there’s a lot of Devil fans throwing them out there trying to get us a delay of game penalty there. I hope that’s something we can hold until the end of the game.”

Yormark also tweeted that the club will “not tolerate any fan throwing items on the ice during our game. If seen, they will be ejected from the arena immediately.”

We suppose the Panthers had no choice in this situation. The league reportedly made a call to the club about the issue. But we all know this ban will only create a black market for rubber rats. If people want their rats, they’ll get them somehow. And you can bet rat dealers won’t hold their product to the same standards. Probably try to pawn off rubber squirrels.

  1. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Stupid of the Panthers in the 1st place.

    It only works with octopi, people are not quick to put their hands on them

    • vshehane - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      LOL, wouldn’t you say it works even better with catfish this year:)

  2. Richard Phillips - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I think the Devils fans were just trying to feel more at home. Surprised no one lit a trashcan on fire.

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      […Surprised no one lit a trashcan on fire.]

      or a vacant tenement.

  3. gotampabay52 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Nj/ny screw everything up you all are the worst fans

    • mj2sexay - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      HAH! Says a guy who’s screen name is GoTampaBay. The Rays have been a successful team for about 4 years now and they still can’t fill out that building. How many blackouts for the Bucs this year pal?

  4. govtminion - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Too bad this got hosed up for Florida fans. I don’t know how much of it can really be blamed on NJ-related sabotage, but whatever the cause it’s sad that they’re not going to be able to do their traditional rat-toss now. I still enjoy the video of the tosses in the ’96 finals.

  5. scottfmullin - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Panthers fans will find rats if they can get ’em. Still sold on eBay and at the practice facility. Just won’t be told at team store. Hopefully this means the Devils won’t be able to get their hands on rats easily and mid-game interruptions are ended, but we know this means for less impressive rat totals after wins.

  6. bagjr387 - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    i am truly impressed with the fans support of this team. maybe they can fill more than half the building for next seasons games too

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Right bagjr387, because teams that don’t make the playoffs for over a decade have fans banging down the doors to get it…same goes for ANY team

    Anyways, I’ve been a panthers fan sine the beginning and attend games up here in Boston whenever I can and back in 96, I saw a game between the cats and ironically enough, the devils and the panthers won 2-1 and to see like a couple hundred to a thousand plastic rats onto the ice after a goal was truly epic to experience and I’ll never forget how I felt at that moment…

    Shame that devils fans have to ruin it for everyone but karma has a strange effect in sports…of course if being a new jersey nets fan is any sort of karmic effect, then that is almost pay back enough

  8. mj2sexay - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Lol what a joke, and I can’t believe so many are taking this idiot at face value when he blames it on Devils fans. Please. What proof does anyone possibly have to make this absolute baseless claim that Devils fans invaded Sunrise Florida (when meanwhile the joke is that they can’t fill out the Prudential Center), and nefariously planned out and then executed this rat-throwing exhibition. Judging by the sheer volume of rats thrown, unless 75 PERCENT OF THE BUILDING were Devils fans, this is just a display of the CEO of a franchise not wanting to call out his own fan-base for taking part in an absolutely STUPID tradition, made only dumber by the fact that the team itself provided the projectiles.

    And to the guy that said something about being right at home by burning down a tenement, you do realize that the majority of Devils fans live in areas such as Somerset, Morris, Bergen and other affluent counties in New Jersey right? Or do you like saying idiotic, baseless things like Michael Yormark?

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