the tampa fan

Hockey Phrase Definitions

  • Assist = I gotchu boo, have a goal
  • Blew a tire = ice much slippery
  • Boarding = wall for safe, not for face.
  • Breakaway = quick like a bunny
  • Chirping = much insult
  • Crashing the net = up close and personal, goalie edition
  • Delay of game = dumb
  • Dropping the gloves = gloves off, better for hugs
  • Empty net goal = participation award
  • Flow = to the fella over there with the hella good hair
  • Goaltender = marshmellow optimus prime
  • Holding = now is not the time for hug
  • Icing = belongs on cakes, not in sports
  • Jock strap = under the butt nut hut
  • Line brawl = much hugs
  • One timer = couldn’t do that again if I tried
  • Own goal = woo goal for the other team
  • Penalty box = pout place
  • Referee = not Denis Widemans friend 🐸🍵
  • Spearing = hockey players are not hot dogs
NHL Team Fan Reactions After the First 10 Games of the 2017-2018 season

Anaheim Ducks

Arizona Coyotes

Originally posted by crimestudio

Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres

Calgary Flames

Carolina Hurricanes

Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Star

Detroit Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers

Florida Panthers

Los Angeles Kings

Minnesota Wild

Montreal Canadiens

Nashville Predators

New Jersey Devils

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Ottawa Senators

Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins

St. Louis Blues

San Jose Sharks

Originally posted by lookhuman

Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs

Vancouver Canucks

Vegas Golden Knights

Washington Capitals

Winnipeg Jets

every team in the nhl: “we have the best fans in the league”

me: so, what’s the truth?

If you look at this group of guys who are currently considered the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL club and think that them potentially not making the playoffs is due to a lack of heart, leave. 

I’m serious. I’m not a fan police-r, I actually hate fan policing, but this isn’t a policing matter. It’s something else entirely.

If you can look at this group of mostly kids - who have their team chemistry messed with almost every night due to whatever circumstances arise - who fight and fight and claw and push and are still somehow not eliminated from a chance at the playoffs with only three games left on the season, this group of kids that don’t even actually have any real business hanging with these other teams, much less still being in the race at this point, and you can actually, seriously think that they suffer from a lack of heart, then hockey is not the sport for you.

This photo.  I’m dead.  I *just* joined Tumblr, so I hope I’m doing this right - I just wanted to share this story with everyone.

MegaCon Tampa 2016 was my (and my kids’) first con and it was the most amazing experience.  I was so nervous about the photos because I paid a LOT of money for the photo/autograph package and my kids tend to make silly faces in pictures and not smile.  My 3yo (mini doctor) does not like strangers (and I wasn’t sure whether, at his age, he would make the connection that this tall bearded man is the actor who plays “the spiky hair Doctor” on TV and therefore we love him.)  Afraid he would just see DT as “random bearded stranger”, I was envisioning an awkward disaster, but reminded myself that whatever happened would be a fun memory regardless.

I was elated to find out that our photos and autographs would be 1st thing in the morning since we had purchased the “Ultimate Fan Experience” package.  I knew at least the kids would be at their best and probably not cranky yet.  We arrived early and stood in line with some of the most amazing people.  My mini doctor was finally allowed to play with his sonic screwdriver, and everyone was very patient with his incessant “sonic-ing” at their costumes, jewelry, merchandise, and various body parts.

We walked into the photo “booth” with about 2 people in front of us, as David & Billie’s faces both lit up when they saw the kids in costume.  I think Billie even pointed at mini Rose.  I told the person in charge that it would be just the kids in the photo, and she motioned me to stand by the cameraman during the photo.  I am SO GLAD I was not in the photo because I got to see the entire scene unfold.


David bent down, opened his arms enthusiastically to my son, and said, “Come here!”  Then something magical happened - my son went right to him without hesitating and David picked him right up and turned toward the camera.  It was adorable and precious and so many other adjectives but mostly just random letters produced by flailing at the keyboard because adjectives don’t do it justice.  Both kids and myself were beaming as we stepped out of the booth to retrieve our photo - but the photo checker motioned us BACK INTO the booth (I’m guessing one of the kids blinked during the photo).  I was devastated - there was NO WAY the whole scene would go as well the second time.  We squeezed back into the area, and David again opened his arms to my little guy.  He practically ran into David’s arms, like he was greeting his daddy coming home after a long day at work.  It was incredible.  In fact, my mini doctor was so enamored with David, he forgot all about his precious sonic screwdriver until David reminded him, “Point the sonic!  Right there!  Right at the camera!”  It was just amazing seeing David so attentive to my son.  Several of the people behind us in line also got to witness the magic and have told me that the scene was one of the highlights of THEIR MegaCon as well!  And most of my fangirling has been over David, but the fact that my mini Rose is also smiling in this pic is a HUGE testament to Billie’s sweetness and friendliness. We had literally practiced making a nice smile for the photo and all I got was a blank stare.  Rose is by far my daughter’s favorite companion and I know she was completely thrilled at meeting Billie and how Billie squealed over her costume (On a side note, Eleven WAS her favorite Doctor - but I think she is a TEN convert now after meeting David!)

We moved on to the autograph line and waited while David and Billie finished the rest of the photos.  My 7yo (mini Rose) wanted to say something to David - I wasn’t sure we would have time to say much at all but when we got to David I said, “She wanted to tell you something” and he patiently leaned over the table to hear her and said, “What did you want to tell me?”  She told him she loved his performance in Much Ado, and I mentioned that she was a big fan of Shakespeare after watching him in Much Ado and Hamlet.  He said “Oh, I love hearing that!” 

She also got to ask him a question in the DT/BP panel at the end of the day, but I will save that for another post!

tampa fans are so much….nicer and chill than other hockey fans like. when people throw around the “Every fan base has bad fans” argument it’s like yes that’s technically true but flyers fans taunt a man that’s unmoving on the ice, bruins fans made terribly racist comments about PK Subban en masse, and pens fans cannot take a joke at all (and i’m a bruins fan here so i’m not just being a dick). like don’t lump fan bases like tampa in there. like they see people disagree with them about hockey and go “yes please let’s talk about it! i love you.” they have done nothing wrong to be compared to the rest of us they just love their players and react like an excited puppy when they hear someone mention anything related to hockey.

What Your Secondary NHL Team Says About You
  • Anaheim Ducks: You prefer players who've matured past silly things such as being exciting or likable.
  • Arizona Coyotes: You wanna root for a Strome but Ryan hasn't put up numbers you're willing to commit to.
  • Boston Bruins: You're an asshole.
  • Buffalo Sabres: You like Eichel a bit too much.
  • Calgary Flames: You like Gaudreau a bit too much.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: You like Skinner way too much.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: You enjoy figuring out how to make any given conversation about you.
  • Colorado Avalanche: You vaguely remember hearing of someone named "Forsberg" but mostly you like to look at Gabriel Landeskog.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: You don't want to look like you're bandwagon hopping, but you want at least some hope for the future and a likable goaltender.
  • Dallas Stars: You read more fanfiction than analysis.
  • Detroit Red Wings: You're Swedish.
  • Edmonton Oilers: You have an incredible fear of success and fulfilment.
  • Florida Panthers: You like to piss off Canadians.
  • Los Angeles Kings: You talk about being without a cup for 40 years as justification for the current state of the fanbase despite the fact you started cheering for them in 2013
  • Montreal Canadiens: Your friends are getting tired of doing the triple low-five with you so you had to find new ones.
  • Minnesota Wild: You like the colors green, red, and irrelevance.
  • Nashville Predators: You talk a lot about defensive hockey and goaltending but really you just like watching Shea Weber launch slappers from the point.
  • New Jersey Devils: You got an ill-advised Martin Brodeur tattoo and are really sticking with it.
  • New York Islanders: You want a team that's on the rise but doesn't pose a threat to your actual team in the playoffs.
  • New York Rangers: You want the history of an Original Six franchise without the pressure of recent success.
  • Ottawa Senators: You're trying to disappoint a Leafs fan on a personal level.
  • Philadelphia Flyers: You're very difficult to watch hockey with.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: You're absolutely impossible to watch hockey with.
  • San Jose Sharks: You look good in teal and decided to give yourself a good reason to wear it.
  • St. Louis Blues: You weren't content with just being an annoying Cardinals fan.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: You enjoy pissing off Canadians even more than Panthers fans.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: You want to indulge in misery during the offseason but once the season starts you want an actually worthwhile team to watch.
  • Vancouver Canucks: You love nothing more than a good Cup Final loss.
  • Washington Capitals: You wanted a team without any cups so you could feel like an underdog rooting for them despite Alex Ovechkin being on their roster.
  • Winnipeg Jets: You're a Jets fan who doesn't understand what a secondary team is.