Top three reasons why (almost) no one showed up at the early Florida Panthers-Nashville Predators preseason game Monday afternoon at the Panthers home rink, the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
1) Not yet snowing significantly in Canada. The snowbirds don't need to come to Florida for a few more weeks.
2) Truly compelling kickball game in a nearby park.
3) Grass-roots protest of pending arrival of goalie Tim Thomas, who accepted a professional tryout invitation.
Kidding aside, there were valid reasons why there was the sad vision of empty seats, duly noted by Deadspin and multiple blogs, originally tweeted by Erin Brown of Fox Sports Florida:
— Erin Brown (@rinkside) September 16, 2013
The game started in the middle of the afternoon and it was the first of a preseason doubleheader between the teams. The second game was at night.