Daily Archives: 15 April 2016

BB&T Center

Game One Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Miami, Florida

Walking up to BB&T

This comes under the heading of: Since I was in the neighborhood…

The Florida Panthers are hosting the New York Islanders in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and I found out that tickets were fairly affordable by NHL standards.

BB&T Center
Main entrance into BB&T. The green alien discs glow at night

As this will probably be my last hockey game of the season, I was looking forward to it.

The view from inside
The view from inside B&T

BB&T is a very nice arena. I was impressed. If Miami put in for the Frozen Four some year, I would certainly think they’d get the event from what I’ve seen. This is not quite the hockey town that Tampa has become, but it has come a long way.

Center Ice
Center ice before warm ups

I received a free t-shirt at the game, and the Panthers have become my adopted team this year. Nick Bjugstad is a former Golden Gopher, and I’ve followed his career since he left Minnesota. Jaromir Jagr was playing in his 204th playoff game! That is insane.

Panthers warm up
The Panthers during warmups

The Panthers put on pressure all game, ending up with 46 shots on goal. They got things started with a goal by Teddy Purcell, but by the end of period one it was tied 2-2.
The aisles were jammed packed when Panthers Reilly Smith scored to take the lead, but once again NY sent it to intermission tied.
NY scored twice in the third, and Smith scored his second goal, but it was not enough for Florida as the NYI went on to a 5-4 win. Game two is tomorrow night.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist for NYI for the #1 Star of the game. Reilly Smith was the second star. Bjugstad had an assist for Florida.

Hopefully, the series will be tied up when it heads north to Brooklyn.

The Crow Caws at Noon

Flamingo Crow
Visitor center resident crow

The wildlife here is thick, but sometimes you have to look a bit. We had vultures in the Everglades, but I’ve gotten used to them. The rangers tell of them taking a fancy to any rubber on cars in parking lots and trail heads. You knew which visitors listened, when you found their car wrapped up in blue tarps and bungee cords. I awoke one morning to the sound of large wings. Poking my head out of the tent, I could see one vulture on a fire ring and two on my car. One shout of “Shoo!” was enough for the two on my car, the one on the fire ring seemed to know I was not talking to him.

I think there is a gang of crows that have been following me around. It started at the visitor center, when one seemed to take exception to my walking under its light post, and it has gone downhill from there.
On the walk out to West Lake, I stopped to take a video of three croaking crows. Sadly, it was blurry so it won’t be seen again. Upon turning my back, and placing the camera in my pocket, I felt a menacing darkness to the force. Turning around, one of those blurry crows was flying straight at my head. I’m glad it was a crow fight and not a bombing run, because he had a perfect target with my bent over back. A second crow also flew straight at me, but his heart was not in it since the game was up and the target aware.

Breeding fowl
Breeding fowl

There are egrets all around the campground, and breeding herens of some sort at a lake that was off limits. To make sure it was off limits, the park rangers hired a fighter squadron of horse flies to stave off intruders. They were passionate in their work.

Florida Panther

I have yet to see a Florida Panther, but I was on the trail of a bronze one. My alligator sightings also remain at zero.