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Bomber's Blog: A Fan Again

Monday, 04.6.2009 / 9:32 AM ET / Blogs
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Former Panthers forward and current radio analyst Bill Lindsay will be blogging on floridapanthers.com on anything that crosses his mind.

Lindsay who spent seven seasons (1993-2002) with the Cats and played in 506 games and collected 165 points is now a radio analyst on 790 The Ticket.

Lindsay will always be remembered in Cats history for his series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins in the '96 playoffs.

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Have you ever been on a roller coaster? Its up and down, full of extreme rushes with brief pauses to catch your breath, and at the end you feel like you have been battered emotionally and physically. This is what the Panther season has felt like to me as we hit the final week. I find it much more difficult watching and calling the games than when I was an actual player. At least as a player I felt somewhat in control of  the outcome. I now understand what fans feel as they root for their team. It can be very consuming.

I had four favorite teams growing up, one in each of the major sports. I liked the Minnesota North Stars in hockey. They were my favorite because my parents and I were skiing in Colorado and got lost on the way back to our hotel. We drove by the rink in Denver where the Colorado Rockies were playing the North Stars, and since we were lost my Dad decided we should go see the game. It was my first NHL game and Minnesota won, I prounounced them my team immediately after the game. In football it was the Raiders. My dad was to Oakland on a business trip and brought me back a  Raider helmet and I was hooked. Kenny Stabler, Dave Casper. Lester (stickum) Hayes, Cliff Branch, and John Madden soon became obsessions. I became a deeply devoted Raideer fan. Atlanta was my baseball team because we had a Sattelite dish and were able to get TBS. The Braves were on my TV and I started watching, I should have never done that. They caused me a lot of anguish as they were awful for a lot of years. Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glen Hubbard, these guys cost me a lot of valuable time I could have spent doing homework. Ok I wouldn't have done homework, but I am sure I could of done something more productive. I did not have a favorite basketball team until I got into my teenage years. This is when Michael Jordan arrived. I liked the Bulls because, and only becuase of Jordan. How much fun was it to watch Michael play basketball? For me it was hours of pure joy.

As you might be able to tell I was a huge spots fan growing up, and because I did not live in a major city that had sports teams, I was free to choose my allegiances. As I got older I lost all my devotions to the teams above. I think  I just grew out of it. I guess if I was from Boston, Miami, or some other big town I would of been a lifelong fan for my hometown team. I now find myself rooting for individuals. I like certain players on certain teams for a vast majority of reasons and I tend to pull for those teams. That was at least the case until I came back to work for the Panthers as a broadcaster.

I am now a fan again of a team, and all the experiences I had as a kid are coming flooding back. It has been exhilerating for a number of different reasons. I loved being a Florida Panther when I played, and a chance to come back and work with an organization that I had such strong feeling towards has been incredible. I remember when I was a kid when my teams lost it was heartbreaking and when they won I was on cloud nine. I did not feel the emotions the same way when I was playing because I was in control. Playing is the ultimate, but as pro athlete you're always taught not to get too high or too low. As a fan you are at the mercy of the players and it comes along with all kinds of different emotions. Like being on a roller coaster.

It has been a great season, and I am looking forward to the final week of the regular season. This team has made some tremendous strides,and hopefully they have a great week and make the playoffs. I am a broadcaster for the team, but I can't escape it. I am once again a fan.

I feel like a kid again. I love it.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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