Angry Alexis: Tampa Sports Radio Perpetuates Sun Belt Hockey Stereotype
This morning, Lightning fans may have tuned in to a local sports radio show on 98.7 The Fan for a look at what’s ahead for their teams. When previewing the remaining games on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Western Conference road trip, something happened. It’s mentioned that the Bolts need to be on their game because they’ll be facing Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. Wait, what? Quick was diagnosed with a Grade 2 groin strain last Thursday and won’t be playing anyone for quite a while.
The flub is corrected a few moments later, but this isn’t an isolated incident. There has been a quite a few inaccuracies shared over the airwaves recently, and we’re not even two months into the NHL season. Why is it so frustrating to see these types of mistakes uttered by members of the local sports media? It’s unprofessional, uninformed and would NEVER happen if it were the Buccaneers or the Rays.
The Lightning deserve the same professional approach from members of the local media. Southern hockey faces a lot of obstacles from traditionalists, both online and on the airwaves. The last thing we need is local people with microphones confirming their belief that teams like the Lightning don’t belong. (Photo/Alexis Boucher)
It may seem nitpicky. Not everyone in Florida grew up with hockey. A lot of people are still heading to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first time. The fact remains that the Lightning have been in existence for 21 years. To this day a large part of the hockey world doesn’t think we should exist because we don’t know the game. Having some of our more visible pundits prove it only adds fuel to the fire.
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