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Lightning Fans Unite To Create A Replica Of An Atmospheric Discharge Of Electricity

In other words, a gaggle of die-hard Tampa Bay Lightning fans gathered in a parking lot to create a symbolic facsimile of a lightning bolt, for all of you non-egghead, science-hating ignoramuses.

An estimated crowd of between five hundred and six hundred Lightning fans showed up at a Tampa International Airport parking lot Sunday morning to give the team a proper sendoff prior to the team embarking on a flight to Boston for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bruins. Upon arrival in the lot next to the airport’s economy parking garage, a considerable amount of teamwork and groupthink was utilized as the mass of humanity came together to create the Tampa Bay Lightning logo, and a grand time was had by one and all.

The team’s marketing department came up with the idea for the makeshift pep rally and they made it worthwhile for the first four hundred fans to show up: each of those early arrivers received a Bolts Nation bag filled with pucks and sticks, some of which had been autographed by Lightning players. Four members of Bolt Nation were even more fortunate, as their bags contained tickets to Wednesday’s Game 6 at St. Pete Times Forum.

Via Tampa Bay Online:

For Dave Arnold of Pinellas Park, it was a moving experience.

“Hair stood up on the back of my neck, too,” said Arnold, whose car is painted Lightning blue, with a license that says “Da Bolts.”

The event came together quickly with word getting out on Facebook and at Saturday’s game,┬ásaid Lynn Whittenburg, a team spokeswoman.

“We wanted to do something big to send the team off for Game 5,” she said. “I knew our fans would show up and help us do something a little more creative than normal.”

George Roe of Largo saw the post on Facebook and decided to go.

“I had to be a part of it,” he said.

See, this is the kind of event when fans come together to enthusiastically support their team that I can get behind. Not like that Oklahoma Thunder flash mob who got together to convince freaking Ellen DeGeneres to become a fan of their team. That was stupid. This? Pretty cool. Whether or not it has any effect on the Lightning team and spurs them on to victory in Beantown remains to be seen. But the effort was there.

Huge bolt logo at airport shows Lightning fans’ support [Tampa Bay Online]