The NHL 2019/20 season officially began Wednesday night. Chief among the four games from opening night came in the form of a 3-2 defeat from the defending champions, the St. Louis Blues to the Washington Capitals. The Florida Panthers begin their season on the road Thursday night against their noisy neighbors, the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena.
Thursday also happens to be October third. The date is inconsequential, or at least it was, until 2004 when the teen comedy Mean Girls was released. The movie quickly became a hit and garnered a cult-like following from audiences of all ages.
Due to a now iconic scene, October third has become something of a national holiday for fans of the movie. The Panthers seem to be well aware of this as they referenced their season opener with a Mean Girls reference in one awesome Tweet.
It appears the Miami Heat social media team has got some competition for the funniest sports Twitter page in town. The Panthers pretty much nailed it with this one.
On October 3rd he asked me what day it was. #ItsOctober3rd. It's opening night! https://t.co/xViXu1NkZr— Florida Panthers (@Florida Panthers)1570108500.0
We feel that this is exactly what sports twitter should be about. Fun, light-hearted and topical content like this got fans and even the Miami Heat engaged.
We have mentioned in the past, that Heat Twitter is where it's at. Well, as the saying goes, "real recognize real."
Thank you for your support! 😸 #OneTerritory https://t.co/H4DZLAiA5X— Florida Panthers (@Florida Panthers)1570122078.0
You absolutely love to see it.
The cult classic Mean Girls is beloved for good reason. It's a timeless coming of age story of the new girl in town just trying to fit into a new school. Thanks to Tina Fey's excellent screen playwriting, an entire generation was left with iconic scenes and lines that are often referenced to this day. From "She doesn't even go here!" to "On Wednesdays we wear Pink" the list goes on and on.
However, the most famous line has got to be the October third line delivered by Lindsey Lohan's character, Cady Heron. Because of the movie, which is now also a Broadway play, the third of October has officially become Mean Girls Day.
So this year, that special intersection of Mean Girls obsessives and Panther die-hards are in for a special treat as South Florida's hockey team kicks off their season on that fateful national holiday.
The game between the Panthers and the Lightning is set to begin at 7p.m. ET.