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Black Friday ... Panthers open up BankAtlantic Center ... Panthers help feed others

BlackfridayDon't know about you, but I love Black Friday.

While a bunch of nut jobs camp out for hours in front of Best Buy and Big Lots ($5 headphones! $2 socks!) trying to get great deals on stuff, I'm sleeping peacefully.

Of course, I see the Nike Factory Store is opening at midnight on Friday, so I may swing by there. You know, to get gifts. For others.

Anyway, the Panthers are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon in a big way. Not only is the arena going to be open Friday for the morning skates of both the Panthers and Rangers, but the team store is going to be open with big discounts for those of you who want to give your friends some Panther gear. They are also going to be slashing prices on tickets, including those for the second half of the season.

According to the team, tickets are going to be discounted 30 to 50 percent off. Holiday packs are going to be 20 percent off. The tickets are already cheap down here; they just got cheaper.

OK, inexpensive.

The team will also be feeding those fans who come over to watch practice. That's a pretty good deal.

So, when you're done fighting the crowds at Sawgrass, finished picking through the $10 DVD bin at Circuit City, come on over the arena. I'll be there, probably wearing something new from the Nike store.

-- Thanks to those who donated food and money during the past couple of weeks. The Panthers were able to distribute nearly 350 family means for Thanksgiving on Tuesday.

Also, according to the team, the players donated enough money to buy 300 turkeys with the team's foundation matching the funds to buy 300 more. Very nice.

Wkrp Hopefully they didn't drop the turkeys from a helicopter.

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...