ThunderBug — the Lightning's antennaed, wide-eyed goofy ball of fun — was ranked No. 12 in a poll of 31 mascots compiled by ESPN.
"Thunderbug is straight up adorbz, combining two of the greatest mascot attributes: giant eyes and bouncy antennae," the sports website said about our friend. "Much better than what we assume was Option B for Tampa: a passed-out 40-year-old man in an ill-fitting Gasparilla pirate costume."
ThunderBug ranked higher than the Florida Panthers' Stanley C. Panther, who sat at the No. 20 spot. Wish we would've known that before the Bolts beat the Cats in their home opener on Saturday. The Philadelphia Flyers' new, co-opted by the left, mascot Gritty was No. 5 while the Los Angeles Kings' Bailey the lion took the top spot.
The Lightning takes on the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available via amaliearena.com. Follow Thunderbug on Instagram (@thunderbugtbl).