Tag:Predators
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:33 am
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Smashville is More than a Hockey Town

There is some real-time celebration going on in the Music City right now.  In less than 12 hours, the Nashville Predators advanced to their first ever Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.  Vanderbilt alum Brandt Snedeker won the PGA Heritage Open and I am not done.  Those Vanderbilt Commodores are all over the national sport pages.   The Vanderbilt Baseball team is tied for first in the SEC, ranked seventh nationally and the basketball team is being hyped as a pre-season Top 5 before the season even starts with the return of John Jenkins, Jeff Taylor and Festuz Ezeli.  The atmosphere is unbelievable and  I have not seen or heard as much bragging and carrying on in Nashville, well since the Titans were going to the Super Bowl.  Eleven years of waiting for something like this has produced the perfect storm.

Right now the hottest item going in the sporting outlet stores is Nashville Predator apparel.  Flags, banners, and pennants but hats and jerseys in the home blue are number 1.  However you will see more Vanderbilt University ball caps and shirts. Tennessee fans, well right now you are in the minority.

The Nashville Predator hockey team made the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.  A lot of talk at the end of last year’s near miss against eventual Stanley Cup winners Chicago Black Hawks was on how new management would address the off season.  Well, the Predators have exceeded expectations.  Nashville fans love the Preds.   They like the hustle and the success of no real household names unless of course your household is in Nashville.  However all that is going to change.  Predator goalie Pekka Rinne is about to become the league’s best goalie this season.  Smashville has other favorites as well.  Defenseman Shea Webber and Ryan Suter and Forwards: Martin Erat, Patric Hornqvist, J-P Dumont all has made themselves local favorites.  A favorite of mine is the young impressionable Colin Wilson.

The come from behind win in game 5 is Predator 360 and has everyone thinking this year we are a team of destiny.  Nashville was the best team on home ice this year.  If they can win one on the road by hook or crook in my opinion this team can finish what it has started.

The Vandy baseball team (32-5) reached number one nationally before losing two out of three to SEC rival South Carolina in Columbus, S.C.  Since then they have gone undefeated and retaken a share of the SEC lead.  This team is loaded and when three of the teams in the SEC are2,3;7 a 32-5 record is even more impressive. 

The basketball team which made it to the NCAA tournament as a fifth seed lost again in the first round, but nevertheless all season long they were a strong legitimate Top 25 team.  When you recognize that every starter is returning from last season well, they are certain to be amongst the best in the country again and while a Top5 is a stretch, they no doubt deserve to be a Top 10.

Finally, everyone has been waiting for Snedeker to rebound after his Master’s melt down two years ago.  His win this week brought back childhood memories I had of watching the recently deceased Mason Rudolph who I watched at the Blue Grass Country Club in Nashville.  He has a smile, charisma, and boyhood good looks.  This win could easily lead to more, but more importantly it reminds that while Vanderbilt football is not on the map, they sure produce a lot of quality athletes, just ask the Chicago Bears.

 

 

Posted on: March 16, 2010 6:48 pm
 

March Madness Is Madness

First of all to all my friends, fellow bloggers  and to those who have given me a great deal of credibility, I must say that Tiger's return for the Master's is a crushing defeat since I said he would not play. I will drop the source that gave me that terrible piece of information and offer you all an apology. The only thing I can hope for is that Erin will be at his side. When I said he would not return for the Master's I did so with the caveat that Erin would be by his side. I am waiting to see if that will happen.  Still, I was certain that his road to recovery would receive validation that it mattered more than golf, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

I will come back to this post later, but March Madness is madness for a Vandy fan that goes into this tournament on the heals of seeing us lose to South Carolina and Miss State prior to our arrival out West.  This is one of those tickled by a surpirsingly high seed (Stallings actually does well out West, remember Sacramento 2007.  Anyway I digress, we have to play our partners up the street in Murray, KY.  There is a sad story here regaring to Freshman players, one from Murray and one from Vandy.  That we have to go our West to play this game is well, somewhat deflating.  You would think these two teams could have met a little closer to where the fan base could travel to see it. Well, I have to run, but will pick up where I left off later.  Things to do and Preds game.  They did well on West Coast and our three game homestand, my birthday month (people at the office we have three with birthdays on my birthday) that is sheer madness, you can't even get your own cake. Later.
Posted on: November 26, 2009 9:41 am
Edited on: November 26, 2009 2:54 pm
 

Fun to Watch:Blind Side; Predators; the Titans!

I had the priviledge of going with our entire family to see the Blind Side last night.  We left after devouring a New England Lobster Feast when my daughter and her husband arrived from New England (New Hampshire) with fresh (still alive) Lobster.  Seven of us that include one retired military, one active, and one reserve. I have to give thanks for those serving this great nation of ours.  But back to the movie, Sandra Bullock probably gave her best performance ever and if she does not get the Oscar it is because those voting stay away from awarding movies of this nature. 

Now I also want to say that the Predators of which I seldom ever write about are absolutely amazing this year.  Picked 15th in the conference overall and second in the Central Division behind Chicago.  The win last night was incredible and yet also like how did we get behind in the first place?  I mean we were on cruise control and then suddenly it was like a hybrid and we needed to recharge the battery.  Anyway, Legwand's overtime goal was superb and now we have won seven in a row and are coming home for three more.  We could break our longest win streak ever.

The Preds are also in a lawsuit over the naming rights to our Arena formerly now the Sommet Center (17,113).  It will now likely just be called the Nashville Arena.  Perhaps there will be a naming contest once we find a new sponsor.  Laswt year we were incredibly slow out of the gate but this year the team seems much more let's say enthusiastic.  I have to believe a lot of the success this year has been the way Barry Trotz has rearranged the lines.  Players who had been around each other awhile had become complaicent.  Now you blood and different chemistry has everyone playing their "A" game.  However all aside the real MVP this year has been Pekka Rinne.  He has 414 saves, .915%.  The last two nights have been sensational. Go Preds, this year we get back to the playoffs.

Now the Tennessee Titans, what can you say about those Young"sters"?  All of sudden people are talking about their playoff chances.  It is is a long shot after all they have to play the Colts after this week's game with Arizona.  The good news is we have four of six at home.  The two games you have to think they will lose are the Colts and San Diego.  That would leave us at 8-8.  That would be amazing given the start but I have greater expectations.  The defensive secondary is healthy again, Chris Johnson is haveing a banner year and the Colts are not going undefeated.  Therefore if we beat the Colts, we will be San Diego.  Therefore I am thinking realistically that finishing 10-6 is not that unrealistic.  Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
 
 
 
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