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The Stanley Cup champion Predators are the centerpiece of Bridgestone Arena

Feb 16, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

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Confidence?

Massive jinx?

Or just a sign-maker that didn’t know the Nashville Predators had never won a Stanley Cup and will be sure to make the necessary changes.

(Pic via @JoshuaCooper)

Update: Turns out the sign was a “mission statement.”

  1. bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I’m sure Pred’s fans don’t even know or care. They just show up for fights.

    They have to have to huge announcement just to tell them their team is on a power play.

    “THUUUUUUH NASHVILLE PREDATOOOOOORS ARE ON THE POW!!!!!! WER!!!!! PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!”

    ugh…

    /facepalm

    • gekkoguy82 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Yep, no other arena announcers in the league says things over the to get their fans pumped up, ever. That would be silly.

      • bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        It’s just like saying

        “THE DOLPHINS ARE GOING TO TRY AND KICK A FIIIIIIIIIIIIELD GOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!”

        “THE RAAAAAIIIIIDERS ARE IN THE REEEEEEEEEEEED ZOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!!!!”

        or

        “THUUUU BRAAAAAAAAAAVES HAVE THUUUUU BAAASES LOOOOOOOOOOOOADED!!!!!!!!”

        it’s insulting to their own fans.

    • vshehane - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      You need to get a clue and check your facts.

    • govtminion - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I used to go to Colorado Avalanche games, same thing. I go to Washington Capitals games, and the same thing is done here. When I get a chance to head up to Boston to see family, I hear a similar thing when the Bruins go on the power play.

      It’s ok. Really. Would you rather they not say anything at all? Makes for a pretty quiet arena.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        govt says: Makes for a pretty quiet arena.
        True story, and I’m not even a senior citizen: I actually recall a time when in an NHL arena the game and the fans determined how much noise there would be. If the game was exciting, the crowd would rev up, then quiet back down when the game they were watching (no texting in those days) quieted back down for the moment. The P.A. announcer would simply impart relevant information, not bellow as if at a circus or wrestling event. And the scoreboard told fans the score and time and such, but assumed we were smart enough to know when to cheer. Fans would start their own cheers to rev their teams up, and a guy in Montreal brought a bugle. The arena would offer music for the anthem(s) and possibly intermission, usually an organ. I think today team owners are afraid that if they don’t make it a non-stop whiz-bang show, only the actual hockey fans will show up, and in some cities that might mean smaller crowds.

    • east96st - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      In Columbus we get a blaring announcement – “JACKETS ON THEEEEEEEEE POOOOOOWER PLAY”. We are grateful for the loud volume. 1) It wakes us up and 2) It’s our signal to run and get another beer so we don’t have to watch the opposing team score a short handed goal. So, at Nationwide, we consider it a public service announcement.

      • mountainlion2 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        I thought It was just Bolts fans who dreaded it whenever we went on the power play.

      • bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        LOL! (yes, that was a true laugh out loud).

        Love the insight!

      • east96st - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        mountainlion – No, it’s not just Tampa. Columbus has been so bad on the power play for so long that my 11 year old came up with the idea of sending a petition to Bettmann asking to him to give the Jackets the option to refuse the penalty. I’ve lost count of how many times over the years I have seen Columbus fail to even get one shot on goal with the man advantage. BTW – Do you go to the Bolt games? How does that Telsa coil look live? In theory, that should be the coolest thing any team ever came up with for celebrating a goal. I’m just curious whether the “cool idea” actually works out when you see it live.

  2. bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Also, just as glaring is the “#1 sports and entertainment venue in the United States”

    smh

  3. spizzjr - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    My team sucks now won four cups once in a crappy arena the preds play in a brand new nice arena never won a cup and has drunken rednecks for fans

  4. ruddigervancity - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Is it not clear that the sign is intended to be in a forward-looking, goal-setting context? What with the giant “ONE GOAL” “TOGETHER ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” slogans surrounding it?

    If this isn’t the case, then I want my league minimum salary from last year’s “WE ARE ALL CANUCKS” marketing campaign…

    • Jason Brough - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Would you accept a two-way deal?

    • bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      lol touché!

  5. shannysux - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I think you missed the big letters at the bottom that spell out “ONE GOAL” as in, this is what they are trying to get to.

    • bigtganks - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      No, that’s setting their expectation of what Nashville fans will see their team score each game.

      • shannysux - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        good one

  6. quizguy66 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Congrats to the Predators on their Mythical National Hockey League Championship

    -QG

  7. datguy83 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    One Goal has been Chicago’s slogan for years. They have also won the cup. Nashville forgot what team they have.

    • vshehane - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      How did number 9 feel in Nashville on Tuesday night?

    • bruinpred - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      The reason there are so many Blackhawk sweaters at the Preds games is that their Bruins sweaters are on back order. We get great fans from Detroit, St. Louis, Toronto etc. and have seen them in numbers for years. Very few from Chicago. Hawks fans came out of the woodwork after the cup win and are absolutely obnoxious.

  8. bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    If Poile could find a way to re-sign Weber and Suter AND bring in a scorer, this might not be that far fetched.

  9. jeffblast36 - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Well you can see why preds have trouble scoring Poile just made a trade and who does he get another damm defenceman.Poile will never draft a player who can score.The preds have been in the NHL now for about 12 to 15 yrs and he has never tried to get players who can score.The only one he drafted who could score is now in Russia.Poile only cares about d men thats all. Just look at his record.He wants preds to score one goal then hopes the defence will hold.He is the preds problem .

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