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Predators fans’ answer for the octopus: catfish, of course

Apr 11, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

The Nashville Predators play in a market where hockey might seem foreign, but they might just have the cleverness and energy to make up for a lack of “tradition.” Speaking of traditions, much like Phoenix Coyotes fans did with “#throwthesnake,” Predators fans have reacted to the Detroit Red Wings’ octopus-throwing fans by tossing … catfish.

At least one Predators fan chucked the popular Southern seafood staple onto the ice after a Paul Gaustad goal, which opened up the scoring in tonight’s Red Wings-Predators game.

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(Note: I haven’t come across photos of the phenomenon just yet, so feel free to share some in the comments if you happen upon any.)

As #throwthecatfish may or may not pick up social media steam on Twitter, I must ask: is throw the catfish superior to the throw the snake? On one hand, catfish is a more readily edible food* and can be fished out of a body of water, which makes it more closely aligned to the original octopus. On the other hand, throw the snake came first, so it deserves points for being a predecessor of sorts (plus it’s usually of a rubber variety, which is easier on the ice and whoever has to clean it up).

Final thought: is this a sign that we’ll see some plastic rats fly in Florida again? One can only hope.

* – I don’t want to estrange any snake-eating readers.

  1. revansrevenant - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    So the Preds decided to copy UNH? No class in Nashville I guess.

    • dangle13x - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      Nashville fans bring NOTHING to the table. Ha they are so white trash.

      • xxbattleroyale - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        and we only use outhouses… jerk

      • jegreen21 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Wow, I’m going to laugh in all of your virtual faces when Nashville gets the cup. You’re all just jealous because our team is going to smash your team! First it’s Detroit baby! GO PREDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Very clever! Who would have ever thought to throw seafood on the ice aft…..oh wait….. C’mon hillbillies, you steal chants from college teams, now the seafood. At least when the tired octopus thing started the 8 legs equalled the number of wins needed to get the cup.

  3. hockinj25 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    The number of legs on the catfish represent the number of Stanley Cups the Predators have won.

    • dangle13x - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Ha. It’s alright Nashville fans, you’ll figure out hockey eventually.

      • jegreen21 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        Shut up dude

  4. saintez - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Wow, It’s pretty fun especially with the refs pick up the catfish with a towel! Three catfish were tossed tonight at the game. GO PREDS!!!!

    • jegreen21 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Let’s go PREDS! Let’s go PREDS!

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