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Predators fans throw (possibly live) catfish in Game 3

May 2, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings fans started (or popularized) it all with octopi. Florida Panthers devotees threw plastic rats into the mix. The twangy atmosphere in Nashville gets even funkier when Predators fans throw their answer to the octopus in the form of southern food staple catfish* but Game 3 introduced a potential new wrinkle.

According to the gang at SB Nation, one of the catfish thrown to the ice might have still been alive. Here are the GIFs that captured the odd spectacle.


Here’s the GIF that indicates that it might have been alive, according to SBN:


Here is what Brian Floyd has to say:

“It’s tail is moving and looking all life-like. It would seem to be clinging to life.”

1) Perhaps and 2) weird.

So what do you think? Does that look like a living catfish to you? How do you rate throwing catfish on the fan participation scale? Share your thoughts. (It’s been a strange week of hockey/hunting cross-pollination, hasn’t it?)

* – Do whiskers equal victory or am I over-thinking it?

  1. takingbovadasmoney - May 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    What a bunch of unimaginative hicks. Can the Nashville ChildPredators come up with something original? Getting swept by Phoenix would actually be something original. Hey, rednecks, why don’t ya try that one?

    • vshehane - May 3, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      What sad, mean spirited individual you must be.

  2. fusionix7 - May 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    PETA with a response in 3..2..1.. It seems like all Nashville “traditions” are borrowed. With the exception of the godawful Tootoo whistle.

  3. Doesnotmatter - May 2, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    its dead, she just tried to freak out Smith so she jiggled it a little.

    • wisbadgers - May 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      She should jiggle it some more…and might as well jiggle that catfish while she’s at it.

  4. imaginesuperbowlwin - May 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    What’s the big deal? Bring ’em up to the nearest concession stand and fry ’em up!

  5. polegojim - May 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Yawn….stretch…. go back to sleep.

    So not a hockey town.

    • dws1234 - May 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      You’re likely not a resident of Nashville, so I doubt you could have a feel for whether Nashville is a hockey town or not. However, 24 regular season sellouts and attendance at 97.5% capacity for the season, Nashville and hockey are doing just fine. It certainly wouldn’t be fair to compare attendance figures to more established traditional markets, but if you would like a comparison to Phoenix, a nontraditional market, their attendance this year was 72.5% capacity.

      All stats available on

      • gekkoguy82 - May 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        25 sellouts, actually :)

      • dws1234 - May 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        My bad. Nat Harden would be very upset with me for getting that one wrong.
        So when you compare Nashville in attendance to ALL the other nontraditional hockey markets, the numbers really do speak for themselves. But lets not forget the other hockey teams that have played in Nashville in the last 50 years. So with all that and the fervor surrounding the team and the fact that we as a fan base prevented the team from being stolen by Jim Ball Silly, I am not sure how one can say, “so not a hockey town”. Come to Bridgestone during a hockey game, you won’t be doing very much yawning.

      • gekkoguy82 - May 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Is ok, I’m just picking nits 😛

      • polegojim - May 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        No resident of Nashville… but catfish and ‘you suck’ chants….not hard to discern.

        At least the Detroit Octopus has a reason/meaning… catfish??? Please. What’s the message? Mud sucking?

        Finally – if you want to prove that type of a point….NEVER compare your market to the Coyotes. Who doesn’t look good compared to Phoenix? And… why wouldn’t it be fair to compare?

      • dws1234 - May 3, 2012 at 11:00 PM


        The catfish is resilient and requires little for survival. It is most popular in the USA in the Southern US, hence it was adopted by Nashville, which is in the southern United States. It also has been thrown out initially in Nashville’s history in response to octopi thrown out on Nashville ice by Red Wing Fans. And so, in that regard is has even more meaning for the Nashville Predator fans. I don’t think that the fans of the Nashville Predators have concern for what others think of this particular developing tradition, nor should they.
        As far as the ‘you suck’ chants after goals, it is something Nashville has done, and I would like to say that it originated in Nashville, however it is heard in a mulitude of sporting arenas, encompassing multiple sports, and multiple cities. Also, speaking specifically to hockey, the New York Ranger fans have had a chant since the 1970’s involving a whistle chant followed by ‘Potvin Sucks!’, and this occurs randomly and multiple times per game. Noone in the NHL(other fans, analysts, critics) bemoans this chant, in fact it is a novelty. So if one were to remark on that specific chant in Nashville, now having been done for 13 years, one would have to then remark on where that word is used country wide. I am not particularly fond of any use of you suck, personally, but this is hockey after all, not the symphony or tennis. Would I want my children hearing this? No. If and when I take my children to a sporting event, if that word is chanted or cheered in some way, will I explain to my children that it is not what I, personally condone, and they should not participate. When they become adults, I hope that that education proves to be effective enough. If I find it to be too harsh for my children to hear on a regular basis, then I WONT TAKE THEM TO SPORTING EVENTS WHERE THIS IS A REGULAR CHANT. However, I hope that my edification is enough to teach them context of its use. Others will have to handle this particular issue as they see fit.
        Lastly, in my first reply to your post, I commented specifically on Nashville’s attendance as compared to Phoenix, a non tradtional market. These statistics, as I referenced, are easily viewed at However, in my second reply to this particular thread, I also made mention of the fact that in viewing thses numbers, one can also say that Nashville compares faviorably to ALL other nontraditional hockey markets, not just Phoenix. I am sorry if that part of my second reply was not clear enough. Other posts on this thread make other salient points to demonstrate further that Nashville is certainly a hockey town.

      • dws1234 - May 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM

        My apologies for 3 typos
        First paragraph 5th line…IT has even more meaning
        Second paragraph 14th line….I WILL EXPLAIN
        Third paragraph 5th line….viewing THESE numbers

        My apologies to all.

    • vshehane - May 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      My bet is you gave yourself that one thums up.

      • polegojim - May 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM


  6. billlaforge22 - May 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    There was a catfish in that GIF?

  7. herbiecane - May 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    How the hell do you get a live catfish into the building??

    • jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      catfish are resilient fish, i’ve had them still squirming hours after ive thrown them in the bottom of the boat. they have oxygen “pouches” and spend most of their lives in the mud and thrive in stagnant bodies of water as well. they need very little oxygen to survive basically…it would not surprise me at all if that fish was still alive.

  8. lordfletcher - May 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    More gif’s and pictures of the girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you were watching the cat fish’s tail, might be time for a nut check! LOL.

  9. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    What type of scumbag throws a living animal on the ice??? It’s one thing to kill an animal for food, but to do this is moronic. The fact someone was able to get a live catfish into the building shows the lack of security in the building. That could have just as easily been a bomb.

    • taytay099 - May 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Buzzkill alert.

    • noisetheorem - May 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      I guess smelling like catfish doesn’t rase suspicion in Nashville.

  10. muttbolts - May 3, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    She was messin with smith. It was dead

    • gekkoguy82 - May 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      She’s definitely staring down smith while it’s moving, and after she looks away it stops. I vote it’s dead as well.

  11. sheapuck - May 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    There was a catfish in that GIF?

  12. miketoasty - May 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Damn it Pittsburgh, when are we going to get ice girls like that?

    • comeonnowguys - May 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      When the team moves away from Pittsburgh?


      • miketoasty - May 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Oh, so never. Damn, well the girls in the seats make up for that.

  13. letsgopreds35 - May 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Had a red wings fan say he was glad he came to Nashville after game 5 vs detroit. He said it was the craziest atmosphere and one of the best he’s ever seen. If you’re gonna trash smashville and Bridgestone, come see it for yourself in person. There was a lot of talk of it being alive in the stands last night. Looked alive to me but looking at it closer seems like she was shaking it. Oh and not all the girls are very attractive once you look at them all season long in person. But there are some very good ones. (especially her)

  14. xescapexartistx - May 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    You can see her arms and upper body/head moving. She’s clearly just shaking the fish to wind Smith up. Maybe the best player of the night gets a nice catfish meal after the game? 😛

  15. xescapexartistx - May 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Also Re: the atmosphere at a Nashville game – I haven’t been to any other big teams games, but being at Bridgestone is intense, the crowd is almost deafening. Even my mom, who has never been to a game, but sometimes watches them on TV noticed that the crowd for other teams are a lot quieter, don’t stand up and cheer as much and the seats aren’t as packed during regular season games.

    Supporting a team just because they are in the playoffs is one thing, supporting them all season long is another. Citizens of Smashville are dedicated. Walk down Broadway before a game and all you see is gold, they play games outside the arena beforehand, get the fans pumped, it’s amazing.

    In the South, football is about as sacred as Jesus, but I haven’t ever had as much fun at a tailgate as I do at a pre-Nashville ice hockey game!

  16. billsman - May 4, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Nashville will never be a sports town, too many inbred hillbillies there! Now quit sleeping with your mother and go make us.some moonshine!!

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