| Sorry Nashville
We just deserve it more
4/22/07 - By
Justice has been served.
Let me explain: Just a few weeks ago when it looked like Nashville would coast
to the Presidents' Trophy for most points in the regular season, I figured
Nashville would end up winning the Stanley Cup. And why not, since they had the
same qualifications as recent Stanley Cup winners such as New Jersey and
Carolina : an apathetic "fan base" and difficulty selling tickets.
In fact, there has been talk of the Predators, who were near the bottom in
attendance this season, exiting Nashville . Not only has this winning team had
trouble selling tickets during the regular season, even the playoffs have
I've heard of fans in Nashville blaming corporations for not buying enough
tickets. But isn't it a good thing that corporations don't hog all the tickets?
I'm sure there are some rabid hockey fans in Nashville, but the thousands of
empty seats at Predators games speaks for itself about the lack of enthusiasm.
Add to this, I saw one report that said the Predators give away 1,700 tickets a
game. Are they found free inside cereal boxes or something?
Meanwhile in San Jose , fan support has been strong for most of the franchise's
existence since 1992, and the Sharks have sold out something like their last
two dozen games.
I feel it devalues the Stanley Cup to parade it in a city where there is
largely apathy toward hockey. While the Sharks certainly don't have the fan
base of the San Francisco 49ers or Giants, we know the Sharks are a hot ticket
and I, for one, see Sharks license plate frames on cars all the time and people
wearing Sharks sweatshirts, jackets, etc.
So it's only right that San Jose will be hosting the second round of the
playoffs and not Nashville .
Like others in Silicon Valley , the Sharks' advancing is a double-edged sword
for me. While we all are ecstatic over the thought of the Sharks moving on in
the playoffs, it can be tough to juggle work schedules and playoff games. Some
serious schedule-negotiating will be needed on my part and I figure I still
will have to miss some games. I probably won't even be in town on some of those
Fortunately, I have an old leather jacket in my closet that I can chew on
during games I have to miss
The Predators' quick exit was costly for
them. For a few months' rent on Peter Forsberg, the Predators gave up a
first-round draft pick, a third-round pick and two players and still didn't get
past the first round.
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