Nashville Predators Road Trip Blog: On the Road (without Charles Kuralt)
Yes, in the early stages of the longest road trip in Predators’ history, nothing truly remarkable has happened – yet! Perhaps nothing will.
If you learn to expect almost anything on the road, you are far better off. How about the challenge facing the Buffalo Sabres (later a video coach for the Phoenix Coyotes), Jeff Holbrook?
The Sabres had just begun a 4-game road trip in March of 1996 in Vancouver. When the team landed, Jeff was informed that the charter company had just declared bankruptcy, and that the team would be on its own for the rest of the trip – including stops in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles.
At that point in time, there were no “super savers” to be had for the team. The only savings came when Head Coach Ted Nolan ordered the bus to drive the team to Los Angeles after a loss in a Sunday matinee in San Jose. In returning home from Buffalo, the team had to split up in order to fit everyone onto commercial flights.
There were other things that were purely quirks of the schedule. Like the time the Los Angeles Kings finished up an eastern swing in Atlanta against the Thrashers and flew home in the wee hours on a Friday morning. On Saturday night, the Kings hosted a home game at the Forum. Sunday morning, they flew back East to play in Philadelphia. That might not sound like much, but it involved flying roughly 9,000 miles to play one home game.
Perhaps the most incredible memory of a Predators’ road trip to date goes back to Boston a few years ago. While relaxing in the lobby area, there was what appeared to be a touching scene playing out before our eyes – and ears.
A young couple was sitting there, and all of a sudden, the male went down on a knee and proposed marriage to the lady. He presented her with a family heirloom – his late grandmother’s wedding ring.
Then, to the surprise of us all – she turned him down! She explained that the ring wasn’t big enough. “But I will get you a nicer ring when I make some money,” the young man pleaded. “No, I want a bigger ring now!”
Obviously flabbergasted, the young man cried for a moment, than sat down on the chair opposite his intended. He was in a boiling rage.
“You know, you’re kind of fat,” he said. “And I think you are ugly, too!”
So much for romance…
To this point on the Predators’ marathon, nothing of the sort has happened. Stay tuned!