Nashville Predators Road Trip Blog: Game Day in Colorado
Greetings from the Mile High City,
It’s a balmy 30 degrees outside here in Denver as the Preds prepare to take on the Avs tonight at 8:30 p.m. CT. Forgive me for being tardy on the Denver blog posts, I’ve been a little under the weather – I can’t tell if I’m actually getting sick or if the dry air here is just doing a number on my sinuses. Too much information, I know.
We arrived around 7 p.m. local time on Monday night and immediately boarded the bus for the hotel. Denver is definitely one of the best cities on the NHL circuit, and I would highly recommend a visit, no matter the time of year, because of how gorgeous this area is.
After checking in, the normal broadcast crew and I waltzed over to a restaurant called Earl’s to catch the second half of the Monday Night Football game. I was greeted at the restaurant by terrible news, as Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of my Green Bay Packers, had been lost to a fractured collarbone. So, the result of the Monday Night game didn’t work out so well for me. Despite the Packers loss, I really enjoy watching Monday Night Football, simply because of Jon Gruden and his breakdown of the games. It’s always good to know when teams are running plays like “Spider-two-wide-banana” and so on.
The team practiced yesterday afternoon at Denver University because the Denver Nuggets were preparing to take on the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. Denver’s campus was a nice little spot as the guys had a fast-paced practice in preparation for tonight’s game. After practice the team returned to Pepsi Center to change and shower – a couple of guys also snuck out onto the Nugget’s court to shoot around a little bit.
After to practice, it was back to the hotel to take it easy and rest up. We had dinner at the famous Cherry Cricket in the Cherry Creek area. One of the best burgers I’ve had outside of Nashville. I got to sit in on the TV production meeting as well. That was a pretty cool experience to see how much behind-the-scenes planning goes into the TV broadcast of our games. I retired from dinner early to go to the mall across from our hotel to pick up a knit beanie. I didn’t plan on 30 degree weather so early on the trip and my bald head isn’t used to being exposed to this type of cold (I still had hair back when I lived in Michigan).
That brings us to today’s game. This is an important one for the Preds as they look to revenge the early season loss to the Avs. The boys will also look to snap a three-game losing streak to Colorado tonight. Make sure you tune into FOX Sports Tennessee or 102.5 The Game tonight for all the coverage.
Until next time,