Normally I save the rankings stuff for Chris' weekly roundup, but Ross McKeon's nonsense has to be responded to. Here's his snippet on the Preds, who leap from #24 to #8 in his latest power ranking at Yahoo Sports:
Ovechkin's stop in Music City drew a non-sellout crowd of 16,144, and this on a lovely fall Saturday with no competition in town for the sports' entertainment dollar and the Preds starting fast. Hmmm...
Ooh, that sounds dire, doesn't it? Are the Predators headed down the toilet since they didn't sell out Saturday's game against Washington?
Let's take a look at some attendance figures from this game, alongside recent comparables (Saturday October home games after the home opener):
Saturday, October 16, 2010 vs. Washington: 16,144
Saturday, October 10, 2009 vs. Buffalo: 14,209
Saturday, October 31, 2009 vs. Dallas: 12,520
Saturday, October 18, 2008 vs. Columbus: 13,259
Saturday, October 25, 2008 vs. Los Angeles: 14,704
I dunno, Ross, but it looks to me like business is up, doesn't it? Oh, but that doesn't fit McKeon's pre-conceived notions of Nashville failure. Remember, this is the guy who pegged the Preds for 29th last season.