This weekend the city of Nashville has seen its three major sports teams hit major lows all at the same time on the offensive side of the game. Consider:
- The Vanderbilt Commodores, with the 113th-ranked (out of 120) scoring offense in college football, dumped head coach Robbie Caldwell just before getting stomped at home by Wake Forest 34-13. It was the first time all season the lowly Demon Deacons had given up less than 23 points to a Division I opponent.
- The Tennessee Titans, starting Rusty Smith at quarterback, looked horrible in a must-win, 20-0 loss at Houston. Even when they had a shot at a late touchdown, Randy Moss couldn't be bothered to jump up and try to catch a ball thrown towards him. Chris Johnson amassed five rushing yards all day.
- The Nashville Predators, having scored a whopping 5 goals in their last 5 games, can't solve their lingering problems on the power play, and their leading scorer, Cal O'Reilly, is tied for 116th in the league. The only two teams with more anemic offenses in the NHL are the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, both of which are absolute train wrecks at opposite ends of the salary cap system.
So what's a Nashville sports fan to do these days? Vanderbilt's season is over, and the Titans are pretty much cooked, too. The best hope for the Predators to get rolling is for their lineup to get healthy, but Matthew Lombardi's timetable is completely undefined at this point, and David Legwand has been "day-to-day" for over a week now. And let's be realistic, we're only talking about 40-50 point guys returning here, there aren't any All-Star caliber snipers waiting in the wings.
Right now, then, which Nashville sports team represents the weakest scoring threat in their league?