So Alternate Captain Mike Fisher's wife will sing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" before NBC's NFL telecasts this fall. Ms. Fisher, also known professionally as Carrie Underwood, will replace Faith Hill, whose husband Tim McGraw belts "I Like It, I Love It" after every Preds home goal.
It's a reminder that Nashville's music tribe has been part of the city's hockey community since before the Predators even took the ice. Hill and McGraw, among other stars, sang at the Ryman to help raise the 12,000 season tickets the team needed to gain the NHL's final approval for the new franchise.
Looking over the first Predators team Coach Barry Trotz sighed, "We're going to be the best in the league at something."
"We're deep in anthem singers."
The Predators proudly list all the performers who have appeared at Predators home games.
In that spirit, here's a suggestion that the team bring back a song featured on opening night, October 10, 1998: "Hockey Tonk (The Nashville Predators Song)" by the inimitable Delbert McClinton.
Sample lyric from the legendary Harlan Howard: "Get that puck, take it down the line. We're gonna put it where the sun don't shine."
That, hockey fans, is a blue line.
Since the Predators we saw in the abbreviated 2013 season sometimes looked uncomfortably like those original Preds in producing a record that nearly dipped to the first season's mark, bringing back Delbert's song might also bring back the spirit of the scrappy, never-say-die team the first Preds were and inspire the original team's all-in, hell-for-leather style of play from the 2013-2014 team.