Sunday, October 2, 2011

And Our Chants Still Suck...

Last night I had a realization: Our chants suck. I should preface this by saying that I am extremely appreciative of Section 303 and all that they have done for the organization and hockey in Nashville, but are we really that unoriginal that all we can do is tell the other team they suck over and over? For years I have been attending the games and just chanted along. I never once questioned the chants or thought twice about changing them. That all changed last night. 

Okay, so maybe I'm blinded by the fact that I took a girl I was interested in to the game with me (I think that's besides the point). But, as I was trying to teach her the chants and when she should say them, her reply was "So all you guys do is tell the other team they suck over and over?" 

I had never really thought about it like that before, but she's right. Each chant is a different variation of telling the other team they suck.It starts from the reading of the lineup, to each penalty kill, to each goal scored by Nashville, and finally to the end of the game after the Preds win. Are we lacking the creative juices to come up with something better?! You can't tell me that in a city such as Nashville that we can't do better. We have songwriters that come up with new songs every minute. It's actually a known statistic that every 30 seconds in Nashville a new song is written. Yes, it's a fact just like San Diego which of course in German means... wait nevermind. 

Just like Nashville Predators have taken the team to a new level by getting through the first round of the playoffs for the first time last season, it's time the fans did the same. There needs to be solid traditions made in Bridgestone Arena to solidify the Music City as a hockey town. It's time the marketing department of the Preds does something just besides give out yellow shirts and towels to get the fans into the game. I think Bridgestone Arena could be one of the toughest rinks to play in if we only reevaluated what we do as fans. Altthough, the standing Os during timeouts are amazing. That is one of the biggest reasons we stand out. 

Is there a tradition you would like to start during Preds games? Is there a chant that you would change? 

One place to start would be a song we could always play going into the 3rd period and get the stands going crazy. Maybe someone can bring a thesaurus to the game to come up with other words besides 'suck'. Because right now, the Nashville Predators organization is on the power play... "And our chants still suck" 


  1. We have been trying to get a new tradition started during the "Goo-Goo Minute" where for the last minute of the period all 17,113 folks chant in unison "Goo-Goo,Goo-Goo, Goo-Goo..." like in the movie Rudy at the end with "Ru-dy, Ru-dy, Ru-dy..." It would be distinctive to Smashville and intimidating to the opponent. If a goal is actually scored during the chant, the crowd would go crazy.

  2. There has been an effort to try new things occasionally, but they die out.

    Heck, the "Sieve" chant even dies in 303.

  3. I'm sure the Preds would get behind that with the Goo-Goo candies as one of the sponsors!

  4. The worst is what happens after a win - the other team is usually long gone, and the Preds are celebrating at center ice, by the time the crowd gets to chanting "you suck". That, and Gary Glitter has got to go.