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2013-03-02 06:47:11 AM  
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davidphogan: TFA:  A hockey mom in Nashville, Tennessee, is surprised to hear that Buffalo, New York, has a professional hockey team.

I'm supposed to take them seriously as hockey fans when they've never heard about a team that's been around since 1970?  Really?  They sound like the same uneducated hicks that I've come to expect out of Tennessee, only they're pretending to care about something else this time.


to be fair, most of the world is probably surprised Buffalo has professional sports teams
2013-03-02 03:16:01 AM  
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Hockey in Nashville still has a long way to go. However, the previous owner of the NHL Predators (who now is primary owner of the Minnesota Wild) and the current ownership have done a good job of fielding competitive teams year in and year out. I'm so glad they've been able to get past the Jim Balsillie debacle where he tried to buy the team outright (and failed) to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario, then became a significant investor in the group that was able to buy the team, only to declare bankruptcy soon afterwards and forced to sell his portion. Probably will never be a top tier franchise like the Red Wings and Blackhawks, but at least they're not a bottom feeder team like the Coyotes and Panthers are.
2013-03-02 05:40:53 PM  
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lack of warmth: Whereas I live in Flint and can only afford to see a Jr hockey league that is barely considered pro.  The team is so low budget, players can't afford to live on their own.  They stay with some of the fans.  Not kidding.


That's standard operating procedure of pretty much all of Junior hockey leagues.

Billet
2013-03-02 03:37:38 PM  
1 votes:
Still trying to figure out where the fans learned the chants. Every time an opposing goalie is bad they do the typical derisive repeating of the name three times, but then they add a you suck at the end. Apparently they don't get that the you suck is implied. I want to yell at them "That's the Joke."
2013-03-02 12:12:26 PM  
1 votes:
How General Motors and the UAW turned Tennessee Greater Nashville  into a hockey state


There is no evidence of it here in Chattanooga.
2013-03-02 10:40:20 AM  
1 votes:

Argyle82: I don't know why the Simmon's hate on fark.  Grantland really was a great idea and gives stories like this one a great avenue to reach readers that I would have never found otherwise....


The article seems to think.more of itself than it should, nobody ever attributed hockey with the civil war, that shiat meant nothing to us born now. The worst part is they didn't give jobs to locals for the plant and transplanted those with hockey roots into the area.
That's hardly turning Tennessee into a hockey state, especially when they can't even name all the teams according to their logos. You can bet your ass they could name all the sec teams by their logo.
If hockey was played during football games the arena would be half filled at best.
2013-03-02 09:23:57 AM  
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lack of warmth: Are we surprised?  You take enough people out of Hockey Town, to set up shop in another state, they're going to want their hockey.  It worked for my folks in NC, since moving to the south, they have reminisced about hockey games.  The Hurricanes came along and now for the price of a pop and Koegel at the Joe, they get their ticket, pop and two hot dogs for the same price.  It means they only see their Wings a couple times a year, but the price makes it better.  Whereas I live in Flint and can only afford to see a Jr hockey league that is barely considered pro.  The team is so low budget, players can't afford to live on their own.  They stay with some of the fans.  Not kidding.

/I need to plan a trip to NC to match the Wings schedule


It's not just the emigres, though; the 'Canes managed to lure in a good chunk of the locals as well.  Of course, we've always had a couple of big-name stars to hold people's attention.  And the Stanley Cup didn't hurt at all.

/Canes always win the Cup after a lockout!
2013-03-02 07:21:41 AM  
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davidphogan: TFA:  A hockey mom in Nashville, Tennessee, is surprised to hear that Buffalo, New York, has a professional hockey team.

I'm supposed to take them seriously as hockey fans when they've never heard about a team that's been around since 1970?  Really?  They sound like the same uneducated hicks that I've come to expect out of Tennessee, only they're pretending to care about something else this time.


Considering how the Sabers have done the past few years, I forget they exist too sometimes.
2013-03-02 02:23:02 AM  
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Argyle82: I don't know why the Simmon's hate on fark.  Grantland really was a great idea and gives stories like this one a great avenue to reach readers that I would have never found otherwise....


What this really serves as a reminder of is the fact that its really the working/middle class types that make sports teams happen. Most other sports have kind of become immaculate palaces for the rich. Keeping the everyday fan attached needs to be a priority of any sports team.
2013-03-02 02:12:15 AM  
1 votes:
What surprises me is that despite all the Michigan transplants I know here in Oregon, hockey isn't bigger here.

AlLthough I do suppose it is growing.
2013-03-02 01:46:44 AM  
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lack of warmth: Whereas I live in Flint and can only afford to see a Jr hockey league that is barely considered pro.  The team is so low budget, players can't afford to live on their own.  They stay with some of the fans.  Not kidding.


That's what all junior hockey is.

/not that that league isn't riddled with problems
2013-03-01 11:47:30 PM  
1 votes:
Based on my experience having lived in Michigan, worked in the automotive industry, and traveled to the Nissan plan in Smyrna quite a few times, this article is 100% correct.

/My favorite was checking into a hotel downtown the morning after a Wings-Preds game and everyone else in the lobby was dressed in Wings gear and checking out.
//Now that I live in Chicago, Nashville is a popular sports tourism destination for Chicagoans too.  They drank the city dry of beer when the Bears played the Titans last season
//I'm told that slashies have to come in threes
2013-03-01 11:26:07 PM  
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Are we surprised?  You take enough people out of Hockey Town, to set up shop in another state, they're going to want their hockey.  It worked for my folks in NC, since moving to the south, they have reminisced about hockey games.  The Hurricanes came along and now for the price of a pop and Koegel at the Joe, they get their ticket, pop and two hot dogs for the same price.  It means they only see their Wings a couple times a year, but the price makes it better.  Whereas I live in Flint and can only afford to see a Jr hockey league that is barely considered pro.  The team is so low budget, players can't afford to live on their own.  They stay with some of the fans.  Not kidding.

/I need to plan a trip to NC to match the Wings schedule
 
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