There’s a lot of good out there, and it doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves. In an effort to be a part of the solution, I decided to report on the good that is out there in the world of sports.
Hey everyone! Woohoo it is good to be back! I have really missed doing these good sports news segments; they are a great reminder to me of all the fun and good that sports can do. To get things started again, I thought I would start off with a really fun one.
In case you missed it, the Stanley Cup Final started! Which, if you aren’t watching, what are you doing?! Game one was filled with lots of drama. USA Today and hockey writing legend Kevin Allen even went as far to say that it may have been one of the weirdest Stanley Cup Final games he’d ever seen. He’s been in the industry longer than I’ve been alive (which is 27 years), so that is saying something. One of the more interesting storylines was when a visiting Predators fan threw a catfish on the ice. He was escorted out, but the story doesn’t end there.
Catfish being thrown on the ice is a Nashville playoff tradition. You can read more about that tradition right here. This isn’t the first time opposing fans have taken their traditions to opposing teams venues. However, Pittsburgh got really upset about this, and – while the charges were eventually dropped – they arrested the guy and he faced 3 different charges. The internet had a field day with this, especially the one that said he was “possessing instruments of crime.”
Things escalated pretty quickly, and Fox Sports Analyst Clay Travis sent out a tweet offering $30,000 to Carrie Underwood’s charity of choice if she threw a catfish on the ice. Now, you may be wondering, how the heck does Carrie Underwood fit into this?! I am telling you, this Stanley Cup Final is one for the ages people. Carrie Underwood is the wife of Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher. This whole Preds team is making hockey relevant, so thank you Smashville.
In Travis’ tweet, he also included some other sports figures to try to rally them into donating as well. By the time puck drop rolled around, they were offering $70k to her charity of choice for her to throw a catfish on the ice.
No pressure @carrieunderwood but charity of your choice gets $70k if you throw a catfish on the ice tonight.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 31, 2017
The country music star respectfully declined in one pretty well crafted tweet:
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 31, 2017
However, with game three coming to Nashville this Saturday, I get the feeling this isn’t over yet!