Nashville sports fans, you had one helluva Easter.
If you were so inclined, you could have eaten your Easter brunch and driven down to Greer Stadium. Despite the rumbling storms, it was a great day for minor league baseball. Former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke threw a couple innings for the Sounds in a rehab start as he readies his return from the DL and prepares to ruin my fantasy baseball team again. On the other side, pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals' farm club, was Jeff Suppan — like Greinke, a former Royals opening-day starter.
It was a rare sight: two guys with big league pedigrees battling it out in the bus leagues. Sure, the Sounds lost, but there are worse ways to spend Easter afternoon. Think about it: You could have been hanging with the family.
And if you timed it right, you could have hustled down to Bridgestone Arena for a glimpse of history.
In the parlance of Barry Trotz, the Predators pulled off their first-ever first-round win "The Predator Way" — production up and down the line-up, contributions from everywhere.
Free illustrative statistic: Every Predator who played in the series — except for back-up goalie Anders Lindback, who played in relief in Game 4, and perpetual pest and scoreboard pointer Shane O'Brien — recorded either a goal or an assist in the six-game win over Anaheim.
The Predators' heroes of the series were face-off master and penalty-killing expert Jerred Smithson, who scored the Game 5 winner Friday (his first goal since January), and Jordin Tootoo, whom Predators fans have seen grow from an enforcer to a surprisingly effective playmaker — and who seems to finally have shaken the demons in his personal life.
Ears were ringing from the noise — Predators play-by-play man Pete Weber said his decibel meter read 101 (roughly the volume of a jackhammer at three feet) several times during the game. Grown men were crying and hugging one another. Nashvillians asked themselves, "They play hockey in May?"
Yes, yes, they do. Against whom? We don't know. The NHL re-seeds the playoffs after every round, so the Predators have to wait for both the Vancouver-Chicago and San Jose-L.A. series to end. The opponent will be Vancouver, Detroit or L.A. depending on how things shake out.
So in your glee, you return home, plop down on the couch and flip on ESPN to see that MBA and Vanderbilt product Brandt Snedeker did a little playoff winning of his own. The PGA pro shot a 7-under 64 in the fourth round at The Heritage in Myrtle Beach, coming out of nowhere to tie for the lead, and after a three-hole playoff, he ended up with his second PGA title.
So not a bad Sunday for you, Nashville homers.
And notice who we didn't mention.