In light of the Stanley Cup rivalry between Nashville and Vancouver, Rebecca sent Music City a missive, asking if we wanted to make some sort of wager on the playoffs' outcome. "I was wondering if you would be interested in this friendly challenge leading up to tomorrow's first game of the Canucks/Predators series," she wrote.
This politely worded Canadian aggression will not stand. Yes, Miss 604, we accept your "friendly challenge." The terms, agreed upon by our dueling partner in the godforsaken frozen North — OK, the lushly green, conifer-scented, beautifully landscaped North — are as follows: The blog from the winning team's city will receive a hotly coveted, generously apportioned, lavishly assembled (yet small enough to sneak through Customs) package of goods from the losing city's hometown.
So give us some tips on what we might include — y'know, in this package we'll never have to send. Scene photographer Eric England has already thoughtfully made the first suggestion: an open can of 200-proof Davidson County WHOOP-ASS!!!
UPDATE, 12 noon: Oh, look, here comes Mayor Karl Dean with some side action. Press release after the jump.
Mayors of Nashville, Vancouver Gear Up for Second-Round
Playoff Series: Predators vs. Canucks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With the Nashville Predators set to begin the second-round of playoff games against the Vancouver Canucks tonight, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean today announced that he and the Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson have each promised a congratulatory gift representative of their city to the team that comes out victorious in the series.
If Vancouver wins best out of seven games, Mayor Dean will help Vancouver celebrate by sending a country ham and CDs representing the broad spectrum of Nashville’s music scene to Mayor Robertson. IfNashville wins, Mayor Robertson has promised to send a Fraser River Sockeye Salmon along with a CD of Vancouver’s musicians.
The Canucks were considered the best team in the NHL during the regular season, but the Predators won two and lost two in four meetings. Each team won once at their home venue.
“The Canucks are clearly a good team, but the Predators have been on quite a winning streak lately. We also have the support of the most enthusiastic fans in the NHL here in Nashville — the atmosphere in Bridgestone Arena on game night is unmatched. So we start this next playoff series optimistic and excited,” Mayor Dean said.