Up for Debate: Predators positioned for postseason play

Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 10:41pm

Only a few years removed from possibly leaving town, the Nashville Predators again find themselves in the postseason — this time with home-ice advantage in the first round against the Red Wings. Do you think hockey roots have finally firmly taken hold in Nashville? How might Nashville be different if the team had left? Finally, what are your predictions for the Preds run at the cup this year?

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By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:04

BTW, Loner loves Dolly too...always have....I rank her up there with Oprah Winfrey... near the top of my list of successful female entertainers with genuine class...and brains....Dolly & Oprah, as Prez & Veep, would probably be the best thing that ever came to Washington, DC....that's my dream ticket....and they would not need any stinking Super-PACs.

By: BenDover on 4/9/12 at 9:04

I'll sponsor loner as an honorary Nashvillian. If we can adopt Kid Rock and Keith Urban I think the Lone one's tin whistle should be welcome as well.

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:05

Correction: "...they would not need no steeenking PACs".

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:07

"...or no steeenking Super-PACs".

And thank you, Ben Dover, I am genuinely flattered, honored and at a loss for words....

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 9:10

You are the best at ignoring facts. Maybe you could explain many of these rankings:

In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine gave Nashville the title of Best Music Scene for its historical music venues, celebrity residents and record stores.

Travel + Leisure named Nashville #2 for Live Music, #3 in their 2011 “America’s Favorite Cities” Affordable Getaway and Friendliest Cities rankings, and #6 for America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel based on the variety of music festivals and vintage and antique shopping.

Nashville ranked #3 on Kiplinger’s Top 10 Best Value Cities for 2011. The ranking focused on metro areas with vibrant economies, reasonable living costs and great amenities.

Nashville was named one of the top 10 U.S. cities for college grads by Livability.com in 2011. The website looked at employment opportunities, salaries, population age and nightlife in choosing its top 10.

Travel + Leisure readers have vouched for the quality of Nashville’s burgeoning culinary scene, voting it the 16th best U.S. city for foodies in 2011.

Businessweek included Nashville in its “America’s 50 Best Cities” ranking in 2011 for its unusually high number of universities and parks.

Nashville was ranked 16th in the nation in Sporting News’ “Best Sports Cities” rankings for 2010-2011.

Bridgestone Arena ranks 4th in the United States and 12th in the world for concert attendance, according to international trade publication Pollstar. The facility has hosted more than 13 million guests, from sporting events to concerts.

The Daily Meal named Nashville’s Restaurant Week one of the top 10 in the country for 2011.

Travel + Leisure magazine named Nashville #8 on its list of “America’s Best Nightlife,” with high marks for its local beers, live music and friendly locals.

In a 2011 study by Sperling Research, Nashville was named America’s Manliest City due, in part, to the number of professional spots teams, popularity of hunting & fishing, and concentration of barbeque restaurants.

The Hermitage Hotel was named one of the top hotels in the world in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

In Forbes’ list of “America’s Next Big Boom Towns,” Nashville was ranked #3 as a strong place to settle, make money and start businesses.

Nashville was ranked #7 in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2011 list of “America’s Best Burger Cities,” with special mention of Nashville original Burger Up.

The Hermitage Hotel was named the 6th best hotel in the entire nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2011.

A 2011 Harris Interactive survey found Nashville tied for the 7th most popular city in the country because of its rich history of music, business, culture and education.

In 2011, Nashville was ranked the #4 Best Affordable U.S. Destination in U. S. News & World Report’s first-ever “Best Vacations” rankings.

Nashville was named the #3 Best City for Minority Entrepreneurs in 2011 by Forbes magazine.

In 2011, the Lane Motor Museum was named in MSNBC.com’s list of “12 Car Museums Worth a Detour.”

In 2010, Travel + Leisure readers ranked Nashville the #1 city for Live Music and Concerts and #1 for Affordable Getaway and Affordable Hotels. Other top rankings in the poll include #3 Friendly, #4 Barbecue, #5 Antique Stores, #6 Vintage Stores and Flea Markets, #6 Safety, #7 Hamburgers and #7 Wild Weekends.

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau was awarded the 2010 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award which recognizes the nation’s best convention and visitors bureaus, hotels and conference centers.

In 2010 the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau received Corporate & Incentive Travel’s Award of Excellence for outstanding service to the meetings and incentive travel industry.

Meetings & Conventions awarded the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau the Gold Service Award in 2009 for consistent excellence in serving the meetings industry as selected by corporate and association meeting planners.

Every year since 2007 the Mobil Travel Guide has bestowed upon The Hermitage Hotel its coveted Five Star Award, making it the only hotel in Tennessee to hold the distinction.

In 2010 Walkscore.com, the online group that rates walkable neighborhoods, ranked Nashville one of America’s top 30 most walkable cities.

Nashville is 10th on the list of the best cities to see live rock music in 2010, based on a study by tourdates website Songkick.com.

In 2010, Travel+ Leisure Magazine ranked Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel “one of the world’s top 500 hotels.”

In 2010 Nashville was ranked the 7th most popular city in the nation, according to a Harris Interactive Poll.

Entrepreneur.com featured the top cities for entrepreneurs in 2010. Nashville was named one of five cites categorized as a “creative center,” a place where “creativity and capitalism make sweet music together.”

In its 2010 Restaurant Awards, Wine Spectator Magazine recognized west Nashville’s 360 Bistro for their “well-chosen selection of quality producers” and bestowed an Award of Excellence.

Prince’s Hot Chicken made its debut in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2010 article “America’s Best Fried Chicken.”

In 2010, the neo-speakeasy Patterson House has been named one of the Top 10 new cocktail bars in the country by Bon Appétit Magazine.

In its 2010 article “Golf’s Best Kept Secrets: 10 Great Golf Cities,” Livability.com names Nashville as its #5 top lesser-known city for golfers.

Nashville’s Springwater Supper Club makes an appearance on “Playboy’s Guide to America’s Greatest Bars” in 2010, landing in the Best Dive Bar category. It’s one of only 40 bars to make the guide, which lists Best Bars and Best Late-Night Eats as well.

Trip Advisor’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards ranked Hutton Hotel as one of the Top 10 Trendiest Hotels and the Hermitage Hotel as one of the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the United States.

By: BenDover on 4/9/12 at 9:15

That's a good summary Prod2. Not sure how it becomes an assault on the loner though. He loves Nashville.

By: slacker on 4/9/12 at 9:17

Prince's Hot Chicken? lol producer2

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:18

I must be on a roll today...I just had a post accepted on an Israeli site...YNet News...it's a major Israeli media outlet....I'm working Reuters, YNet and the NCP like 3 BINGO cards here...and I'm getting BINGO's....check the YNet post #37, entitled "Satisfaction Guaranteed?" I am banned at the Jerusalem Post and on Bloomberg News...but not here....yet:


He's...Postin' in the mornin'....Protestin' in the afternoon.....Just a lonely loner....Stirrin' a spoon....Just a lonely loner....Singin' out of tune.

By: slacker on 4/9/12 at 9:20

Loner, I agree with Ben. You should move here and run for Mayor, being from another state makes you a shoo-in.

By: yogiman on 4/9/12 at 9:25

Gotta go, but Producer2, you should know better than to post actually factually.

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:28

Mingia de morte!

Producer2 produced a raft of stats @ 10:00...the point of which I fail to understand...I never denigrated or questioned Nashville's status, prestige or honor in any of the areas that the producer produced...for our reading pleasure.

The guy is a professional zealot...we can all see that now....he's got a hammer-lock on commitment....and canned stats on the shelf, waiting to go....he's got that bunker mentality?

I have been a loyal fan of Music City, USA for many years...I visited the place in 2004...I post here because I love this site and the posting community here....the producer is implying that I am not a fan of Nashville, TN...the regular posters here know that such an allegation is without merit.

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:35

Thank you, Slacker...actually, Phil Bredesen was from Shortsville, NY...about 40 miles from here....maybe he'll loan me his carpetbag...one Yankee to another...as a professional courtesy between fellow carpetbaggers?

You know...the term "carpetbagger" is in desperate need of a linguistic make-over...bearing in mind the current terms: "carpet munching" & "tea bagging", it seems that we need a hip new definition for "carpetbagging" and "carpetbaggers"....what do you folks say? Any suggestions?

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 9:38

The troll has been leaving the board for 24 minutes and counting....promises...promises.

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 9:39

Actually it should be pretty obvious. Aside from the humorous ones that I just left in for fun, there are some serious rankings that show how progressive government ( not just this administration) has put this City we all love in a better position than most to grow and prosper. Things that keep our quality of life great and make us a far more attractive place to work and live than most cities.

By: dargent7 on 4/9/12 at 9:41

I had to produce a Birth Cert. to get a Tenn. Driver License. My Hawai'i wasn't good enough.
Luckily for me, my mother is still alive and sent me "a copy" of the BC.
The Tenn. DMV accepted it. It was a Xerox, not admissable in court.
If a cop pulls me over, he doesn't ask to see, "my papers".
I attended Western Michigan, Michigan State, University of Michigan. Indiana University, U-C Berkley, San Diego State, University of Hawai'i, (Mango University). Yes, I get and sleep around.
All traded "my papers": transcripts, SAT scores, ACT, acolades, Dean's List, Honor Rolls, (if any) Prof's recommendations, rap sheets, police reports, rape kits, etc. between themselves. All colleges don't start from square one with new students. The Office of Admissions on any college campus is bigger than the Pentagon.
It's psychotic to, "get Obama" on "he never went to college", bull****. You think you could walk into Harvard and teach 3rd year law students US Constitutional Law?
If you don't like the direction he's taking the country, fine. Fire! him in Nov.
But, STOP this nonsense.

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 9:51


By: BenDover on 4/9/12 at 9:54

I think a City is free to be as progressive as it wants to be with respect to inducements to companies and organizations and the like to make the city a better place.

At the federal level though, respending the half trillion dollars in TARP repayments and adding another $1,000,000,000,000 every year to the deficit over the trendline adds up to substantial fiscal malfeasance that could jeopardize the greatest country on earth.

If it does collapse though (2027 is the latest prediction I hear but they always arrive early as the SSI tipping negative should have been 2017 but really was 2010), I think it will be a huge blow to fiscal liberalism. The states will quickly form an alliance to affirm the national security apparatus... probably also institute a new currency (one backed by something real)... we will come up with something to shore up the promises to seniors with social security and medicare. States already administer the welfare programs so that will be a pretty easy transition... though likely leaner than what we are dealing with now since the other people's money they will spending will be people with a more direct impact on their representatives.

I don't know... the Democratic Republic of Tennessee sounds good to me.

By: slacker on 4/9/12 at 10:02

Loner, Bredesen is a smart guy. I believe he's selling solar panels at the moment, but might serve again.
If Mitt happens to get elected, he should bring in Phil to sort out the healthcare mess.

By: govskeptic on 4/9/12 at 10:04

producer2 is a watchdog and official reply poster for the City Agenda whenever
and where ever required. Any posting critical of or posting additional info to
fellow taxpayers gets his immediate reply loading with PR B.S. He was
extremely busy during the Convention Center debate with many billing hours
I'm sure. The recent Economic Report selected and paid for by the Predators
while possibly having a few elements of truth was also loaded with totally
speculative and poorly guessed dollar amounts that could send a trill only
up Gail Kerr and other totally unsuspecting readers legs. No doubt the
Predators are an asset to the city, one would be a fool to think otherwise!
My only point is at what cost should the city now, after so many years, still
be contributing!

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 10:04

It's high noon here...I too must go offline and engage the real world as it is...I'll try to get back here before turning in for the night...Keep the Faith!

Loner out.

By: BenDover on 4/9/12 at 10:05

Phil was persona non grata to the Hillary camp when he came out in objection to her radical plan; so he never even made it to the gate on the Obama, Pelosi, Reid fiasco.

I'd like to see him work on fixing health care at the national level too.

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 10:15

That has been your go to line whenever you have no real response to my comments. Why can't I just be a guy like the majority of voters who happen to like the way the current administration governs. Not everything but the overall scope of the work. In the end I do my work for free because I believe. Apparently so do thousands of others......

By: slacker on 4/9/12 at 10:23

producer2... doth protest too much me thinks.

By: bfra on 4/9/12 at 10:29

slacker - He's just trying to butter his bread, he thinks.

By: Moonglow1 on 4/9/12 at 10:35

Moonglow1: Loner, we love your posts. Do not listen to the negative comments. People have the option to post or not. That is a choice. They should not place "blame" for their unwillingness to post.
As to Yogi, well he is obsessed with the birther conspiracy. I feel sorry for him.

By: bfra on 4/9/12 at 10:36

d7 - For somebody that goes ape over Lady Gaga, your remark about Dolly is hard to believe.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/12 at 11:03

BenDover said

"Southerners love symmetry though.... 3 periods? wtf?"

Hell, I didn't know they could spell it.... you must be from Vandy. :-)

By: brrrrk on 4/9/12 at 11:24


That's a great list of amenities for the well healed......

But where do we stand on homelessness, the uninsured, the working poor (or better yet poverty in general), our educational system, healthcare for the elderly, etc.... ?

By the way, Tennessee is 10th in the country for extreme poverty.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/9/12 at 11:45

brrrk..........I would guess that other southern states rank below Tennessee in poverty. Anytime you have a huge populous that is content with a welfare standard of living you are going to get a lot of poverty. I can draw you a picture of what the make-up is of poverty in Tennessee and the entire south? No, I will let you figure that out for yourself.

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 12:00

And to add to that the Nashville Homeless Commission is having great success in helping those with homelessness issues as is the downtown partnership. The healthcare uninsured is now in the hands of the Supreme Court but there is a plan as there is for the elderly. It's called Medicare.

By: LizzyD on 4/9/12 at 12:11


Thank you, jvh2b, for sticking up for Dolly. She is what you say and even more.

One of her not-so-famous songs was "Git yer hands off my potential new boyfriend" -- it was years ago and I am laughing still. She always makes me smile or laugh -- she is an extraordinary person.

Dolly makes me proud of my state. The religionist pols make me want to hide and pretend I don't even live here.

By: joe41 on 4/9/12 at 12:29

As a huge sports fan, I welcome the chance to see the Staanley Cup in Nashville. I am in Baltimore this week to see the Os and the Yankees, however all eyes on Wednesday night to see the Preds dismantle the red wings.

By: producer2 on 4/9/12 at 12:32

thanks Joe for actually posting regarding the topic! :)

By: brrrrk on 4/9/12 at 12:55

Rasputin72 said

"brrrk..........I would guess that other southern states rank below Tennessee in poverty. Anytime you have a huge populous that is content with a welfare standard of living you are going to get a lot of poverty. I can draw you a picture of what the make-up is of poverty in Tennessee and the entire south? No, I will let you figure that out for yourself.

Condescending attitude notwithstanding.... Isn't being the top state in poverty with regards to other Southern states a lot like being the top Kardashian?

By: yogiman on 4/9/12 at 2:30

Thanks for your sympathy, Moonglow1, but I feel sorrier for you and your fellow posters who are so willing to accept such a liar as your president when he knows he isn't legally eligible.

Especially when you don't even know the man's legal name.

By: yogiman on 4/9/12 at 2:31

Oh, and by the way, I'm back, kids.

By: dargent7 on 4/9/12 at 3:08

Lady Gaga? I once said her 1st hit song/ video was "edgy" and had a good beat. I thought she was the next Madonna.
Now, she's been passed up by Adele, Black Eyed Peas, and Lady Antebellum.
Dolly wrote about 7 or 8 hit country songs as did Willie Nelson. "Jolie" is plain stupid.
"Crazy" is great. You people selecting and electing Taylor Swift for every category every year is getting absurd. She's not that deep at 22. The Beatles didn't know life until 26 or so.
Personally, I'm looking forward to The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary tour once Keith getting finished being emballmed.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/12 at 3:27

Shut up yogi you old pervert.

By: yogiman on 4/9/12 at 3:53

You shut up, you young mentally ill idiot. You must be young, nimrod, because anyone with your age that doesn't know the Constitution would know more about presidential requirements... which you apparently don't.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/9/12 at 4:39

brrrk......That was as good an anology as one could possibly find. I respect that. Having said that and back to the subject of poverty I find that poverty is deep rooted in the genetics of those in poverty. I find the the boorish behavior and classless existence of the Kardashians to be a learned experience.

By: Loner on 4/9/12 at 6:54

Evening wrap-up:

Had a great day protesting...the wind was whipping...glad my sign is only 11' by 17"....on a windy day size matters...and with only 12 letters, 11x17 is big enough....just three words: HOLY WARS SUCK. Lots of horn-beeping...folks in Orleans Co. are starting to think about it...just a little bit....we remind them every Monday afternoon....I think it's working.

Thanks, Moonglow, for the kind words...thanks to all who stuck up for the lone one...I really do love Nashville, TN....I comment as an interested outsider without an axe to grind...no dog in the hunt is not always a bad thing...somebody's got to blow the hunting horn, right?

I like to think that I can see the forest of Nashville from here...you guys see the trees and the tree stumps....and the furry creatures that live in the forest duff. What harm can an outsider's view be? I do not claim to be infallible...I try to be honest...and entertaining.

I'm the first to admit that I do not know the minutiae of Nashville and the Metro area...but that means I am unbiased when a local issue comes up for debate.

I try to educate myself on a local issue before commenting...or I butt out, if I have nothing to offer.

Actually, I think that Producer2 and yours truly could find a whole lot of common ground...I'd like to hit the restart button with the producer....can't we all just get a bong?

Here's one of my favorite feel good tunes....no, not Kum-Bah-Yah...it's by Trooper...a Canadian rock group. Enjoy!:


By: BenDover on 4/9/12 at 7:13

Cool tune Loner. I listened to it a second time with the sound turned down so I could just hear the beat and imagined Bob Marley singing it. A nice one to cash in the chips for the night on... and I may even make a note in my will about it; as that would be a good one to cash out altogether on I think. Peace and Love friends.

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