Tennessee Titans offensive line puts on show with 25 lb catfish before Preds-Jets Game 2
SMASHVILLE, Tenn. —
The Tennessee Titans offensive line turned to Nashville's most famous catfish-throwers on Sunday night.
The two-toned blue squad snuck a legendary 25 lb catfish into Bridgestone Arena before the Nashville Predators - Winnipeg Jets Game 2.
Taylor Lewan, Titans offensive tackle, tweeted that he needed a "catfish" for a friend.
Jake Waddell, the man known as 'Catish Jake,' saw the tweet, and called Little's Fish Market in Germantown to set aside the catfish. Taylor Lewan would later funnel beer through the catfish in front of a hyped Smashville crowd.
The stunt blew up on social media as six Titans offensive linemen pour beer on themselves, held up catfish or took their shirts off to rile up the Preds crowd before puck drop. Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota looked both amused and bewildered during the enthusiastic display.
"It's about getting the crowd into it, and I think they did that for sure," Mariota said.
For the second straight year, the Titans offensive linemen were invited to pump up the crowd.
The NBC announcer commented that Lewan's catfish-flavored beer might not become too popular anytime soon, but that doesn't seem to be true. The Preds were already selling a beer called "Catfish" from Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company in Franklin prior to Lewan's catfish chug.
It's unclear if the catfish stunt helped the team, but Smashville saw a show on and off the ice Sunday night.
The Preds brought superstar Carrie Underwood in for the national anthem as a "proud hockey wife" of Nashville center Mike Fisher.
Kevin Fiala scored 5:37 into double overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in Game 2, Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The series is tied at 1-1 with Game 2 set for Tuesday night in Winnipeg at 7 p.m.
The Preds now are 3-3 in multiple OT games in franchise history.