Last Tuesday, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took to the ice instead of a football field in an effort to fortify some Music City cross-sport goodwill as the Nashville Predators prepared for Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal against the San Jose Sharks.
The Predators defeated the Sharks in resounding fashion 4-1 in the aforementioned match-up. So, in keeping with the apparently successful theme of Titans in attendance, linebacker Avery Williamson decided to take a trip down to Smashville.
— Avery Williamson (@AWilliamson54) May 6, 2016
While one struggles to comprehend the idea of a playoff-bound Titans team in 2016-17, Williamson’s buoyancy is certainly appreciated.
The most important outcome was a Nashville Game 6 4-3 overtime (just one this time) win against San Jose and the opportunity for the franchise’s second Game 7 in their history. Williamson helped to ignite a crowd of Predators’ faithful so rowdy even Nashville coach Peter Laviolette went out of his way to acknowledge them.
“I gotta tell you that the fans tonight were just incredible,” Laviolette told the media following Monday’s victory. “The building was just unbelievable and when you come down from elimination games, last round and this round, and you have a building like we do. The energy that we draw from that, I can’t even tell you how important that is for our group.”
If nothing else, fans can take pride in seeing their two professional sports teams intermingle. The cohabitation of the Titans and the Predators only contributes to the growth of Nashville and heightens the sense of community among its natives.
Game 7 between the Predators and Sharks is scheduled for Thursday 5/12/16, time TBD.