The Nashville Predators Raised A Cringeworthy 'Regular Season Western Conference Champions' Banner For No Apparent Reason
As someone that thoroughly enjoys watching the Predators, finds the atmosphere in Nashville to be absolutely awesome, and appreciates what the uniqueness of a loud, proud, and passionate fanbase in a non-traditional market provides the NHL, I feel like I have to speak up here.
We, as hockey fans, simply can't stand idly by and let a franchise that has made an unprecedented amount of headway in demanding respect from the stick-in-the-ass organizations that think longevity in the league automatically makes them better representatives for it do this to themselves. The Nashville Predators have come too damn far to start raising obnoxiously large banners in honor of made-up awards. A "Regular Season Western Conference Championship" is not a thing, nor should a franchise that won both their division and, more notably, the Presidents' Trophy feel obligated to try to make it a thing just to fill their rafters with fluff.
I hate to say it, but this is the type of stuff that helps hockey elitists wrongfully claim that the Nashville Predators unconventional existence is somehow compromising a long-standing hockey culture. After all, everyone knows you need at least a handful of Stanley Cups and/or thirty-five years experience before you're granted the benefit of the doubt in raising banners for random accomplishments...