I'm not going to try to sell the name "Fangerang" as anything but cringeworthy. I'm not going to say that summoning the musical influences of 'Gangnam Style' was the best choice in production for something that's meant to hype a crowd for one of the most pressure packed stages in all of sports. I'm not going to endorse any of the painfully caucasian choreography that took place. Still - while there no shortage of aspects of this video that make you want to shake your damn head so hard that that you lose the memory of watching it - it's just so perfectly Predators.
This corny video is hockey in Nashville in a nutshell. It may not feature people that know the intricacies of the sport and it might require excess alcohol for peak enjoyment, but it's loud, over-the-top, and shamelessly fun in a way in which only hockey in a Southern party city could be. Other than a star-studded roster that is unquestionably coming together at the right time, this montage is perfectly representative of what's making it so difficult to root against a team whose fans are embracing their team in a way that not many thought possible when they first arrived. Maybe I'm a sucker for stupid viral videos that are - at least in part - intentionally bad, or maybe the non-traditionalist vibe is a welcomed change to a sport that too often has a Sherwood stuck up it's ass. Either way, I'm down with the 'Fangerang' (until it gets repetitive and old after about 1.5 more viewings).