Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) fight for the puck during the second period of Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. The Penguins won 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup.

Urging faithful HOT BLAST subscribers to read a story about hockey in Alabama is like asking my dachshund to piddle in the backyard when it rains. Not gonna happen.

But trust me. This recent story at ESPN.com -- "Southern-fried hockey: How Alabama has made the sport its own" -- has several reasons why you should grab a cup of coffee and click away.

It has:

--Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban, talking about Southern hockey.

--Crimson Tide radio voice Eli Gold, talking about Birmingham hockey.

--A discussion about the difference between sports fans in Birmingham and Huntsville.

--Comments about the negative aspects of Huntsville losing its seven-days-a-week printed newspaper, The Times. (That caught my eye, obviously.)

--The number of north Alabamians who drive to Nashville to watch NHL games.

--And Birmingham fans' love of seeing guys on skates pummel each other.

Did I mention the Nick Saban reference? Can't go wrong with that. Especially with what happened out in California a few days ago.

-- Phillip Tutor

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