It’s time for the Predators to Run This Town again…

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Now that the Nashville Predators have officially clinched a playoff berth, we can propose this.

What seems like a long long time ago (it’s only been a year and half) and in an arena not too far far away, the Predators began each home game with a video set to the Posthumus Zone remix version of Jay-Z’s two-time platinum single Run This Town. It was a huge hit. Matter of fact, it was so popular, all game intro videos since have been judged by it.

They’ve also fell short.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been some good ones. Some liked Diddy-Dirty Money’s Coming Home. Some liked Nickelback’s Burn It to the Ground. Some even like the current one, Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart. Some liked all of those but, the fact remains, none of them were as universal in appreciation and, most importantly, none of those have evoked the same kind of emotion that Run This Town did.

“It was the perfect pump-up song,” said Rachel Rosato, a four-year season ticket holder in section 319. “It gave me goosebumps every time it played. It just made you feel like our team could take on anyone.”

“When the video goes to color as Shea Weber puts on the Preds sweater,” said Justin Bradford, a season ticket holder in Cell Block 303, “that’s just a feeling of fangtastic rage. The kind of rage that makes you yell ‘LET’S DO THIS!'”

Picture it: It’s mid-April. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is here. Paul McCann finishes the pre-game announcements. The house lights go off. Nervous cheers erupt in anticipation of the playoff game that’s only moments away. Then, it starts. The opening piano keys, signaling the song’s triumphant return to Bridgestone Arena. All 17,113 go ballistic.

It’s rare that a song can stir up that kind of emotion at a sporting event, but this one does. Game Ops really hit a homerun when they made Run This Town their first intro video of the 2010-11 season. Problem is, they also screwed themselves. When you knock it out of the park on something you change often, hitting doubles and triples just isn’t good enough.

“No other video has even come close,” Rosato said. “It will always be the one I compare every other video to. To this day, we still play the song in our car on the way to every single game to get us pumped up.”

We propose that the Predators Game Ops crew do their part in creating the best possible environment for the playoffs. Bring back Run This Town. After all, before a single puck is dropped, before a single save is made and before a single goal is scored, you guys have the stage.

Take it and run with it.

6 Comments

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  2. H2opolorat

    March 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    My exfiance was the person in charge of editing all pregame and in-game videos last year. She told me that a large group of players requested the country version that played for a short time. She said the “run this town” intro wasn’t as popular with the preds staff as it was with the fans. And after awhile she said they got tired of it.
    I don’t know who is editing the videos this year, but I can almost guarantee that they won’t go back to “run this town”

  3. Predarat5

    March 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    The only good one this year is Kickstart my Heart.  Nickleback was blah, and coming home was one of the worst in the history of Preds pre game intro songs.  That song was a buzzkill.  For some reason it totally killed the atmosphere.  Game Ops was smart and got it out pretty quickly.  But Run This Town beats them all, its not my favorite, but still a good one and gets the crowd up and running.

  4. Slicedbread90

    March 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Run this town was the shit. So was Crazy Town, though.

    • Slicedbread90

      March 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I just watched the intro video again. I take it back. There are no other intro videos. Run this town was perfect.

  5. logickal

    April 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Personally, if I were making the decisions for Game Ops, I would be coming up with a new vid and use the Foo Fighters. If that’s not going to happen, get rid of everything else and go back to Run This Town.