A catfish made its way into Game One in Pittsburgh.
Early in the second period of Game One of the Stanley Cup Final between the Predators and Penguins a catfish was tossed onto the ice. For those that aren’t familiar, it’s a tradition Nashville fans have had at home and Jacob Waddell wanted to take that tradition to the road.
WE'VE GOT A CATFISH ON THE ICE pic.twitter.com/gOlT5d9jLn
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 30, 2017
It turns out the bold move by Waddell could turn out to be a bit costly as he has been charged with disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting and possessing instruments of a crime, per CBS Pittsburgh.
The most impressive thing about this entire story is that Waddell reportedly brought the catfish with him all the way from Nashville by vacuum sealing it and slipping it into his compression shorts. After entering the arena he went to a restroom and wrapped the catfish in a free T-shirt (which we can assume was a Penguins one) washed his hands and went to his seat.
Let’s also not forget the power move, marketing wise, put out by Midday 180 here as the catfish was wrapped in a Midday 180 sticker and Waddell was rocking a Midday 180 shirt as he was taken out of the arena.
— p – Rally Catfish (@RallyCatfish) May 30, 2017
So this dude just got kicked out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for throwing a catfish on the ice. pic.twitter.com/DzLK6l1Mv5
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2017
After the catfish was thrown onto the ice, the Predators managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit and tie things up before ultimately falling 5-3.
The catfish throwing tradition began back in 2002 and stems from the Red Wings’ tradition of throwing octopuses on the ice which dates back to 1952. It’s safe to say Nashville took a page out of the Red Wings’ playbook and instead of an octopus, its fans went with a fish that everyone in the South is very familiar with.