Newly hired Tennessee Titans head coach Brian Callahan won a lot of people over during his introductory press conference at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Thursday by saying all the right things.
But his remarks during his radio appearance on 104.5 The Zone’s “Ramon, Kayla & Will” on Friday morning may have won him even more fans, particularly those who spend quite a bit of time at 501 Broadway.
“When it comes to sports that I like to watch, little-known fact — I’ve played a lot of ice hockey in my life,” Callahan said. “I played all the way through college, I was on a club team at UCLA. I was a football and hockey player, and so I love going to watch pro hockey and I can’t wait to go watch the [Predators] play. It’ll be pretty cool.”
The 39-year-old Callahan played one season of club hockey at UCLA, where he also played quarterback for the Bruins.
Callahan will have plenty of chances to watch the Nashville Predators play in person over the next few weeks as the team has an upcoming four-game homestand from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15 (with the NHL All-Star Weekend sandwiched in between), followed by another five-game homestand from Feb. 27 to March 7 — one day before the NHL trade deadline.
Playing in front of their NFL counterpart’s new head coach may be just what the Predators need to snap them out of their funk on home ice.
In 25 games at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators have a 13-12 record (52 win percentage) and have the third-fewest home wins in the Central Division. They’re on pace for their worst home record since they finished 19-17-5 (46.3 win percentage) during the 2013-14 season.
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