In a couple of weeks’ time, will the Stanley Cup have a brand new franchise name engraved on its silver rings for the first time? And will a new name ever eclipse a world record holder who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of that crowning achievement?
The latest edition of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast comes on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final, where the Nashville Predators will make their first ever appearance in the championship round when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 on Monday night. To familiarize those who might not have paid that much attention to the run the Predators have made through the playoffs, we spoke with Fox Sports Tennessee’s Lyndsay Rowley, rinkside reporter and studio host for the Nashville Predators since 2014. In our conversation, Rowley explains how the team’s four-game first-round sweep of the Western Conference’s top team in the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks, was a driving force for the Preds to believe that there was much more left in store during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Also, Rowley explains to us the impact of defenseman P.K. Subban in his first year in Music City USA after being traded last year from Montréal, how the previous losses in the playoffs in the past by goaltender Pekka Rinne made him and his team a tougher squad, and why, despite the team’s nickname, the unofficial mascot for this club’s run to the Final is a catfish. Yes, a catfish.
Last month, we had the honor of covering the 123rd edition of the Penn Relays, one of the most prestigious track and field events in the world, and, during our time in Philadelphia, we ran into U.S. track and field great Kevin Young, the man who currently holds the world record in the 400 meter hurdles at 46.78 seconds. What’s even more remarkable about that record is that he set it back in the gold-medal race at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and Young explains to us why his record has stood the test of time despite the many advancements in track since then. Young, who is actively involved in different youth programs across the country, also tells us what he thinks is key in attracting more young men and women to the different disciplines in track and field. Crossing paths just outside of Franklin Field turned into a near one-hour conversation on a bench with one of the most gregarious people we have ever come across, and you will definitely be able to hear Young’s personality shine through throughout the interview.
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Interview Order: Intro (0:00 – 4:19); Lyndsay Rowley (4:19 – 21:40); Kevin Young (21:48 – 1:10:57); Wrap-up (1:11:04 – 1:13:15)