Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a ton of fun writing about my favorite pro sports team, the Nashville Predators.  If cutting edge news presented itself, either myself or Amanda tried to be there to write something about it.  Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a lot going on right now, and I think everyone is well aware of that.

I’d like to take a little time and share a few things with you.  I absolutely love writing, especially about topics I enjoy or am passionate about.  I also love sports, especially hockey.  Hopefully you have gathered that by now.  But, what I don’t love, is trying to force myself to write something when nothing is happening or dig all day to scrounge up small news tidbits like the fact that Ben Guite has been signed by the Blue Jackets.  He played for the Preds, so i suppose it’s relevant news, but seriously, does anyone really care?  Plus, the mainstream media outlets are usually pretty good about posting boring write-ups about personnel changes like the Guite signing that are usually nothing but a bunch of facts inserted into well-organized, easy-to-read sentences.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not me. 

So, let me tell you what you can expect from me, going forward.  Time out – I italicized and bolded “me” in the previous sentence, not because I am arrogant or vain (I’m not), but because I wanted to separate myself from my great writing partner Amanda.  She may choose to do things differently, and I think that’s fantastic.  When I read a sports publication, I enjoy reading articles by writers with different personalities that have varying points of view and writing styles.  I think that’s what you’ll find here at Predlines.  To quote the philosophical guy who said it first, “Variety is the spice of life.”

Time in – I’m going to give you my honest opinion, every time.  If I think something sucks, I’m gonna let you know.  If I hurt your feelings, I didn’t mean to and hopefully you’ll get over it.  If I say something you disagree with or am just plain incorrect about something, by all means, please leave us a comment.  I love a little disagreement from time to time and definitely want to be corrected if I provide inaccurate info.  Conversation can sometime lead to great points of view that neither party considered, which I think is cool.

Let me expand on the paragraph above.  Most of my posts will be opinionoriented.  I need to feel some emotion if I’m going to write about something.  When the season starts, I probably won’t feel inclined to give box scores after games and tell you who had the highest shot percentage in the 2nd period.  That’s just not who I am or what I aim to do.  What I will do is let you know who I thought played well, and who I thought stayed out partying on Demonbruen too late the night before.  I’ll tell you if I thought the coaching or officiating sucked.  I might even let you know which Predators goal girl had the best performance of the night…you know, stuff like that.  Like it?  Great.  Hate it?  Stay tuned, hopefully you’ll like the next post.

If you’ve made it this far into this post, congrats, and I’m almost done…

I’m not here for play-by-play.  Think of me as the color commentary guy, but without the several years of professional game experience as a player or coach.  I’m going to show emotion.  I’ll probably screw up a time or two and have to call myself out for being an idiot, if someone else hasn’t already beat me to the punch.  At the end of the day, we are all Preds fans and are all rooting for the same team.  We won’t always be happy fans, we won’t always agree with moves the team makes, but we will support the team in victory or defeat as long as they are here in our town.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope they stay forever.

Just to let you know and clarify, we won’t altogether halt writing if nothing is going on.  If you don’t see a post, check back the next day.  We could post poorly written articles twice a day if we wanted to, but we want to give you blogs that we think are worth reading.  We currently have some pretty interesting articles in the works.  Word has it that The Hockey News picked the Preds to finish 10th in the Western conference.  Predlines will have a response…

Thanks so much for visiting.  We really do appreciate it.  Just to warn you, if nothing super cool happens in the world of the NHL/Predators soon, you’ll start learning about all of my hobbies, because I will be writing about them.  Thanks again if you read the entire post.  I thought it would be good to put this out there before the season begins.

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