Taylor Lewan emerged as one of the Nashville Predators’ biggest fans during the team’s march to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, his fandom may have come at a cost.
Game Mens Joe Maddon Jersey The Pro Bowl left tackle had the honor of throwing a catfish — Nashville’s answer to Detroit’s tradition of throwing an octopus onto the ice in big games — onto the playing surface in the middle of the Preds’ decisive Game 6 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
He also suffered a minor laceration at some point during the game, but he was quick to shift blame away from an innocent siluriform.
League rules mandate a venue must be open for at least two seasons prior to hosting a Super Bowl, and it was assumed there would be a special waiver from league offices to allow the game to stay in LA. Tuesday’s decision shows that the NFL ultimately decided to go in the other direction, and push the City of Angels’ Super Bowl back one year.
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The league has waived Super Bowl rules to award the event to a venue in a priority market in the past. Super Bowl 48 needed NFL approval to be a rare open-air experience in a winter climate, but MetLife Stadium was allowed to host a 43-8 Broncos bloodletting at the hands of the Seahawks.
This time around, it just wasn’t in the cards. Now Tampa will host its fifth Super Bowl, and Los Angeles will have to wait one more year than expected.
Minneapolis will host next year’s Super Bowl, while Super Bowl LIII will be in Atlanta. Miami gets a turn in 2019, before the big game heads to Tampa and then to LA.