Buffalo and Nashville have a few things in common. Pete Weber has called games in both places. They were the only cities with only NHL and NFL teams among the four major sports -- until Las Vegas got its two franchises.
Oh, and neither has won the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup. We've had a lot more chances, of course. The Bills have gone 51 years without a title in the Super Bowl era and the Sabres 46 seasons without winning the Cup.
Now, the eighth-seeded Predators have reached the Cup finals in their 18th year of existence, giving Nashville a chance to join the ranks of Johnny Come Lately franchises that have won the Cup before the Sabres.
This rankles Buffalo fans to no end. Many are still bitter about Carolina winning in 2006 after beating an injury-riddled Sabres team in the conference finals. It twists the knife to know that Peter Laviolette, who coached that Hurricanes team, is now head man for the Preds.
The Music City has been in one title game. The Titans lost the Super Bowl after the 1999 season. I'll spare you the details of how they got there.