The Pittsburgh Penguins took an early 2-0 series lead over the Nashville Predators, but the latter has since stormed back to even the count at two games apiece. However, not everyone is thrilled with the Predators’ recent resurgence — especially the Pittsburgh media.
Initially, Pittsburgh’s chief meteorologist, Jeff Verszyla of KDKA-TV, tweeted the following back on June 5:
I'm really getting tired of hearing about Nashville's fans…supporting a team in one Stanley Cup Playoffs does not make a Hockey Town
— Jeff Verszyla (@Verz) June 6, 2017
Taking a different and more accusatory take was Dan Kingerski of both 93.7 The Fan and PGH Hockey Now, claiming that Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena has been pumping in fake crowd noise.
“I’m convinced the Bridgestone Arena is using the PA to amp crowd noise,” wrote Kingerski. “Facts – the arena plays warm-up and in-game music at 110-112dbs, as measured by my own device. At the height of the crowd mania in Game 4, I believe my radio trained ears heard the pops and cracks of over-modulation. Lastly, the sound levels are never shown in the arena, unlike every other arena in which I’ve covered games.
“Why would the ‘record holder’ not show the sound level? The loudest the sound meter (on my iPhone) hit was about 114dbs. 114 is a great number and the crowd is engaged for a full 60 minutes. People don’t leave 10 minutes early to hit the bars or beat traffic.
“However, I believe I call ‘bunk’ on the 130dbs claim, at least achieved organically. However, the Predators are welcome to prove it.”