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An inside look at how the Predators' cheers originated

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Nashville Predators fans celebrate Sunday's historic win. (WSMV) Nashville Predators fans celebrate Sunday's historic win. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Inside Bridgestone Arena you’ll hear everything from fans taunting the goalie to thanking the announcer.

Nashville Predators fans have a unique voice in the NHL.

"Somebody whip up some gravy, he just got mashed!" Mark Hollingsworth cheered.

If you have ever wondered how the Predators cheers originated, it all came from Hollingsworth, who is an original season ticket holder.

"I was always fascinated with crowd interaction and enthusiasm around a team," Hollingsworth said.

His job took him to hockey arenas around the country, where he got many ideas.

"I literally had a notebook full of ideas that I collected because I was a journalist," Hollingsworth said.

Those notes, now some 20 years later, serve as cheer guide for thousands of Predators fans.

“Some of them are purely from other teams, some of them have been mutated by us, and some are completely original by us," Hollingsworth said.

"That's one, that's two, that's three, thank you Murray may we have another," Hollingsworth cheered. "It's a long chant and it's probably from five or six different sources, some that we created, some are from various things, one part is from the ‘Animal House’ movie."

The clip Hollingsworth is referring to is during the initiation scene when the boys are being paddled and have to say, "Thank you sir, may I have another?"

"This is kind of old hat for a lot of the Predators faithful, so I think we are all amused that it's just now catching on internally," Hollingsworth said.

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