One of the greatest opportunities of my career was to be named the Voice of the Nashville Predators in August of 1998, a few weeks before training camp opened. That set up all sorts of firsts for me.
Going through training camp, we played all nine games on the road. The team played in Huntsville, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the home of the team's farm club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; among others. The team went 2-4-3 in those games, so there still was no real idea how the group would do.
I was thinking about how long the first season might turn out to be. Would the team threaten or approach the marks of the 1974-75 Washington Capitals (8-67-5) or would they be closer to the 1993-94 Florida Panthers (33-34-17)? That's a wide range there. On top of that, with no home games in the preseason, how would the crowd be?