As the official store of the Tennesse Titans, Titans Locker Room is a one-stop shop for apparel and accessories. Don a Pro-Bowler guise with a personalized jersey ($79-$99) or other authentic player apparel for men, women and Titan tykes. Get in the game with second-season sideline gear like hats ($22–$25) and sweatshirts ($89). Couch coaches can dress like head football guru Jeff Fisher sans his usual chainmail and astronaut boots with the basic polo($39) or travel back in time with the ladies’ retro hooded tee ($42). Outfit tiny Titanites in the infant Chris Johnson jersey ($40), and watch them produce the game-winning snore during this afternoon’s nap.
Winners of the 2010 Southern Professional Hockey League President’s Cup, the Huntsville Havoc face a new season of fast-paced puck-handling and loyally rowdy fans. With a reputation for playing inevitably exciting hockey, center Glenn Detulleo, goalie Dan McWhinney, and the rest of the team use their collective talent to propel the game, rather than resorting to marathon body checks or diabolical mind games. Mezzanine seats give fans a comprehensive view of every smoke-trailed slap shot, pulchritudinous power play, and wild zamboni stampede. Bring a lifelong hockey fan or your second head along for a night of intense fun as you watch the Havoc express-mail presents to the nets of the Surge, Riverhawks, or Ice Bears.
Dream Adventures USA's guides lead informative, scenic tours down the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. Up to three sets of sightseeing eyes can climb aboard each Yamaha 110 jet ski for a river trek. Cumberland River voyages, which cover up to 120 miles, include an exploration of Old Hickory Lake's coves, inlets, and dam before breezing through downtown Nashville and stopping at Rock Harbor for lunch. A sampling of up to 60 miles of the Tennessee River loops around Long Island and gives riders a view of the Alabama state line, which glows like the first down marker used on NFL broadcasts. Both tours begin with a brief safety overview and conclude at the original launch site.
Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.
A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.
School of the Legends’ Legends in Training program educates athletes, coaches, and fans with in-depth football curricula for every position on the field, all taught by current and former NFL players such as Jerome Bettis, Desean Jackson, and Jason Witten. Utilizing high-definition video instruction, these highly qualified instructors pull from their experiences on the gridiron's biggest stage to offer students unique insights into strategy as well as tips on improving in-game performance and friendships with mascots. Throughout the courses, pupils plow through a blockade of multiple classes and quizzes, one test, and one final exam. Along with position-specific strategies, the program also covers overall game aspects including conditioning, nutrition, and safety. Students graduate from courses armed with an invaluable knowledge of the game, a custom playbook, an award certificate, and a social-status badge comparable to a cub scout’s certified s'more-maker patch.
On October 7, 2000, the Predators opened the season with a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins just outside Tokyo, Japan. The series drew the largest crowds ever to witness hockey in the nation's history. But just two years prior, Nashville was the new kid on the NHL block. One of the final pieces of a massive expansion effort during the 1990s, the Predators became the 27th franchise in NHL history when they skated to a 1–0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on October 10, 1998. Like many new organizations and racehorses with four left hooves, Nashville stumbled out of the gate, missing the playoffs in each of its first five seasons. That futility came to a sudden halt in 2003-04, when the Predators made their first of four straight postseason appearances.