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Preds Prehistoric Pedigree On Display

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by Steve Hayslip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Predators ‘Fang Fever' has been in full swing during the playoffs this week. The team is one win away from taking down one of the most storied franchises in the NHL, but the Red Wings aren't the only ones with history on their side.

"Most people, if they move here, don't realize we have a hockey history," said Ray Matthews, a local Predators fan.

The Nashville Predators have not only hockey history, but archeological history as well.

Below the bottom floor of Nashville's Regions Bank Tower, under the parking garage and a covered by a metal grate, lies cave that the last real predator called home. The spot was unearthed back in 1971 when excavating for the building began.

What construction workers found was a nine inch long fang and front foreleg bone belonging to a Saber Tooth Tiger.

"You know the last real Saber Tooth Tiger to walk this earth could have been on the streets of Broadway and reincarnated as Gnash and the Predators," said Matthews.

The bones are now displayed within the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in Bridgestone Arena with other artifacts found during the excavation.

"People think it's interesting because its most cities don't have a connection that was named after something that truly occurred in their city," said Kathy Reed with CBRE Management.

Preds Fan Ray Matthews not only honors the past, he promotes it with a special replica skull he brings for special games to educate his fellow fan.

"When they see this, they're like 'What's that? And I say that's our history, our beginning. That's where we began," he explained.

Email: shayslip@newschannel5.com

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