Fans took to the streets of Pittsburgh to celebrate the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup title on Sunday night, and a few of them brought catfish, which became a symbol of the runner-up Predators’ improbable postseason run. In a tradition that dates from 2003, Nashville supporters tossed catfish onto the ice during the playoffs, and sometimes went to great lengths to smuggle the fish into the arena.
Rather than waving the seafood around in revelry like a smelly, guts-filled Terrible Towel, or, I don’t know, stomping on the bottom feeders, more than one Penguins fan was pictured devouring a raw, bloody catfish during Sunday’s celebration. Look, I get it. Deep-frying those bad boys or firing up an electric grill in the middle of a large crowd would’ve been dangerous, but besides being absolutely disgusting, consuming raw catfish doesn’t seem like the safest idea. When was the last time you saw catfish on a sushi menu?
Warning: The images below might spoil your appetite.
— AntonellaCrescimbeni (@AntonellaCres) June 12, 2017
(Update: Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up with one of the catfish eaters, AJ Alleyne, and it turns out he’s actually a Flyers fan. It’s been a banner postseason for Flyers fans getting noticed while masquerading as fans of other teams.)
— Shane Dunlap (@shanedunlap) June 12, 2017
Congrats, Penguins (and Flyers) fans. Hope you didn’t get salmonella.
— Tom Fontaine (@FontainePGH) June 12, 2017
Thanks to Deadspin for sharing.