Despite the efforts of a Pittsburgh fish market, Predators fan Jake Waddell brought a catfish into PPG Paints Arena for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. He threw the catfish onto the ice with the Predators down 3-0 and was later cited for three misdemeanors.
It was a unfortunate twist to a prank that was incredibly complex, involving cologne, a truck and vacuum sealing.
Waddell spoke to Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone about the catfish prank on Tuesday, and he broke down exactly what went into bringing the mangled fish into the arena. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the full details.
Waddell said he didn’t know about the ID policy for catfish purchases in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t matter because he purchased the fish in Nashville, wanting it to be more authentic. He sprayed the fish with Old Spice and threw it in a cooler for the trip to Pittsburgh.
The best part involved the truck. Waddell ran the fish over to make it easier to vacuum pack. Via the Post-Gazette:
This was where he really started to shine. On game night, he took the fish to his cousin’s house, filleted it, cut out half the spine and ran it over with his truck. That made it easier to vacuum-pack and conceal … but not that easy.
“The head was too damn big,” Waddell said. “No matter how much I ran it over with my truck, the head was too big.”
Waddell took the remains of that fish and hid them inside compression shorts, which explains how he got it into the arena undetected.
When he threw the fish onto the ice, he was quickly escorted to a detainment room by arena security. He said he didn’t expect to be charged with those three misdemeanors, but added that a radio station and Nashville-area lawyers have offered their assistance.