The Elbow staff
NASHVILLE, TN – Sitting on a dock along the Cumberland River, Norman Lewis has only one thing on his mind ahead of Sunday's game six.
"It'd be a great shame to be wasted on a plate," the 24-year-old catfish told The Elbow. "If I had one wish as I lie here, struggling to breathe, it would be that my carcass is snuck into Bridgestone arena under a sweaty man's jersey, flung 20 metres over peoples' heads and onto the ice."
"There's no higher honour for a catfish in this city than to be thrown on the ice, with all of your guts spilling out in front of thousands of screaming fans."
It's a story that rings true to many widowed catfish around the state.
Mary Spencer, of Old Hickory Lake, said her husband of 19 years was the game one catfish that commentators described as "gross".
"We were all so proud of Marty," she said. "To get that shoutout on CBC was icing on the cake. Our neighbours from the Canadian side of Lake Superior caught it on PVR and sent us a copy."
As for Lewis, he's only focussing on the future.
"I hope that I'm able to give my 12,000 children something to be proud of as they all gather around the TV set on Sunday night. This is a story I want them telling their thousands of kids tens of years from now."