Make it six in a row for red-hot Thrashers

DENVER – Anthony Stewart’s bad pass was a game-winning goal.

Stewart scored 1:49 into overtime to give the Thrashers a 3-2 victory over Colorado Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. It was a franchise-record tying sixth straight win for the red-hot Thrashers.

Stewart admitted afterward that he was trying to pass the puck to Dustin Byfuglien.

“To be honest, I just tried to put it on his stick but I guess I got too much toe of my stick, it went on net and went in,” Stewart said. “I heard the crowd go ‘Awww.’ I thought I must have hit someone in the face. I saw the guys put their arms up so then I figured it must have went in.”

The Thrashers (13-9-3, 29 points) are now sixth in the Eastern Conference and one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Only Pittsburgh, Thursday’s opponent, has a longer current winning streak at seven straight.

It was a come-from-behind victory for the Thrashers after they surrendered two third-period goals. However, Byfuglien tied the game at 2-2 with his 10th goal of the season with 6:12 remaining in regulation. More impressive, was that the Thrashers killed off a tripping penalty to Nik Antropov with 1:01 remaining. After killing the 5-on-4 portion at the end of regulation, the Thrashers blanked the Avs for 59 seconds of the 4-on-3 in overtime.

“The whole penalty was about you have to suck it up now, you have to play through,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “In the overtime it was about attacking the entry. In a 4-on-3 or 5-on-3 your best chance is to attack the entry and we did it. We jumped the entry, got in a battle, we got the puck and eventually got it down there. They ended up with one set up that we blocked. I wanted them to really go for it.”

The Thrashers matched the franchise record for consecutive wins set March 6-16, 2009. During the current win streak, the Thrashers have outscored the competition 22-5.

Stewart’s goal, his seventh of the season, was a classic example of Ramsay’s mantra: Put the puck on the net and good things happen. Stewart’s pass/shot from wide of the goal trickled under Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj’s pads.

“It was a great play to take the puck to the net, put the puck on net and who knows what will happen,” Ramsay said of the game-winner. “Buff was strong on the puck, got us a chance to regroup after the penalty kill, which was absolutely tremendous. I can’t say enough about our defensemen and about Brent Sopel on the last penalty kill. He was just brilliant. He gave us a chance.”

Ondrej Pavelec turned in another strong performance in goal. Making his seventh straight start and 13th consecutive appearance, Pavelec stopped 29-of-31 shots. Over the team’s six-game win streak, Pavelec has stopped 183-of-188 shots.

“Big win,” Pavelec said. “They scored two goals in the third period but we didn’t quit. It was huge that we killed that penalty and then scored right away.”

Rich Peverley opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at the 10:41 mark of the first period. Peverley threw a wide-angled shot that beat Budaj.

“It was kind of a broken play,” Peverley said. “I just lost [the puck], but it came back to me and I shot it and thought maybe I would catch him off guard. I didn’t even see the net, I just shot it.”

The goal marked the 10th time in the past 12 games that the Thrashers have scored first goal – all coming in the first period.

Colorado forced the action in the second period and finally cashed in during the third period. Matt Duchene took a neutral zone turnover and beat Pavelec on a rush 1:43 into the final stanza for his seventh goal of the season and fourth in four games. David Jones tipped a point shot past Pavelec on a power play at the 10:10 mark to give the Avalanche the lead. Evander Kane, who was called for interference to set up the power play, was hit in the left knee by a shot from Tobias Enstrom during the delayed call. Kane left the ice in considerable pain and did not return. Ramsay said Kane would be evaluated Wednesday.

With the Thrashers trailing, Byfuglien rescued the Thrashers again. He brought the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot that was blocked. He regained control and set another laser on net that beat Budaj.

“Kid came down and block my shot and everyone just kind of backed up and gave me time to load up and pick my spot,” Byfuglien said. “Nailed it on the spot.”

Byfuglien extended his point streak to six games, with five goals and six assists.

“Winning is good,” Ramsay said. “It is nice and it’s a confidence builder as we continue to do this thing. As great as this is, and it’s really fun, we have to understand how we did it and stay away from those lulls.”

54 comments Add your comment

cousin Eddie

December 1st, 2010
1:57 am

Big game Thursday! Lucky #7

Alan R.

December 1st, 2010
2:08 am

Thanks for the late night posting! You’re a workhorse! We Thrashers faithful love that with our beat writer just as much as we love that with our favorite team. Thank you!

Now, let’s beat Pittsburgh and make it win number 7!


December 1st, 2010
2:09 am

Pavs surrendered Kari Lehtonen-like marshmallow as Colorado deadlocked score in third period. Second goal unstoppable by earthly standards as Thrashers slipped behind by a goal. Tying Thrasher tally equally unstoppable. Excellent penalty killing at close of regulation then into overtime ensured at least one point. That extra point was tremendously appreciated. Winning streak now at six games. SIX GAMES. Who would have thunk it? So very proud of fight these guys have displayed over the last dozen or so outings. With only a few real stinkers in bunch. Congratulations fellows. Keep up wonderful work. STENDEK :) :) :) :)

Furious George

December 1st, 2010
2:23 am

Any word on Kane’s status? A puck to the knee is never good, hopefully its just sore and nothing’s broken.


December 1st, 2010
2:35 am

Somewhat older news, but a pretty good article from the Bruin’s announcer after we beat ‘em …


December 1st, 2010
3:13 am

I was at the game tonight and boy it looked like they were collapsing there for a while, but they managed to pull it out. These aren’t the Thrashers of old that’s for sure. We need to get out to Philips and support this team.

And, I agree with the person above, CViv, great work (as usual)!


December 1st, 2010
7:04 am

litz: That was a fair article by Edwards. I wish he would have researched a little more as to why the support for this team is not as strong as it should be.

CViv: Many thanks for all the info. The support for the team is growing and I hope the coverage the AJC provides will increase.

hip czech

December 1st, 2010
7:57 am

All these articles about the Thrashers attendance problem fail to mention all the other teams that are only drawing 12000 a night. Look at the attendance in Colorado last night…or in NJ for a weeknight game or mention how few fans Boston or Pittsburgh put in the seats just a few short years ago when they stunk. After 10 years of ONE playoff appearance it’s sort of amazing the Thrashers draw even 12000.

Once football season is over and if this team continues to put up the numbers the Thrashers will consistently draw 15000-18000. If not, the only reason is the down economy which is affecting every team.

Just more of the same of the elitists bashing on southern teams.

The Real Thrash

December 1st, 2010
8:08 am

If we don’t look at locking up to contracts the guys on this team we are crazy.
That would be Waddell is crazy.

The Real Thrash

December 1st, 2010
8:13 am

Whining about why our attendance numbers isn’t compared to other teams is just that, whining.
We are responsible for our own building. Get out and support the team no matter how many times we have been to the playoffs. No matter if its football season or not. Do they play football in Pittsburgh and DC? Yes. The Redskins have been terrible for years and still sell out the games.
We know who uses excuses.


December 1st, 2010
8:17 am

@litz Thanks for the link to the Bruins article. There where some good points but I also have some problems with it as well and felt compelled to comment. The fan issues in this town are so complicated that I don’t think it is fair to “blow into town” with the Thrashers in the middle of there greatest stretch in team history(just think how pathetic THAT sounds after TEN years) and slam the fans. Do a little research the fans WILL come if the team keeps playing well. We got some bridges to build around hear…the octo-cluster and DW burned just about ALL of the others.

Lets go Thrash!!! What a great run!!!!


December 1st, 2010
8:30 am

Very good result…. I thought we looked a little ‘out-of-sync’ for most of the game, except for short periods here and there. The Avs hustle may have had something to do w/ it though.

However, we hung tough, and ground it out. Found a way. Showed resilience.

Anxious about Kaner…….

“Live Hockey, Love thrashers!”.


December 1st, 2010
8:31 am

Please enjoy a rarity Thrasher followers. A team of unknowns who are busting their chops for almost 60 minutes every game. Such teams are special. Such a squad won Stanley Cup in Calgary many seasons ago. These guys are hungry. As are Falcons. How do you defend such a team? Different contributor every time out. Want to lock em all in for multi year deals? Nothing will quench that fire in their guts any quicker. I personally do not want a team of worthless figure eight skating Illya Kovalchuks. New Jersey fans know all too well that one is far too many. Exiling untalented bum to Garden State best fan move Thrasher brass ever made. Amazingly. Know when musicians produce their finest tunes? When they are struggling to reach top. Why push themselves once they reach top? Like Beatle Paul McCartney. Image Craig Ramsay having to deal with me me me prima donnas like Kovalchuk. What does he do when guy refuses to play within system? Bench him? Fans would complain. Discipline him? How? Take away one of his Rolls Royces? Think people. This core group will not stay together long. Sort of like a comet. Burns brightly then is gone. Just enjoy em while they are here. Go Thrashers! STENDEK :) :) :) :)

Spud Webb

December 1st, 2010
8:32 am

ahahhahahaaha, stendek, STAY off the bandwagon…you’ll ruin it. No more petrino ramsey? And quit bashing pavs…just leave it alone…good thing going. ahhahahha, love the fair weathers…great job STENDEK

hip czech

December 1st, 2010
8:33 am

TRT, not excuses just precedent. Every year attendance in Oct and Nov stinks, picks up around Christmas and if the Thrashers are at all decent is at least at league average from Jan to April.

I agree real fans should be ought there in Oct and Nov, but where are the real fans on Long Island? In NJ? In Denver? In Columbus? Do we see the constant clamor to move these teams to Winnipeg?

If the non-Spirit group would do ANY advertising at all apart from the safe zone of the northern suburbs they may actually put a few more people in the seats. People do live on the south and west sides.


December 1st, 2010
8:38 am

Strange that my three favorite comedians were all born in Canada. Bob Hope. Forever tops. John Candy. Underappreciated superstar. Leslie Nielsen. No Shirley comments please. Miss all of em. Rest in peace fellows. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. STENDEK :) :) :) :)


December 1st, 2010
8:42 am

Know who Colorado goaltender reminded me of on first and third Thrasher goals? Just asking. :( STENDEK


December 1st, 2010
8:45 am

I watched the 1st and 2nd periods. I see the 1-0 didn’t hold up. I didn’t think the scoring was over. I am happy to be nice visitors and give our Western Conf. hosts a point for inviting us in for a match.

I feel the Buff to forward discussion is over. Buff pretty much seems to roam wherever he wants with coach’s blessing. Kovy would skare around waiting to get fed the puck. Buff plays hard in all zones. Big difference. Anyway, Buff is a fourth forward out there and he either still gets back on D or Toby has his back. It works.


December 1st, 2010
8:46 am

Winning will resolve attendance problems. That was reason I said Thrashers must defend Philips Arena. Falcons certainly make visits to Georgia Dome unpleasant for opponents. Thrashers must make Philips Arena unhospitable for rivals. Even if a loss is inevitable make sure winners limp back home with bumps, bruises plus respect for a hard hitting young team. Nothing will unify and solidify a fan base more. :) :) :) :) STENDEK

Michael B. Shapiro

December 1st, 2010
9:12 am

Liked Coach’s comment about jumping the entry on the PK. It’s been the Thrashers’ downfall for years, and is so nice to see. Don’t let the PP team set up, challenge them before and as they’re entering the offensive zone. Break up the pass (anybody else notice how our sticks are down on the ice in passing lanes of late?).
Was concerned that in the 2nd and 3rd the Avs seemed to take a much more aggressive approach and we lost momentum. First Avs goal was because Pavs moved his stick. Think he has second-guessed that change. Had the stick remained where it was, Duchene’s five-hole shot would’ve been stopped. Second goal was unstoppable. Still, with less than 10 minutes in the game, the Thrashers re-gained their urgency and tied it up. Great PK at the end of regulation and into OT. So nice to see the win streak continue (I was holding my breath). Go Thrash, beat the tuxedo birds Thursday and somebody stuff Cindy Crotchby into a board or a net please.


December 1st, 2010
9:36 am

That was a nice win for our Thrashers last night. Bogosian stated that the altitude was hard to adjust too. Ramsey was trying to keep everyone shifts a lot shorter. You could see the affects on the team. The Avalanche were flying around for all three periods. The Thrashers came out on fire and was flying around in that first period. Then it looked like we were just trying to hang on to the one goal lead. I’m not total convinced that Antropov is completely back from his hip injury. He just looked real slow last night. Burmistrov is going to be something very special. The kid was flying around all night long. Chris VIv- Have you heard anything about Kaners injury? We have two tough road games coming up. I think the Penguins have won something like seven strait. I hope to see every at the Bulb on Dec 6 against Nashville.


December 1st, 2010
9:38 am

Pavs has been unconscious for Thrashers as of late – figaratively not literally. Two goals against one of best teams on their home ice is cause for positive reflection. Avs had fashioned quite a home streak of their own. Thrashers continue to play with Falcon like confidence. Falling behind is only a minor patch of rough ice to these guys. I counted six super saves by Pavs. Positioning error led to first Colorado goal. Tying Av goal was unstoppable. I seldom say that but it was true in this instance. Only tying Thrasher goal was quality one. Will still gladly take other two. Thrashers due those plus a lot more. Go Thrashers. :) :) :) :) STENDEK

Joe McGrath

December 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Anyone notice the name under Anthony Stewert during post-win interview read “Chris Stewert”?

Joe McGrath

December 1st, 2010
9:41 am



December 1st, 2010
9:44 am

Stendek, unfortunately, I do not think that winning alone will resolve attendance problems. Instead, the owners need to make more of a committment to the fans. It used to be that the gameday experience at Philips arena was enjoyable, but now, it is a joke. The place is dirty, dingy and half of the lights and scoreboards are not lit. The owners simply do not care. There are not gameday giveawyas or promotions (i.e. shirts, bobbleheads, etc) like there used to be. While this may not seem like a big deal, it is emblematic of ownership’s attitude towards the franchise and its fanbase, they simply do not care.

We have one of the lowes payroll’s in the NHL – it is all about cost cutting and skimping when it comes to the Atlanta Thrashers Organization. Even if we put a great product on the ice, fans will not want to return after they have their first “Philips Experience.” Right now, the Thrashers salesforce literally can not give tickets away.

I have been going to games since 2000, and this is the worst it has ever been…

Go Thrashers.


December 1st, 2010
9:45 am

“Losing” Ilya Koval-Suck was THE BEST thing to have happened to this franchise. What a cancer he is!!! This team is so much more fun to watch. Big Buff, Laddy boy, Kane, Pevs, are all awesome. After a third of a season, they’re starting to jell into Ramsey’s system. We’ve got a winning product right now. Fans: go out and support the team, show up, and make some noise!

Chris Vivlamore

December 1st, 2010
9:54 am

Thanks for the kind words folks.
Just getting up and about here in Denver (two hours behind) and will wing my way to Pittsburgh today. Not sure if I will have an update on Evander Kane. There is no team practice today due to travel. I will, as usual, report from Thursday’s morning skate.


December 1st, 2010
10:02 am

Anyone notice in between periods when Bogosian (up 1-0) said “we don’t need any more goals”. Ummmmmmm, yeah we do. Last night we kinda reverted back to our past and after the 1st period seemingly got dominated in time of possession (does anyone keep this stat? someone should, I’d be interested!) Glad we pulled it out!


December 1st, 2010
10:07 am

I’d be very curious to hear other peoples feelings regarding the “Phillips arena experience” aside from attendance issues.


December 1st, 2010
10:23 am

Didn’t think that was one of the better Thrasher games last night but they found a way to win. I’d say we were outplayed for 40 of the 60 minutes but we were opportunistic, one of the recurrent themes during this win streak. Waaaaay too many turnovers in our zone and neutral zone, we left Pavs out to dry a few times but luckily he stopped most of them. Hope Kane is ok, that looked like it hurt big time. I love how the Avs got out of the way like the parting of the Red Sea when Buff geared up for that slapshot that tied the game. Good lord, I wouldn’t want to be in front of that either. Couple of other observations: 1. Burmistrov knows what he’s doing out there. He always seems to be in the right spot, makes the right touches on the puck, doing good things out there. 2. Antropov still isn’t quite 100% healthy…he still looks just a bit slow… That’s all I got. Let’s end Pittsburgh’s streak and keep ours going on thursday!


December 1st, 2010
10:27 am

@Joe McGrath

yeah, I noticed that too. I wonder if they were going to interview Chris before they interviewed anthony. Anthony did say his brother was there during the interview

Kaiser Souze

December 1st, 2010
10:32 am

Whaler8888 are you really curious or just part of the Spirit group that reads but doesn’t do anything? Comments over the years have ranged from over pricing on most concessions, scoreboards that have not been in operation for years, nasty restrooms, weak general mgmt and a even weaker product on the ice. The Thrashers have been upgraded now work on the rest of the Phillips Experience. Selah!


December 1st, 2010
10:37 am

What a comeback!1 Read a little blog from an Avs fan who said Buff’s shot may have broken the sound barrier. Pretty cool / On to Pitt.


December 1st, 2010
10:42 am

Definetley not a big spirit fan but I think as the thrash are getting more positive attention we can point out improvements in the game day experience that might get noticed.

Gwinnett Fred

December 1st, 2010
10:42 am

This morning came a little earlier than usual today, but well worth staying up to the end to watch a great game.

Great points above about other teams not named the Thrashers having attendance problems. Heck, last night only drew 12,131 in Colorado – and they are in first place and HAD a nice home win streak.

That’s not to say the team won’t continue to be rumored to be leaving the ATL if it doesn’t pick up, but hopefully that will happen -this teams, more than any previous Thrasher squad deserves it.

BTW – practicing what I preach, bought a pair for next Friday’s game against Colorado and a family Christmas present on the 26th with 5 more tickets. DOING MY PART!!!

BTW – With $18 seats in the 200 level for some weekday games – there is NO excuse for any real fan that wants to keep the team in town to not go at least occasionally.

Keep it up THRASH!!!


December 1st, 2010
10:44 am

Fugly win, but it counts for two and not much else matters. Had a field day after seeing the Ned Flanders on the back of Budaj’s helmet….we were calling him Stupid Flanders all night, which was fun. OTF this morning hit the nail on the head, when they were breaking down the game in saying that the team was finding a way to win these games. In years past, they would have found a way to lose that game after giving up the Duchane goal (who incidentally was tremendous in the 3rd last night).

Add me to the how’s Kaner bandwagon please? I didn’t see him after he took that shot and Darren and Matt didn’t mention it.


December 1st, 2010
10:47 am

BTW for a place called PHILIPS arena, can’t they have a better jumbotron and better TV’s throughout the bulb?


December 1st, 2010
10:55 am

whaler8888 – My “Philips Experience” consists primarily of watching hockey. Add a cold beer, maybe a bag of peanuts or a pretzel, sometimes a hotdog and I am good. Having a nearby bathroom is nice, too.


December 1st, 2010
11:01 am

Gwinnett Fred- Nice job! I will be at the games as well. I’m so excited about this team. My two son’s who play hockey are in love with this team. All they are asking for Christmas is Thrasher Jerseys and a Fathead for their wall. Now my four year daughter wants to play hockey. I guess I will sign her up next year. The Thrasher fever is spreading like wild fire!

Gwinnett Fred

December 1st, 2010
11:06 am

There you go Flames. My 11 year old daughter (a big fan since she was FIVE) has really kept me going thru rough times.

The only problem is, whe used to just love to go – now she’s gotten old enough they NEED TO WIN – LOL.

As for my “Phillips Experience” (I go to 10-12 games a year) – I can understand not having every concession stand open – but how the hell do you have just ONE cashier?? Last went to the Detroit game and there was ONE cashier behind the counter. Incredible. I will give them kudo’s on the bottomless soft drink & popcorn, but when you have to wait 10 minutes for a refill – it kind of kills the purpose (maybe that was their plan).

Anyway, Happy Holidays to all & GO THRASH!!!

hip czech

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

Couple points I agree with…I also thought Bogosian’s comment about ‘not needing any more goals’ was pretty odd.

And, I agree the experience at home games has gone downhill over the last 3 or 4 years. ‘05-’06 games were just unbelievably rockin’…great atmosphere, lots of, umm, electricity in the air. Took my brother and sister-in-law to a game that year and their response was ‘man, that was LOUD’.

Now, the 400 section is curtained off…they can’t even show out of town scores on the aux scoreboards in the corners any more (what is up with that!?!?!?) and the first period is usually pretty dead.

Winning will probably fix the game day experience for the most part…Thrashers fans are pretty good (at least in the 3rd period) about getting some noise generated when there are 15000 in attendance.

I still love going to games, no better experience for my money, but I hope we fans get behind this team and get the place rockin’ like it was ‘05-’06/’06-’07 again.


December 1st, 2010
11:54 am

If only the Thrashers had a marketing department…you know, TV Commercials, billboards, the foresight to push their young stars (Buff, Burmistrov, Kane, Ladd, Pavelec). In a market like this you have to try extra hard, especially with the Falcons doing as well as they are


December 1st, 2010
12:52 pm

And the streak continues . . . Awesome.

On the Phillips experience: Not bad once the game starts. Seems like there are plenty of concessions with short lines, plenty of restrooms with short lines. I miss (from other city experience) the fan-participation games between periods, but the ice girls are a nice touch (wink).

What’s missing? Well, there is no legacy or identity with this franchise. Coming from St. Louis, there are banners for Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, Bernie Federko, and Brett Hull (among others). There is the legacy of years of blue collar work, and the early franchise success with guys like Jacques Plante and Glen Hall and Al Arbour and Red Berenson. Here, the legacy and history quite frankly is best forgotten, and all the banners belong to the Hawks (even back to the St. Louis days!).

Only a few pet peeves: (1) They need to open an entrance door convenient for the parking garage between Phillips and the Dome. Now, have to walk all the way around the arena; (2) the doors don’t open until an hour prior to game time (simply bizarre, likely political bow to the CNN Center concessions); (3) the luxury box side of the arena detracts from what a hockey game crowd experience should feel like.


December 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

Great win. A “character” win, as it was the ‘come from behind’ variety. And, it’s another big win. Too bad Tampa Bay came back to steal that game from Toronto, last night. That was atrocious to watch.


December 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

DawgDad, I don’t know about a door to the Dome area…I mean I don’t have a reference as to where it might be.

I agree about the club seats. They could easily convert sections 101 & 107 into regular seating and still have more than ample club seats available. I know the whole arena is usually under-full but on games where attendance is good, the club seats are much less populated than the regular seating over behind the benches.

The thing is, a lot of those club seats are already sold in corporate packages (at for something approaching full price) and they just go unused. So I don’t expect any change unless the building is routinely sold out.


December 1st, 2010
3:32 pm

I appreciate the comments regarding the arena. I also find the empty club seats very distracting. Not a fan of the “knights” cheer during the anthem and maybe as a traditionalist the announcer’s “thrashers on the powerplay” bugs me – just seems unfitting of an NHL team.

I think Ramsey is fabulous and he made the comment that we have to “create our own excitment” when the building is half empty. I guess as fans we have to do the same. It will change if we keep winning.

Old Time Hockey

December 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

The most impressive thing about last nights game was how we held on late in the game. Any athlete playing a game in Denver has to deal with the altitude. And it’s late in the game that it has it’s most dramatic effect. Add to that the fact that it was the last of a six game homestand for the Avs (they were well acclimated to the altitude) and it is even more impressive. The difference between these Thrashers and years past is that this years version are doing the little things.

As I said after game 3…Big Buff for Norris trophy. Still reminds me of Niedermeyer the most. He’s fast enough to get back on D and he’s so damn big that NO ONE is stupid enough to take a run at him. Wonder what the fans in Chicago think about his transformation.


December 1st, 2010
4:49 pm

Whilst reading thru the above it occurred to me that a “How’s about that Pevs” was in order EH?

EVERYBODY w/ their shoulder against the Wheel!!
Gotta love the balance.



December 1st, 2010
5:00 pm

Who cares about the arena.
It’s about winning. I remember watching pens at igloo and having a rat pay a visit but they were winning and no one cared. I do care about BL wanting no one to show up so that he can prove to Gary that hockey can’t make it here then he’ll sell and make profit and stick it to all of us who have done nothing but support 10 years of losing.
We need to show up and prove that hockey is more than viable if the product is viable.
The heck with BL

Mr Bill

December 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

I think part of the fan problem is the economy there are alot of people out of work and I’m sure a number of those are hockey fans. Also mid week games have never done well its very difficult to drive downtown with all that traffic especially if work on the north side of town where alot of fans are perhaps starting at 7;30 would be better than 7pm.The true hockey fans are northeners and southerners are into football. This is not a city that is up north, I do hope more fans come out but when you are collecting $300 a week and have to figure out how to live its hard to buy tickets, This econmoy is hurting everybody.