Slug-Nation Sent Slithering Away In Defeat…Again

I don’t know about you, but the only thing better than beating the Buffalo Sabres is watching as their fans…who infest Philips Arena twice per year…skank out of our barn after yet another loss to our Thrashers. They just don’t seemed to be quite as loud and obnoxious after losing…again…in Philips Arena, do they?

Now, don’t get me wrong here…there are a great number of fine, well-adjusted, fun-loving, decent hockey fans that originate from western New York. These folks could be found in Taco Mac after the game…kicking back a few adult beverages and mingling with Thrashers fans. But for some odd reason, this fanbase also seems to breed more than their fair share of fans who just don’t seemed to be secure enough with themselves to simply come in, root for their favorite team and just enjoy the game.

As Sean Grace pointed out so wonderfully just the other day…”Sabre fans fully intend to roll through Blueland and disrespect our team and our fans”.

To be sure, this crowd make Flyers fans look somewhat human.

I know these types get under the skin of so many fans…and obviously that is their intention. But for me, well, it just makes the final outcome that much sweeter. Watching the Thrashers come away winners in all four times against them this year… and knowing that these guys won’t be able to see their team perform in the post-season due in no small part to the points denied them by the Thrashers…well, it just makes me chuckle at ‘em.

Honestly, I sorta got a kick out of last night…the way the infestation that is Slug-Nation got in our faces, hurled there insults at us, wagged the finger at us…then,  once Kovy beat Ryan Miller on OT, hauled-ass outa the place faster then cockroaches when the lights get turned on.

As for the game…for the fourth time this season Atlanta and Buffalo required overtime to determine a winner. And, also for the fourth time, the Thrashers proved to be just thaaaaaaaaaaaat much better than the Sabres in their match-ups.

After Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win, completing the season sweep, Atlanta is now 12-3-3 against Buffalo on the home ice of Philips Arena since the Thrashers came into the league. Although the Sabres did manage a point out of the contest, they are now left five points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. And they only have six games left to make up the difference.

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They may not be dead yet…but they certainly are circling the drain.

Johan Hedberg was outstanding on this night, stopping 30 of the 32 shots Buffalo got off. The two that did beat him were while the Sabres were on the power play…one of the two-man variety. He was only required to stop one shot in overtime, a blast by Jason Pominville.

After falling behind 1-0 on a Thomas Vanek goal at 7:01 of the first, Zach Bogosian zipped one past Ryan Miller one minute and thirty-five seconds later. Slava Kozlov jammed one in halfway through the second before Vanek tied it up while on a 5 on 3 power play.

In overtime, it was Kaptain Kovy that sent the crowd home happy…well, at least those who didn’t have giant yellow skid marks on the front of their jerseys. After Vanek ever-so-kindly passed the puck off his skate, Kovalchuk raced in and powered the puck under Miller.

“LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO….LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO…LET’S GO BUuu……Oh crap, let’s just GO”!

The victory brings Atlanta’s second half record to 20-15-1 with five games remaining. The Thrashers are now winners of three in a row, four of the last five and ten of thirteen.

Now the Thrashers embark on their last road trip of the season, playing Florida Friday night and in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon. The next home game is Tuesday night…which should be just about enough time for the cleaning crew at Philips to fumigate the place as to rid Blueland if the residue that was left behind.

Remember TJs On Sunday

Just a quick reminder regarding the Thrashers viewing party at TJs on Holcomb Bridge on Sunday afternoon to watch the game in D.C. Hope to see ya all there…and that includes Pat and the lovely & whimsical Ashley who sat with us Wednesday night, helping to make beating the Sabres even that much more enjoyable!

120 comments Add your comment

Jimbo

April 2nd, 2009
10:24 am

Another good, fast paced game. Some hard hitting both sides. Stuart getting very physical. Way to go Blue. More optimism for next year.

LAC

April 2nd, 2009
10:27 am

Rawhide…. Of note…. With our win and NYI loss we CANNOT be worst team in NHL. Looks to be Colorado or NYI… But not us…

We have been eliminated !!!!!!!! Is that “moving forward ?”

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

Hey Rawhide, great post, as usual. Also, great to see you again. I wonder if any one knows whether other teams in the south have to suffer through these fans. Last night’s fans were smaller in number so it didn’t get under my skin quite as much. However, we did move down after listening to Buffalo fans behind us for the first period. The end was sweeter than honey!

Rawhide

April 2nd, 2009
10:44 am

LAC – Good point! When you consider that at the beginning of 2009 we were right down there with the Islanders, yes indeed that moving in the right direction. Hey, we take what we can get in that regards.

Also, on that note…Atlanta now has 72 points after 77 games, which is 27th in the NHL. However, the two teams just above us…LA and Phoenix…each have 73. The Kings have a game in hand but if the Thrashers were able to overtake them it would mean we aren’t a lottery pick team!

Again…considering the way things have gone around here the past two season, that’s progress.

Eileen – Great to see you both as well. I have friends in Tampa who have had the same experience with this crowd. He tells me that they start chanting “Wide Right…Wide Right” or, “Skate in Crease…Skate in Crease” at ‘em when they start acting like fools.

Spud Webb

April 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

Another great game. As a Buffalo fan from Western NY I have to agree Rawhide, we have some of the WORST fans in the world. It can be embarrising for sure. Game notes, what a GREAT game, as always vs Buffalo. Good job Thrashers!!!! God they have to keep this going next year. HORRIBLE penatly by Ex.
One of the greatest days of my life was in Raliegh, NC, Game 7 Eastern Conference finals, I got 2 tickets on the Red line, lower bowl, 14 rows up. And I was JACKED UP. I’ve actually been to a GAME 7, with my team playing, CROSS THAT OFF THE TO DO LIST!!!!!!!! My buddy & I get to the parking lot and the attendent asks “sabres or carolina”, I said huh? He said who are you rooting for, I say the sabres. “go that way”, they seperated all the sabres fans as best they could. I quickly learned why, turns out after game 1 in carolina (a buffalo win), the obnoxious sabres fans come out of the stadium HURLING the commerative glasses that were given out. Throwing them at cars, the stadium and just being drunk &sses. Caused a real stir. We werent allowed down pre-scate because sabre fans were OUT OF HAND. Ruined it for me in a lot of ways.
For me personally almost got my arse beat for my sabres jersey, by a hurricane fan. Turns out the guy next to me had a few bad experiences with Buffalo fans during the series. The guy was GIANT, I calmed it down during the game, rooting respectfully during the game. Afterwards as we are walking through the parking lot here comes this giant again, my thoughts “this is going to hurt”. Turns out he comes up and apolagizes and explains why he was being a jerk, because of other sabre fans during the series. He ends up meeting us at a bar afterwards and buying our drinks all night!!!
Point being I apolagize for any out of hand Sabres fans. A staple of western NY is tooooooooo much beer for whatever the event is. Always & forever. If you ever go to a game in Buffalo, keep the kids with ear plugs in and “blinders”. You will see and hear some UNBELIEVABLE things. Unexcusable!!!!

Hockey Biltong

April 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

Loved XLB’s right hook to Buffablo player in the crease. He went straight down, prolly selling it a bit, but it looked like a good smack from where I sat.

Libby

April 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

What a great game. It was so nice saying to the rude Buffalo fans, Bye Bye Buffalo after the game. This was not appreciated by the slugs. I love watching Toby and Bogo together.

Spud Webb

April 2nd, 2009
11:00 am

Can we PLEASE go back to the old school blue jerseys? the slug kills me.

jason

April 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

I was at the game and I actually hugged the person next to me (which I never do) after Kovy scored the goal.

But maybe the highlight of the night for me was getting home and watching the highlights on the Thrashers site. I guess the NHL used the MSG feed for the highlights tonight, so we get to “enjoy” Rick Jeanneret and his calls. So of course he goes off on a soliloquy on every great play the Sabres make. But when Kovy scores the goal? Silence. Dead silence. Ah, it’s a great feeling, isn’t it?

Hip Czech

April 2nd, 2009
11:03 am

One stat I was not aware of…the Thrashers are 12-3-3 against Buffalo at Philips. The throng of Sabres fans that come in and think they own the place ought to think again. Sure is a lot to be proud of my dear Sabre fans…THREE wins in Atlanta all-time. Shoot, we have FOUR wins against Buffalo THIS year.

Can’t wait to see a full year of Bogosian next year.

TableHockey

April 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

Knobler’s article from the game has an interesting quote from Kovy: “He’s shown everybody he’s the guy who’s going to take us to the playoffs next year.”

If JA has sold Kovy on that we may be able to get him to resign in July.

I know being out of the lottery is a sign of improvement – but it’s hard to give up on the dream that we could resign Kovy and pick up Tavares as a lottery winner. That would make the 10th anniversary season too sweet!

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
11:07 am

Rawhide – Why did you leave out the pregame and postgame festivities?

Rawhide

April 2nd, 2009
11:08 am

Libby – Hi hon…how are you and yours?

Spud Webb – As always, present company accepted. Oh, and I was looking for ya last night…sorry I missed you.

Your story doesn’t surprise me any. Last night the fun started early with my crowd. We were hanging out in CNN Center enjoying a pre-game meal when one a$$-clown passed by with his posse…put is nasty finger in the face of one of the dudes at the table who was wearing one of our red third jeresys and spitted out, “That’s a gay jersey”!

When we shot back at him he then told another guy at the table to “Shit up, b!tch”. Of course, this was done as he was putting some distance between himself and our table.

Classy dude as you can see.

Of course, when invited to return and discuss the matter further…he and his party didn’t feel quite up to it as they continued to back their way away from us and head toward the gates.

But…like I said, I know thse cretins don’t make up the whole of Sabre-nation. But there are indeed enough of ‘em to make beating the Slugs just that much more enjoyable.

Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
11:08 am

Mr. T and Mr. Stroz, great seeing you both after the game…so nice to stick it to the obnoxious Slug fans. I was probably a bit too defensive and rude in my own right by choosing to jump on a couple of ignorant and abrasive Sabres fans, but it was too irresistible! And when you sweep their sorry butts, it’s even more fun giving them the business. But it sounds like I would have fit right in with the little grouping y’all had down in the lower level…perhaps next time!

Also, got to chat it up with Boultsy after the post-game show last night. He was very personable and gracious in taking the time to have some fairly lengthy discourse about our beloved hockey team. He certainly shares in the renewed optimism surrounding the franchise right now and pointed to how young our team is. He thinks the potential for success is there as long as they keep working hard.

After seeing how Colby and now Eric interact so naturally and comfortably with the crowds at Taco Mac, we are lucky to have so many good natured and friendly players. Does anyone know how many times Marty the Party or Ron Hainsey have appeared for the show? I’ve just started going and can only imagine how many ladies and puck-bunnies would be hanging out there afterwards with those two in the mix.

jason

April 2nd, 2009
11:12 am

So can Kovy make it to 100 points? Five games left and 11 points off. Needs a 3 point night and four 2-point nights to make it.

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
11:14 am

Libby, I could not agree more on Toby and Zach. After Zach made one of his outstanding defensive plays last night I screamed his name. He literally turned around and looked a little startled. When he realized it was a middle aged Mom just cheering loudly for him, he relaxed! As I told Rawhide after the game, he is really an amazing player. Toby needs to shoot more on the PK. Too much passing. He has a great shot like Zach

Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

Spud Webb…WOW, just WOWZERS is all I have to say when I read your recounting of the Game 7 experience. To think anyone, even drunken, hyper-passionate fans would ever think to throw glass objects during a sporting event is truly pathetic. But the Canes fans have their share of dunderheads and I can see why that would be a potentially explosive scene.

If I recall, a couple of fans were actually shot, yes SHOT with guns, by some ignorant, pi$$ed-off rednecks during a football tailgate in Raleigh. I went to Wake Forest and have always enjoyed the playful ribbing back and forth with Wolfpack Nation. However, there is still way more mutual respect between Wake and State (prolly due to their close original proximity and status as playing second fiddle to UNC and Dook) as opposed to say Buffalo and Atlanta. You would think they would be nicer to Atlantans in general seeing as how their transplants are trying to take over this city!!

Spud Webb

April 2nd, 2009
11:30 am

Agreed Smoothie and as someone else pointed out, the Thrashers are 12-3 over the years vs the sabres. We/they shouldn’t act like ANYTHING when we they come to the games. The Thrashers own us.
Rawhide, that is a typical “punk &ss” from buffalo. Gutless and back down in a second! Again apolagies!!!
Was only in 116 for the 1st period, got a call from my cousin who was in town with his company, they were in a suite, so we had to go eat and drink for free and laugh at the “suits” who KNOW NOTHING ABOUT hockey. Blows my mind, they all looked at me like I had a 3rd eye, because I was cheering and loud!!!! Good to talk hockey with my cousin though and find out how the family is!!!!!
Look forward to seeing everyone at TJ’s Sunday, I will be a little late, but there none the less.
Bogo looked GREAT last night, that is exciting. I’m really liking the future of Bogo, Hainsey, Toby, Oystrick. We (my opinion) are a few players away. Up to you NOW ASG & DW. Don’t leave us hanging this offseason. As quickly as this has turned, it can turn back the otherway without resigning our own and not adding a few more pieces! I’m begging the ASG and DW to keep this going, PLEASE.

LAC

April 2nd, 2009
11:34 am

Need to point out something that really got me…

Bryan Little has 31 goals this season… That is ONE more than NHL poster child Cindy Crotchby, can YOU believe that !!!!!!! Why is Little not promoted better by the NHL ? Or the leading scoring ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN in the NHL ? #4 ?

The league needs to WAKE up and promote others besides the crybaby,
Like I have said many times he is a slightly above average player,
and I would not rush to get him on my team, because he is more fluke than fact… I’ll take #10 right now, How about it NHL ?

English Teacher

April 2nd, 2009
11:53 am

What a sweet game that was, especially being able to send the Buffaslug fans home winless. I saw a few at the post-game show, but only one that was as obnoxious as most I saw in the arena. This guy kept suggesting trivia questions to the 680 guy figuring that we people in The South don’t know what the theme song is for Hockey Night in Canada (a better question would be who cares?). I suggested that he ask the Buffaslug fans if they knew where to find the airport. I’m pretty sure the subtlety of the question would have been lost on this fellow.

Steely Dan

April 2nd, 2009
11:55 am

Go to HELL, Sabres…GO TO HELL!

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Go to HELL, Sabres…GO TO HELL!

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Go to HELL, Sabres…GO TO HELL!

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Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
11:56 am

LAC, you are absolutely right about the NHL and their inept marketing! Why cram Crotchby down our throats when he isn’t even the best player on his OWN team!!? They should be hitching their wagons to the young stars like Little & Bogey in ATL, Schenn in TOR, Doughty in LA etc and try to capitalize on the young North American talent coming into the league. I love our Russians (and do think that Kovy would be much more ready for primetime now as Captain and a better handle on English), but let’s face it, they are generally more stoic and reserved and choose to conduct themselves in a less charismatic way. Ovechkin has the personality, but his handle on English is not where it needs to be and he still has a tendency to act like a little punk when things aren’t gong his way…how about Mike Green in WSH? That kid is a bona fide STUD and I can only hope Bogosian becomes the next Mike Green!

Tony

April 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

Wow, you are pretty hard on the Sabres fans. When was the last time Atlanta got even close to the Cup finals. Oh yeah, NEVER. You have dog killer hometown hero(yippee) and a lack luster hockey team, the braves are your only decent team, who actually are quite horrible. Just keep saying bad things about the Buffalo fans. But remember, you must walk the walk if are going to talk the talk. (aka, Thrasher suck!!)

Libby

April 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

Hi Rawhide. I was going to say hi to you; but, we were too far apart. We are fine. I did meet one nice slug fan next to us. She is the aunt of a slug player who was a scratch. He did come up to the seats to talk to her. I can not wait for next season to start.I am so excited.

five_hole

April 2nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Steely Dan – Hell didn’t want them either.

Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
12:27 pm

Tony, you just made our point for us…now slither on off to the Buffalo News blogs to slime it up with your fellow Slug friends!

Perhaps Buffalo should be re-named Choke City considering y’all can never seem to win the big one…even when you have the better team.

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Tony, no one is knocking the Buffalo Sabres, just SOME obnoxious fans. If you have experienced the “in-your-face” style of cheering in the opponent’s arena, you may feel the same.

Brendan

April 2nd, 2009
12:45 pm

To hear this blog talk, the Buffalo Sabres have the worst fans in the NHL to visit Philips Arena. I would have thought some other cities merited that distinction over Buffalo. (Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, the usual culprits that fans complain about around the rest of the NHL.)

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
1:01 pm

Brendan, Pittsburgh and Detroit should be on that list. Maybe the Buffalo game was the straw that broke the camel’s back this season. I personally was miserable at the Detroit game.

Supes

April 2nd, 2009
1:04 pm

Tony, the Sabres sealed their fate when the Dominator left town. Been going downhill ever since, and now the ugly a&& jerseys they are sporting, I feel bad for anyone that owns them! Someone that hates hockey fans designed the color/style combination I’m sure of it!

I’ll go on record and say that the Thrashers will FINISH ahead of the Sabres next year! Willing to make a wager or just spouting off?

Paminski

April 2nd, 2009
1:06 pm

Hey, Spud! I’m with you on the old Buffalo jerseys. I mean the old old jerseys. They were still playing at the Aud when I was a kid. Though I’m from there, I have lived in Atlanta for many years and am officially a Thrashers fan.

You all should feel pity for Buffalo fans. The weather alone in that part of the country creates a high incidence of Seasonal Affective Disorder. All they have are their Sabres and Bills and Canadian coins that the vending machines won’t accept.

Cheering from 214,
Paminski

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

Tony“, that “lack luster” hockey team has a five game win streak against the Sabers. I’m really not sure what your problem is, though. Are you that shaken up by losing to the Thrashers?

For a team that allegedly “sucks,” they sure do have your number. I’ve spoken to a few Buffalo fans who were congratulatory for the sweep this year, and didn’t think the Thrashers could overcome their ills from the beginning of the season.

Instead of being bitter, you could be more celebratory. It’s not too much to ask, whether or not the Thrashers have put a nail in the playoff coffin for you all. After all, It’s good to see teams start to succeed. Obviously, the success would be better if the team was playoff bound, but this is looking like a good step in the right direction for Atlanta.

Next season, we hope to start a playoff tradition. We have a good young core of players, and it actually looks like all we need is a few good, young pieces to add to the mix to make things right again in Blueland.

Your post, before stumbling off into a diatribe that fails like the Titanic’s inaugural voyage, essentially asked why we’re so hard on Sabers fans. We love the good ones, but we dislike the bad ones. We quite enjoy the playful ribbing between fanbases. We highly dislike the insults that are hurled our way. It is the seething masses of slime that refer to themselves as “fans” that we dislike. We quite enjoy the company of actual humans who happen to be wearing Sabers colors, though, even if we’re rooting for different teams.

It’s all about respect. If you can’t show us any, you’re not welcome in our house.

Dwayne H. Johnson

April 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

i’d rather see Fla. in the playoffs then the habs. heck with the draft pick. 3 teams from our division would be cool. like to see the Canes win another cup. gonna be fun wathing Kovy and Alex race to 60 goals next year.

Tony C.

April 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

Brendan-um. I won’t say that Flyers fans don’t talk a lot of trash, and sometimes it may degenrate to a security-needed event, but I have never seen them (or NYR fans for that matter) take obnoxiousness to the extreme that some Buffalo fans do.

I was there when the Buffalo fan walking through the concourse went out of his way to come over to the table and grab homie’s sweater and say “that’s a gay jersey”…while rocking banana slug gear (irony+9)-mind you we’re there, with children etc. and this peach of a human had to walk around people and tables just to come do that. A Philly guy might yap it up in line for beer or something, but I don’t think they’d waste their energy to stop what they’re doing just to come be a knucklehead.

Anyway, as I mentioned on the other(old) blog, I’d like to shout out Mike (who works @ Sutra), Dave, and their friends and fellow Buffalo fans that sat with us in sec. 109-cheered loudly & proudly for their Sabres, but never once did they make it mean-spirited. Our “friend” in the concourse should take lessons from those guys-truly classy folks. In fact, after Vanek gave it up to #17, Dave just stuck out his hand and said “good game dude”-Kovy hadn’t even shot yet, but everybody knew what came next.

Very satisfying win, and once again ATL vs. BUF might just be the best bang-for-buck value in the league-when’s the last time one our games with them ended in regulation???

Tony

April 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

Well, thank you Atlanta fans for sinking to my level. There are bad fans in every city, and ya’ll (with is NOT a word) have proven my point. For every disrespectful Buffalo fan there is an equally as bad Atlanta fan. We have the Leafs fans up in Buffalo to be sickened by, but don’t complain because that is part of the live game experience. If you can’t handle it, watch the game AT HOME. Thanks again!!

Tony C.

April 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

Anyway, dope quote about the game-winner from Miller:

I tried to cheat the five-hole… He got it up over my stick and hit me straight in the pad right above where the knee break is and powered it through.

From Kovy:

tried to go hard to the goal and go for the No. 5 hole, and it went in-It’s a very good win.

Glovesave29

April 2nd, 2009
1:57 pm

Tony – first of all, it is y’all, not ya’ll. If you are going to rag on us, at least get that right. I disagree with your comment equating us with other fans. People in the south are different. We are not as confronting and combative. If you cheer for the other team, great…you’re wrong (in our minds), but it’s still OK. People out west are the same. You cheer for yours, and we’ll do the same for ours. Give each other some good natured ribbing, then we all go out for a beer together. Makes the whole experience better, try it sometimes. You may find more fun in a couple hours of cold beers and lively conversation a bit more gratifying than 10 seconds of misplaced superiority for a quick little quip.

We are a team on the rise, and while due to economics, the Sabres are heading in the other direction. I can imagine Buffalo fans are pretty frustrated right now. They have a good coach and trade and draft wisely, only to lose players via FA. Sucks for ya, and I can appreciate that. But trashing Atlanta is just silly. And I noticed you conveniently forgot the Falcons…you telling me you are going to take TO and the Buffalo / Toronto Bills over Ryan and the Falcons? Let’s be honest here…

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
2:07 pm

If you can’t handle it, watch the game AT HOME.

I am amused beyond words.

Tony C, the last time that happened was 18 Jan 2008. We lost. The score? You don’t want to know.

Also, your friend sounds quite respectful. It’s always pleasant to see fans like those.

Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Truth hurts, don’t it Tony? And you’re right, “ya’ll” isn’t a word dunderhead. It’s a contraction of two words used in the common vernacular in the South. And next time, perhaps you can spell it correctly as “y’all” since it’s contracting the word “yous” (used commonly in Buffalo) and “all yous” (also used commonly in Buffablow). But in contrast to what many congenial Southern gents will say: “don’t y’all come back here soon, ya hear??”

Smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Brendan, I think there is more disdain for the crappy Sabres fans in this town because a) there are so many b) they have some real terds who get excessively drunk c) they can’t take a joke (prolly has something to do with all of the bitterness that comes from 4 straight SB losses) d) they like to masquerade as Thrashers fans when “their” team is not playing.

Someone else said it above: it’s getting really sickening to see so many transplants hold on to their home town team eventhough they don’t live anywhere near it anymore. I’m of the school of thought (and I’m sure there are several of you here who disagree) that you show passion for one team only and preferably, you support the team in the town in which you currently reside. But that’s just me. I’m a prime example.

Dad’s from Buffalo so I grew up a Sabres, Bills and Yankees fan (my b’ball team was the Hawks, go figure) but now I pull for the Thrashers, Birds and Braves (now that Andruw and Furcal are gone) without fail. And I LOVE BEATING THE SABRES AND BILLS. In fact, I’m sure the Buffalo folks show their asses so much because they are so sick of losing to the Thrashers (what is it? 7 of the last 8?) and Falcons (last two occasions I believe).

RobD

April 2nd, 2009
2:17 pm

Thank YOU, Tony, for admitting that we would have to SINK to get to your level (although I fail to see where any Thrasher’s fans post above demonstrates such a sinking).

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
2:37 pm

Tony – No… it’s not a part of the game experience. It’s a part of the game experience for fans of certain teams. There are many teams that come into Philips arena and their fans cheer without making as**s of themselves.

MV (I won’t say or type his full name) is ABSOLUTELY NOT a hero here. He has three fans here and they’re in jail and can’t even get on talk radio any more. You really should keep up with current events. He has been accused by the Feds of stealing $1.3 mil from the pension fund for one of his companies. NOBODY LOVES HIM HERE!!!!

Look, I’m from Canandaigua, 10-15 miles from Marty Reasoners home town and only 80+ miles from Buffalo. So, I know why Buffalo fans are angry and I know why they drink. Why do you think I live in Atlanta?

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
2:46 pm

Thank you edit fairy! No disrespect intended.

Smitty

April 2nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Question to all you loyal Thrasher fans. When is the last time any of you traveled to Buffalo to see the Thrashers play? I have been to 2 Thrasher games in Buffalo the past 2 years and maybe there were 10 Thrasher jerseys in the crowd and 3 of those were worn by my wife and 2 kids. You are going to get rowdy fans no matter where you go. I imagine if we beat the Red Wings the other night there would be some Red Wing bashing going on. Obviously hockey fans up north are a little more passionate then we Thrasher fans. You should have gone to a Ranger/Islander game a few years ago when the Islanders were better. You would have seen some real obnoxious fans.

Glovesave; I am disappointed you brought up the Falcons/Bills. I would like to think you would wait until the Falcons had 2 winning seasons in a row before you would compare the 2 teams.

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm

Smitty… can you buy my family some plane tickets to Buffalo or Rochester? I’d love to visit home more often and go see a game while I’m up there. What you may be forgetting is that the slug fans who come to games here… LIVE HERE. Nobody moves from Atlanta to Buffalo without a gun to their head… unless they have family there etc.

Spud Webb

April 2nd, 2009
3:06 pm

Tim, small world. My sister lives in Canandaguia, on the lake. She married a Perrin. Lots of Perrins there.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

April 2nd, 2009
3:09 pm

Tim – You are welcome.

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Spudd —- Seriously???? The Perrins near Cheshire?

Spud Webb

April 2nd, 2009
3:16 pm

Swear to god. My sister married Russell (Russ), yup. Right on the lake a few miles or MILE from Chesire. They always get pizza from that place when I go visit & the ice cream shop. Here mother in law is Connie, theres an Uncle Russ…

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
3:25 pm

That ice cream shop in Cheshire… seven doors from the house I grew up in. Before it was in ice cream shop, we used the ends of top of it as goal posts for kicking field goals. Small world.

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
3:27 pm

I don’t remember the names of the Perrin kids. I didn’t hang with them but we all knew them.

Midfield

April 2nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Smitty, of all the fans coming to Philips, no matter how loud and big the visitor crowd is, Buffalo fans really stand out by being provocatively abrasive, borderline and even outright insulting.

Glovesave29

April 2nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Smitty…just wait. You will have your wish soon. The Falcons are going to be good for a long time. This is what happens when the owner, gm, coach and players are all on the same page. Atlanta is going to be a rockin’ sports town again soon. All the teams are really moving in the right direction. I am most pessimistic about the Thrash, as this offseason will tell a lot. But the question remains – what team would you pull for…the Bills or Birds?

TRON

April 2nd, 2009
4:46 pm

CAN JUST CUT OUR LOSSES NOW AND CUT THE GLASS GROINED DIPSH!T NOW, BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY TO RE-NEGOTIATE WITH HIM?????????????????STUPID RETARD CAN’T STAY HEALTHY TO SAVE HIS LIFE…THE DRINKING AND PARTYING…………THE TEMPER TANTRUMS……………ITS ALL UNACCEPTABLE…………..TIME TO DRAFT A NEW KEEPER THIS SUMMER AND GO WITH MOSSE AND PAVELEC NEXT YEAR…………………

Brendan

April 2nd, 2009
4:58 pm

I guess I haven’t run into “Buffalo’s worst” just yet. Though, I’m sure … loud, obnoxious, drunken fans from Buffalo do populate the arena when their Sabres come to town. Honestly, the “worst” experience I’ve ever had with a visiting fan at Philips was, by far, not nearly on the level of what Tony C. described with what was probably a drunken person. That kind of conduct is way out of line.

In all my trips to Philips Arena, I’ve only truly be ‘bothered and offended’ two times. One fan was a hugely annoying Dallas Stars-backer. By the end of the night, I honestly thought of choking him. And the other was a drunk out of his mind Bruin fan, who thought it was a “good idea” to try to block the stairwell of the CNN parking garage, while pointing to the Bruin logo and flipping everyone the bird, after a Thrasher win over Boston. That fan could barely stand up, and ultimately collapsed. Hopefully, he slept it off.

If I could change the topic a bit, I’ve always had good experiences with fans of the Wild, the Blues, Coyotes, Canucks, and Canadiens. They were cordial, knowledgeable, personable people. Now, those conversations with Habs fans largely took place in French, which might have helped matters.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Here’s a fun idea for dealing with slugs next season.

Everyone bring some salt packets and toss them on the slugs fans’ jerseys.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
5:01 pm

stendec has changed back into TRON again.

Squid

April 2nd, 2009
5:10 pm

As a Sabres fan I can only say two things: it is sad that your only joy comes from cheering against a team that has a chance for the playoffs (Sabres), instead of cheering for a team that “has no chance” (Thrashers). Secondly, there is one big reason Sabres fans come out, THERE ARE SO MANY SEATS AVAILABLE. You won’t find that in Buffalo, nor will you hear cheers for the other team in HSBC………

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Squid, you’re right and wrong.

First of all, you’re wrong. I and many of us here cheer for the Thrashers.

Second, you’re right, there are plenty of seats available. I do wonder though how many of you paid full price for them. No matter, because if this team continues next year on the trend they’ve been on since we picked up Peverley off waivers, filling Philips full of Thrashers fans won’t be a problem.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:19 pm

(As an aside, I forgot to mention that “in a few years” it will be easy to fill Philips. With so many of us making mistakes lately, maybe an edit button should be added!)

N/A

April 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm

I have to admit Sabers fans are incredibly annoying, but in my opinion Pens fans are the absolute worse. No respect for anyone or anything but their beloved birds. I have to disagree about Detroit fans though. I was at that game and chatted with a few fans during the warm-ups. They’re very nice people and the only reason there were so many is because there are a lot of transplants and Detroit rarely comes to Atlanta. Wings fans don’t need to be rude their team is the Stanley Cup Champs…nuff said.

Oh and side note even my Canadian grandma says “y’all”, it’s just the local lingo, I don’t see any one making fun of New Orleans accents.

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
5:35 pm

Squid, it was either you or someone with the same comments sitting behind me last night (before I moved). I can only imagine there are several of you who preach the same sermon. I heard all about how if this game were in Buffalo, it would be sold out. Just think how sad it would have been when the Thrashers finished off the series with the Sabres 4-0. Good thing the game was in Atlanta even with the empty seats! Also, those playoff chances are looking pretty slim.

Rawhide

April 2nd, 2009
5:38 pm

Squid – Actually, I really don’t take much issue with either of your points.

As for your first one…don’t take it personally that we take such pleasure in helping the Sabres miss the playoffs. Rest assured tomorrow night we are going to be rooting for our team to screw things up for the Panthers, too. As you correctly point out, we aren’t going to the playoffs and we’ve known that for some time. But this team is playing with an attitude now that we just haven’t seen in a while. Pardon us for enjoying it. That edge seems to be born from the Thrashers ramping it up against teams like Buffalo lately who are figting for playoff posistions.

Garnet Exelby said something about that last night saying that (paraphrasing slighty), “If we aren’t making the playoffs, then neither are you”. Good…the hope here is that this type of an attitude and play will translate into a better start next season. That’s all.

As to your second point…yup, you are 100% spot on. Buffalo gets great fan support, at and away from home. I have no issues with that. On any given weeknight, there are about 5-7K empty seats in Philips for a Thrashers game. Know what cures that? Winning…and entertaining hockey. You know, like what we have seen out of this bunch for quite a few weeks now.

Tony – OK, so what your saying is that because Toronto fans B-slapped Sabres fans around, that justifies certain Buffalo fans behavior. Ohhhhh-Kayyyyyyy. Well, that clears everything up now.

BTW, I didn’t notice this myself…but I heard that some Buffalo fans started a little fight inside and just outside of Taco Mac last night. Wonderful…seems as though they just didn’t like being reminded of the 4-game sweep by the Thrashers this season.

Ah…but I guess that’s just all part of the “experience”, eh?

All this aside everyone…if you go back and look at the 4 games the Sabres and Thrashers played this year, they have all been thrilling, close, exciting games. All four being OT affairs would indicate as much.

N/A – Agree with your words about Detroit fans. For the most part, they came, cheered for their team and had a good time. Were there a few jerks in the crowd…yeah. But that happens. And I too was not surprised by the showing. As you pointed out…they had not been here for two years. They had that date circled on their calendar once the schedule came out last summer.

Smoothie – I have no issue at all with transplant continuing to support their “hometown” team. Certainly if if the jobs and opportunities dried up around here and I was force to relocate elsewhere, I would still support my Thrashers. Again, it’s not the numbers that show up for Sabres games…or other northern teams…it’s the obnoxious behavior by so many of them that is the issue. But, like I said…that’s how they roll.

And that’s why beating the Sabres is just that much more fun for us. I’m sure they would say the same thing about being the Leafs.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:57 pm

I didn’t notice this myself…but I heard that some Buffalo fans started a little fight inside and just outside of Taco Mac last night.

Rawhide, In honor of this, I present to you: Blueland Mathematics 101.

Today’s equation: The fighting fans

Butthurt opposition fan + alcohol + excited home team fans = seething rage

Seething rage(x+y)^z + home team fan*a^b = intensity of fight, where x is the number of fans, y is the goal differential, z is the number of other drunk, butthurt fans around the first individua,.a is the number of drinks consumed, and b is the number of other drunk, home team fans around the oppositions’ target.

;)

LAC

April 2nd, 2009
8:18 pm

Smoothie I agree 110% on that !!!!! Why the NHL continues to ram
Crosby down our throats is NUTS !!!!!

There are a LOT of other really better young players out there who deserve to be promoted… We have two, but ALL you hear about #17 if, when his contract is up where will he go, or he would be better on a better team and all that CRAP ! You never hear about #4 never. Harry Neale had some nice comments on him last night on the Buffalo feed…
I was impressed.

But the NHL needs to promote people other than this crybaby and like you said Smoothie, he’s NOT the best player on his team… Wake up NHL… There are other GOOD young players out there including right here in Atlanta !

Lastly Spud I like Auburn area and the Finger Lakes, Seneca Falls in the summer is just GREAT, just like Livingston,Montana…

B. Thenet

April 2nd, 2009
8:22 pm

In the 2003 season, the Sabres averaged 300 more fans per home game than Atlanta. In 2004 the Sabres averaged 80 more fans per game than Atlanta.

If the Sabres put together a streak of 8 of 9 seasons with no playoffs, there will be plenty of good seats available in Buffalo.

Al

April 2nd, 2009
8:39 pm

Maybe redneck Sabres fans are different from the ones in the great white north…

Tony

April 2nd, 2009
9:00 pm

If it wasnt for us “Slug” fans…..how many people would have been at Phillips Arena last night??? I was there and I was embarrassed for Thrasher “fans” what a f-ing joke….no support and yet there is a moron writing in this blog about us as fans. Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???

Us Sabres fans showed up and paid the rent there last night!!

YOU WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER see an embarrassment of a crowd in the HSBC Arena like that…EVER!!

You will leave twon like the Flames with your pathetic fan base!!!

B. Thenet

April 2nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Tony, if Buffalo can’t create enough jobs for their own residents….and thousands of their fans move to Atlanta…..Which team do you really think has a better chance of being around 10-20 years from now?

Considering how low your attendance was as recently as 4-5 years ago….just imagine how empty the Aud/HSBCHDGHFSD or whatever they call it arena would be. It would be mostly Canadians driving from Hamilton.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
9:29 pm

Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???

Don’t give yourselves too much credit, now. You all might be big, fat, and ugly, but you still couldn’t drown out the “Go Home Sabres” chat that was heard on live television. A friend of mine in Virginia Beach – a huge Sabres fan – heard it, and she tells me she couldn’t stop laughing.

Looks like the joke is on you and your self-righteous attitude.

Tony C.

April 2nd, 2009
9:43 pm

Maybe the 3-point game is gaining traction…check out this TSN poll:

http://thehockeynews.com/pages/puck_poll.html

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
9:44 pm

Spud Webb – You represent your former city with decency and dignity. Unfortunately, many from your former city seem determined to sully the name of anyone and everyone from Buffalo.

Brendan

April 2nd, 2009
9:50 pm

Trixie, it may be time for a new topic .

Hockey Biltong, I received no guess from you in the points contest, back in October. I only had a guess for the Opening Night budget. You may have made one, but I missed it, if you did. I posted a few recaps of the picks before they were finalized, including if anyone wanted to make a revised pick, before the list became “finalized.”

Steely Dan

April 2nd, 2009
9:58 pm

“Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???”

Tony, the announced attendance last night was 15,038. Are you seriously saying there were 13,000 or so Sabre fans there? No, I mean seriously? Dude, put down the bong pipe and step away from the keyboard.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
10:21 pm

Steely Dan, it sounds more like crack to me.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
10:52 pm

Brendan – Here’s a new topic:

How many teams have the Thrashers eliminated from the playoffs?

or

How many teams have the Thrashers swept this season?

Lets start with BUFFABLOW.

smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
11:51 pm

Enjoy Knobby’s newest article featuring our young phenom. The Bogo quotes are so refreshing. Our Def finally has a voice. And it says “we’re not gonna take ur cheapshotting crap anymore and we’re not gonna back down from anyone!” Go Zack Attack!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:15 am

R.Stroz, I think we’ve helped eliminate the Leafs and Senators. We almost got Montreal out. But they seem to have recovered. Buffalo we definitely knocked out. And, before it’s over, we can deliver a KNOCK OUT BLOW to the Florida Panthers, who DIDN’T MOVE Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. And the rumor is … he’s bound for Calgary. Born in Edmonton, I would think Oilers might be a possible destination, too.

Also, not that they ever really had a chance, but Atlanta didn’t help out the Lightning this season, either. By the way, Dan Boyle had the GWG for the Sharks over the Oilers tonight, 2-1. Boy, Oren Koules and Len Barrie sure knew they had a “cancer” there in Tampa Bay. Good thing they moved Boyle while they still could, huh? Got that Matt Carle, who’s just been a “mainstay” for them. Err, okay they traded him. But then they got that Steve Eminger for Carle, to be the Bolts future along the blueline. What? Traded Eminger at the deadline, did they? Well, that’s why there’s “Fantasy leagues” vs. “the NHL.” In the case of the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is which?

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:17 am

Scottie Upshall has just scored for Phoenix. It’s 2-1 Yotes over the Kings. I can smell those ping pong balls.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:28 am

Check out Boyle’s stats this year: http://www.nhlpa.com/WebStats/PlayerBiography.asp?ID=6693. Boyle’s got a 75% chance of scoring a point in any given game.

It’s a FINAL! Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1. Also, Anaheim and Edmonton are still tied, 5-5, in the 3rd period. There’s about 5:00 left in the 3rd period. Vancouver must ensure they get the “safety point.”

Tim

April 3rd, 2009
12:59 am

The Thrashers may not have knocked the Habs out of the playoffs… but they did help get their coach fired.

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:07 am

Tony..ex-Pittsburgher in Atlanta for nine years..six super bowls..five world series championships..and two stanley cups! Atlanta has at least one world series championship! BUFFALO HAS ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll take atlanta over BUFFACHOKE anyday..LOSER!

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 am

And Tony..ur gonna lose the Bills to Toronto! IMAGINE THAT! At least the falcons won’t ever move to Mexico City!

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:42 am

Tony..you think phillips arena is dead for a thrashers game? i’ve been down main street buffalo..after one of many penguin butt-whippins on the sabres..you know what dead means! deader than rich stadium after the bills move to toronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
8:59 am

Brendan – I HATE the smell of ping-pong balls in morning, it smells like … DEFEAT!

Seriously though…you know I have been very vocal in my belief that it’s far better for the team to play well now rather than “tank it” and get a better chanch at the Tavares Sweepstakes. But, they have already given me what I wanted, so the lottery chips may fall where they may as far as I’m concerned.

You mentioned Phoenix beating LA last night. Of course those two teams were just one point ahead of the Thrashers in the overall leagure standings going into that game. They play each other again in LA tomorrow night…so at least two more points will be dished out to one of those teams again.

Right now, the Thrashers are in 27th place, (or 4th in the lottery pecking order), with 72 points and 5 games remaining to play. LA is at 73 points for 26th place, (or 5th in the lottery pecking order), with five left as well. Phoenix now has 75 points for 25th place…the lowest non-lottery position…but only have four left.

Above that is Ottawa with 76 and Toronto with 77 points, each with five remaining games.

Behind us is Tampa Bay with 65 points after 77 games… it would be a chore for them to catch us.

So, realistically, we will finish somewhere between our current lottery pecking order of fourth and as high as 25th …maybe even 24th in the NHL. More than likely it’ll be the current 27th place we find ourselves or…possibly 26th.

So, we might just wind up being a lottery team AND finish the season red-hot!

Would that be considered “the best of both worlds” or “having your cake and eating it too”?

Spud Webb

April 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

Man I’d love it if we get some ping pong balls, I’m telling you the luck has changed. Playing as well and as HARD as anyone in the league right now. It CAN happen, we still get Tavaras!!! That would be AWESOME.
Stroz I appreciate it!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
11:00 am

Rawhide, I’ll tell you what my HR person told me. “Brendan, this is your cake. This is Edith. (Smo-kin hot co-worker!!) You can’t have your cake and Edith, too.” In that situation, the best thing to do is resign, then kiss Edith. (Ya know. Long and hard. So that it counts!) You’re no longer an employee. They can’t fire you.

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
11:28 am

According to the numbers outlined in this post from Mirtle’s blog, Atlanta has the third best points-winning percentage (76.9%) and fifth best goal differential (3.77-3.00=0.77)since the trade deadline.

Jason Buffalo

April 3rd, 2009
12:39 pm

Who cares who this author is, but he is obviously threatened by real hockey fans coming to games and wishes with every inch of his pathetic soul that someday Atlanta fans will have half the spirit coming out of Buffalo.

The Joker

April 3rd, 2009
12:55 pm

Jason Buffalo can’t tell the difference between spirit and sh!t coming out of Buffalo.

GO HOME BUFFALO

Ferris Bueller

April 3rd, 2009
12:59 pm

Buffalo fans what are you still doing here?

Buffalo go home,

The game is over, go home.

Ferris Bueller

April 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

You’re stiil here?

Go home.

We have to clean out the arena for the next game.

We only have a week to get the smell out.

Buffalo, go home.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm

This is a new one, talking smack after a loss.

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Jason, don’t you have your own team’s blog to post on?

Riceowls8891

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

I’ve seen the Thrashers play in Boston, Buffalo (9-1 loss), and Carolina. Never had a problem. Of course, I’m a lawyer, and very few people want to talk smack to someone who gets paid to be a “jerk” for a living. Most people turn to smiles and drinks after an exchange or two. Fans in Buffalo were even buying, and laughing, once they found out they were in the ring with a pro.

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
1:39 pm

Alan – Thanks for sharing that with us. Ya know what I find interesting about that is if the Sabres had simply played just as good as the Thrashers have since the deadline, they would be tied with the Rangers for that 8th playoff spot…with two games in hand.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Well, I don’t know about Jason, but I do post on the Sabres blog, but it’s a lot fun to piss you guys off. And I can’t believe you are correcting me on how to spell yall, IT IS NOT A WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smitty

April 3rd, 2009
3:00 pm

Yous guys spanked us. OK Enough already

kracker

April 3rd, 2009
3:46 pm

Sorry, Tony. You lose again. From dictionary.com:

y’all (yôl) Pronunciation Key
pron. Chiefly Southern U.S.
Variant of you-all. See Regional Note at you-all.

You. Used in addressing two or more people or referring to two or more people, one of whom is addressed.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

Who’s pissed off? We WON…again.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Anyone know when our affiliation agreement with Chicago ends? With the recent announcement of Phoenix, Mississippi and Dayton pulling out of the ECHL (along with Fresno and Augusta dropping out mid-season) perhaps it is time again to discuss moving the Glads to the AHL and having them be our top affiliate. Chicago has long only looked out for their interest first, and it would be great to have the top farm team 20 miles up the road. Not only for emergency call ups, but to have them practice against the NHL team and get some great experience. The ECHL is really losing teams in our area for the Glads to play at an alarming rate…Columbia, Greenville, Greensboro, Richmond, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Birmingham, New Orleans have all left in the past few years. Might be the perfect time to make the move.

The Joker

April 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

What do y’all call a Sabre fan named Tony?

A Tonytard

R. Stroz

April 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Glovesave29 – Good Idea.

In the Words of Sean Grace

April 3rd, 2009
4:12 pm

A rancid caravan is approaching Atlanta. When the wind is right, a trace of the stench can already be sensed on Marietta Street. In the morning, the great unwashed will arrive in droves. Buffalo Sabre fans, reeking of Natural Light and stale corn dogs will begin their full-scale infestation tomorrow. They’ll be wearing their musty Miller jerseys in Lenox mall. They’ll be funneling beer and vomiting on each other in Piedmont park. Many won’t make it to the game. Fortunately, not many Sabre fans can read and some will get lost on the way to the bulb. We’ll need to disinfect every Waffle House within a 30 mile radius by this time tomorrow. Be ready. The vermin travel well.

Take a poll of all Eastern Conference fans and I will bet you that every team names the Buffalo fans as the worst to deal with in the NHL.

Tony's Mother

April 3rd, 2009
4:41 pm

Don’t blame Tony, he was born with his foot stuck in the crease.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm

And it keeps getting better…PeTA has offered to “rent” the for sale Canadiens for one week for C$10,000, with the stipulation that for that week they are the Canadian Seal Pups. They feel this will bring attention to the animals’ plight. Could backfire though, after a fight we very well may hear a “beaten and bloodied Seal Pup is carried off the ice”, or a headline after a playoff loss reading “Seal Pups take a pounding”….

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2009
4:53 pm

Seal pups? Seriously?

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
5:25 pm

You’d like to think this cannot happen, but we did have a team called the Mighty Ducks…so anything is possible!

goose

April 3rd, 2009
5:29 pm

Yo Rawhide JLH and I will be able to make it to TJ’s this Sunday it took some convincing but I did it.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
5:43 pm

Kracker, you actually looked yall up?? HA!! You Atlanta citizens are looking more and more ridiculous. It’s not even about the game anymore. I am just enjoying watching how easy it is too pull you guys along. Too easy. Far too easy!!!!

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
5:53 pm

glovesave29 – Could you imagine when Montreal plays Vancouver…the pictures that could be used of killer whales attacking seal pups and all.

goose – Glad to hear it. I’ll make sure Trixie gets the RSVP and I look forward to seeing ya both there.

Tony's Mother

April 3rd, 2009
6:05 pm

Please don’t pick on my special needs son. He’s the family flower, otherwise known as the blooming idiot.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
6:35 pm

Yeah….there were 15,000 fans–no f-ing way!!! No way there were more than 8000 people in the arena…..

Tony's Father

April 3rd, 2009
8:05 pm

Go play in traffic, son!

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
9:16 pm

Tie score after two. Come on and win this one, guys!

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
9:53 pm

Pevs dispenser knocked home another, his second of the game. Thrashers just got done killing off yet another bull call on Valabik. Score is currently 2-1, with about 5:30 left to go

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
10:18 pm

Aaaand, White sealed the deal here on a bad turnover by Florida in the neutral zone, caught Anderson on his way to the bench. He fell over running back to the goal, threw his stick, aaaand… missed the puck. Goal.

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2009
10:53 pm

Yeah, Boris is going to get a lot of tacky calls b/c he’s a giant

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
11:40 pm

Keep it going!!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Nice win tonight, by the Thrashers. That’s four in-a-row. John Anderson said, “it’s an evolution.” What he means is … too bad it didn’t happen in November, instead.