We are finally coming to the end of one the longest, oddest most historic week in I’ve experienced in Thrasherville. I knew it was going to be quite the bizarre week when the first thing I was called upon to do once I entered the office on Monday was to help de-copperhead the store just off the main lobby. Seems the critter was not unlike all of us that soggy day and was simply trying to escape the rising water and was running…er, ah…slithering his way to higher ground.
Then came the floodwaters that caused so much havoc and damage to the area. Nasty times, my friends, and I hope that you and yours made it through with minimal damage to self and property.
But we’ve finally made it through this wierd week and finally the weekend is upon us…the last weekend of the preseason at that! So, in light of this occation, let’s relax, lighten up a bit and enjoy some Friday Follies…
If You Missed It, Don’t Worry,,,They’ll Be Another Comin’ Around in 2509
What if someone back in 1999, the year the Thrashers began play, had asked you to guess which would come first…the first Thrashers’ playoff win or a 500-year flood. If you had chosen the former, you would have been wrong!
Speaking Of Dropping The Puck
Yes, we are entering into the last weekend before the puck drops on the tenth season of Thrashers hockey as the season opens next Saturday night. However, you are invited by the team to enjoy a Dropping of the Puck event this coming Sunday.
It’s being dubbed as “The First Annual ‘Atlanta Thrashers Puck Drop’” and it sounds like a great time. Fans can enjoy an afternoon of fun and frivolity at Philips Arena by meeting players, enjoy interactive street hockey and shooting stations, as well as have a family skate on the ice.
The $55 entry fee gets you admission to the banquette, food, drink and tickets to the game Sunday. But…in the words of the late-great Billy Mays…there’s more! You will also receive a ticket for opening night on Saturday October 3. Sounds like a pant-load of fun. Eh?
Here’s a link for all the 411 you need for this event.
Thrashers Ad Mac The Knife, But Delay Cuts
The Thrashers have re-acquired defenseman Steve McCarthy via a trade with the Anaheim Ducks organ-I-zation. He’ll head straight for Chi-town to play with the Wolves.
As I commented in the last blog, this is the same Stevie Mac that played in Atlanta during that forgettable 2007-08 season. In 55 games he scored one goal on 41 shots on goal and 6 assists. He had 48 PIM and was a -23.
However, what we sometimes fail to recall is that this is also the same Steve McCarthy who played on the 2006-07 playoff team. In 46 games that season, he scored 4 goals on 51 SOG and 12 assists, had 24 PIM and was…now get this…. a +4.
One other side note regarding McCarthy and Thrashers history… February 24, 2007, he and the Thrashers played the Carolina Hurricanes…losing 4-1. Steve would not play another minute that season for Atlanta…instead, being relegated to the press box. This is because after that game the Thrashers announced the now-infamous Coburn for Zhitnik trade and it was Mac that lost his ice time to Zhit.
Even though Atlanta obtained “Mac the Knife”, they didn’t make any “cuts” to the roster as planned Thursday. Instead, they will make several this weekend.
I don’t know about you, but I’m still pulling for that Byron Young fellow to make the squad.
Looks Like Razor Catched Him A Case Of The Crabbs
If you were anywhere near section 111 Wednesday night as the Thrashers were busy beating the Nashville Predators, you were probably taken aback at the sight of a grown, educated, professional young man jivin’ his way across row F.
What was happening here was the “Crabb Dance” being performed by the Blueland Chronicles’ own RazorCatchPrey.
Apparently, this dance move is done after Joey Crabb scores a goal…as he did that night…and involves “snapping” your fingers like a crab would it’s claws while quickly crab-walking side-to-side…again, much the same way a crab would.
I have come to understand that it’s Razor’s wish…nay, his dream…that when Joey scores a goal in Philips this season, everyone will join him in “catching a case of the Crabbs” by participating in the celebratory dance.
Hey…”Whoop there it is” has kinda jumped the shark anyway.
Being a Thrashers fan these past ten years hasn’t always been easy and they’re play sometimes has certainly generated it’s fair share of disgruntled fans…although I think we are all in for a treat this season.
But here’s a very novel example of how one fan decided to show the team he follows just how unhappy he was with their play…he sent them a bill.