Ladies and gentlemen, the playoffs have left the building

With apologies to Ross Perot…that giant sucking sound you’re hearing is the noise being made by the Thrashers playoff chances flying out the window in rapid fashion. In the last three games, Atlanta has failed to secure nary a point and have been outscored 12-3 doing so. This after scrapping their way back into the playoff picture just prior to and after the Olympic break.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predator’s was the latest defeat in the Thrashers March from the Playoffs. And while the team’s play did not register near the level on the Suck-O-Meter as the last two games, it eared just as little in the standings and the weekend’s losses did.


Johan Hedberg got the start and stopped 30 of the 32 faced. He was beaten on a Ryan Suter power play goal…Colby Armstrong taking the skate of shame afterwards due to his interference infraction…and when Colin Wilson was left all alone with Hedberg thanks to Mark Popovic’s e-GREEEE-gious turnover inside the blueline.

To Pop’s credit, he made a great sprawling play in the third that denied the Preds of a scoring chance…keeping the game within reach at the time.

Both Nashville scores came in the first period in which the funk that has engulfed the Thrashers over the past few games carried over into Tuesday night’s matchup.

However, Nik Antropov’s tip-in from Johnny Oduya just 29 ticks into the second seemed to ignite the team’s play and they performed well throughout the final 40 minutes…out-shooting the Predators 24-20 in periods two and three.

It appeared as though the Thrashers had tied the game at two-all later in the second period, but it was ruled that Chris Thorburn interfered with Preds goalie Dan Ellis’ ability to play the puck. Ellis played a very strong game in goal for Nashville, stopping 30 of 31 for his fourteenth win of the season.

While the Thrashers were losing to Nashville, Boston was in the process of netting one point in their overtime loss to Toronto and Montreal was busy snatching two from Tampa Bay. The seventh place Habs now have 72 points while the eighth place Bruins have 70…Atlanta is still getting it’s kicks on route 66.

Colin Wilson cashes in on the gift given him by Mark Popovic in the first period. It wound up being the deciding goal in the game (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Colin Wilson cashes in on the gift given him by Mark Popovic in the first period. It wound up being the deciding goal in the game (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Lightning remain one point behind the 10th-place Thrashers. With Florida’s shootout win in Minnesota, the Panthers are now just 2 points in back of Atlanta.

In between Atlanta and the two teams sitting pretty in the final two playoff spots are the New York Rangers who have 67 points. They’ll play in New Jersey Wednesday night before heading this way on Friday evening. The Thrashers, of course, have a date in Columbus with the Blue Jackets Thursday night.

Atlanta has twelve home games during this final full month of the season…but so far they are 2-2-0 in the first four. That’s not exactlt taking advantage of the home cooking when ya need to.

Better showing tonight than against the Canes and Bolts? Yeah…sure it was. But, like I said earlier, the zero points earned in the standings is the same as those loses. And points are precious for the Thrashers right now as the season ain’t getting any younger. If you’re one that believes 90 must be earned to have a chance at post-season play, that means Atlanta would have to go 12-5 the rest of the way to reach that mark.

My official term used for the odds of that happening…especially given the five opponents they’ll have to play in April…notgonnahappennowayinhell.

Ladies and gentlemen…the playoffs have just left the building!

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March 9th, 2010
11:05 pm


March 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

I fear that it is just not the playoffs that have left the building, but hockey itself.


March 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

Simply not good enough. If they made the playoffs they would get absolutely murdered anyway.


March 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

Damn, that sucked.

Just damn.


March 9th, 2010
11:24 pm

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Sometimes “your best” is just not good enough. Gonna miss it by little bit, and it hurts. It hurts bad.

But, they made their bed, and they’re going to lie in it…but yeah, Damn.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

I saw adults blowing bubbles during the game. Society as we know it has ended. FRACK

Wayne stuck in AL

March 9th, 2010
11:38 pm

With 11,100 announced, Thrashers get the crowd they deserve.

Christoph Schubert

March 9th, 2010
11:51 pm

Verdammen sie nur


March 9th, 2010
11:59 pm

It was painful to watch knowing that the playoff hopes were going down the drain. At least the second period was entertaining with Terry Crisp in the booth. He was cracking me up.


March 10th, 2010
12:27 am

Per the Conference Standings at,, the Panthers are two-points (2-pts) back of Atlanta. Ummn. How does one begin to ’sugarcoat’ this. Florida’s ownership announced to its fans that their focus would be on the 2010-11 season. They sold off assets.

Atlanta sent an official statement, “Nothing has changed. Our goals remain the same, to make the playoffs and advance as far as possible.” Well, truthfully, I don’t blame the Thrashers for trading Kovalchuk. I blame them for not realizing the situation sooner, back in July, or September at the latest. We weren’t supposed to be talking about Kovalchuk’s contract in December. And yet, we were. We were still talking about it in February. Bygones. I am also not critical of the Kari Lehtonen trade, other than to say … that the organization didn’t address the #1 goalie situation. Well, they didn’t. They stood pat. And, ostensibly, they have opted to borrow from their own 401k plan to ‘rent’ Moose, as the #1 goalie. Ummn, Moose turns 37 on May 5, 2010. Was that the prudent course of action, in net? I’ll listen to the argument that says, “Ondrej, this spot is yours. It’s all on you to get us into the playoffs.” But, the Thrashers aren’t doing that, either. In short, they traded away Lehtonen without really addressing the #1 goalie situation. Hedberg is a career backup, expected to start once every 4-5 games.

Do you have to be an EXPERT in NHL undertakings to realize that a failure to firm up goaltending will be a major monkeywrench in your playoff strategy? (The answer is no. Even a blogger can figure that out.) Who gets paid to oversee this franchise?

A. Muslim male extremists, aged 17-41.
B. Pirates of the Caribbean.
C. Ross Perot
D. Sasquatch
E. Don Waddell, Rick Dudley, and the Atlanta Spirit, LLC.

We all got “C” for an answer, right? It’s hard to be mad at Ross Perot for the failings of an NHL franchise. He’s not really good at assessments, fancy charts notwithstanding. When will this franchise add the word ‘accountability’ to its dictionary?

The NHL Network is now reporting that Evander Kane is out for 3 weeks with a foot injury.

Okay, so … the organization fails to address goaltending at the deadline. And without that, they might as well sell off Kubina, Army, Finny, and Moose. Bygones. On the flip side, maybe Atlanta will bank 30 of the remaining 34 points and make the playoffs? Maybe. It’s mathematically possible. I haven’t consulted Vegas for odds on that. My prediction was 10th place, 85-points, 3rd in SE Division, back on Opening Night, in our AJC contest. If that happens, those of you who like to trumpet ‘incremental progress’ will be happy. For 85-points is certainly and clearly better than 76-points. It is. I checked.

For those of you who don’t like the season to end every April … you simply must SPEAK UP at Town Hall Meetings to let ownership know, “You’re not happy with the direction of the team.” Don Waddell’s contract, per Forbes Magazine, expires in April. Bruce Levenson says, “We’re 100-percent behind Waddell. Those of you who won’t renew if he’s the GM, can leave.” Well, you could take Bruce up on his offer? The phrase that pays is, “If Waddell’s here, I’m not.”

Because Waddell is the “Teflon Don,” expect the Thrahers to win 7 of their last 10 games, to make everyone think, despite missing the playoffs, everything is going great. That’s how it works, apparently. The season is 82 games long. But STH’s only look at the last 10 games to decide if they renew.


March 10th, 2010
12:57 am

As a former STH I opted out after the 07-08 season. I’ve said it before but I will say it again.
Management of the Thrashers organization sucks.
Change the management/ownership and I will come back.


March 10th, 2010
1:56 am

Brendan – Nice post. Not a STH and no plans to sign on. I would like to see a decent home team and support the sponsors, but it is frustrating. I’ve told Bruce Levenson with my wallet what I think of the continued poor results of his product.

I believe the Thrashers have never had a playoff quality goaltender. Never. Who is responsible for that? We can;t keep kidding ourselves. This just in: no NHL team goes very far without a top tier goaltender. This team has soooo many problems to resolve before they are playoff bound.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
5:44 am

Jim Mora Sr-
“Playoffs, did you say playoffs, don’t be thinking about playoffs. Playoffs! I just want a win”.
Dennis Green-
“The Nashville Predators are who we thought they were, and we let ‘em off the hook”.

1 goal in 2 games-we are playing an offensive style without the offense.
Playoffs are fading and somebody has to pay the price other than the fans.


March 10th, 2010
6:30 am

It is time to bring up Kulda and Machacek, sit White and see what the kids have. The mistake by Pops is not a mistake a team that gets to the playoffs makes. Last season this team took off after some of the older players were moved, a good example of what young players can do is happening in Florida, lets see what we have. Worst case the Thrash continue to play poorly and we get a decent draft choice and know what we have in the kids going to summer.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
6:35 am

Pops’ problem was the horrible ice that’s Philips Arena.
Hey, I saw Todd White throw 2 body checks sunday afternoon-two more that the entire team threw the first half of the Carolina game.

The team is playing like it needs a shakeup and bringing up the kids would be a good start. They are doing us no good in Chicago.


March 10th, 2010
6:47 am

Just papthetic game last night by your Atlanta Thrashers.They just showed up to collect the paycheck .


March 10th, 2010
6:47 am

Corections Pathetic game

Missing Kovy!

March 10th, 2010
7:04 am

The playoffs left the building the day Kovy was traded and the franchise will remain this way until Don Waddell leaves the office!

I'll Keep Dreaming

March 10th, 2010
7:09 am

Playoffs!? Ha! I’ll keep dreaming!


March 10th, 2010
7:28 am

The Popovic goal was bad, but overall, I’m blaming this loss on Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play. It’s reached an infuriating level for me, and it’s gotta be getting to Coach Anderson as well. He’s gotta start rifling it in there and allow guys to bang in the rebounds.

I’d start taking away his Power Play.


March 10th, 2010
7:29 am

Anybody got a fork? They are done!!

The Bright Side. . .

March 10th, 2010
7:37 am

Local hockey fans can watch the best league in the world in terrific, lower bowl, seats for $10 – for about the same price as a half dozen rolls of bathroom tissue (with coupon discount).

Just about the same value. . . Thanks Atlanta Spirit Group for another outstanding season.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
7:40 am

It’s really kind of embarrassing to compare the Nashville Predators to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Preds are better in just about every way because they have the right people on top. They have better coaching, depth at goaltending, good defense and forwarders. David Poile has a plan and he follows it, the people in Nashville have bought in.

Now do you think Nashville is a better NHL city than Atlanta? Based on the quality of team they have to support, I say yes. Just think about the depth this team and hockey city have fallen to because of the quality of management we have, or lack.

Fire Waddell if you EVER plan to see one dime from me again. I don’t know why this is so complicated.


March 10th, 2010
7:45 am

A few season ticket holders may have left the building (for good) last night. The ASG sends out renewal inquiries right about the time we started this loosing streak. Makes the decision a bit easier don’t you think?

As disappointing as last night’s game was,..I don’t place as much blame on the Thrashers as I give “atta boys” to the Predators. They played an excellent game, seemingly always in position, stick in lane, taking maximum advantage of opportunities, few penalties(until the end anyway). And they did all this without their stud D-man Weber. The Predators seem to me to be well-coached, disciplined, and getting the most out of their talent (and budget,etc). They do the “short-pass” game really well.

I do fault the boys in blue for not shooting a bit more (Colby when you are alone in the slot shoot! Am I missing something here?). The lines seemed to lack any rythm last night. I guess it maybe the new guys and maybe missing Kane. Could be the Preds play too. Passes were behind the guys a lot. As WBF noted,…baaaaahhd ice. ASG can’t even get that right.

So is Thursday in Columbus a big game? Does Elmer Fudd have trouble with the letter R? Does Brendan write lengthy, insightful, entertaining posts?


March 10th, 2010
8:06 am

Well this whole thing falls back on the man who constructed it, one don waddell.

The man has killed NHL hockey here and it will only continue to fall apart as long as he is allowed to remain as GM.

While he may be a “nice” guy, he is an awful GM. No other team in the NHL would allow him to continue with the record of failure he continues to produce… How many 5 year plans now ???

Like Bartdunwoody, I am no longer a STH and only waddell leaving will I even consider getting them once again.

Losing is not worth the price of admission and this team is a loser, I am sorry to say. Again
we the SUFFERING fans will have to watch other teams compete for The Stanley Cup, while
the BS will continue to spew forth from don waddell that… “We are moving in the “right” direction.”

How many times have we ALL heard that excuse. For the sake of this Franchise waddell RESIGN, you are a complete FAILURE at what you do, if I ran my businesses that way I’d be out of business.

As long as this LOSER remains… I don’t ! As Rawhide said, NO PLAYOFFS !!!!!!!!!


March 10th, 2010
8:13 am

**to GaVaHokie**
Excelent Point!!!
“I’m blaming this loss on Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play”
I was sitting in section 101 yesturday and I saw that Toby skated with a puck and did not shoot. It is absolutely horrible things. Monday Washington played with Dallas. Ovy and company shoted 51 times to net and result is First plase in NHL.
I never been a STH and I am not going to spend my money to do that. Every year I fill sorry fot any STH. People spent lot of money for nothing. Administration lied to Fans. Florida said honestly, that PO is not happend here. But Atlanta make a big NEWS, that PO March is going to Atlanta, come and buy tickets. That’s a big Lie. :-(

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:17 am

With our GM when were the playoffs IN the building?


March 10th, 2010
8:21 am

Very disappointing effort. I ,IMHO, think the lack of an idnetity makes a big difference.

Are we a fast, quick strike team? A lunch pail, blue collar team? A pee wee team? What?

And while I’m at it, Where’s the consistantcy?

BRETT – Is there any particular kind of fork where you looking for to put in this season?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
8:22 am

As I said before, why is this so complicated?
Why? Add it up boys, you are losing big dollars because your product is crap. The fans take the hit in the national media, but the fault lies much higher.

A classic case of the wrong people getting tossed under the wheels.


March 10th, 2010
8:23 am

I blame Captain Kovy for their efforts these last three games. Clearly it is his lack of leadership and figure eights and no defense playing.

Oh wait sorry he has already left, soooo, where does the blame fall then? WBF you stole my qoute but I am gonna use it on the Thrash. “They are who we thought they where” -DG

This team is not as talented as the team we played tonight. DO NOT compare the Thrash to the Preds. They are having a better season in a tougher Conference. Management is a joke here and until that changes this team will not be good. We have some very nice pieces here but they are not a complete team and aren’t that close. We need a goalie in a bad way. I love Moose this isn’t his fault, he is doing more than expected…but Pavs is not ready and was pushed to early.


March 10th, 2010
8:23 am

I read Brandan post. It was always joyable reading. One thing he pointed about Kovy contract. It is absolutely right that Kovy must be trade as soon as he stopped playing. Contract should be done at November. That’s another mistake by Organization. If he traded earlier of the season, we could get players back such as Oduya and Berg.
Anderson should be FIRED when we lost 9 games in row. I am telling you one more time. HE IS NOT A NHL COACH!!!! If he got fired in December and Kovy traded in December, we got a chanse to regroup. Atlanta is out of PLAY OFF. I could not Believe that they are going to 12-5. It is absolutely IMPOSIBLE.
Next season MUST bring MAJOR Changes.

Putting On The Foil

March 10th, 2010
8:26 am

As a long suffering Atlanta fan of over 40 years, I’ve seen it all and tried to remain positive throughout. I’ve endured the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Thrashers my friends, but I just can’t take any of this sh&t anymore. Not that I added much to this blog, but maybe I’ll become the bandwagon fan I’ve always hated and follow whoever wins or maybe just go away and watch “Slap Shot” over and over and over……..


March 10th, 2010
8:31 am

Yes, the playoffs are out of reach but do we have to endure the “hockey is leaving Atlanta” BS again? Jeez.


March 10th, 2010
8:32 am

WBF and HookyBob are absolutely correct. Did you see the slushy snow that came off Popovic’s stick? The ice was bad. On a fresh sheet of ice, Popovic probably makes that play. But even if you categorically reject that assertation, and assign FULL BLAME on Mark Popovic, that play, ALONE … in and of itself … should NOT have been enough to sink the SS Thrashers last night. They had 41 or so more minutes to scored two (2) goals. They didn’t.

Moose Hedberg, who made 30 saves, wasn’t the reason the Thrashers lost last night. Moose played well. Can we REASONABLY EXPECT Hedberg to start 70-75 percent of the remaining games? He turns 37 on May 5, 2010. If Moose, a career backup, is expected to do just that, why didn’t we get a goalie at the trade deadline? “Well, because Pavelec is our #1 guy.” Well, then start Pavelec, if that’s the case.

the fish

March 10th, 2010
8:37 am

Please tell me that Brendan did not just blame the ice for the fact that the Thrashers are the worst hockey team on the planet. Please tell me.
I will bet the ice and the GM will both be better in Canada where the Thrashers are moving next season.
So long suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
8:40 am

Brendan, as usual you are to the point. You can’t play with the puck when you are the last player back, good ice or bad.

I DO NOT believe hockey is leaving Atlanta. It’s not that simple and I certainly do not believe it is justified.

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:40 am

A Tale of Two Cities:
Nashville +68 record since 2002-2003 season.
Atlanta -9 record since 2002-2003 season.
Nashville 5 of 6 playoffs in last 6 seasons.
Atlanta 1 playoff in entire history.
Nashville +14,000 PAID tickets per game.
Atlanta 10,000 on a good weekend night.

What is wrong with this picture? You get the GM you let stay in town!


March 10th, 2010
8:42 am

No, no, The Fish. I blamed for one goal, in ONE (1) game, out of 82 on the schedule. But, I still say the Thrashers aren’t the worst team in the league. They’re not. Have ya seen an Oilers game, lately, Fish?


March 10th, 2010
8:46 am

Gonna argue here. A lot.

Last night’s game was an effing disaster. I didn’t enjoy more than 10 minutes out of the 60. Why? Because it looked like about half the team wasn’t motivated or alert.

1. Reasoner was completely off. He got robbed several times, and made a lot of weak and sloppy passes.
2. Toby. And a bad day for Toby is still a relatively good day, but he was not playing at the level that we need him to play at.
3. Popovic/Moose. Yes, Popovic should have not turned over that puck. But Moose wasn’t prepared for the resulting shot. Which is unacceptable.
4. Bogosian. Guys, he needs to be sat. Period. We keep hoping he’ll get better, but he doesn’t, and it’s probably a combination of fatigue and youth and injury. All of which would be improved by a week or two observing everyone else playing. He made two passes directly across the goal, which is unacceptable.

Playing well were Armstrong, White (throwing the body, blocking shots, shooting), Thorburn, Bergfors, Artyukhin. And, um, Hainsey was all right — he played pretty hard, but was not as crisp as he should be.

It was notable how much Kane’s line misses Kane. And I think it was a mistake to not play Boulton last night, or at least fill his role by having the bangers, you know, bang. We needed some physicality that was simply not there.

So…how do we fix this? Well, we’re kind of stuck with what we have in goal, and it’s probably good enough assuming Moose isn’t injured. We need to call up Machacek (to replace Kane temporarily) and Kulda and whoever else might be grabbable from Chi-town in D (because Popovic is not capable of playing every game). Maybe we should also consider calling up Joey Crabb or Brett Sterling — I lean toward Crabb because of his crash and bang game. Lord knows we need some of both.

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:47 am

“Pittsburgh Pirate Fan” It is that simple. The Predators are making money because they have management that knows hockey.There are several Canadian cities that want the chance to do the same. The team is gone unless you people stop blaming everything else (Kovy, fans, the ice, bad breaks) instead of the ownership who allows Waddell to keep gutting this team every year!
Get some brass ones!

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:49 am

“Brendan” A new rallying cry: “we’re not as bad as the Oilers.” Yea!


March 10th, 2010
8:56 am

The team has shown us they CAN play this game. Sitting there watching last night was frustrating to say the least. Kane gone hurts sure, but he is an 18 year old kid. It is times like this that someone needs to be held accountable for the actions of the team. Someone namely being the coach/gm combo running things. WTF is wrong with this place? ACCOUNTABILITY! How hard is that to figure out? They have no incentive if there is no accountability. I say if we miss the playoffs then JA at least has to go. Sure the case with DW has already been proven, he is a fraud. But no real pressure has been brought to bear against him. Alan R yelling by himself at the game isn’t gonna get it done. Not going to the game and hoping things will change hasn’t gotten it done. It is painfully obvious to everyone on here that this team lacks the leadership and direction needed to even get the players to play to their full potential. The Thrashers don’t suck, they don’t lack heart, they are stuck in a LOSING mentality that is fostered by OWNERSHIP and MANAGEMENT. So what do we as FANS do about this? Any ideas? I am not going to stay away from hockey because of this. The NHL package is great, but watching TV is no substitute for the real thing now and then, and at the game I can’t get told to be quiet cause my yelling is waking the kids up right? LOL


March 10th, 2010
9:04 am

I agree with you rob.

Stan Drulia

March 10th, 2010
9:16 am

Pretty much watched the season come to a pitiful end last night. This team just doesn’t have the scoring to make the playoffs… much less the defense. I’ve watched the last three games – Sunday actually at Phillips – and I wish I could have that time back. I wish that I could say I’m done watching for the season – but I know I will keep doing it and suffer no matter what. Damnit!


March 10th, 2010
9:22 am

“Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play. It’s reached an infuriating level for me”

I was disgusted with him last night. He had several opportunities in the 3rd (as he does every game) to take an open shot, only to make a stupid pass and turn it over. I have no idea what most of you see in Enstrom, he’s undersized and has no sense. I guess the cute little figure 8s he does when he circles back in our zone with the puck have you jazzed, but I see him continually lose battles for pucks on the boards and get bull rushed by bigger forwards going to the net.

That game last night was ridiculous. Thorburn was pushed into the net, bad call there, but Popovic’s awful play and then the lame effort from the team, again, is just unacceptable.


March 10th, 2010
9:31 am

I totally disagree that Colby played a good game. He took a STUPID penalty that led to the first goal. Also, he had the puck a few times close to the opposing net and looked like he did not know what to do with it. His plays caused quite a few outbursts in my section.

The problem with last night was the Preds came out with gusto. As usual, we waited to play until the second period. From that point on, it was a good game. Unlike the previous 2 over the weekend.


March 10th, 2010
9:33 am

Glad I missed last night’s game to see Reckless Kelly and Cross Canadian Ragweed. That show was awesome with people who understood how to play and entertain their fans.


March 10th, 2010
9:40 am

I totally disagree that Colby played a good game. He took a STUPID penalty that led to the first goal.

EA- The game came down to two plays…Colby’s stupid, needless interference call and Pops coughing up the puck. Both happened in the first. Sometimes I think it’s better to get your a$$ handed to you…like in Tampa and against Carolina…than to lose a game like that. When one gets blown out, you know you just got beat…move on. When ya lose 2-1, I think of all the little plays like Colby’s and Popovic’s…and the near misses. Very frustrating.

As for the ice conditions leading to the turnover…last I checked, both teams played on the same surface. I don’t like putting blame there.

Anybody got a fork? They are done!!

Brett – Get out a fork…set the table…call down the kids. They are done.


March 10th, 2010
9:44 am

Also, I keep reading the fan blog for some reason. Kovy has taken quite a few swipes at the Atlanta Thrashers. The lastest one really bugged me. Apparently the Devils called a team meeting after a dismal last 20 games. Kovalchuk’s commented how it was different in N.J. when they lose just a couple of games. “In Atlanta, it was different”. Was this guy not the captain of our team??? Couldn’t he have called a team meeting? The picture with the article was Langenbrunner with the microphone. As fans, we do not take a loss lightly. Whether that goes any further is certainly questionable.


March 10th, 2010
9:49 am

EA, naturally none of that was Kovalchuk’s fault. Just ’cause he was the captain, and dictated who the team would hire, and got rid of Marian Hossa, and chose strategy, and was on speed dial with Don Waddell about other people’s contracts, and had his big ol’ face emblazoned on absolutely everything and was paid, like, twice what anyone else was paid doesn’t mean he had an authority. Geez. Or responsibility. I mean, a guy like that is practically a scrub.