Buff with Cup in Thrasher blue – Bad karma or good omen?

First off, I’m going to say up front that today’s topic probably is much ado about nothing…mountains vs. molehills and all that. But seeing that we are still in the middle of August – we are still awaiting the latest chapter in “As The Kovalchuk Turns” – it seems as though this summer’s version of the “Will Tomas Kaberle Be Traded?” game will end up like last year’s – and, let’s face it, we have just done possible Thrashers lineups to-freakin’-death…I figured what the heck.

Dustin Byfuglien sports his new Thrashers jersey while spending his day with the Stanley Cup (TwitPix/Ben Hankinson)

Dustin Byfuglien sports his new Thrashers jersey while spending his day with the Stanley Cup (TwitPix/Ben Hankinson)

Anywhoooo…have you seen these photos of Dustin Byfuglien spending his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Roseau, Minnee-SOH-Tah. His agent Ben Hankinson posted them recently via TwitPic.

Nice shots. But at first glance at these photographs, something just didn’t seem ’right’ to me.

An NHL player…with the Stanley Cup…wearing a Thrashers jersey.

If nothing else, it certainly makes for an interesting visual.

Like so many others, I followed Byfuglien closely last spring when he and the Chicago Blackhawks made their successful push through the playoffs. And when my crackberry lit up in June informing me that he and a couple other Hawks had been traded for by Atlanta, I was thrilled.

But since that time, whenever I pictured Byfuglien in my mind…the mental image painted still had him in that classic red jersey of the Chicago Blackhawks. So having the first image of Buff in Thrashers blue being one of him holding Lord Stanley’s Cup triumphantly over his head was indeed eye-catching.

Also, I have to admit it’s nice to see that D-Buff is more than willing to sport his new colors during his special day with the Cup. I suppose one could take away from this the fact that he’s taking kindly to the thought of playing in Atlanta. Of course, knowing that so many of his Stanley Cup-winning teammates will be on hand to help him through any transition period has to be comforting.

Byfuglien's wearing of Thrasher blue while with the Stanley Cup is...

  • Good omen: Makes for a good picture of future possibilities (47%, 136 Votes)
  • Bad karma: It just isn't 'right' (22%, 65 Votes)
  • What was that you said about mountains and molehills? (31%, 88 Votes)

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Because of this maybe, just maybe, to some the sight of Buff with the Cup in Thrasher blue is good thing…a good omen, as it were. I mean, a player hoisting the Cup in an Atlanta jersey isn’t exactly something we in Thrasherville are accustomed to, if ya get my drift?

Uh-huh, maybe. But at the risk of sounding too much like a curmudgeon, let me tell you why these pictures have me reaching for some salt to toss over my left shoulder.

To me, there is something not quite ‘kosher’ about seeing your team’s jersey on a player lifting the Cup when he won it with another team. This is especially true when your team has never actually won the Cup. More correctly stated… never even been within sniffing distance of the Cup.

Now, I’m not really “superstitious” mind you. Oh sure, I may never wash my jersey when the Thrashers are playing well. And even when I do it’s the only item in the washer, it’s hung up to dry with the crest facing north toward the hockey Mecca of the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto. Also, I only eat at the Chick-Fil-A at CNN Center before home games. Oh yeah, and I must…MUST…MUST salute he The Blueland Chronicle boys when passing by their perch in section 317 on way to my ‘far closer to the ice than theirs’ seat. Plus, I may be prone to switching places on the couch if the Thrashers are not playing well during a road game. Oh, and if I wear a new item of clothing to a game and the Thrashers lose not only do I never wear it there again, it actually gets sent to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. That is, of course, if I don’t actually sacrifice it as a burn offering upon the alter to the hockey gods constructed in my back yard.

But I am NOT superstitious.

What I am, however, is a person who believes that there is something to this whole “karma” business. As such, I don’t like messing with it. And seeing this photo of Buff in a Thrashers jersey with the Stanley Cup… well, let’s just say I felt a disturbance in the force. The karma force.

…shudders…

Plus, I’m just not so sure this will sit well with the hockey gods. And since I can’t burn Byfuglien’s new #33 sweater on an altar to counter this possible breach of hockey etiquette, I would suggest that he and/or his agent send a few cases of Moosehead beer to them for appeasement purposes.

You know, just to be on the safe side.

282 comments Add your comment

Nate

August 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

I like it. Like a commenter said under the article. It really can’t get any worse for the Thrashers, can it???

And thanks to FormerIslesFan for finding the orginally article. (no offense Rawhide)

DWTOO

August 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

You’re right much ado about nothing. Buff, and the other guys, are in a bit of a tough spot. Damn if you do and damn if you don’t. You’re not a Hawk anymore even tho’ you won the cup. I really don’t care which jersey you wear on your day with the Cup, but damn if Buff doesn’t look good in Thrasher blue! Maybe think of it as looking ahead.

Hockey Biltong

August 16th, 2010
1:09 pm

Hell, it’s all good!!!

The Real Thrash

August 16th, 2010
1:12 pm

The guy has his head and heart in the right place. And with the right team!

J.B.

August 16th, 2010
1:13 pm

i think ben pointed out that it doesn’t appear that the jersey itself touched the cup, so we’re ok. Was hesitant at first when i saw the pics this morning, but i’ve given it some thought and… Good Omen!

Buzilla in CT

August 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

I have switched to DirecTv. I am done with cable and can now get the NHL package again. I only watched 4 Thrashers games last year, and I was at Nassau Coliseum for one of them. I felt very disconnected. Now that I dumped Comcast (which didn’t offer the Center Ice package in my area) I can watch in HD…

Sorry to be off topic, but I am very excited.

I have no problem seeing Buff hoist the cup with the blue jersey. In fact, I love it.

Dwayne

August 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

As long as he didn’t say “it is what it is”
Rawhide, can we get a pic of you in your Thrasher jersey holding up your you know who milk carton?

Rawhide

August 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

The guy has his head and heart in the right place. And with the right team!

The Real Thrash – You make a compelling point.

it doesn’t appear that the jersey itself touched the cup, so we’re ok.

J.B. – That is comforting. It may be a technicality, but I feel better now that we may be able to appease the hockey gods if they indeed felt it ran afoul of any etiquette.

Rawhide, can we get a pic of you in your Thrasher jersey holding up your you know who milk carton?

Dwayne – Autographed by me or not? It makes a difference in what I charge.

TableHockey

August 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

To me it’s a good sign that he wanted to wear the jersey – I’d like to think this means he’s pretty excited to come to ATL. If he didn’t want to wear the Hawks jersey he could have just worn an Ed Hardy T.

J.B.

August 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

bad juju or not, i have to say it puts a smile on my face to see the cup lifted up over a Thrashers jersey. our time will come!

Zim

August 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

This action and these images will have no effect on the Thrashers or Byfuglien’s 2010-11 season. The fact that Dustin is wearing Thrashers gear at all (also rumored to have been sporting a Thrasher hat and t-shirt at a recent Cubs game) is good news, whether he’s holding the Stanley Cup or a salad fork.

The man won a Cup and had his time with it… Jinxes, curses, and bad karma do not apply until he hits the ice in an Atlanta sweater. Currently, Buff is a Stanley Cup champion. He can wear whatever dang ole clothes he wants to!

Rawhide

August 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

And thanks to FormerIslesFan for finding the orginally article. (no offense Rawhide)

Nate – None taken. And while it is true that FIF posted the link to Puck Daddy’s blog, (and thanks to him for that), for the record I must credit kracker for tipping me off to the photos early this morning via direct tweet.

R. Stroz

August 16th, 2010
1:30 pm

Lets just hope it’s foreshadowing.

Sports Climax

August 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

Love it! Buffs is showing he’s accepted the fact he’s bringing his game to the south. And he’s showing it way earlier then he was required to.

Paminski

August 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

If nothing else, it’s great PR for Byfuglien. I’m ready to cheer him on when the puck drops.

Tom M.

August 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

Not a Thrash fan here, just a hockey fan, so take my opinion with the grail of salt it deserves…if I were a Thrashers fan I would LOVE this. Chicago fans are a bit peeved by it, but so be it, it’s not like Byfuglien bolted as a free agent, THEY traded him. You can talk about bad karma all you want, but when you’ve never even won a playoff series, it’s time to throw out the old superstitions and start taunting the luck-gods with all you’ve got. The number 1 thing I’d take from this if I were a Thrashers fan is how great it would be see Byfuglien embracing his new team and identity. On that day, the cup belonged to him, not Chicago…let’s see him work to earn another one in Atlanta.

SomaAtl95

August 16th, 2010
1:34 pm

I look at it like this – we’ve had so many players leave just so they can touch the cup. Now we’re getting players who ACTUALLY WON IT, and not ages ago (I’m looking at you, Slava Kozlov) I was at a Thrashers game a few years ago when the cup was also there at Philips. No disasters became to Philips or the people who attended the game that night and the cup was in our house.
Big Buff has pride in his new team – I don’t care how many “superstars” have left us in the past to join “First Class Organizations” we now have decent players led by a PLAYER THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE PLAYOFFS (yes, I am looking at you Ilya “Prostitute” Kovalchuk) and guess what guys, it seems strange and maybe like bad karma to us but that is because for one reason or another we have not been the luckiest team in the world.
For the first time we have someone that played the role of “Difference Maker” and he made a big statement by spending his day with the cup in Thrasher Blue… and I’m betting dollars to doughnuts that his statement is nowhere near “It is what it is”. Let the rest of the hockey world sneer, snicker and say whatever negative things they want, hey let the local naysayers say what they want (Sage, Stendec, etc) but I for one am excited about what is in our future and I’ve spent a decade saying “Well, maybe this year” and then instantly thinking “… if monkeys fly out of my butt” Not this year.

Let us not question this, and for once enjoy the sight of one of those things all of us Thrasher fans never thought we would see.

Snoman

August 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

I love it!! Buff looks excited to be a Thrasher and that is a very positive sign. Maybe this will spur him into playing every game like he did in the playoffs this past season. I say Good Karma!!

Smoothie

August 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

“but damn if Buff doesn’t look good in Thrasher blue! Maybe think of it as looking ahead”

Hopefully “looking ahead” to good times in Thrasherville and not “losing ahead” in his mind!

I think the wounds of getting traded were still fresh for Buff when he was interviewed at the Thrashers’ Draft party. Since then, I trust he has spoken to a few of our players like Kaner, Slatesy and Bogo to get a sense for how much fun it will and can be. Also, we didn’t know about Ladd just yet so now Buff knows there’s a good chance he won’t be the only former Hawk “stuck” in Atlanta for the next 2 or 3 years.

Judging by his teary and heartfelt remarks at the rink where he played in Roseau, MN, I think we will find Buff to be a dedicated, hard-working passionate player. And being around mature and intelligent young players like Bogo, Kane, Lits etc should only help solidify that even more. Not to mention savvy vets like Mason, Antropov — who chose to be here — and Hainsey, who probably feel like they have something to prove to the hockey world.

God I hate August!!! Uggggghhhhhh! Makes me want to break out my “crunk cup” and get crizz-unk! http://thrashingbirds.blogspot.com/2010/08/does-big-buff-love-us-or-doth-he-mock.html

GaVaHokie

August 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

Actually, this photo was taken in August 2011… it must have been stuck to my shoe when I got back in my time machine.

Alan R.

August 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

I’m happy to see it. Good omen. On top of that, he seems to be rather enthusiastic to be a member of our Atlanta Thrashers.

Your Mammy

August 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

No such thing as bad omens, bad karma, etc…just bad plays, bad decisions, and bad teams. I think it’s wonderful to have him on the team, and that he decided to wear the Thrashers uniform to my home state of MN. GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!

GaVaHokie

August 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

To me it’s a good sign that he wanted to wear the jersey – I’d like to think this means he’s pretty excited to come to ATL. If he didn’t want to wear the Hawks jersey he could have just worn an Ed Hardy T.

My sentiments exactly.

GaVaHokie

August 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

Smoothie… I’m all about crunking up some blue plastic cups.

rob

August 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

They traded him. He didn’t ask for it or walk away from it. Buff’s play was a major reason they ended up champs. Here’s to hoping that winning the Cup has made him want to bring this attitude to the rink every night! If so I have to say there are a lot of goalies out there who will be having long nights watching #80 and #33 eclipse their vision! Gotta get you ready thinking that!

Cornbread

August 16th, 2010
1:49 pm

Good for you Buff.

Smoothie

August 16th, 2010
1:49 pm

Hokie – fo’ shizzle my nizzle! I’ll be toting my platypus as usual if not a big-a$$ cup of my own. Perhaps I should just “trick-out” my platy canteen with some bedazzling beads and fake rhinestones.

So who’s the wisenheimer who thinks Kane won’t even score more goals than Eric Boulton! ;-)

Former AIZ-er JD

August 16th, 2010
1:51 pm

Not a bad omen at all…here’s my reasoning.
1. Slap in the face of the Blackhawks fans and management. Always good to slap other teams!
2. Shows our new Buff is our Buff. He’s a Thrasher now and is proud to show it off.
3. How worse off could we be? We have 0 playoff wins! Bad juju, bad omens, bad karma… Maybe that’s what is needed to win a playoff series!

Cliff Fletcher

August 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

We should super-impose Don Waddell’s face on anyone holding the Stanley Cup, just to get Sage of Blueland going.

kracker

August 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

Even though I fear it may be bad karma, I voted the glass-half-full choice of ‘good omen,’ reasoning that the Hockey Gods have heard our cries in this hockey wilderness and will not punish the Thrashers. After all, Big Buff did win the Cup so there is no problem with him touching it, drinking from it, being photographed, etc. #2 thing is that Byfuglien has not actually skated with the Thrashers in a meaningful pre-season or regular season game, much less competed for the Cup as a Thrasher, so really, how much of a Thrasher is he at this point? Doesn’t he have to leave some game-sweat on the ice, some skin along the boards, shine the pine during a game to be counted as 100% Real Thrasher?

But I don’t know. I look at that pic and my gut says “NO! This is not a good thing!” Fortunately, my gut is frequently simply saying “I’m hungry” instead of accurately reading the chicken entrails. So, I’m sticking w/ ‘good omen’ until I see a lenghty 0-fer start to the season.

icy nards

August 16th, 2010
1:58 pm

It’s not a bad omen if it already happened.

Explanation: this picture is FROM THE FUTURE!!!

R. Stroz

August 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

yes, I am looking at you Ilya “Prostitute” Kovalchuk

Did Kovalchuk score in the playoffs?

I thought those type of individuals scored alot.

SomaAtl95

August 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

No, he didn’t score – but he sure screwed us Thrasher fans.

SomaAtl95

August 16th, 2010
2:09 pm

oh and BAAAAHHHHH, BAHHHHHHHHH, BBBAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! Showing my sheeple pride today.

Smoothie

August 16th, 2010
2:09 pm

If we do win a Cup while Dustin is here, I shall start a campaign to create a big chalice that is blinged out like Lil’ Jon’s “crunk cups”.

I shall call it….

Lord Dustin’s Chalice of Crunkitude!! Yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh!

SomaAtl95

August 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

Nikita (in PA)

August 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

Good omen. It shows that Buff is ready to embrace his new team.

As for The Cup, I just touched the one in the HHOF. As I mentioned before, we really need to get some things done there. The Thrashers representation is tiny and consists of coverage of just two players: Nik Antropov and Todd White. There’s even a little bio of Todd White posted.

Elsewhere in the Hall there’s a plaque alongside a jersey identifying its wearer as “defensive stalwart, Atlanta Thrasher Steve Rucchin,” and several pieces of memorabilia recognizing the performance of Thrashers Kari Lehtonen and Ilya Kovalchuk in non-NHL events.

The point here is that hopefully appearance in the hall with Thrashers ID isn’t a curse. But it’s definitely not true to what I think all we fans and management would consider the team’s most representative players.

Also, at the HHOF, as I was checking out the kids behind the counter are like “you’re Thrashers fans? Man, you guys dodged the bullet with Kovalchuk.”

Nate

August 16th, 2010
2:16 pm

Rawhide – In that case, I’ll throw some thanks out to cracker as well. Preciate it kracker. It made for an entertaining read on an otherwise slow news day.

R. Stroz

August 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

There’s even a little bio of Todd White posted.

Is there a roll of Charmin and a milk carton as well?

Zombie Steve

August 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

It’s weird seeing a Thrasher jersey so close to the Cup….

TrueBlue

August 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

The only ones that should be offended by this are the Chicago Blackhawks. The Atlanta Thrashers and their fans should be happy that an incoming player was willing to part with their “own teams jersey” and sport the new one.

Think about it. If the Thrashers won and then traded someone like…I don’t know, Bogosian or something, wouldn’t you be pissed that he was wearing his new teams jersey with “our” cup?

I think this is a strong statement that he will come in and be proud to be a Thrasher…or at least accepting of his new situation.

Rawhide

August 16th, 2010
2:36 pm

It’s weird seeing a Thrasher jersey so close to the Cup….

Zombie Steve – Yeah. I think that’s it. It just made me feel…you know…funny.

GaVaHokie

August 16th, 2010
2:44 pm

If Buff ain’t worried about it, neither am I.

TrueBlue… good point.

TrueBlue

August 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

Rawhide, a funny feeling like when you used to climb the rope in gym class?? (Hopefully we all know what movie that is from).

BG33Brown

August 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

I’m so happy to see a guy who was traded here to a “non-hockey” market, try and embrace us and give us a shot out. Before today I was luke warm on big buff as a thrasher b/c I wasn’t sure he would show the same intensity that he brought to the Hawks on most nights. With that picture, my perception took a 180. I will now finally by a jersey (i’m not a jersey guy) and I will definitely customize it with Buff’s number and name.

Flames

August 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

Thank You GOD!!!!!!!! I think Buff is upset about the trade and is going to show the Blackhawks that he is the man. The Blackhawks will regret trading him. He will be a thorn in their side for years to come. We now have a good player with a chip on his shoulder. He will have an awesome year….He has something to prove….This is a good omen!!!!!!

Zombie Steve

August 16th, 2010
3:39 pm

Atropov and Buff: The Creasemongers

DB

August 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

Bad karma meet Don Waddell.

GaVaHokie

August 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

Atropov and Buff: The Creasemongers

How about Buff’n'Stuff in tribute to the old “World of Sid and Marty Croft”?

A27

August 16th, 2010
3:53 pm

I like it…that’s good to see: )