Looks like we made it Thrasherville

This past weekend I was rummaging through the cabinet that houses my CD collection. I needed to swap out the half-dozen or so that had been hanging out in my car’s glove box, so I brought those in and looked for a couple to replace them. These CDS are arranged in alphabetical order by name of artists…and in the case of multiple CDs from the same artists, I arrange them in chronological order based on the date of release of that particular album.

OK…so I’m organized.

Anyway, I’m flipping through the jewel cases, selecting the ones that I wish to have at the ready when…what do I see, smack dab in the middle of the second row? Why, none other than a Barry Manilow CD.

I’ll give you a moment to regain your composure

Yes. There, to my horror, nestled in with my Beatles CDs, my Pink Floyd CDs, my Rolling Stones, Rush, Dire Straights, Led Zeppelin, U2, Janis Joplin, Elton John, (pre-1980s stuff, mind you), REM, Peter Gabriel, B-52s and other fine assorted CDs was that…that… that thing.

Even worse, this Manilow release had not just infested…nay, defiled… the hallowed sanctuary of these musical treasures, but it was actually making contact with the Jimi Hendrix CD that my good friend Bluenote gave me last winter.

Now, this, thing, titled “The Essentials Barry Manilow”… or whatever…belongs to the Divine Mrs. R. She has her own CD collection and keeps them tucked away in a separate cabinet located on the opposite side of the room. The two never mingle. When we got married two decades ago, we decided that our taste in music was less compatible than most everything else in our relationship. As such, we agreed to keep our collections out of the union. There are “hers”, there are “mine”…but there are no “ours” in regards to our music CD collections.

shrugs…hey, it’s worked for 20 years, 9 months and 19 days so far for the two of us.

But this was the first time there has ever been a Code Red, full-contact intrusion of my CD space. How it happened is anyone guess. But it had to be dealt with, and right away. Therefore, I did what any red-blooded American male would do under the circumstances.

The younger Tax Exemption after disposing of the Manilow CD. He was rwarded handsomely for his actions

The younger Tax Exemption after disposing of the Manilow CD. He was rwarded handsomely for his actions

That’s right, I sent my youngest son…the one who wants a career in the military…in after it.

Oh, don’t get me wrong… I’m not the squeamish type normally. I’ve de-snaked back yards, dealt with spiders and other creepy-crawly things on many occasions. Why, I can even change a dirty diaper while eating a peanut butter sandwich. But the sight of Barry Manilow mingling with my CDs…well, it almost made me squeal like a 12-year old girl.

Almost.

Anywhoooo, I provided the boy with a Tyvek HazMat suit, fitting him with rubber kitchen gloves, armed him with my grill tongs and made sure he wore proper eye protection. He was then sent on the mission to purge this easy listening, soft “rock” abomination from the shelf of my CD cabinet, put it back in its proper place…or toss it in the trash, I did not care which… and restore honor to my otherwise pristine music community!

He was happy to accommodate my request…asking only a moderate amount of money in return.

Upon completion of the mission, he was then deconed with the back yard hose and steel wool scrubber. Unfortunately the tongues could not be saved, but the saving grace here is that grilling season is drawing to a close soon.

So, why am I telling you this?

Well two reasons really. First, as T.E. No.2 was performing this hazardous duty, I glanced upon the offending jewel case and noticed one of the song titles…”Looks Like We Made It”.

Yeah…I know.

But it was at that point that I was reminded of the fact that we are nearing the end of the dreaded month of August, the longest, most miserable month for hockey fans. And as August prepares to give way to September, we move into the month we look forward to so much. The players are already starting to make their way into town and training camp will start up in just a few short weeks. Soon after, we’ll see the final touches put on the makeup of the roster as preseason gets under way.

Will Craig Ramsay and the Thrashers new coaching staff be able to bring winning hockey to Thrasherville? (AP/Chris O'Meara)

Will Craig Ramsay and the Thrashers new coaching staff be able to bring winning hockey to Thrasherville? (AP/Chris O'Meara)

We woke this morning to news that the Thrashers will not be bringing in forward Lee Stempniak. Instead he’ll remain in Phoenix for another 2 seasons. Also, Mark Everson of the New York Posts is reporting rumors that Travis Zajac may become a cap casualty of the New Jersey Devils once Ilya Kovalchuk is officially re-signed. So while there is news happening around the league, certainly things will do nothing but heat up as we tumble closer and closer to opening night.

Yes, Thrasherville. It does indeed look like we’ve made it…madeit again through another hot, humid, muggy, oppressive, long, nasty month of August. As such, one more offseason is nearing its end and another NHL season approaches, carrying with it the hope and expectations that accompany it.

Oh, and the second reason I shared this story with you? Well, it’s because ever since I saw the song title, I cannot get that insipid tune out of my head! So, Ive come looking for your help.

Today, tell us all what it is you are looking forward to most with this year’s edition of the Atlanta Thrashers. But also share with us what your favorite album of all time is…and possibly even explain why.

Maybe spinning those tunes in my head will help flush out my noggin and clear it of this hideous song.

I’ll start things off…I’m most looking forward to seeing if the new coaching staff employed by this organization can finally instill a solid, defensive-minded squad that plays hard-hitting, responsible hockey on their own end of the ice. As for my favorite CD…well, it’s the one I was blasting down I-75 this morning, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”.

Only I could have sworn it was Barry Manilow singing “Us and Them”.

342 comments Add your comment

R. Stroztradamus

August 30th, 2010
10:03 am

I predict I will be FIRST!

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
10:12 am

Today, tell us all what it is you are looking forward to most with this year’s edition of the Atlanta Thrashers”

An icy cold can of beer from Gorin’s!!!

Okay, my expectations for this season are muted let’s just say.

Actually, I think this team has the potential (that’s potential) to make the playoffs with somewhere in the neighborhood of 89-93 points, but I still think we’re a year away from being a bona fide contender.

Sage will jump on me like a radical left-wing loon jumps on Glenn Beck, but I believe in these young players. Plus, I still think Duds has something up his sleeve before the season starts. And I’m quite relieved he didn’t pull Lee Stempniak out of said sleeve!!

DROP. THE. PUCK.

GaVaHokie

August 30th, 2010
10:18 am

I got ranallo’ed…Copy and pasting from your last blog…

I think Stempniak knows he’s in a great situation in Phoenix. Let’s not forget that Phoenix finished 4th in the League with 107 pts… he played a big role, and probably wants to see what he can do with a full season.

Home town discount for unfinished business.

Tom

August 30th, 2010
10:23 am

I predict R. Stroztradamus will be first.

GaVaHokie

August 30th, 2010
10:24 am

I’m most looking forward to the prospect battle… I’m excited to see what noise Cormier and Burmistrov can make in camp. I’ve got a good feeling about Telegin as well. His feather passing reminds me a lot of when Enstrom was going through camp the first time.

My prediction for camp invite… Kyle Wellwood.

Favorite album… I’ll go with U2-Joshua Tree

TrueBlue

August 30th, 2010
10:27 am

Why would you get a can of cold beer at Gorins when you can order a JUMBO draft beer for 7 bucks!?

hockeymom92

August 30th, 2010
10:28 am

I am really hoping, praying, believing that we have perhaps, maybe, possibly turned a corner and that the 2010/11 Thrashers will surprise us all. I am determined to be a glass half full person.

Favorite album – Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Pronouced – it contains the anthem of the south – Free Bird – I still crank up the volume for that song. Of course this certifies that I am 2 things – a true southerner and old…..

Sara

August 30th, 2010
10:30 am

I’m looking forward to watching the Thrashers actually live up to their name on the ice and seeing a true youth movement.

Favorite album – holy jeez how do you pick just one? Guess I’ll have to go with the soundtrack to my favorite movie … Dazed and Confused.

Smoothie – while I was reading your post there was a news clip on TV of Beck at his rally talking about how he most relates to MLK since he hasn’t yet been craved in marble. Loons indeed. :p

Rawhide

August 30th, 2010
10:31 am

U2-Joshua Tree

GaVaHokie – In my top 5 as well.

Favorite album – Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Pronouced – it contains the anthem of the south – Free Bird – I still crank up the volume for that song. Of course this certifies that I am 2 things – a true southerner and old…..

HM92 – Last week on day after my younger son drove home from school/ROTC duties, I found him sitting in the driveway still in his car. He’d drove up 2 or 3 minutes prior. I went out to see what was up…the radio was blasting to Free Bird, his head bobbing up and down.

sigh…The circle of life continues….

Sara

August 30th, 2010
10:32 am

*carved. Oy … need more coffee.

hip czech

August 30th, 2010
10:33 am

RH – can definitely relate to the music collection dichotomy between spouse and self (though we do have SOME common ground in this household, not much, but some).

Wild theory of the day…Thrashers DON’T sign Bergfors.

Thrashers send Bergfors back to the devil to help alleviate Kap Krunch Kaused by Kovalchuk.

Thrashers get ? from NJ.

Elias? Zajac? Either of those two I am OK with…Zubrus? nah.

If Eklund can make a living doing this stuff why can’t I? So, Bergfors to NH (hc1)

hip czech

August 30th, 2010
10:34 am

oops…make that NJ, not NH (though New Hampshire is a much nicer place than New Jersey)

cousin Eddie

August 30th, 2010
10:35 am

Favorite album-Johnny Cash Life at Folsom Prison.
Looking forward to watching all the games and reading all the blogs and press releases the day after! I never been this anxious in the past 10 years I’ve been watching hockey, for the season to get started.

Putting On The Foil

August 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Deep Purple Machine Head

GaVaHokie

August 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Rawhide… I think you’re way over on Bergfors numbers… I have a feeling they’re offering a staircase contract much like Little’s… the first year being somewhere around $800,000 to $1.2 million, steadily increasing from there.

DWTOO

August 30th, 2010
10:42 am

Looking forward to a team that plays hard for sixty minutes with sound, team defense. Tired of teams that appear to be going thru the motions.

Putting On The Foil

August 30th, 2010
10:47 am

Changed my mind. Physical Graffiti

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
10:48 am

TrueBlue – uhh, because I hate draft beer. It actually gives me really bad headaches that a 24 oz can of Bud Light does not give me. But again, as I’ve stated many a times on this blog, I’m a bourbon guy. Don’t really like beer unless it’s cold Bud Light from a can or Labatt.

GVH – there’s no way in hell they’re only offering $800 k, if in fact they are doing the same type of escalating contract offer. If they are, I bet they’re offering at least 75% over his total value with bonuses or $1.4 M which is what Clarke MacArthur earned last year. I think he can easily win that argument vis a vis C-Mac. If I had to guess, he probably wants the same amt per year as opposed to an escalating deal.

SomaAtl95

August 30th, 2010
10:50 am

Said it before and I will say it again, I think Dudley still has something else up his sleeve. When we see this act of prestidigitation is yet to be determined but I’ve got a feeling that it will be sooner than later. (Corny joke alert) Looks like Duds Made it a virtual “Copacabana” of different faces in Thrasherville and when the “Bandstand” ends I hope its the Thrashers singing “Looks like we made it!” with the Cup.
As far as favorite albums, I have to do for the last few decades – 70’s – Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd, 80’s – Appetite for Destruction, Guns N Roses, 90’s – Siamese Dream, The Smashing Pumpkins, 2000’s – Lateralus, TOOL. I have a wide and varied list of songs that are set as my NHL soundtrack on the PS3 since you can customize everything you hear from home entrance music to intermission to music between stoppage of play and face off.
Come on Oct 8th! Lets get our puck on!

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
10:51 am

Oh, okay. I’ll play: Metallica – Master of Puppets.

PS – Hokie, I like the Wellwood idea. He would be great value for our 3rd line as insurance for Cormier. Then you could break him in slowly on the 4th line if necc.

Joe Friday

August 30th, 2010
10:57 am

I am looking forward to watching a Thrashers’ club that finally has an identity and a solid physical playing style. I am not expecting them to be a contender this year, but I expect them to contend each and every night. And if the puck bounces the right way, they just might make to the Real Season and as we saw last year, once there, anything can happen.

Quadrophenia. Full of teenage angst, ballads, emotions, hard driving rock, all mixed in, just a glorious piece of work. Substitute hockey for the word rain in the lyrics, and we’re almost back there, boys and girls:

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain
I can’t sleep and I lay and I think
The night is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain

GaVaHokie

August 30th, 2010
10:59 am

Smoothie… I agree on the can versus draft, plus I don’t trust places not to water down their drafts or clean their taps properly. That’s just in general, I’m not accusing Gorin’s of anything.

On Bergfors… $800,000 might be low ball, but anywhere between that and $1.2 mil is a dramatic increase over his $500,000 from last year. He’s far from a guaranteed scorer from a GM perspective.

But the point was, I see $2 million as one of those contracts you can’t move on waivers if he sucks this year. I’m just trying to feel out what the dispute might be, and I’ll predict the number ends up around $1.2 million.

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
11:05 am

GVH – you may be right about the starting point in terms of salary, but I think Bergy should be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his bonuses, most of which he probably would have earned had LouLam not demoted him (and didn’t he bench him for a time too?) to the 3rd and 4th lines for awhile before the trade. But regardless of what happens, I think the staircase contract template is probably in play for Duds and Co at least. I could see where Bergy’s agent would balk at that idea when he was considered the “centerpiece” of the Kovy deal.

As for Gorin’s, they may very well have the cleanest taps in the city, but I don’t chance it. Too many instances through the years at the old Jocks n’ Jills or even Philips Arena draft beer carts where I was in pain by the 2nd period. And you gotta love the fact they always greet you with a smile and pratically know your order before you say it. Most times, the guy is handing me my 24 oz can of Bud Light before I can even step up and say “Booood Light”! They love Thrashers fans.

polskidawg

August 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Richard Cheese – Aperitif for Destruction.

Joe Friday

August 30th, 2010
11:15 am

Hokie, if all they’re offering Bergfors is $1m, it won’t get done, that’s a ridiculously low offer and I can’t believe that’s all they’re offering and it’ll drag into training camp if that’s where they’re at.

“Siamese Dream, The Smashing Pumpkins”

A most excellent choice and in my top 5. While they were recording that album (they did it here in May-retta to get the drummer away from his drug buddies up in Chicago), they did a show at the Roxy in Buckhead. It was a Thanksgiving Chattahoochee Coochie Men show (the Drivin and Cryin boys and Peter Buck and Mike Mills) benefit for the homeless and after they play their first song, Peter Buck goes “this band from Chicago is in town recording their album, think you might like them” and they walk off and the Pumpkins come on and blast into Cherub Rock and play the whole album, nobody had heard of them but we all knew we had just seen greatness, best small venue show I’ve ever seen.

Rhythmpenguin

August 30th, 2010
11:20 am

Best Album (as a whole album): Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holey (though I have been listening to “Romantic Warrior” by Return to Forever nonstop for the past few days).

This season I am looking froward to overall consistency as a team and consistent effort from the boys.

Oh, and if you like music like Zeppelin and Return to Forever you might like my band, http://www.myspace.com/justpeachyband.

kracker

August 30th, 2010
11:21 am

Looking forward to seeing the rookies first and then to main camp. To a possible invitee or two. To perhaps another move by the Dudder. To some cool air.

Song: Def Leppard – Photograph
Album: Statler Brothers – Alive! (at the Johnny Mack Brown High School)

Barry Manilow

August 30th, 2010
11:39 am

He’ll be back…..they always come back…

glovesave29

August 30th, 2010
11:39 am

Cleaning taps is so easy to do…but then again, I am a bit anal-retentive, so when I kill a keg in my basement man-cave, I take apart EVERYTHING to clean it.

Bergie will sign. No sense in sending him back to NJ…if the Devils need cap space, there are plenty of other options to trade to get Zajac.

This discussion reminds me of “Desert Island Discs” that used to be in the Tower Records magazine…I don’t have a TRUE favorite, depends on the day / mood – but ones near the top are “Together Alone” by Crowded House, “Head on the Door” by The Cure, “Who’s Next” by The Who, “The Final Cut” by Pink Floyd, “Earth and Sun and Moon” by Midnight Oil, “Beneath the Velvet Sun” by Shawn Mullins and “Reckoning” by REM

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
11:39 am

kracker – wow! We have more in common that I thought! “Photograph” is an incredible song, my all-time fave as well. Def Lep’s “High n’ Dry” is probably in my top 10 albums, but I’m sure I’d prolly have the weirdest top 10 as Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits would be in mine, ha!

Anyone on this blog know of Billy Pilgrim? Did any of you used to check them out in Decatur at Eddie’s Attic? For those of you not familiar, Kristian Bush is now part of Sugarland with another Atlanta indie legend, Jenny Nettles. BP was one of the reasons I first ventured to Atlanta for a concert.

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
11:44 am

“Cleaning taps is so easy to do…but then again, I am a bit anal-retentive, so when I kill a keg in my basement man-cave, I take apart EVERYTHING to clean it.”

Yeah, doubt the $7 / hr ASG employees really care that much. They’re taps are freakin’ nasty! I remember getting a Miller Light in the club section that smelled (and tasted) like cat piss! In the club section! And they didn’t have Bud Light on draft…what??

Zombie Steve

August 30th, 2010
11:46 am

Anything Led Zep and Pumkins pre Adore…. don’t make me chose!

Russ

August 30th, 2010
11:46 am

Looking forward to a hockey TEAM that plays both ends of the ice, rather than several hockey players trying to feed the puck to one or two supposed “superstars” that don’t like entering the defensive zone and are just passing their time until they can leave town.

Tie – Van Halen’s self titled debut album and Tom Petty’s Wildflowers.

Rhythmpenguin

August 30th, 2010
11:47 am

glovesave, I love “Who’s Next” but I have to go with “Live at Leads” for my favorite Who album.

Smoothie, it’s too bad that Jennifer Nettles disbanded her band (The Jennifer Nettles Band) to form Sugar Land.

Dwayne

August 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Eagles–Hotel California
Fleetwood Mac–Rumors
John Mellencamp–Nothing Matters and What if it Did.
No particular order.

kracker

August 30th, 2010
11:49 am

Beer is good. Y’all are too finniky. If you get one you don’t like, pass it my way. If there’s sumthin floatin in the foam, just blow it off….long as it ain’t movin.

kracker

August 30th, 2010
11:51 am

Gone…..?

kuklaskorner RT @AGrossRecord: #NYRangers deal with LW Tim Kennedy could be announced later today. Depth move.

SomaAtl95

August 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Yeah, I always listen to “Siamese Dream” when I feel as if my life is out of my control, eventually finding solace by the end of track seven. Hence my blog/gaming handle. There is so much good music that I love (I call my pc the $3000 jukebox because it has 12,000 songs that I have kept, started ripping all my CD’s the last time I got robbed) but nothing makes me feel better than the Pumpkins, Tool, Garbage, Early NIN and Tori Amos (to help ease the edge off) I wanted to be a radio DJ when I tried college, then music really started to suck so I would be out of a job!

Russ

August 30th, 2010
11:58 am

Oh, also looking forward to seeing Buff play forward and to this team not making stupid decisions liking moving him to defense where he is not nearly as effective.

MashaPlayer7

August 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

Another reason I love hockey and its fans – we all choose kicka$$ music! I mean a Tool reference..that’s cool. Lateralus – amazing album, but go with Opiate if you want the raw, LA-hard core stuff.

Mr. Willson

August 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

I’m just looking forward to a fresh-like start, new coach, new goalie, no Kovy and what team-centric play will look like.

Wow. I can’t believe someone pulled out “The Final Cut”…I am going to say “The Wall”, but Final Cut is my second fav PF album.

Hokey P. Clisters

August 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

Too many to choose from! However, the Allman Brothers “Live at Filmore” and “Eat a Peach” are at the top.

By the way Mr. Rawhides, Manilow’s first record hit was “Mandy”. I know that name stirs up alot of sentimental feelings with Thrasher fans.

kracker

August 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

HP.C – I knew somebody would mention that ole sentimental favorite “Mandy.” Just brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?

I’m also looking forward to that 1st Blimpie tuna sandwich w/ a 40oz beer! I’m eating one right now. I don’t have the 40oz beer, though. I have iced tea which is probably a good thing here at work. They really seem to not want me getting all rowdy at my workstation.

World Be Free

August 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

I am glad we are talking great albums today, with the 70’s obviously being the decade of choice. I missed part of the 70’s havng been in a fraternity during the “Animal House” period. Machine Head is a GREAT call, some Doors, Steely Dan and Neil Young please. Because remember, Rust Never Sleeps. NO U2! Enough of their political BS.

I have to admit I ready Eklund today, because he thinks Ryan Johnson may end up here. Why the Canucks dumped Johnson for Malholtra – I will never know.

sisu

August 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

Hope that Berfors signs soon, not so sure what to expect but all indications are that this team will be much tougher to play against! As to Album? Tie between Slayer – Reign in Blood and Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind

Rawhide

August 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

By the way Mr. Rawhides, Manilow’s first record hit was “Mandy”. I know that name stirs up alot of sentimental feelings with Thrasher fans.

HPC – I sooooo want the guy that runs the music board at Philips to play that tune whenever Sutton plays here and is sent to the sin bin. So far, he has not complied…but one day….

NO U2! Enough of their political BS.

WBF – I know many who feel that way about U2. But I’ve been a fan since their October and Boy album. Saw them first at the age of 18 when they played the Fox during their War tour. They are in my soul…

Dandylions

August 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

I still own a John Travolta DOUBLE album – I should not admit that in public. What is the WORST album you would ever admit to owning?

Red Light

August 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

Things I am looking forward to this season…the trade deadline of course!

Why? Because it’s the day that will speak volumes about the future of this franchise. I don’t want to hear from a mouthpiece that the Thrashers will be “buyers”, I want it to be evident based upon where they reside in the standings leading up to that day (Tues. March 1?). We know they’ll have Cap space, that’s a given, but all of us will know at that point if this organization can be taken seriously based upon the moves made prior to and on that day.

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Richards, Tomas Vokoun, Andrei Markov, Chris Phillips, Ilya Bryzgalov, Joe Thornton, Tomas Kaberle (what, again?), Kevin Bieksa and Christian Erhoff could be available that day on the trading block. If one of those guys becomes an Atlanta Thrasher for at least the remainder of the 2010-11 season, then cue Mr. Manilow (really, Bill?). Conversely, if more of the same rears its ugly head as in the recent past, the cue Sage of Blueland!

Top Album of All-Time? Why, it’s the Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East of course!

Red Light

August 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

“then cue Sage of Blueland!”

Smoothie

August 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

Ryan Johnson would certainly be an intriguing signing. That bastard is fast, faster and fastest! Speed kills. Well, unless you’re Jimmy Slater.

j/k Slatesy, you know I love me some Jimmah Skandalous!

Interesting to see the generational spread on this blog. I don’t care much for 70’s rock and grew up a product of the 80’s hair-bands which I still prefer to this day. I respect bands like NIN, Tool, Pumpkins etc but never could really get deep into them. Part of me is still bitter about the death of “glam-bands” and the emergence of the darker, drearier and more depressing Kurt Cobain copycats. But hey, as long as its not techno or gangsta rap, you know you’re at a hockey game.