Thrashers on-air personalities discuss upcoming season

New players, new coaching staff, new GM… the changes that went on around Thrasherville this summer have certainly created quite a buzz among the Atlanta hockey fan base. And who better to discuss this buzz in the air than the on-air personalities of the team…TV play-by-play man Matt McConnell, analyst Darren Eliot, radio voice of the Thrashers Dan Kamal and John Kincade who will join the TV team to provide reports from rink-side and the locker room.

The four are excited to get this season underway and they’re eager to see how the offseason modifications will play out over the course of the coming months.

Dan Kamal calls head coach Craig Ramsay "One of the best teachers in the NHL" (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Dan Kamal calls head coach Craig Ramsay "One of the best teachers in the NHL" (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“I just think there’s a real hockey feel around the organization these days and that’s been brought about through the changes we have seen in the off-season”, McConnell told me. “I’m interested in seeing how all of the new pieces fit together as we open up the season. This is going to be a roster with a lot of interchangeable parts. The team has at least a half dozen players that can play more than one position”.

Overall team depth is also a plus for the Thrashers as Matt points out.

“Defensively, I think this is as deep as we’ve seen in 11 seasons”, he continued. “I’m also excited about the goaltending. Chris Mason has won 57 games over the past two seasons and Ondrej Pavelec should only get better and better. I also think the team will have a strong core of players at AHL Chicago, thus providing depth for down the road”.

As for McConnell’s partner on TV Darren Eliot, he’ll be looking to see how the players assembled will fit into the schemes of the new coaching staff.

“I’m enthused about the players brought in and witnessing the process of the team coming together as they fit the vision and plan of the new coaching staff”.

John Kincade says he’s not only pumped about getting another hockey campaign underway, he’s also hyped about working with McConnell and Eliot. That, plus he’s happy to see this organization making steps toward creating some type of identity…something that he thinks is long overdue.

“Other than rejoining one of the best NHL broadcast teams in the NHL, I am excited about the Thrashers finally making an attempt to establish an identity. For years the focus has been on stars and the team never had a definitive style. I think this team will take some time to round into shape, but it will be easy to see what they are attempting to be”.

This is a sentiment shared by the man who has been a part of the Thrashers since day one back in 1999, the Grand Kamalian himself, radio voice of the Thrashers Dan Kamal.

Dustin Byfuglien's transition back to defense will be something the Thrashers on-air four will be watching closely (AP photo)

Dustin Byfuglien's transition back to defense will be something the Thrashers on-air four will be watching closely (AP photo)

“What has me most excited is the evolving identity of this team, as well as the style of play coach Ramsay and his staff are implementing”, Kamalian explains. “The Thrashers are a bigger, faster team, and I believe they’re going to be a tough team for opponents to handle. And I’m anxious to call the games of a team that wants to go, go, go”.

Obviously the new coaching staff will have a major impact on what this team can accomplish this winter. Ramsay and Co. are just as big a part of what has Thrasherville talking as do the new players.

“Ramsay is one heck of a teacher and his knowledge of the game and strategies should go a long way in the development of a roster that’s likely to be one of the younger ones in the league”, says McConnell. “I have yet to read any comments from a player who’s had him as a coach that hasn’t been anything but positive. Ramsay and John Torchetti understand what it takes to win the Stanley Cup and Mike Stothers is a guy that has NHL experience from his days in Philadelphia. So I think each of them will leave their marks on this roster”.

“Sure, the roster has been greatly upgraded, but it remains young”, McConnell continues. “So I think it was a great move to bring in a teacher like Ramsay. It should be a fun story to watch throughout the season”.

Kamal agrees and is happy to see Ramsay, Torch and Stothers behind the Thrashers bench as well.

“I’ve always thought Craig Ramsay was one of the best teachers in the NHL”, Kamal says. “I’ve known Mike Stothers since he was a young Flyers prospect and have always thought of him as an excellent student of the game. And John Torchetti is one of the rising stars in the NHL coaching ranks, as his role with the Stanley Cup champions can attest”.

The question is, however, can these guys take all these new players and get them to perform as a team quickly? Kamal believes they can.

Nigel Dawes score two of the Thrashers ten goals during preseason. Is it enough to win a spot on the final roster? (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Nigel Dawes played well and scored two of the Thrashers ten goals during preseason. Is it enough to win a spot on the final roster? (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

“I think the biggest hurdle for this staff is going to be getting so many new players to implement new systems quickly enough and effectively enough that the team can get off to a good start and grow from there. I believe this staff is up to the challenge”.

McConnell also feels Ramsay is the right man for this job adding, “The key to this team and their hopes for a playoff spot will be how quickly they can pull everything together. I’m confident Craig Ramsay and the coaches will be able to do that”.

But it isn’t the sole responsibly of the coaching staff to provide a quick adhesive to this unit. The players will need to do their part.

“It takes everyone to have success, but in the end it is always about the players”, Eliot explains. “I think this staff truly believes and understands that sport truism”.

Continuing his thoughts about the players that will be on the ice wearing Thrashers jerseys, Darren is curious to see how some will adapt to new roles.

“As with any season, there are plenty of story lines to follow. In general, player ‘slotting’ has been intriguing to me: Byfuglien on D, Little in the middle and Thorburn also at center. I’ve also noticed how much Bogosian and Kane have played in their pre-season games. Certainly a substantial move up, particularly for Kane”.

McConnell picks up on this issue adding, “I’ll be interested to see how Dustin Byfuglien does at his natural position as a defenseman. He’s got a cannon for a shot and should get plenty of chances to fire away”.

Kamal points out that success here also depends on the forwards getting along without Big Buff on the front lines. “Like the rest of the hockey world, I’ll be keeping an eye on the Dustin Byfuglien move back to D. If the Thrashers get adequate production from their forwards and Byfuglien can be the consistent force many believe he can be on the back line, it should be a heckuva season”.

However, Byfuglien is just one part of the whole defensive corps that he feels is much improved over the past years.

With the possibility of having young players like Alexander Burmistrov on the squad, Matt McConnell feels the Thrashers have the right coaching staff in place to teach them the NHL game (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

With the possibility of having young players like Alexander Burmistrov on the squad, Matt McConnell feels the Thrashers have the right coaching staff in place to teach them the NHL game (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

“I’m also looking for Zach Bogosian to rebound in a big way after battling injuries much of last season”, Kamal goes on to say. “And I think Johnny Oduya will be an even greater contributor on the blue line in his first full season with Atlanta”.

McConnell also looks for Bogosian to have a good year, “For the majority of last season, he played hurt”, he recalls. “If he can stay healthy, it’ll be fun to watch him from an offensive standpoint as one of those defensemen jumping into the play as a four-man unit Ramsay is looking to develop”.

Much of Kincade’s attention will be focused on the two men that will be between the pipes for Atlanta this season, Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

“I am most interested to see the goaltending tandem and how this is going to play out. Pavelec has shown glimpses of being a solid NHL goaltender but he will now fight for playing appearances behind Chris Mason. I want to see how Pavelec responds to that challenge and the stability that Mason has afforded teams in previous stops”.

McConnell feels Pavelec must find a consistency in his game, but having Mason to handle the bulk of the starts will help him towards that goal.

“Chris Mason has proven to be a consistent winner in the past while Pavelec has been brilliant at times, yet needs to be more consistent”, he said. “Dudley has said in the past that Pavelec is as good as any goaltender in the league 50% of the time and that they need him to be that way 75% of the time. All in all, the storylines will run deep to start the season”.

Focusing attention to the forward lines, there are several players and situations that have Dan Kamal jazzed about this season.

“I’m very intrigued to see how Bryan Little handles the adjustment back to center. I think with his speed, he’s going to adjust quickly and productively. I’m also interested to see the impact a young veteran like Nigel Dawes can have on the team. I think he’s a very underrated guy who does a lot of things well and can contribute offensively. In my opinion, Ben Eager and Chris Thorburn will play substantial roles on this team. They’re both big and fast, can chip in on the offensive side, and will make life miserable for opposing defenses”.

Transitioning from the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks to Atlanta, Andrew Ladd will be joined by Dustin Byfulien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and associate coach John Torchetti in making a transition to Atlanta (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Coming over from the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks to Atlanta, Andrew Ladd will be joined by teammates Dustin Byfulien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and associate coach John Torchetti in making a transition to the Thrashers (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Continuing, Kamal says expects several players to build off of last year’s successes. “I’m expecting Andrew Ladd to tap into his offensive potential with increased ice time; I’m looking for a fabulous second season from Kane, and I’m confident Niclas Bergfors and Rich Peverley can build off very solid seasons”.

Dan Kamal also believes that there is a decent blend of veteran experience to go with the plethora of youthful talent on this team. “I’m very curious to see what impact young guys like Burmistrov and Pettersson can have, and I’m hoping Freddy Modin can bounce back to his usual 20+ goals now that he’s healthy”.

McConnell as well likes having the soon-to-be 36-year old Modin on this squad. “I’m also interested in watching the impact Modin will have on this roster”, he said adding, “Rick Dudley often gushes about Dave Andreychuk, whom he had on his 2004 cup winning team in Tampa. And all summer long, Dudley looked to add a veteran to the roster. Modin is that guy. He’s big, he’s a leader and as of today, he’s healthy, not to mention he’s a pretty good penalty killer”.

Lastly, one unknown factor that any team faces is player injuries. All feel it is important for Mason to remain healthy and give the Thrashers a stable presence in the net. But Dan Kamal also points to Nik Antropov, who performed so well in his first season as a Thrasher, to help lead the Thrashers offense…health permitting.

“To me, though, one of the biggest factors is the health of Nik Antropov. If he can get back to 100 percent very early in the year, I think he’ll be the offensive leader he was last year”.

141 comments Add your comment

Tears For Beers

October 2nd, 2010
10:18 pm

Matt

October 2nd, 2010
10:38 pm

Are we dooooooomed to go 0-82??? The lack of being able to hold a lead in the 3rd period is disturbingly familiar.

Jason

October 2nd, 2010
11:00 pm

I swear, we may not score 120 goals this season….

Iced Over

October 2nd, 2010
11:01 pm

Thrashers = NO SCORING! That will be the biggest downfall this year. They will hustle, they will play D, but they will not have anyone who is the “go-to” guy when it is late and they are down by one goal. They will average less then three goals per game.

BUT – GIVE RAMSEY HALF OF THIS SEASON TO TEACH AND GET THIS TEAM TO BE A TEAM AND HOPEFULLY DUDLEY WILL TRADE FOR A TRUE SCORER BY MID-SEASON — THEN WATCHOUT. THEY WILL BE REALLY TOUGH IN THE SECOND HALF

Brendan

October 2nd, 2010
11:46 pm

Interesting quotes. Believe it or not, I liked some Kincaid’s quotes best of all, about identity of the team and goaltending.

My fear with this team … is that they won’t come together in a meaningful way until December. I hope there’s enough schedule and points left for them to make a run at it. One thing I’m sensing … is the minor-league habitus that surrounded this team … is slowly being replaced by a look and feel of a real NHL franchise. And that is good to see.

Brendan

October 2nd, 2010
11:49 pm

BaldheadedThrasherFan, you’re entered at 89-points, 2nd in SE division, and 8th in the Conference.

Thrashy Thrashy

October 3rd, 2010
12:52 am

I had the Thrashers at 91 points, 2nd in SE, and 8th in the East.

Also had Modin for the over.

R. Stroz

October 3rd, 2010
2:42 am

So, is the new mantra, “the team is forming an identity” or “the players are starting to gel”?

Cornbread

October 3rd, 2010
3:26 am

There are some good things in there. Great article! I think it’s time for several young Thrashers to take the next step – Little, Kane, Bergfors, Bogosian, Enstrom. There’s a good mix of young and old veterans with the proven success and experience needed to lead. Stanley Cup Chicago is not far removed from where this team is now. It’s why I believe the Thrashers will make the playoffs and make some noise this season.

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
3:30 am

I am not sure how well this team will get out of the gate, another loss today…

I will say the Thrashers will get 85 points and finish 10th in the east

Dwayne

October 3rd, 2010
7:55 am

Cornbread, if those guys you mentioned don’t step up, we are in for a long season. and i aint talking playoff long either.

English Teacher

October 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

I think the biggest thing right now, other than the obvious lack of scoring, is on ice leadership. You want this team to gel? Pick a captain. I believe that as long as you have a bunch of A’s skating around without a C, you’re just going to have a bunch of U’s, and U is for Uncertainty. Who is the player who most personifies the team identity you’re trying to establish? Who is going to lead the charge? Who is the “go, go, go” guy? Forget about contracts, forget about last season, forget about next season. Slap a C on this guy’s sweater and let him lead the way.

Badger Bob

October 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Lack of scoring… need more legit top 6 forwards… I wish someone had thought of that this summer.

While I still hope for a pre-season trade for a scorer from one of the cap strapped teams, this is a building year. I’m aiming low and hoping for much better: 77 points, 4th in SE, 13th in E.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Brendan – Look for my official prediction mid-week. I’m going to take my Magic-8 ball back out of the box in a couple of days to see what it has to say about the upcoming Thrashers season.

On a personal note…I’m going to be in Douglasville later today. The younger tax-exemption is meeting with a USAF officer regarding their interest in having him attend their service academy in Colorado.

Lee

October 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Not worried. Not worried at all. It’s preseason, and not only that but half of our team is new. It’s going to take more than 6 games to get used to systems and stuff. I think once we get into the groove of things, we’ll be a pretty solid team….

Drop the puck

GaVaHokie

October 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

We’ve yet to see anything resembling a final roster this preseason. Or even regular line combinations. I’m not worried about the record.

However, October is rough… I won’t be surprised for a bad start.

Jameson

October 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Brendan- I’m still trying to get caught up on my blog reading, but go ahead, and put me down for 91 pts, 3rd in the division, and 8th in the conference.

World Be Free

October 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Good luck today Rawhide. Thrash will be OK but it will take 82 games for them to determine their destiny.

Flagstaff

October 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

I’ll take Modin for over, too.

biscuit

October 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

I think the issue Rammer is going to have to deal with most is asking role players to do multiple things. A guy that can play responsible defense, finish checks and score is called an all star. Role players can do one thing at a time. Hence the title role player. Give them a role and they’re good. Thorburn is a good example. The guy can play physical and push the forecheck. He’s responsible on D. He can even score. But he can’t think about 3 things at once. When the guy crashes the net thinking about scoring, he forgets defensive responsibilities. When he’s physical against the wall finishing checks and shutting down the other lines, he’s not at the net looking to score. And when he’s forechecking like a mad man he wears himself out. Jarome Iginla can do all those things at once. Iginla is an all-star. Chris Thorburn is a role player. Rammer has a roster of role players. A roster he has committed to teaching to do multiple things, all at once, at NHL speed. The guy is a great teacher but I don’t envy him the job he has before him nor the timeline to manage it this season. I do however, look forward to watching it.

Sage of Bluesland

October 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

I guess I have to be the one to remind that the clowns referenced in the article are, , PAID by the organization.

Yep, that means their statements and a dollar get you a cup of coffee.

Soon, the mantra will be patience, as we have another “Five-Year Plan” just beginning…Any self-respecting player will want to get the heck out of here, given the complete lack of care proven TIME and TIME AGAIN by the ownership group.

Believing otherwise is just fantasy. Stop the delusion, I beg of you…and stop the subsidization of the incompetence…It’s on you now…

Mikey

October 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Well at least SOB is already in midseason form, LOL.

I think the goals will come once the season starts but no one should expect them to come at the 3 per game clip of the past few seasons. The success of this year’s Thrashers will be determined by closing the gap between GF and GA this year. That and the SF and SA stat too.

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

Trade for Iginla.

We’ll start slow but the boys will come together by Nov.

Oh, and FU SOB.

Fred from Thrasherville

October 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Nice topic today Blogmaster. Enjoyed the column. I hve a question for you and the regulars.

Last year the Thrashers G/G was 2.80 and tied for 11th best in the NHL with Dallas. The season before that it was 3.05 and was 9th best, 0.01 behind Calgary. If I had to set the over/under bar for this year’s G/G production, it would be 2.55.

Would you take the “over” or “under”.

I’ll hang up and listen.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Rawhide,

Nice write-up, as usual. Did these guys have any comments on the lack of a TV schedule?

rob

October 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

SOB Now that is funny. A better acronym could not be found, I can now laugh each and every time I see him post……thank you. I am not concerned about this team. I think it is going to be a fun team to watch. If the effort is there I will be happy. An honest, hard working group of players and a coach that makes them all accountable will go a long way in my opinion…..2 keys will be Mason and Antropov and how well they can hold up…. 10-8-10 is just around the corner, FINALLY!

HookyBob

October 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Great comment by biscuit, very insightful, and well defined for the readers. I, too, am really looking forward to this season.

To be honest I currently see this team as mirror reflection of Nashville,….. good & entertining,…but not true contenders. (I would love to have this roster & coaching prove me wrong.) Being good enough to make the play-offs should allow us to progressively creep closer to the payroll cap,…and contention, in future years. I’m hopeful we are in year 1 of a, say, 3 or 4 year trajectory to become serious contenders (Once again, how do you define a fan?). That assumes we are able to keep the best of our current assets, including the GM and coaches.

Strozer,..good to see you Wednesday eve,…sorry to have missed Bill T (aka Rawhide to blog longtimers).
If my military ticket discount comes through for opening night,… I’ll be in section 221 and will look you up.

Brendon, despite my apparent optimism above, please put me down for 87 points, 4th in the div and 10th in the conference.

Bill,… if your tax exemption is anything like you,..the USAFA should be honored to have his interest. (And there is a lot of good hockey close to Fort Collins.)

Ohhhh,…this week can’t pass fast enough. Waiting for the puck to drop.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Sage,

Those guys are paid by the network (Fox Sports South), not by the organization.

Jason

October 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Actually, Thrashers27, I think the only two that don’t get paid by the Thrashers might be JK and MM. Kamal is the Director of Radio Operations (or some fancy title like that) for the team and Eliot is the Director of Community Hockey Development (IIRC).

Alan R.

October 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Don’t you have a bridge to go back under, Sage?

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

I am looking forward to the final cuts, should be interesting to see if Boris stays or goes? I think he goes…there was talk early in the preseason about him but he has not played or been mentioned since.

Maybe the thinking is Modin wears the “C” this season, I would not be surprised.
The Hockey News had a list of top 20 by position and only two guys were on the list for this team, Defensemen #19 Tobias Enstrom and Left Wingers #18 Niclas Bergfors

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Bill, best of luck indeed! Hope ur eldest gets the oppty to attend such a prestigious academy. Wow, Air Force! How cool is that??

rob – I think you are right on point. Antropov’s hip may be the key to our season. If he can’t be effective and score 20-25 goals and dish out 35-45 assists, it could be a very tough season. But if one thing is certain, Ramsay knows how to squeeze blood from a turnip. Boston barely scored an avg of what? 2.25 goals per game last season and still made the playoffs? Then again, Mason is no Rask (but he’s very solid when at the top of his game) and Bogosian isn’t Chara, yet. Though I supposed Buff is a more apt comparison. If this team is more than 5 or 6 games under .500 and goals are at a premium, I reckon Buff will get moved to forward no matter how well he’s playing on the blueline. We have the depth, but Kulda and Zubarev may not be ready for more than spot duty.

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Fla waived Michael Grabner! How do you figure he doesn’t improve ur team? Too many guys on 1-way deals Tallon? Anyone wanna pick him up to bolster our depth some more with Slates banged up and Burmie possibly not ready? Although it looks like Dawes has cemented a spot w/ his play.

jimbo

October 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Why in the world are some many of you focused on Modin? His wheels are now questionable and he’s getting pushed around too much. Thrash will struggle to 85 pts, 10th in the East.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

Right, Jason, in those capacities they are working for the organization, but in their broadcast duties they are working for their respective networks, or stations.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Smoothie, I know virtually nothing of this Grabner. Tell more about him. Sell him to me. I am listening.

Re: Sage. People … really listen for a moment. Why do you let Sage of Bluesland bother you so much? Why? Okay, you don’t like his comments. Ignore them. Everybody has the right to an opinion. That’s in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. It’s not going away, unless some entity overthrows the government. Or the Rapture comes. Here’s an alternative plan. Every time you read a Sage post, bite into a red bell pepper. Chew. Then swallow. Everyone would feel healthier afterwards. And Sage’s comments wouldn’t bother you so much.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Flagstaff, you’re entered with “over” in the Modin contest.

Jimbo and Sisu, you both have entries of 85-points and 10th in the Conference, but neither of you selected a SE divisional finish. If you don’t mind, please enter one. The SE Division rank is the FIRST TIE-BREAKER criteria. Conference Rank is the SECOND tie-breaker criteria.

Jameson, you’re in at 93-points, 3rd in SE, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck.

Thrashy Thrashy, you’re entered at 91-points, 2nd in SE, and 8th in the Conference.

HookyBob, you’re locked-in with 87-points, 4th in SE Division, and 10th in the Conference. Good luck.

Badger Bob, you’re officially entered at 77-points, 4th in the SE Division, and 13th in the Conference.

East Point Bob, you’re entered at 60-points, 15th in the Conference, but no SE Division finish. Please select a SE Divisional rank, if you don’t mind.

Nate, you’re entered at 78-points, 4th in SE, and 13th in the Conference.

LAC, you’re registered at 71-points, 5th in SE, and 14th in the Conference.

Flagstaff, you’re entered at 88-points, 3rd in SE, and 7th in the Conference, in addition to the over on the Modin guess.

Tom, you’re entered with 97-points, 2nd in SE division, and 5th in the Conference.

Hopefully, I haven’t missed anybody.

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

sorry, 2nd in SE
As to Antro, i am not sold on him being the key to this team…I am still on the fence how he will do this season. I think more likely it will be up to Little and Bergfors, if they tear it up then the team will be in the post season!

Jameson

October 3rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Brendan- That was 91 points.

Curly

October 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Mr. Brendan – Please register my entry for 79 points, 4th in the SE, 13th in the conference.

It appears that it may take awhile for this team to get with the new “go-go” system. I think they will start too far down in the standings and will be unable to make up the points later in the season. I also am not very confident that Kane, Little and Bergfors will step up their game this season. This is a re-building year.

Also I’ll take the “under” for Modin (both goals and games).

Ray

October 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Rawhide, good luck to your son; he must be an intelligent, well rounded young man. Though USAFA is an inferior school to the USNA, the price is certainly right for the parents! See you opening night.

glovesave29

October 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

SOB!!!! HA! That is great!…and fitting!

He is what is he is – a fair weather fan who knows nothing about the sport.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Jameson, my mistake. I corrected it. You’re in at 91-points, 3rd, and 8th.

Sisu, you’re now in at 85-points, 2nd, and 10th in the conference.

Curly, you’re in at 79-points, 4th, and 13th. Plus, you’re registered for “under” in the Modin contest.

Polskidawg

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Brendan – may I be entered at 81 points, 4th and 11th?

I feel really good about the coaching hires and somewhat positive about Dudley. This prediction is for fewer points than last year, yet I think by the last 1/3 of the season (barring major injuries) we’ll see a much improve team that will set up nicely for 2011-2012.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

We have twelve (12) votes in the over/under contest for Modin. It’s split, 6-6, at present.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Polskidawg, you’re registered at 81-points, 4th in SE Division, and 11th in the Conference. Good luck.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Ray – Thank you. His momma and I are very proud of the boy indeed.

And for the record, he wants to go to Annaplois first and for-most. But he is availing himself to all service academies as well as keeping open the option of taking an ROTC scholarship to attend Ga. Tech or North Georgia.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:33 pm

Best of luck to your boy, Rawhide.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

Brendan – Thanks, Professor. Same to all else who have offered up best wishes. It’s gonna be a busy fall with all the interviews with the academies as well as elected officials. We’ve met w/ Sen. Issakson and Rep. Gingry already and will do so again next month.

As for Thrashers hockey, be looking for my offical prediction in a couple of days. I just dusted off the Magic-8 ball from the closet and am seeing what it has to say about the 2010-11 Thrashers season.

Also, I will again remind everyone about gathering at TJs Bar & Grill on Saturday 10/9 to watch the game from Tampa. Hope you all can attend.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

Brendan, don’t forget my entry…89 points, 3rd in the division, 8th in the conference. Thanks!