Thrasherville troops preparing for another NHL campaign

In a hangar at Dobbins ARB the Thrasherville masses are assembled. Gen. Rawhide takes to the stage, moves to center-front and addresses the troops

At ease, men…ahem…and ladies.

For decades now, Stanley Cup winners returning from the playoffs enjoyed the honor of a triumph – a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians, together with carts laden with awarded treasure and captured hockey equipment. The head coach rode in a triumphal convertible, the dazed members of the press who wrote it would never happen walked before him. The players, robed in white jerseys, rode behind him in their convertibles, or rode in backs of flatbed trucks. The general manager stood behind the coach, holding the silver Cup, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.

Well, fleeting or not…I want to experience that glory!

Today, as we have at this time since 1999, we stand at the precipice of another Thrashers campaign. And tonight we’ll gather once more in the theater of operations known as Philips Arena to begin the eleventh season of battle for our home, Thrasherville.

Unfortunately, all previous endeavors have seen the fight come up short of total victory…only once advancing far enough as to claim a playoff birth. In the past, we have seen our troops go into battle with a porous defense, questionable goaltending and certain forwards that thought only of self-first, not team.

Thrashers defending their zone were attacked by legions of enemy skaters. The Thrashers were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Opposing forwards stripped them of their pucks and sticks…as well as various other athletic protective and supportive gear. The goalies lay naked, alone to face the assault. This has happened for the past ten seasons.  No glory…fleeting or otherwise.

I was there…as were many of you too.

But if there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that no poor, dumb team has ever won a championship by constantly defending their goal. You win by making the other poor, dumb players defend theirs. Tonight, the Capitals are the enemy. Wade into them, pour into their end of the ice. Attack their zone. Shoot at their goal.

Now there’s one other thing I want you to remember. I don’t want any messages posted here this season saying that we are doing fine despite losses…that we are, in essence, “holding our positions” until wins finally come.

We’re not holding anything! Let the other team do that!

We are taking the puck and advancing constantly…we’re not interested in holding anything except the enemy. We are going to hold on to him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the butt. We’re going to kick the snot out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like a Varsity chilidog.

Remember, all real hockey players and fans love the sting of on-ice battle. When you were kids, you all admired the Stanley Cup Champion team, the fastest skater, the best NHL players, and the toughest enforcer. Hockey fans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. You must play to win all the time. Losses are not acceptable…not even overtime losses that come with the consolation “loser” point.

It’s time for the Big, Bad, Blue Brigade to show up in force

With the beginning of another Thrashers season, it’s time for the Big, Bad, Blue Brigade to show up in force

Why, I wouldn’t give a bag of used, chipped pucks for a player or fan that lost and laughed.

As for those pundits up north whose preseason predictions have the Thrashers finishing low, even last, in the standings…why, the blow-hards who wrote that stuff in the on-line hockey blogosphere don’t know anything more about that than they do about forechecking. This week everyone started out 0-0-0 again, and anything…yes, anything…can happen.

Anything, that is, if this Thrashers’ squad play as a team. It must live, eat, sleep, skate, play and fight as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of male bovine excretion!

Some of you who are stationed in the stands, rooting for our on-ice combatants, are concerned that when the time comes you won’t know what to do. Well, let me tell you something. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that just moments before was the clean, unsoiled crest of your brand new Thrashers jersey…and that goo is the remains of a hotdog smothered in ketchup, mustard and relish, spilled on you my some obnoxious, uncouth fan of the visiting team…well by God, you’ll know what to do.

Now, there’s one thing that you men…and ladies… will be able to say when this campaign is over, and you may thank the hockey gods for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you, “What did you do in the great Thrashers hockey campaign of 2010-11”, you won’t have to say, “Well, son… I shoveled snow in Buffalo”.

Alright now, you know how I feel. I will be proud to lead you wonderful men and women into battle anytime, anywhere. Or at least at Philips Arena…and TJ’s tomorrow night.

That is all.

166 comments Add your comment

EA

October 9th, 2010
10:25 am

There is cause for concern when a young athlete and all around great guy collapses on the ice with the cause still unknown. The best case scenario is that he just fainted. Let’s wait and hear the medical report. Rude comments about Pavs are completely tasteless. Great fans got to watch a great game!

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Tony C

October 9th, 2010
10:53 am

It’s just one win, but good night! It makes me feel heaps and heaps better about the team’s chances this season.

Grudgingly, I’ll give it up for fat@ss on D-although you did see some spots where Lil T had to cover for him…all in all, the best defensive game I can remember from Le Thrash-I love how Ramsay’s system is predicated on defending from their blueline…none of that “let’s escort this feller to our D-Zone” business in between the bluelines @ The Flatscreen this season! Bogo had a good game-that boarding call could’ve gone either way IMHO… OUTSTANDING PK… Offense was better than I’d thought, but don’t want to dismiss the importance of the Penalty Shot-huge goal to take a definitive lead.

I think we may finally have the answer to the decade-old question: What is Thrashers Hockey?

Hockey Biltong

October 9th, 2010
11:23 am

Zoomo, the beer caused me to brain fart!!! Nice to meet you too!!!
I blame the beer!!!!

Paminski

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

In honor of Pavelec, I applaud the four P’s of last evening: possession, positioning, poise, professionalism. Time of puck possession was outstanding and in the offensive zone more often than ever before! Positioning was awfully good for a team that hasn’t played together that long. Each player knew where the others were on the ice and all arrived at their marks timely and consistently. As for poise, no one showed any signs of panic. They played their game and performed their roles admirably. All in all, that was a very professional effort worthy of the acronym NHL.

Evander Kane has done some serious work. He built on his previous strong play and I predict no sophomore slump for this guy. I thought the refs and other players showed him considerably more respect than in the past. Burmistrov looked NHL-ready. We’ll see after a few games if he holds up, but I was impressed.

Mason did the job, but he did make me nervous for a while. His stance seems much different than other goalies we’ve had in the past, more straight-backed. There were times he almost seemed a little slow on the up-and-down movement. Perhaps Five-Hole or Glovesave have an opinion?

Paminski

October 9th, 2010
11:40 am

See you all at TJ’s tonight!

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
11:51 am

Joe, you’ve made my point for me.

Pot, meet Kettle. We’re black.

Mr. Heat Miser

October 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

Loved the Kane hit on that douchebag Erskine.Got stuck on the MARTA train with Kracker. Pulled into Lenox station, doors opened and train sat for 30 minutes, no explanation. MARTA epic fail.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

Pavs has a concussion form fall to ice. Still under observation and testing…Thrashers will call up a goalie form Chicago. I would assume MacIntyre.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Pulled into Lenox station, doors opened and train sat for 30 minutes, no explanation.

Most train operators don’t just leave the riders hanging like that. They’ll usually say something like “Train broke down ahead, it’ll be some time before we’re moving again.” As someone who rides MARTA for a daily commute to/from work, this is my experience, anyway.

If you remember anything about the train (car number, time of incident, etc), give MARTA headquarters a call and complain about the operator. It’s my understanding they’re supposed to keep the riders informed of stuff like that, not let them get mad because the trains aren’t moving.

ThrasherTim

October 9th, 2010
1:36 pm

Rawhide – Nice meeting you before the game in CNN Center last night. Great start for the boys.

Anyone – For those of us stuck with DishTV and therefore can’t get the game on SportSouth or Center Ice (blacked out locally), is there any other way to catch the game? With a 2-month old, I don’t think I can sneak out 2 nights in a row to TJ’s for the viewing party (but I am working on it!).

Many prayers out to Pavs as well.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

ThrasherTim – Good to meet you too. Good to see all the others who gathered in CNN Center prior to the game as well.

OK, here are my thoughts on what went down last night as the Thrashers passed a “gut check” moment to win.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

is there any other way to catch the game?

Use this site: http://www.myp2pforum.eu/forums/29-NHL-Icehockey

Streams will be posted in the “NHL Today” thread.

People who stream games over the internet post their streams here, more often than not. Sites like ATDHE piggyback off of these sites. The streamers hate this, and will take down and move their streams should too many viewers use ATDHE. Streams are there exclusively for people who connect via MyP2P.

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

Tonight’s game is blacked out on Center Ice?

ThrasherTim

October 9th, 2010
6:02 pm

Thanks Alan! Will give it a try.

Brendan – Yes, on my Center Ice anyway. It shows the TB feed, but won’t let me record it, saying it’s not available in my local market. Again, I am on Dish (for now),

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
6:34 pm

R. Stroz

October 10th, 2010
9:27 pm