Earlier this week NESN’s Jack Edwards opined that Atlanta sports fans are missing out on what he describes as a “young, explosive” Thrashers team. In his open letter to the residents of Thrasherville, he chastises the fans for not making more of a showing at Philips Arena when the Thrashers play at home.
“You have a helluva hockey team in the making right now”, Edwards writes. “And there are plenty of good seats available — almost embarrassingly so”.
Now, anytime a writer from up north pens such an observation it tends to get our britches in a bunch. However, until fans so up and rock the place for this very, very good Thrashers team…it’s to be expected. But Jack Edwards is also paying the Thrashers players a big complement in his piece, and I appreciate seeing the positive press regardless of where it originates.
Such recognition regarding this team is not only coming from our frozen neighbors to the north, but they are also starting to get the attention of the on-air sports personalities around Atlanta too. Recently, Fox-5’s Ken Rodriguez was heard saying this about out team:
“Call me a sucker, but I’ve been bitten by the Thrasher bug again! And this time I really believe in Blueland! They are arguably the best “team” the franchise has fielded since they opened shop eleven years ago. And today, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien were given the NHL’s top-two stars for a week that produced five-straight victories over some of the leagues traditional powerhouses. I know, 58-games to go, but these Thrashers may be the best ever. There is a lot of season left, but the stars are shining bright in Blueland! The Thrashers are rolling through the league right now and they beat Washington, Detroit, Montreal and Boston, who are four of the league’s top teams, during their current five-game win streak.”
Yes…I would agree. These Thrashers just may be the best ever iced by the organization. And we in Thrasherville cannot be more please with them lately.
But it is time for the fans to not only take notice…but to show up as well.
To that point, the Thrashers and I are announcing this year’s first Rawhide’s Rowdies group outing at Philips Arena. It will be on Friday night December 10 when the Colorado Avalanche pay Blueland a visit.
They have been kind enough to offer up readers of this blog…and really anybody else wanting to see a game…seats in section 204 at a reduced price of $30. These are normally $47 seats, so right there you save $17 per.
But wait…there’s more.
If you call Karin at (404) 878-3781 or e-mail her at Karin.Beckman@atlantaspirit.com and tell her you’re a member of Rawhide’s Rowdies, you’ll also receive a free Thrashers tee shirt that retails for $20.
That’s a seat in the lower bowl and a tee shirt… a $67 value combined… for only $30.
There will be other such deals available for future games to be announced. But I invite you all to join me in section 204 when the Thrashers take on the Avs again.
Regardless of whether you attend that night or not, I urge you not to miss out on seeing this team up close and personal. If you’re a hockey fan or just a fan of Atlanta teams, don’t cheat yourself out of seeing this team at the beginning of what could be a very good run.