Thrasherville already receiving plenty of nice gifts this season

In case you’ve been stuck in a cave somewhere, you no doubt have noticed that the holiday season is once again upon us. The Thanksgiving turkey has long since been devoured…including the leftover turkey casseroles, turkey sandwiches, turkey tetrazzini, turkey pot pie, etc. We’ve made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the weather has turned a tad chilly of late and the traditional animated Christmas shows have made their way to our television sets…now in the crystal clear images that Hi-Def offers.

Local traffic around malls are a nightmare to navigate, shoppers are pushing and shoving one another in line at Macy’s, fruitcakes that will never be consumed are being mailed to distant nephews and nieces and fist fights are breaking out in the toy aisles of Walmart.

Ah, yes folks…it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

While our tax exemptions count down the days until they can rumble down the steps and begin shredding away the pretty wrapping paper to expose their much sought after presents, the good people of Thrasherville have already begun to receive their gifts. They are gifts coming in the form of some great overall play by their on-ice combatants, the Atlanta Thrashers.

Now, it isn’t as though the Thrashers have been exactly Scrooge-like in years past. In fact, they have been all-too generous and giving in their ways in recent seasons… especially on defense. The only problem was that it was normally the opposing team that benefited from their charity.

Too many times they played the role of Santa Claus by gift-wrapping games and handing them over to the other team. Pucks would be given away in the Thrashers defensive zone…goals were handed out like holiday candy…and leads were returned quicker than the aftershave in a bottle shaped like a race car that came from the mother-in-law…and all Thrashers fans were left with was a lump of coal. Indeed there were three words that described the Thrashers of those seasons.

Stink…stank…stunk!

But these Thrashers seemed to have been transformed anew this season…a transformation almost the equal to the one experienced by the famous miser in Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. They are now in the midst of a seven wins in eight games stretch that began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, taking what was a 7-9-3 record to 14-10-3. They have scored 27 goals during that period while allowing only 9. And they have surprised us all with the best hockey we’ve seen around here in a very long time… a gift none of us were expecting from this team, not at this point in the season at least.

And these are presents no one in Thrasherville will be looking to re-gift. Nope…these are keepers.

Saturday night the Thrasher continued their winning ways as they wrapped up a three game road trip with a very solid 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Atlanta is now 3-1-1 against the Southeast leading Caps, have scored 19 goals in those five games and have accounted for 3 of the their 8 regulation losses on the season.

Ya know…it almost seems like a shame that we’ll only get to face the Capitals one more time this season.

“It’s a huge win for us” head coach Craig Ramsay said after the 3-1 win of the Capitals Saturday night. “This is just another big step, but it’s a step against one of the best teams in hockey”.

“You have to like that. You have to enjoy it. You have to savor the moment.”

Yes, savor it. Much like that cup of hot chocolate served up on a cold night while you sit in front of a warm fireplace where the stocking are hung with care. Especially if said cup of cocoa has been topped off with a little bit of some sort of adult beverage.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm…good.

If there has been one player on this squad who has been somewhat Grinch-like in his ways, however, it’s Ondrej Pavelec. But it isn’t Christmas being stolen from the good people of Whoville here…it’s been would-be goals off the sticks of opposing skaters.

Pavelec has been a major factor in the Thrashers recent success. In stopping 45 of 46 shots Saturday in the nation’s capital he has upped is overall numbers to 8-5-2 with a 1.70 GAA, .948 SV% and a pair of shutouts. Opie has done a great job in fine-tuning his game, is controlling his rebounds better, has improved his pipe-to-pipe movement and is staying vertical more… instead of falling down like Charley Brown’s Christmas tree when an ornament is place on it.

But the Thrashers goalie is also quick to credit the players in front of him. “Our guys did a great job”, Pavelec insists. “I always saw the first shot and they cleared the rebound, so it was a great team effort”.

Atlanta has three players already with 20 or more points…Dustin Byfuglien with 10 goals and 18 assists, Andrew Ladd with 9 goals and 18 assists as well as Toby Enstrom who has 3 goals and 18 assists.

Right behind them is Rich Peverley with 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points…Nic Bergfors with 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points…Evander Kane with 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points…Anthony Stewart with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points and Nik Antropov with 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points.

That is what we were looking for when it comes to the balanced scoring concept offensive play.

Combine that type of offense with adequate…sometimes even very good…defensive play and solid, dependable goaltending and what you have is the recipe for winning hockey. And that’s just what we’ve been seeing from this Thrashers team during this holiday season so far.

If they can continue this on a consistent basis… and there’s no reason to believe they can’t… then the Thrashers just may be able to give their fans the gift they’ve been wanting for so many years now.

And that Christmas wish is to be able to watch this great play and winning hockey beyond game number 82 next spring.

144 comments Add your comment

Tom

December 5th, 2010
8:09 pm

Thrasherzgirl

December 5th, 2010
8:19 pm

Matt

December 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

All I want for Christmas is for the Thrash and the Falcons to continue their winning ways!! This has been the greatest period of solid, 60 full minutes of fundamental hockey I can ever remember this team playing in a long, long, LONG time. Love it.

Zoomo

December 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

I think it was Nate on the prior blog that said last night’s win was huge because Thrasher teams in the past would’ve started a long losing streak after the Pens game . So true. I think last night”s win was the biggest of the year simply because it showed that we were capable of keeping the great play going after a tough loss. Gift of the season to date.

SomaAtl95

December 5th, 2010
8:25 pm

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus for our Thrashers, Thank you Saint Duds for the gift that keeps on giving, now and all season long.
Great post Rawhide – when the wife and I can get to a game I can’t wait to shale your hand :)
Aside from the Don Cherry night in the gulch (going to be out of town) are there any clothing/food drives that the Thrashers are doing for the holidays? The wife and I have winter clothes, coats and blankets that we want to donate to people that can use them and were hoping that the Thrashers were accepting donations so that there can be community involvement. Once our boys get more media coverage about being in the community I see the Thrashers becoming really popular with the “casual” sports fans around town.

SomaAtl95

December 5th, 2010
8:27 pm

shale = shake

Mr. Heat Miser

December 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

Outstanding! Great time to be an ATL sports fan!

Hockey Biltong

December 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

Geaux Le Thrash!!!!!!!!!

Alan R.

December 5th, 2010
8:33 pm

Tom Lysiak

December 5th, 2010
9:08 pm

Can’t wait to….what is it “The Grinch” calls it again???? Oh yeah, “subsidize the incompetence” tomorrow and Friday.

Go Thrashers!!!

sisu

December 5th, 2010
9:09 pm

very nice write as usual, the team is coming together nicely and had a bounce back from a minor set back. The Pens game was winnable but at the end it did not go the teams way. So nice to see us a few games over .500 at this point.

Grinch

December 5th, 2010
9:19 pm

Just look at them…..all those thrashers down in thrasherville shouting and waving their arms. They just keep winning and winning – but what gets me most of all…..they will all come to Phillips (the big and the small) with their jerseys, their drums, and their horns, hooting and blowing, druming and shouting….and the noise, the noise, the awful noise………

Donny

December 5th, 2010
9:21 pm

Now if only they can get more fans in the seats to support this hard working team? What does it take for them to get the fans back? Clearly this team is better and has a different identity than when Kovalchuk was here… the fans should realize that and get behind the team.

thebighairybeast

December 5th, 2010
9:49 pm

I completely agree Rawhide. For the first time in forever, I actually feel like we have a “real” hockey team. The way they battle on the boards, actually defend and get turnovers in the neutral zone, and the effort they are giving is amazing.

I truly have been a kid on Christmas! We have players that care. I absolutely loved a few games ago when Buff scored and pointed to the Atlanta written on his sleeve. These players, this coach . . . they truly care. WE HAVE A HOCKEY TEAM IN ATLANTA!

And yeah like the grinch whose heart grew til it burst, so is mine. Its been a long time coming.

RS

December 5th, 2010
9:52 pm

Don’t forget the perky little Russian gift that Santa Dudley got us last June.

Smoothie

December 5th, 2010
10:18 pm

litz

December 5th, 2010
10:22 pm

What’s interesting is the following …

Six games separate the #8 team from the #9 team … Seven games separate #8 from #1.

If this keeps up, the top 8 will continue to pull away from the rest of the conference.

jen

December 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

+1 to Zoomo, exactly what I was thinking and exactly the past MO of the Thrashers following a big win streak. Quick peak at the standings should illustrate this team is definitely a threat for the postseason, the east is not the pushover conference this year and our 31 points would qualify us in either conference. Also interesting as litz points out is the distance building between the current playoff position holders and the those on the outside looking in. Seems like feast or famine in the east this year.

thrashersfan

December 6th, 2010
12:16 am

litz, I think you mean points not games.

Cornbread

December 6th, 2010
2:38 am

One loss to Tampa in regulation separates the Thrashers and the Bolts. Win won of those two games in 60 minutes and that’s the difference between 6th and 8th. That’s how close it is in the East and that’s why wins against those in their conference are so important.

The Thrashers will leap ahead of the Bolts and their run and gun play soon enough. They are a better and deeper team than Tampa. The league’s better teams will be able to shut them down and take advantage of their weaknesses more easily than against the Thrashers. Big plus is the favorable schedule the Thrashers have against teams below them in the standings.

Hip Czech

December 6th, 2010
7:37 am

Interesting read from the NJ angle:

http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2010/12/5/1849933/defending-ilya-kovalchuk

Interesting point about the difference the Thrashers D-men made in Kovalchuk’s point totals (and the lack of NJ D-men to step up).

10 horrible years of losing

December 6th, 2010
7:47 am

Bill Daly will be on the NHL xm station 6pm Thursday.
This would be a good time to educate him on the real issues behind attendance. He has been convinced apparently that phoenix, with their arena built 45 mins away from their base, is a better place. Bill said Atlanta is a terrible sports market since know one goes to Braves games or Hawks games. First he needs to check his facts regarding braves and as it relates to Hawks, must I really have to explain. Keep in mind who benefits the most by us losing our team!!
Finally we have a real GM and coach along with players who actually think they can win it all!
Fight back !!!!!
Nice job on the column too

BobinBuford

December 6th, 2010
8:35 am

Rawhide:

First of all, we must learn the grammatical difference between “there” and “their”.

But in all seriousness, I noticed a difference in this team on Opening Night vs. the Caps. I saw more pressure in the offensive zone than I have ever seen from a Thrashers team. Instead of just backpedaling when the Caps had the puck in their zone, they were staying on the puck between the blue and red lines.

After seeing the Caps decimate the Bolts in DC last week, I am hoping for the same result for the Thrash the day after Xmas!!!

Dwayne

December 6th, 2010
8:44 am

Don’t forget about those Detroit Turkey Wings we devoured !!!

KLS1

December 6th, 2010
8:44 am

Another first for the Thrashers, there are actually teams out there that do not look forward to playing us.

ie…Capitals, Bruins, Montreal….now we just needt that list to include Tampa.

Flames

December 6th, 2010
8:52 am

People get off your A$$E$ and go and support this team!!!!! They are doing their part by playing inspired hockey, now as fans we need to go and do ours. Lets fill the BULB!

AtlFlamesFan

December 6th, 2010
8:56 am

When Mr. Daley is on the XM radio show, we should ask him if a few years ago, did we miss his interview when he discussed the possible relocation to Winnipeg of the Boston Bruins. Since he openly discussed the possibility of the Thrashers moving, shouldn’t he have discussed the chances of the B’s moving when only a few short years ago, the Thrash was outdrawing the B’s?
The NHL has got to understand the attendance problem here in Atlanta is not due to the lack of hockey fans, but instead, a backlash against the ownership. Philips was almost always packed for Thrasher games. Just 3 years ago, the crowds for hockey were huge, compared to the sparsely attended NBA Hawks game. But after years of disappointment, many hockey fans gave up.
I am so encouraged by Dudley, Ramsey, and this team. I expect that they will bring back the fans, in spite of ASG.

jimbo

December 6th, 2010
9:23 am

Am I the only one who thinks that Burmistrov will become a superstar? He flys, handles the puck great, and back checks with the best. He’ll get stronger as he gets older. OTHERS????

AtlFlamesFan

December 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Jimbo, Nope; I love Burmi. Hopefully his shot will improve. And if he is ever teamed with a sniper, the points will stack up. Meanwhile, his incredible hustle combined with his skill; what a package.

Bruce L.

December 6th, 2010
9:32 am

10 Horrible Years of Losing- Maybe to you Waddell did a terrible job, but to me he is outstanding. he implemented my plan to perfection. We have driven away fans and now have convinced the NHL that the ATL is a horrible hockey and sports town. We will be able to sell to Canada and I will make millions and millions. My buddy Waddell is in line for a multi million dollar bonus.

FormerIslesFan

December 6th, 2010
9:43 am

Barring a setback, I will be amongst those at the Bulb tonight cheering on the Sons of Blueland. Big win against the Caps; not just because they are one of the better teams in the league and in our division, but also because of the need to look at the loss in Pittsburgh as just a bump in the road. The Thrashers went back to work and obtained a hard-fought 2 points.

It’s strange, but it’s getting to the point where if I can’t watch a game and need to check the score of a Thrashers game in progress on my phone, I’m no longer surprised to see that the Thrashers are leading well into the second period.

I could get used to being spoiled by this team.

Hip Czech

December 6th, 2010
9:59 am

What’s the word on Kane and Enstrom? Sorry if I missed an update over the weekend but I haven’t been able to find one.

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
10:00 am

Thrasherzgirl – Becoming a regular poster, I see.

Exxxxxxxxxxxxxx-cellent!

SomaAtl95 – Looking forward to shaking your hand, my friend…or “shaling” it. Matters not to me :cool:

RS – Yes…Burmistrov was a great Christmas in June kinda present.

BobinBuford – I saw the same things too on opening night…but I questioned whether it could be maintained on a consistent basis. It took a little time, but it looks like it will be.

Oh, and I looked back and found one instance that I botched the “there” vs. “their” thingie. Thanks.

KLS1 – Teams not wanting to face us is good…and also well deserved. They seemly fear no one. When I have spoken with former Flames Tim Ecclestone that is the main thing he’s indicated this team was lacking…a reputation. You simply must make teams fear coming off the plane in Atlanta to play here. Certain, at the least, make them stop looking past games with us on the schedule.

FormerIsleFan – Spoiled indeed…but in a good way!

Tom Lysiak – Subsidize it out the wazoo! This team with worth coming out to see…IF you actually like hockey, that is.

For those looking to subsidize, but at a reduced rate for this Friday…remember to call Karin at 404-878-3781 for a great deal on tickets for section 204. $30 gets ya in the door…sitting with us….and a Thrashers tee shirt.

AuburnZ

December 6th, 2010
10:01 am

Great article as usual, Rawhide! I think you have found your calling.

The team is doing well…love seeing hustle for the full game.

Mr. Potter

December 6th, 2010
10:13 am

I’ll loan Sage some money at a very reasonable interest rate if he’ll go to a game.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
10:15 am

Fun fact for the day: Atlanta’s power play is now first in the league, converting at a rate of 24.8% entering tonight’s contest at Philips. GAA is down to 19th, allowing an average of 2.8 G/G, and our PK is 22nd at 81.1%.

These numbers are vast improvements over one month ago.

Darkhorse

December 6th, 2010
10:16 am

I couldn’t figure out why the ownership has failed to drum up any new ads talking up the improved team and recent winning ways. I don’t think they want the city to care.

I think it’s obvious the owners would love to see the team sold to a Canadian ownership(who would want to move the team of course). They probably see those interested parties as the ones who will pay the most for the Thrashers, and stand to make back a good bit of lost $$ over the past few years. Whereas finding new(maybe local) ownership that will keep the team in Atl for the longterm isn’t likely to happen or net them as much $$. Just my two cents.

At this point, as much as the ASG suck, it is time to start showing more fan support at the bulb and prove we are a worthy city to have a winning NHL franchise.

Good luck tonight against the Preds. We owe them for beating us the past few.

Jimbo-I get the all-star player type vibe with Burmistrov, not superstar. Would love to be wrong after a few years though.

10 horrible years of losing

December 6th, 2010
10:24 am

Bruce L is a creep

Darkhorse: good points and we all need to show up and fight the madness

Long live the thrash

cousin Eddie

December 6th, 2010
10:37 am

I think I just read everyone was at morning skate! WooHOO!

cousin Eddie

December 6th, 2010
10:40 am

http://twitter.com/ajcthrashers—-I don’t know how to do the linky thing. My helmet is too tight and causes brain farts.

cousin Eddie

December 6th, 2010
10:41 am

Apparently my helmet wasn’t too tight.

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
10:44 am

Tom Lysiak – Actually, your comments earlier got me thinking. Everyone coming out to Philips to see a Thrashers game now…whether it’s with our group in section 204 or anyone else returning after quite a while…can be known as fans who are taking part in “Operation Subsidize the COMPETENCE”!!!

Flames

December 6th, 2010
10:49 am

I really haven’t been this excited about our hockey team since the Flames were still here. Rawhide-I will try and look you up tonight at the game. This team is only going to get better. It is always a good thing when someone is a healthy scratch or they are injured that they have a hard time trying to work themselves back into the everyday line-up. I really hope Cormier recovers fully from his foot injury and gets called up soon and starts pushing players for ice time.

Kane & Enstrom?

Mikey

December 6th, 2010
11:16 am

Yes. Everyone get on board “Operation Subsidize the COMPETENCE”!!!

This team is awesome! Even if they lose they are playing hard and battling. Can’t ask for anything more than what they are giving each night on the ice!

GO THRASHERS!

Dwayne

December 6th, 2010
11:18 am

Lets hope the naming Ladd Captain will keep Atlanta focused on the lesser teams. Remember that 2-1 loss to Florida?
I worry about the Thrash playing down to the talents, or lack there of an opponite.

litz

December 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Heh … points … yeah …

I’m really not sure what to take on all the rumor things … on one hand, it’s the canadian media.

They HATE the southern US teams with a passion, and would like nothing more than to bring as many NHL teams “home” to the “motherland” as possible.

On the other hand … this was a senior NHL official making those comments …

So, I dunno.

All we can do is support the team, and try and make a case for keeping them HERE and SUCCESSFUL.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and Mr. Blank will decide to add frozen water to his fake grass.

Dwayne

December 6th, 2010
11:27 am

Has the music gotten any better at the bulb?
Here is a vote for Van Halens “Black and Blue”

Grammar & Spelling Police

December 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Toy Isles at Wal-Mart?

ISLES??

Really?

thebighairybeast

December 6th, 2010
11:35 am

I loved Burmi’s interview during the second period Saturday night. You could tell he was still a kid. When asked about his break away and OV chasing him down you could sense the child like awe he had talking about it!

Really fun to listen to. The kid is living a dream.

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
11:37 am

Per C-Viv tweet: “For those still asking, Tobias Enstrom is fine and will play tonight.”

Grammar & Spelling Police – Yeah…it’s a hockey blog, so “Isles” not “aisles” :lol:

OK… sticking out hands to be cuffed…guilty. Take me away.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
11:45 am

Maybe we’ll get lucky and Mr. Blank will decide to add frozen water to his fake grass.

That might be our best chance at keeping ‘em here in town for the long haul. Regardless of what some third party member of AS. LLC says.

AtlFlamesFan

December 6th, 2010
11:51 am

….and what about Kane?

JT from Columbus

December 6th, 2010
11:53 am

Is This True?

December 6th, 2010
12:01 pm

“Some of that chatter will concern the Phoenix Coyotes. Prospective owner Matthew Hulsizer is expected to show up and explain his plans to the governors’ executive committee, although an official sale is still not in sight.

Also sure to be part of the unofficial discussions among the governors are the Atlanta Thrashers, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Thrashers are a candidate, along with the Coyotes, to move to either Winnipeg or Quebec. Bruce Levenson, Michael Gearon Sr., and Michael Gearon Jr., the main players in the ownership group, are not happy about all the money they are losing on the team.

Among those who populate the governors’ set, the talk is that the Thrashers are headed for Quebec City, if the former NHL town can pull in enough government and private money for a new arena. Winnipeg is also in the mix, though, and if Hulsizer really does buy the Coyotes, the western Canadian city could shoulder aside Quebec and land the Thrashers.

Word is that Levenson and the Gearons have mused in the past about applying to their fellow governors for permission to relocate. Even NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said publicly in recent days that the Thrashers could move.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/david-shoalts/nhl-salary-cap-expected-to-increase/article1825832/

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

Was the cross post really necessary? All of us here read Chris’ blog.

litz

December 6th, 2010
12:21 pm

Which, as has already been noted … is an article from a Canadian outfit interested in promoting hockey in Canada … not the southern US.

R. Stroz

December 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Is Winnipeg a STD?

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

AtlFlamesFan – Per C-Viv’s latest blog entry…Kane plays tonight.

IsThisTruesigh….ya know, normally I don’t even respond to such…such…well, such “stuff”. I don’t put a heckuva lot of stock into these stories from our friends in Canada-land. But I’ll just remind people that this time last year there were reports coming from up north about how an announcement was going to be made sometime in March 2010 about the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg for the 2010-11 season,

Last I checked…the Thrashers are still playing their home games in Philips Arena.

As long as Atlanta remains below the Maxon-Dixon line, we are going to have to put up with this crap…so I just let it go in one ear and out the other.

World Be Free

December 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Here we go, the moving chatter agin. Folks, please DO NOT waste your time with the idiots in the Canadian media. You might just catch what they are spewing.

Joe Friday

December 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

Great game the other night, what I caught of it. I loved seeing Slater jump right in and take care of that Cap and then the boys pot the quick goal. It’s so nice to finally have a real hockey club.

I don’t know about this chatter. I can discount the idle Canadian rag speculation, but didn’t Bill Daly just say something about Atlanta being in trouble? And we saw Waddell with the pathetic handwritten plea and he also said “we’re going to try to make it work here”. We know the ownership situation and that they’d love to sell. There’s a lot of smoke here, fellas.

Candace

December 6th, 2010
12:32 pm

Alan R,

Actually, I don’t read Chris’s blog, or the blog of anyone else who works directly for the left-wing AJC. Was you rudeness to others really necessary, Alan?

However, I do enjoy your insight on Blueland, Mr. Rawhide.

Thank you for your Thrashers coverage.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

Oh, is this ever amusing.

Chris Vivlamore is the beat writer for the Thrashers. His blog is located here: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-thrashers-blog/

Feel free to drop in sometime.

Meanwhile, when you live in a house made of glass, it’s wise to not throw stones. Especially when it’s cool and windy, like today.

jen

December 6th, 2010
12:37 pm

Why is it that when we have a little bit of success on the ice, we have to be distracted by all this relocation talk? Only made more punditable by Bill Daly’s efforts to pacify the Canadian market. (and also scarier that he made them in the first place, since he is a league spokesperson). ASG won’t commit in public to anything, except via DW mouthpiece and we all know how good his word is. Its this more than anything that hampers our ability to resign star players, regardless of how tied in the arena branding deal is and the prospect of empty dates at the Bulb. If you look at historical record, good hockey will draw fans in. I find it more shocking that the Hawks, in this market continue to have trouble drawing despite playoff appearances and winning records the last few years, especially considering the NBA demographic.

Hoping to see Toby and Kaner back on the ice tonight.Prospect of hockey without Toby is downright frightening. He’s such a stabilizing influence on the D

JT from Columbus

December 6th, 2010
12:41 pm

I, for one, have had it with this relocation rumor every single year! Either move the team or shut up!!
If the NHL lets the team move, then Gary Bettman would have one huge blackeye.

Paminski

December 6th, 2010
12:50 pm

Relocation? /ignore

Additional reason for the wins as of late? Ramsey is distracting the other teams with his dazzling ties.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
1:01 pm

Paminski – I thought it was the extra shine from his head ;)

EA

December 6th, 2010
1:07 pm

Our winning ways and rears in the seats are the best solution to putting the moving rumors to rest. Go Thrashers!

glovesave29

December 6th, 2010
1:23 pm

Metro Atlanta – population 5.5 million
Metro Quebec City – 750,000

Philips Arena – built 1999, capacity 18,545
Le Colisee – built 1949, capacity 15,176

Major Corporations based in Atlanta – Delta. Coke, Home Depot, UPS, Turner, Equifax, Holiday Inn, Georgia Pacific, SunTrust and Rubbermaid.

Major Corporations based in Quebec City – Quebecaire Express, Dupont Industries and Telops.

The Nordiques moved because a small city could not operate in the NHL back in 1995. Its only gotten more expensive since. Ticket sales may do well, but that is such a small part of the entire picture. A market of that size – even though they are passionate about their hockey – is best suited to the AHL.

Joe Friday

December 6th, 2010
1:27 pm

Over/under on attendance tonight? Not tickets distributed, but butts in the seats. I’d put it at 5,500 . . . what say you?

If this play continues, we’ll start to see 15k+ on weekends, but weeknights will continue to struggle due to the inane 7pm starts and the lousy location of the arena, but they’ll do better on weeknights in the 2nd half, mabye more like 10k on weeknights in the 2nd half.

Tony C.

December 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

Enstrom? anybody heard anything? ANybody goto practice?

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

Tony C. – My assumption is that he plays. He skated this morning and C-Viv reports that tonight’s scratches are Fredrik Modin, Tim Stapleton and defenseman Freddy Meyer.

DWTOO

December 6th, 2010
1:58 pm

Candace – Please take the political drivel somewhere else – Wingfield, Barr, Bookman, Tucker. We’re hockey fans on this blog and the only left-right thing we know is the wingers. And if you read this blog you’re still reading the AJC.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

DWTOO – Amen to that! Go Thrashers!

Smoothie

December 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

In case y’all were wondering about Patrice, rehab (on-ice rehab that is)seems to be going well as he scored his first professional goal last nite in a 5 to 1 triumph over the Marrrrrrlies! Allez-vous Patrice!

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
2:15 pm

Not tickets distributed, but butts in the seats. I’d put it at 5,500 . . . what say you?

Over. Nashville has a couple busloads of people coming, and there was a coupon in the sports section last week for tickets to this game.

I’ll put us at about 10k tonight.

Agree that the start times need to be changed to 7:30pm. That’ll solve the complaints about the arena location, too.

Smoothie

December 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

Anyone who lets themselves be panicked by relocation rumors, or worse yet, “sage” prognosticators of doom, it could be a lot worse, A LOT.

To wit, from Larry Brooks, the only reliable news source in the NY Post?

“Bettman always talks about the league’s commitment to its current markets except when he talks about the Islanders, and then he talks about the commitment to Wang. It’s troubling there is no sense of NHL commitment to Long Island, no sense of NHL commitment to the fan base Bettman himself was once a part of back in the glory days that have passed the franchise by.”

The league props up Phoenix, it’ll prop up Dallas and the league will stand behind franchises in Sunrise, Fla.; Tampa and Atlanta, but in this case the league seems to stand behind Wang and not the Islanders. Memo to Bettman: One should not be confused with the other.”

Just count your lucky stars you live in a place that is still growing and expanding its populace’s diversity. There are plenty more hockey fans here in ATL, we just need to lure them in or win them back.

Capt Ladd, Lt. Big Buff, Brigadier Genl Ramsay and Major Genl Dudley will see to it the latter half of that equation is executed. As for the former part, oh dear heavens…perhaps they’ll hire Alan (;-)) and get us on our merry way!!

Ray

December 6th, 2010
2:24 pm

I”ll be there tonight, but will likely be disappointed with a sparse crowd. A Monday game vs. Pittsburgh, Buffalo, or Detroit would equate to >10k, I’m not sure about Nashville, though. Though I’m a season tix holder, I’d still prefer ASG give away tickets to get butts in the seats rather than sit in an empty arena.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
2:26 pm

They ought to. I could use a better job, and the Thrashers could actually use someone who gives a damn about the team to market ‘em. It’s win-win!

Smoothie

December 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

Oh yeah, Larry Brooks also took this little shot at you know who!!

“Can we just make it perfectly clear that despite all the excuses in the world being there for Ilya Kovalchuk within the Devils’ suddenly dysfunctional operation, there is no excuse in the world for his performance thus far, none whatsoever?”

Smoothie

December 6th, 2010
2:32 pm

Amen brotha! As long as your first hire is “this guy” (points at self in gratuitous, goofy fashion)!!

Cliff Fletcher

December 6th, 2010
2:34 pm

I gave up listening to most of the national sports media outlets a long time ago. They are looking to sell advertising space folks and they will do anything to get you to listen and/or buy their publications. That’s not just abut hockey folks, it is about ever sport, business, national or international news story.

Joe Friday

December 6th, 2010
2:34 pm

Smoothie, unfortunately Larry Brooks is the American equivalent of Bruce Garrioch. If he says something, you can pretty much bet on the opposite being the actual case.

Hoof Arted

December 6th, 2010
2:37 pm

Looking for another great effort tonight as the Thrashers pound the Preds 5-2. I know it’s the first game back from a road trip and it’s almost a Thrashers tradition to do poorly, but I think they come out of the locker room jumping and put some Nashville players into the boards.

Establish a strong physical presence early guys, then do your thing.

Oh yeah, and the Thrashers are going nowhere but Playoff City. So take those bogus stories and hit the road.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
2:41 pm

No worries, Smoothie! You can be my right hand man! Together, we will make the Thrashers a household name in not just this city, but this state and adjacent states! A baby born to a migrant couple in the middle of Jackson, MS will utter his first words: Atlanta Thrashers.

Glorious days ahead!

kracker

December 6th, 2010
2:46 pm

Instead of y’all wasting your time complainig about the empty seats in Philips, get on ticket master, buy a ticket or two and get down there and support the team! Or call Karin as Rawhide suggests, I bet he doesn’t even get a kickback. So stop making excuses why you supposedly can’t go. I’m ready for a frosty 40 ouncer!

Just do it! Does Nike make ice skates?

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
2:51 pm

Just do it! Does Nike make ice skates?

kracker – Yes they do.

And as for “kickbacks” no I don’t get anything…monitary or otherwise…for these little events and announcements. I buy my own tickets to our little outings for myself and the family.

But if I am entitle to anything…then somebody owes me BIG!!! :lol:

kracker

December 6th, 2010
2:53 pm

Ray: “Though I’m a season tix holder, I’d still prefer ASG give away tickets to get butts in the seats rather than sit in an empty arena.”

Me, too and I agree, Ray.

kracker

December 6th, 2010
2:59 pm

Hoof: “I know it’s the first game back from a road trip and it’s almost a Thrashers tradition to do poorly, but I think they come out of the locker room jumping and put some Nashville players into the boards…”

Nashville always plays us hard. Let us hope this new Ramsay-directed Ladd-led group breaks w/ tradition and matches or betters the Preds effort.

kracker

December 6th, 2010
3:01 pm

Rawhide, if I see you with an empty hand in the food court, I’ll fill it with a brew of your choice.

glovesave29

December 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

C’mon y’all – we got a newbie. No sense in attacking if she doesn’t know the protocol here yet.
The first time I jumped on Brian jumped down my throat for something dumb (that was his MO) – let’s cut some slack and give her the benefit of the doubt. If she ends up being a POI ala Sage or Stendec, I’ll lead the charge.

Go Thrashers.

Sara – AWESOME link on FB. Sa-WEEET move!

Smoothie

December 6th, 2010
3:43 pm

This game tonite will not be easy. I fully expect Nashville’s forwards to aggressively attack out D-men at the point and try to disrupt our offense, especially Big Buff. It is imperative that our forwards are willing to pay a price down low to win battles in the corners and along the boards to create chances. It’s a good thing Kane is back and our lines are intact again for total effectiveness. Assuming we aren’t sluggish and come out with lots of “jam”, I see us winning 3 to 2 or 4 to 2 with an EN. :-)

Alan – love it. Blueland Babies from here to the Mississip!! :cool:

Red Light

December 6th, 2010
3:50 pm

Tonight is a very difficult night for the Thrashers for several reasons, IMO.

1) Thrashers are coming off two games against “top-flight” Eastern Conference squads, and a “big” win over Washington

2) There is no anger, animosity or much history between the two teams, except for those former Blackhawks who played against the Preds 12 times last season in the reg. season and playoffs, and that might serve as ammunition on the other side?

3) As several have pointed out, it’s a Monday night game and the crowd likely will be “light”. Historically, Monday night has never been a hockey night in Atlanta (I know, what weeknight has?), and Atlanta had just 4 home games on non-holiday Mondays since 2007-08 season. Average distribution: 12,600.

4) When Nashville is riding a three-game win streak, and attempting to extend it to four, they are 18-10-5 since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, although just 5-9-5 in the last 19 situations. I guess that means: expect a battle from them tonight.

Cornbread

December 6th, 2010
3:55 pm

Kracker and Rawhide, Nike used to make hockey skates, very good ones even. They purchased Bauer years back but divested themselves from that venture over a year ago. The Nike name and American company was not taken to kindly by are Canadian friends infringing upon the Canadian Bauer brand even though they were separate at the beginning. When the Nike hockey brand was not moving as well as liked they merged the two names Nike Bauer. This is the first year that you now see only Bauer on hockey equipment. Nike brought a ton of know-how to equipment development which can be seen in the gorgeous Bauer One90 skates And, $800 expensive.

Funny that our Canadian friends have not been as dismissive about European owned Reebok purchasing CCM, Koho, Heaton, and Jofa.

Rawhide

December 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Cornbread – Very interesting. I knew the two had joined forces, but didn’t know the rest of the story until now. Thanks.

My youngest son’s first skates were Nike…they both now skate with CCM.

Cave Dweller

December 6th, 2010
4:15 pm

When did the Flames leave town?

Flames

December 6th, 2010
4:34 pm

Cave- The Flames were here from 1972-1980. They went to Calgary for the start of the 1980-1981 season.

Matt

December 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

Say…what ever happened to “Sheeple Boy”?? It’s been awfully, awfully quiet from the “nattering nabob of negativism” on this site for several weeks. It’s a beautiful thing when the trolls have got to eat crow isn’t it?

As for tonight, I agree that this is a potential trap game. I hope to see the same energy and solid hockey that we’ve seen on the road trip.

glovesave29

December 6th, 2010
4:49 pm

Cornbread – never was a fan of the Nike skate. They have the same “one size fits all” mentality that permeates their shoe line. The boot is too thin, not enough instep support and the heel sits way too high. I’ll gladly keep nursing every last second out of my 6 year old Bauer Supreme 2000’s.

glovesave29

December 6th, 2010
4:52 pm

Not sure why there seems to be so much derision over the Preds…a team that had 47 wins and 100 points last year.

ThrasherTim

December 6th, 2010
4:53 pm

Matt – You stole my thunder. It’s so pleasant on the blog without the antagonism for such a Debbie Downer (caught that SNL skit a couple weeks back and my wife and I were rolling…but I digress). I guess it’s simply too hard to come up with original material versus just executing the copy/paste function over and over.

Dwayne – I 2nd the notion of VH’s “Black and Blue”. Reminds me of some great times back in the day…

Great news to see Kane and Enstrom back in the lineup. And while I agree that the Preds will be a difficult game, they all are. Even the Islanders almost stole one yesterday from the Flyers….the Oilers have won 4 in a row.

Also, I think we need to recognize that Rich Peverly might just be the most improved player on the ice over the last 10 games (excluding Pavlec). I don’t know what the pep talk from the staff was, but message received. I don’t remember Rich battling so hard in the corners earlier in the year and it’s direcly translated into production on the score sheet too. He’s Peverly-where again during this run. Great to see.

Matt

December 6th, 2010
5:01 pm

You know, as much as I despised the Waddell regime, he’s got to be given major props for picking up the Pevs-Dispenser from Nashville. That might qualify as the greatest waiver wire pickup EVER.

Sam

December 6th, 2010
6:05 pm

Team is doing great but still people at the arena would have dedicated seat for both hands. So looking forward to people to realize that they have now winning bandwagon to jump in.

BlueSpark

December 6th, 2010
6:17 pm

Peverly hat trick tonight!!1

Paminski

December 6th, 2010
6:19 pm

I got my tickets for 204 on Friday!

BlueSpark

December 6th, 2010
6:29 pm

Man I wish I could go Friday, but I’m having my sack operated upon.

TMI?

Cornbread

December 6th, 2010
6:57 pm

Glovesave, that’s why I like Nike, they fit my foot. I’ve always been a Bauer fan. I had a pair of CCM Mustangs once when I was a kid. I had a pair of Bauer 2000 when I first started skating again about 13 years ago. A good traditional skate but they broke-down on me after a couple of years. I bought a pair of the top of the line Nike Quest 1 when they came out. No break-in required and probably the best skate I’ve owned. I’ve been skating in a Bauer Supreme 8090 for the pas 2 1/2 years which I got from an NHLer who will remain nameless. It was the last of the “traditional” skates from Bauer. It’s a very good skate but I’ve been threatening to go back to the modern “One” skates from Bauer since I’ve been in them. I tried on the One90 a couple of years ago which is way too much skate unless you skate every day. I couldn’t even flex it forward. (This years top skates are the TotalOne and One100.) The One80 – next step down – Is probably plenty for a twice a week beer leaguer like myself. Still a pretty narrow boot though. The Vapor line offers that more traditional and roomier fit.

I like the concept of Mario’s MLX skates, the skate Big Buff is in. They are more custom fit almost like high performance ski boots. Also, they are pretty free flexing back a forth without a lot of lateral movement. Interesting that Mario also used to skate in Nike Quests.

Time to lace ‘em up and watch the pros do it in their $700-$800 skates. Let’s go Thrashers!

lola

December 6th, 2010
7:37 pm

Ticket for Friday just arrived! Woo-Hoo! And my T-shirt! THANKS BlogMaster & Karin!

Smitty

December 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

I hate to sound old but $700-$800 for a pair of skates is crazy. How much does a stick cost? You have got to be kidding me. Anyway GO Thrash!!!!

Dandylions

December 6th, 2010
9:40 pm

Zach planned that flip – too funny – love this team.

Matt

December 6th, 2010
9:51 pm

Excellent come from behind win tonight. Nice to Slater putting it in again and Bogo as well.

Joe Friday

December 6th, 2010
9:51 pm

Pavs is playing awfully Hasek like, uncoventional and the glove is getting everything. Even pulled the Hasek snow angel out tonight. He is en fuego. Bogosian was having another awful night, so good to see him pull the game winner out. How was the crowd? Looked halfway decent?

iamtheratio

December 6th, 2010
9:54 pm

I scared everyone tonight during Trivia at my local Mexican restaurant when I yelled “YES!” and threw both hands in the air when we tied the game in the 3rd. LOVE IT. AND Yes, I got them to turn off the Jets/Patriots game for Hockey. The customer is always right. :D :D

SomaAtl95

December 6th, 2010
9:55 pm

The old Thrashers would have NEVER seen the puck in the Neutral Zone, much less won the game from paying attention and striking at the perfect time. Great come from behind victory! A team with “Hockey IQ”. Nice to see, isn’t it fellow Thrasher fans?

goose

December 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

Matt- The Pevs pick up was Anderson not Wadell. Anderson had just finished coaching the wolves against Pev’s team in the AHL Calder Cup Finals.

Nate

December 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=5893012

Ugh. I loathe Scott Burnside. He was a giant bag of douche when he wrote for this local establishment and nothing has changed since he went national.

glovesave29

December 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

Smitty – my goal sticks alone are $135

SomaAtl95

December 6th, 2010
10:14 pm

Its cool Nate – I posted this last season. Completely false but I figured if rumors were going to fly… why the heck not?
http://makeitfour.blogspot.com/2010/03/maple-leafs-are-moving.html

Nate

December 6th, 2010
10:28 pm

Soma – Nice. I needed that. The article pi$$ed me off so much I had to post a comment on ESPN about it. Fans will show up after football season ends. Maybe as early as this Friday. I know I’ll be there.

SomaAtl95

December 6th, 2010
10:44 pm

Pierre “Frenchy” LeGrenouille = Pierre “Frenchy” The Frog. Slight dig @ Habs fans. Those fellas up north have no problem listing why they deserve more by taking from us. They took the Flames, maybe they can poach the Islanders or move their “less than stellar” teams to new cities and stop trying to screw us for a second time. With the winning comes the fans – they never paid attention that with the previous GM and his history of miserable decisions the fans never came because the winning never happened. Now that we finally have a product that can produce wins when needed we could go deep for a playoff run. Anyone who saw the Braves when they were AWFUL were no doubt amazed at how fast the city embraced them and their winning ways. If there are no fans after a few SUCCESSFUL seasons then I’m all for understanding why the team needs to go… but not now as the city finally gets to see some great team hockey for the first time in over 30 years! I have a feeling that the ASG may like playoff profits after a couple of seasons and all this “Move the team” crap will finally end…. until they suck again – which will hopefully be a long ways away. Nobody thinks bad football, baseball or basketball comes out of Atlanta anymore – and I’m proud to say that a lot of people are starting to say the same thing about our Thrashers! Finally!
GO THRASHERS!

R. Stroz

December 6th, 2010
10:51 pm

Joe Bob Friday – I had been ripping Bogosian all night for his indecisive play, when badda-bing, badda boom, he puts the biscuit in the net.

I was happy for the young man, but he still needs serious help “reading the game.”

The crowd was small and quiet until the third period.

The best news of the night, other than the win, the Bennings were in attendance for the first time in awhile.

Alan R.

December 6th, 2010
11:36 pm

The best news of the night, other than the win, the Bennings were in attendance for the first time in awhile.

I’m happy to hear thisI

Hanson Brothers

December 6th, 2010
11:59 pm

Is it just me or does anyone else think Ramsey called that timeout with a few minutes left to tell his team to play defensive hockey and get to overtime. Nashville had been taking it to us for several minutes and it was inevitable they would score if things stayed that way. With about six minutes left I was just hoping to get to OT where I think this team has a great advantage over most teams with our speed on all that open ice. Was glad to see Nashville cooperate that last 90 seconds and agree to the cross conference OT point. Great win.

Brendan

December 7th, 2010
12:32 am

What’s our team’s overtime record? It’s got to be fairly decent.

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 7th, 2010
1:01 am

Nice win tonight! Good job Bogo, even though you played like horse crap, you were the hero in the end..hope you turn things around in the end.. Oh and haha I loved his post gamer with Kincaide, hahaha ofcourse he asks him about the crowd.. Bogo says, “The ones who were here, were great .. you know, the more fans that come out, the better” His comments were fine, I doubt they were wholehearted but it was the right way to approach the question, my props go out to him and overall, HE IS RIGHT.. That crowd looked like the biggest joke ever, I mean come on guys (myself included) need to start going to these games to support them and stop typing on our computers! We need to get our lazy azzes down to phillips and quit with the excuses.. If we can get half the bloggers to go a few times (2-3, myself included) times a month than we will certainly look bigger and sound louder to the players and everyone watching on t.v… In this situation, it is the size that counts.

JLH

December 7th, 2010
1:05 am

Stroz – same here with Bogosian…… He is the hero tonight, but he is a major liability on the ice … I’ve been saying for 2 seasons that he doesn’t have the smarts to get a whole lot better … And remember, Ramsay’s priority/commitment when he came here was to have the “smartest team on the ice”

litz

December 7th, 2010
1:11 am

“The best news of the night, other than the win, the Bennings were in attendance for the first time in awhile.”

This is excellent news!

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 7th, 2010
1:15 am

whos the bennings

Cornbread

December 7th, 2010
2:17 am

The new Reebok 11K that Sidney Crosby uses lists for $290 but can be had for $210. It’s high tech equipment and one of the reasons why these guys are so good. Just like golf clubs it may help us play a little better but it ain’t going to turn us into Tiger Woods or Sid.

To dress yourself from head to toe like today’s pros could cost you $1,500 in equipment and more. Goalies? Don’t even think about it. The top of the line sticks and skates are great but only pros and high level amateurs need them. Most competitive beer leaguers and serious midget level players are fine with a step or two below. Beginners and rec leaguers can get by with most entry level equipment or a step above. Decent $150-$200 skates are a must and a minimum for anyone who is going to play the game.

Great win by the Thrashers tonight in their top of the line gear. It paid off. I’d love to get a shopping spree in their equipment room. The greatest hockey pro shop in the world! Which brings me to something you don’t see much of anymore, the old face wash. Why? Because these guys use new and fresh gloves all the time. The stench is gone.

HookyBob

December 7th, 2010
7:15 am

I thought I’d do a bit of scouting last night and got tickets in section 204 (where Mr Tiller’s Friday night group will be). We were in the middle of row C. I’m sure those of you in attendence last night noted a section of loud, cheering Preds fans. That would be section 204. We had them to our left, right and all behind us. Great fans. Almost feel bad they had such a long ride home,…well not almost. I do wish Nashville was in our division though.

After the 2nd Preds goal I was asking myself if we were in for a “clunker” tonight. Silly me. Great job “Boys in blue.”

Bring on the Aves.

DWTOO

December 7th, 2010
7:26 am

Brendan – As heard on the post game show per John K – four OT wins and one shootout win. And of course the three losses.

Was happy for Bogey (as he likes to be called again per the post game show)he pretty much had a bruttal bad game. He was beat on the first goal. He needed the game winner as a bit or redemption. Maybe he heard the encouragement from the bullhorn in Section 222. We were in the club seats last night taking advantage of a partial STH promo and heard those kind words directed at Zach several times.

If you get into the club seats be sure to have the steak sandwhich at Chops.

C/B – picked up a good pair of skates online in the bargain bin. They were a prior year model. Good ankle support, which I promptly parlayed into a stress facture rigth above the ankle.

Cliff Fletcher

December 7th, 2010
7:53 am

People better start showing up for these games.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
8:15 am

DWTOO – Yes, those were kind words compared to what I was actually thinking.

Although, Mrs. R. Stroz told me to stop calling him “Big Dummy.”

Flagstaff

December 7th, 2010
8:38 am

Brendan: they’re 5-3 now in OT.

Alan R.

December 7th, 2010
9:16 am

I’m sure those of you in attendence last night noted a section of loud, cheering Preds fans.

I heard them on TV.

BlueSpark

December 7th, 2010
9:19 am

Here are some interesting numbers on attendance AND television ratings:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/435996/combined_ratings___attendance.png

Things to note: while our attendance was down 7% from 08-09 to 09-10, ratings were up 43.5%. That’s still a paltry 7820 households tuning in, but shows a good increase. Hopefully this year ratings trend continues and the attendance trend reverses, which could maybe happen if they make a playoff push.

BlueSpark

December 7th, 2010
9:20 am

Rawhide

December 7th, 2010
10:06 am

G’Morning gang…the Thrashers are playing the kind of hockey these days that have us expecting good things to happen.

Midfield

December 7th, 2010
10:16 am

In all honesty, Preds outworked Atlanta. Everybody should be taking Pavs out to a lavish meal for saving the game. I like Ramsey’s blantness too.

Ray

December 7th, 2010
11:05 am

I don’t think they outworked Atlanta. The first period they did, but Atlanta outplayed them the rest of the game. Nashville’s a good team.

Zombie Steve

December 7th, 2010
11:09 am

I use Bauer stuff – love the One90 gloves.

Just an fyi to all you guys that play(or have kids that play): a good friend and teammate of mine is about to open a brand new hockey shop across from the Duluth Ice Forum called Inside Edge Hockey. He’s going to have a lot of great deals for last min. X-mas shoppers. Drop in and say Hi if you’re in the area!

Brendan

December 7th, 2010
12:28 pm

Thanks! 5-3 in OT, I’ll take it!

Zombie Steve

December 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

Bluespark – that ratings data is great news; it’s a start!

Ownership had better realize that most fans won’t come back until a playoff birth. Thankfully, this is looking like it’s in reach this year.

R. Stroz

December 10th, 2010
3:40 pm

Rawhide

December 12th, 2010
8:13 am

R. Stroz – Nope