Thrashers have their fans expecting good things

I missed the first part of the game night game due to an NJROTC booster club meeting. However, I was receiving text updates from our good friend FormerIslesFan…as I sat in the back of the classroom…behind a rather large fellow…out of sight from the person speaking up front.

Some lessons learned in school always stay with ya, eh?

Anyway…as I was sitting there glancing down at my cellular communication device, I saw his messages flashing the un-good news of how the first period had progressed. First came the text that the Thrashers had fallen behind 1-0… then 2-0. However, I have to admit that this news wasn’t met with the normal reaction I’ve had in the past after learning this team had fallen behind early.

You know…that “Oh my good lord these guys have taken the night off and they are just gonna drop a giant steamer on the ice tonight” kinda feeling.

Yeah…that one.

Zach Bogosian acknowledges the crown Monday night after his game-winning goal in overtime. It was his second goal of the season (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Zach Bogosian acknowledges the crown Monday night after his game-winning goal in overtime. It was his second goal of the season (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Instead, the initial thought that entered my head was, “Hmmm, been quite a while since they had been in that predicament. Let’s see who they can battle back to make a game of it”.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I was necessarily thrilled that they had dug themselves an early hole. But I figured there was plenty of time to get things going…just had to shake that first-game-back-from-a-road-trip funk. And after all, the way these Thrashers have been playing lately, there really isn’t a sense of certain pending doom when they do actually fall behind. There’s absolutely no quit in these boys.

It was as if I was expecting good things to happen. Yes…expecting. And I just know I’m not the only one who felt that way.

When I made it to the car for the drive home…listening on the clear signal provided by 93.7 FM…Jimmy Slater had pulled them back to within one and the always welcome voice of Dan Kamal was describing a game that seemingly was turning in the favor of Atlanta. It sounded more like the Thrashers we’ve come to know and love recently.

I got home in time to see the third period in its entirety. What I witnessed was a Thrashers team continuing to do the things it has done lately to put themselves in a position to win. They were putting a great deal of pressure on the Preds in their end of the ice and attacking Anders Lindback’s goal furiously. They were banging Nashville players against the boards and winning battles all over the ice. They were controlling the puck in the offensive zone and limiting their opponent’s time in the defensive zone. Nice, clean passes were well received and mistakes were cut back to a minimum.

The hard work paid off when Nik Bergfors drew a boarding call that sent Shea Weber to the sin bin at the 6:44 mark of the third. Five ticks of the clock later, Andrew Ladd swatted home a rebound to tie the score at 2-2. It was goal number 10 for the Thrashers captain and his fourth tally while on the man advantage. The third one came just last Saturday in Washington.

Both Ladd’s and Slater’s goals came as a direct result of faceoff wins. On the night, Atlanta won 36 puck-drops to Nashville’s 15. This is part of the little things done that add up to big wins.

“The second period set us up for the third period”, captain Ladd said afterwards. “We were playing with confidence. We were playing smarter. We were winning battles we didn’t win in the first period”.

Ondrej Pavelec covers up the puck with a 'snow angel' save against Nashville. Pavelec stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faved to improve his record to 9-5-2 (Michelle Rivers)

Ondrej Pavelec covers up the puck with a 'snow angel' save against Nashville. Pavelec stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faved to improve his record to 9-5-2 (Michelle Rivers)

The comeback was then completed in overtime when Zach Bogosian blasted a shot past Lindback after Ben Eager fed him the puck from the left boards. Eager had won the puck from between the skates of a Preds player who had lost his stick.

As for Bogey’s clumsy celebration…well, I think he summed it up best by saying, “It’s only my second goal of the season, so I need to work on that a bit”.

The Thrasher are now enjoying an 8 wins in 9 games run…including six consecutive at home. The last time the fans of Thrasherville were sent home disappointed was back on November 17 when they fell 2-1 to the Florida Panthers.

Ondrej Pavelec was again solid between the pipes for Atlanta, just as we are now coming to expect from him. He flashed the leather…he kicked out shots…he even managed a snow angel to keep the puck out of the net in the third. Opie stopped 27 of 29 for the win to improve his record to 9-5-2 with a .1.71 GAA and .947 SV%.

Yes, this is a different kind of Thrashers team…one we’ve waited for over a decade to witness. They are playing the type of hockey right now that has fans expecting…not simply hoping, but expecting… that good things will come from them. They fight, they work, they hustle, they grind, they skate, they battle, they hit, they endure, they attack, they defend, they support one another… and most importantly, they win.

One thing else these Thrashers do…they do deserve our support. So get you butts to Blueland and expect to see some good hockey.

See you Friday.

180 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
10:09 am

Zoomo

December 7th, 2010
10:16 am

The proverbial “good teams find ways to win even when they are not palying at their best” type of win. Quite a solid gut check performance. Once they got their first goal, the team got in gear and started to skate and move the puck.

Loved the up and down hockey at the end of the 3rd period. Maybe that goal gets Bogie going.

LAC

December 7th, 2010
10:25 am

Hate to throw water on a GREAT win, but were there 5,000 at the game ?

The team is playing excellent at this point, Maybe it takes until after the first of the year to draw sizeable crowds, but attendence really needs to pick up now that a, serious team is playing winning hockey.

Forget these worthless owners for now and Loser waddell, the team is preforming beyond expections and I am very happy for that.

Great play by Eager, he saw the stickless player and made him look terrible, and made THE play.

Even though Zach scored, his defense is TERRIBLE, the first goal was ALL his fault !

Red Light

December 7th, 2010
10:26 am

The Thrashers had never, I reiterate never, won 8 games in any 9-game stretch during their 10-plus seasons before last night’s 3-2 OT win over the Predators!

backcheck

December 7th, 2010
10:29 am

Some clues your Thrashers are on the right track. (1) Pointing out tangible little things instead of intangible big things like heart, character, identity, (2) Staying within the game plan but picking up the intensity level, (3) Consistently beating or staying in it against better teams, (4) It’s not about one guy. It’s about 23 guys all puling in the same direction.

So yeah what Rawhide said, put your butt in a seat. This team is earning respect.

R. Stroz (as Yogi Berra)

December 7th, 2010
10:31 am

The great thing about winning is you didn’t lose.

Sherry Taylor

December 7th, 2010
10:43 am

This Thrashers team DOES deserve to have the stands full! What bothered me last night were the ‘boo-birds’ in the third period. One minute they were cheering, the next they were booing what they thought was too much time for setting up plays. One thing I’ve learned in this season, Craig Ramsey has his players taking their time to set up a play, so they do take more time than we’re used to back behind our goal, so the boo-birds came out. Here’s my advice on the booing: You DON’T boo your team in our house! They are working really hard to make this team the team we who have been around for over a decade have hoped for. Stop! Ramsey’s made a difference in these players, they are taking their time, they are stopping to set up the play. There’s a thought! It is also something we haven’t seen a great deal of in the last decade. I would much rather them take some time to get players in play than just shoot it up ice and hope one of our guys get there in time. If they were playing like two seasons ago, yeah, they might draw some boos but they never deserve a boo. They are out there working their butts off, and we all should be glad that they are a very different team than ever before.
Personally, I canNOT wait for New Jersey, that night I will probably do some booing myself, but it won’t be my team I’m directing it to.

SomaAtl95

December 7th, 2010
10:45 am

With the Thrashers playing “Never Say Die” Hockey I EXPECT a long playoff run. Maybe this summer Big Buf gets a second day with the cup wearing Thrasher Blue. What would have seemed like a joke a few seasons ago feels possible. This Thrashers team is like the hockey equivalent of the 1991 “Worst to First” Braves. The start of that season Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was EMPTY. We all know the attendance at the end of that season and many seasons to follow. Its time our Thrashers (who according to NHL On the Fly, will not “Go away”) got the fan base they deserve. If December mirrors November we will be sitting pretty and I expect Atlanta hockey at least until May, if not June :)
GO THRASHERS!!

Flames

December 7th, 2010
10:48 am

I was at the game with my family last night and we had a great time. It looked have been maybe 6,000 people at the Bulb last night.

Bill- I felt just as you did. I didn’t think the game was over by any means when we got down 0-2. This team is very scrappy! You can tell that this team truly likes each other.

Red Light- that is great news that the team has never won 8 at out of 9. I did not know that.

Don't Contradict Me

December 7th, 2010
10:51 am

From Craig Custance…NO THRASHERS MOVE IMMINENT

The theory in Atlanta has always been that the city will support a winning hockey team. Right now, the Thrashers are one of the hottest teams in the league and still aren’t drawing fans.

Daly, who has recently raised concerns about the challenges of hockey in Atlanta, clarified his statements on Monday, saying relocation of the Thrashers isn’t imminent.

“I obviously think that over time you’ve got to look at the viability of the marketplace,” Daly said.

The ownership group, Atlanta Spirit, has hired a New York firm to try and find more investors and current owner Bruce Levenson remains hopeful the city will get behind the team.

He would have liked for it to happen already.

“I hear comments that it’s still football season, it’s football season all over the United States. Atlanta is not unique,” Levenson said. “I’m really disappointed that more people aren’t coming now.”

One might ask Levenson how many games he has been to this season? I can assure you, he’s way behind R. Stroz in attendance.

Putting On The Foil

December 7th, 2010
11:04 am

“always welcome voice of Dan Kamal”- Rawhide

Right on. I’m so sick of hearing Matt McConnell “jam it along the boards, jam it up the middle, jam it to the net, jam it to each other.”

As Moon said, ” Who thunk that up fer ya Towfield?”

Joe Friday

December 7th, 2010
11:31 am

“I obviously think that over time you’ve got to look at the viability of the marketplace,” Daly said.

I’m glad he clarified his comments and that is good to hear.

I guarantee you that the fans will come back, if this play keeps up, and I fully expect this play to keep up. The severe damage that Waddell inflicted on our fan base over 10 years takes more than a 10 game streak of good play to fix. And for Levenson to say he’s suprised we’re not all running back and buying season tix again is quite ironic, seeing how he’s the guy that challenged us to leave if we didn’t like it.

Mark it down now. I watched it happen in Chicago (and Dollar Bill beat that fan base down for decades, not just one decade). We’re going to have people coming on here in January, February, March, and April complaining about all the beer and bathroom lines, and newbies standing up during play screaming for their team. They will come. It will happen. Winning fixes everything.

I’ll tell you this, the whole process of rebuilding the fan base can be expedited by firing Waddell and bringing in a new partner to be the new face of hockey ownership, and tell everyone that Levenson et all are just going to concentrate on bball. Waddell and Levenson are the faces of all that was wrong with the past and the source of many hard feelings, neither of them should be allowed to speak on behalf of the club, ever again. People want to embrace the team, but Waddell and Levenson stand in the way of that. Too many hard feelings, too many people feel “fool me once, twice, three times . . . “

Alan R.

December 7th, 2010
11:31 am

One minute they were cheering, the next they were booing what they thought was too much time for setting up plays.

I think they were booing a missed penalty call. That’s how it looked from my video feed.

AtlFlamesFan

December 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Sorry for this repeat of what I posted in Schultz’s blog. My point is that ASG is not going to market the team, and it is unfortunatly up to us, the Atlanta Hockey fans, to fill up Philips and encourage others to attend the game. I love this team, and do not want to see them follow the fate of the Flames.
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It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. The Thrashers are playing great, but I truly believe that the end is near. ASG and DW have destroyed the fan base of this team. Just a few years ago, we regularly had 17,000 fans and numerous sellouts in Philips. Now it is half empty, and the ownership apparently does not care. How many bloggers have questioned ASG marketing techniques? I believe that ASG does not want people in the building.

Much like the evil bitch in the movie Major League, ASG wants the team to fail at the box office. This way, they can go to the NHL and claim “Hockey and Atlanta do not work. We need to be able to sell the team to someone who wants to relocate.” (For those who do not follow the hockey blogs, John Daly, NHL Deputy Commish stated on a radio show last week that if attendance in Atlanta does not improve, moving the team may be in the works.)

From the beginning, ASG has been a complete disaster. They bought the Hawks, Thrashers, and Philips for a remarkably low price of only $250. However, they came into the process totally underfinanced. Their mismanagement and infighting (i.e. Belkin) has reportedly lead to annual losses of $20m. They cannot absorb this any longer and are looking for a way out.

Yesterday at the NHL Governors Meeting, it was announced that the Phoenix Coyotes will be sold for $137m (pending a lease agreement on their arena). That is just for the NHL team. No NBA team, no arena! If the Coyotes can fetch $137m, what would the Thrasher be worth, especially if they were allowed to move to Canada? $150m? If so, ASG would in effect, have bought the Hawks AND Philips for $100m!
Destroying the Thrasher fan base is the way out for ASG. These guys have always been basketball guys; with hockey being the bastard step-child. Now, peddling that asset is their only way out of their financial mess.

moriler

December 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Competing against Jets/Patriots on Monday Night Football. Stands will not be full in _any_ US market. :)

AtlFlamesFan

December 7th, 2010
11:42 am

Hey Bill, It looks like my comment ended up in purgatory.

Rawhide

December 7th, 2010
11:44 am

AtlFlamesFan – There…it’s been freed.

This Thrashers team is like the hockey equivalent of the 1991 “Worst to First” Braves. The start of that season Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was EMPTY. We all know the attendance at the end of that season and many seasons to follow. Its time our Thrashers (who according to NHL On the Fly, will not “Go away”) got the fan base they deserve

SomaAtl95 – I gotta agree with this observation. It was about June-ish…maybe July…when the fans in Atlanta started getting the clue that there was something special going on down at AFCS. Then come August and September, it was very, very hard to find a ticket for any weekend game. The weeknight games were packed too.

I think hockey fans in the area are already starting to take note about this Thrashers team…soon the “typical sports fan” will too. Many are still jaded in there opinion of the franchise because of what Waddell and the Great Octocluster have done to them in the past several years, and that’s to be expected. They’ve seen the team do well in spirts before…but they’ve been waiting to see good, hard-nosed, quality hockey on a consistent basis.

Well…the wait is over. If you are one of those “boycotting” until there was something worth spending your mony on there, it’s time to head on back.

If you’re looking for a good deal to get back down to Philips to see this Thrashers team…let me remind you of the deal the team is offering to us. $30 for a seat in section 204 and a free Reebok Thrashers tee-shirt. Call Karin at 404-878-3781 and she’ll hook ya up.

Even if you don’t chose to sit there…get a seat and sit somewhere. This team is hot and showing no signs of letting up.

Levenson and Waddell Both Blow

December 7th, 2010
11:47 am

In the Custance article above and this article:

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

you here Waddell and Levenson both expressing dismay at the fans for not showing up. To me their statements are either arrogant, ignorant or misguided. Maybe all three. It is almost as if they forget what they have done over the past 10 years to alienate whatever fan base they had. Through minimal effort on their part, we are now a better and more complete team. Almost by accident quite frankly with the failure to sign Kovy and the promotion of Dudley/removal of Waddell. It is time for Waddell and Levenson to stop putting it on the fans and be a bit more introspective. Take a look at yourselves and your failings for the last 10 years. How bout a few mea culpas. Where is the accountability? That will win more people over and get them back in the arena again, then these backhanded slaps at them for not showing up. I know one thing, Arthur Blank made plenty of mistakes in his years with the Falcons, but he steps right up and admits them. As an owner markets innovatively. Something the Thrashers have never done. They consistently fail to convert new fans to the sport and they have failed to draw fans of other hockey teams to Philips on nights when the team they are partial to is not in town. Blank demands demands accountability from his front office and that translates down to the team’s performance. Something the Thrashers finally did this offseason bringing in a new coach and GM. Take heed Levenson and Waddell. Take ownership and responsibility for the problem and maybe you wont have to scribble notes on paper emploring people to buy tickets to games.

Thomas Magnum

December 7th, 2010
11:47 am

Awesome comeback win! Team is playing so great right now. Everyone needs to get down to Phillip’s and support this team!

Levenson and Waddell Both Blow

December 7th, 2010
11:51 am

By the way, only a couple hundred more folks in Columbus last night than Philips…so we are not alone my friends. The fans will come back. In this town it takes time though. I just wish Levenson and Waddell would take some responsibility and really be more understanding of their fan base and this market in general.

Cornbread

December 7th, 2010
11:52 am

Nice win against a very good and disciplined defensive team. The Preds are a frustrating team to play against and it showed during the first and much of the second. The Thrashers had a tough time finding their game. That they did is proof that they stuck to their game and didn’t quit or revert to a failed individual effort.

On the first goal a lot of blame is wrongly being placed on Bogosian. The play started with a turnover by Peverley at the blue line instead of getting the puck deep. This was a mistake that hurt the Thrashers early in the season but was caused by the style of game that Nashville plays. The biggest mistake was both Peverley and Captain Ladd allowed and watched the two players to skate with speed through the neutral zone instead of back checking. A beautiful crossing play at the blue line by the Preds created confusion and gave the time and space they needed. Pavs would probably like that one back but it was a nice goal that took advantage of a Thrashers’ team mistake. All of those guys made up for their mistakes by contributing on the goals scored and the win. Good team. Watch the game tape folks. It’s easy to see where the break-down occurred and that it wasn’t Bogey’s fault.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
11:57 am

The only way to shut Levenson up is to give him a liquor bottle.

Cornbread

December 7th, 2010
12:07 pm

People are starting to pay attention to the Thrashers and it is mainly the elites in bigger hockey markets. Remember all the ridiculous preseason rankings that had the Thrashers competing for a lottery spot? All sorts of attention was given to Tampa’s off season moves and how they improved to play-off contenders but little credence was given towards the equal and better moves made by Atlanta. The elites were not paying attention. Now they are and all the Mike Millbury’s of the world can focus on is how no one in Atlanta cares or is paying attention. Well Mike, they do and are. Things are changing and come January and February when the Thrashers are challenging the Caps for first place in the South East Division all the talk of poor attendance will be an afterthought.

Cornbread

December 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

Trixie… check for a 12:08 post…

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

December 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

Mr. Cornbread – Your post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

glovesave29

December 7th, 2010
12:15 pm

Ya beat me to the punch Conbread…putting the first goal on Bogosian is wrong.

DB

December 7th, 2010
12:17 pm

Posting as a former Waddell apologist, I’m steamed about his interview with Scott Burnside. He has played a direct part of killing the fan base yet he bemoans that the market is not here. This clown needs to be fired immediately.

Alan R.

December 7th, 2010
12:32 pm

Love Kinkade’s “don’t give a damn” attitude about the Thrashers. Still.

Brendan

December 7th, 2010
12:34 pm

Indeed, Rawhide, I am expecting good things. I’ve seen enough, now, to know that this team is sound. The markedly improved PP, the tightened up defense, and, above all, that the team shows up “prepared to play,” has me believin’ that Atlanta … is good enough to be a playoff team.

Mrs. Zoomo

December 7th, 2010
12:50 pm

See you Friday – Zoomo ordered our tickets and T-shirts this morning!

Red Light

December 7th, 2010
12:59 pm

Dannick Paquette’s fight on Dec. 5 at Gwinnett. Keep going until near the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfbImzpt2j8

Tony C.

December 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

I caught up with the goal judges on their way out of the arena last night (love the NHL-no special parking lot, or cordoned-off area like you see for MLB & NFL), asked them about all this noise about the team moving (paraphrased):

Me: “Hey fellas could I have a minute?”
Two NHL Dudes:”Sure, what do yeh need?”
Me:”Please tell me they’re not moving my team again, they can’t do that to us again…”
Younger NHL Dude:”What, the Key-bekkers? They’ve always got a gripe…”
Older NHL Dude:”Move? Where to?”
Me:”They keep saying Winnipeg or Quebec-it’s not our fault, they have idiots running this team”
Younger NHL Dude:”Well, yeh got a hockey man now hey?-They’re doing well though”
Older NHL Dude:”Move? what-to Winnipeg? it feels like Winnipeg right here, this wind, no need to move to Winnipeg for bad wind hey?”
Older NHL Dude: “Honestly, no, they’ve got the preliminary schedule up for next year, Atlanta’s still on it.”
Younger NHL Dude:”Yeah they’re here at least until they do something in the playoffs…they make it to playoffs and that building is still like that (significant glance)…well, they’ll have to do something-but you’ve got them for at least another season”

Really approachable guys, and seemed to really empathize about my commentary re: DW&FUBAS-they didn’t come out and say “yep they’re idiots and you’re going to pay an unfair price” but moreso “Well look Dudley and Ramsay know their sh!t, they’ll win it’s up to you to come out and show the league that it really was FUBAS”

Thought Bogosian looked bad last night-right up until the GW. Also really wonder about Stewart, the guy has these lapses where it looks like he’s truly lost-not unable to follow the play, but like “OMG! where am I?!?” lost. If Cormier comes on the way we all hope, Stewart is my first choice to be the scratched forward.

Moon

December 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

Foil-”Poletry’s jest another way of saying chicken”

Joe McGrath

December 7th, 2010
1:11 pm

Last night Ondrej Pavalec approached me and asked, “Hey Joe, who own da Trash?” I said “Owns-ah, Owns-ah.”
Then two minutes later Andy Ladd comes up asking about the ownership and I told him a story about the value of nickel and a guy I coached in Omaha. Then I sent him to Hartsfield to pick up my new boy, Cormier.

Tony C.

December 7th, 2010
1:14 pm

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

Someone ought to ask Johnny Oduya if he’d rather be playing for the Devils or Thrashers this season.

I’ll bet his answer wouldn’t be, “It is what it is.”

Red Light

December 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

Alright R. Stroz, settle down.

Oduya went from a team near the top of the standings last season to one going nowhere. After arriving, he found that Anderson’s system and lackadaisical practice regimen to be 180-degrees to what he was used to with Lemaire and the other NJ coaches he had played for during his time in Jersey. There was an adjustment period for him and the “it is what it is” quote was made by Bergfors, not Oduya.

“It’s been pretty good,” Oduya said of his time in Atllanta (by Rich Chere of the Star Ledger near the end of last season). “Fun games, we’ve been fighting every game to get into the playoffs. So that’s something new . I’ve never really been in that situation before in New Jersey. It was always the other way around. It was more trying to get ready for the playoffs. It’s a little different, but it’s been fun…

“Hockey is always hockey no matter where you play, pretty much,” he said. “It’s been a little chaotic with the Olympics and living out of a suitcase for two months. So maybe next year when things settle in I can give you a more honest opinion. Obviously the weather is nice here.”

Zombie Steve

December 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

I’m a little irritated by all this “team is moving” talk that has festered up today… someone please tell me it’s all garbage.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

Red Light – Lets put this another way, I’ll bet Oduya is glad he’s a Thrasher now instead of the “new look” Devils.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

BTW, does anyone remember which first round draft pick the Thrashers traded to the Blackhawks?

If we still have the Devils first round draft pick, we may have a lottery selection again.

AtlFlamesFan

December 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

I think we traded the NJ pick, thinking it was going to be the lower one. Wow, how ironic!

SomaAtl95

December 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

So Schultz is on the bandwagon and if you read the comments (as I am sure most of you have) our old pal Sage is there, still ranting about everything. I have a rhetorical question for Sage and all other nay-sayers: When (notice I didn’t say IF) attendance goes up and the Team becomes marketable and able to create an identity in the city, who is to say that the ASG wouldn’t take the money and run? I have “Sheeple Pride” and fully believe that once the team looks like it could be a contender there is a great chance new (and local ownership) will come along. Think I am full of it? Think I am subsidizing incompetence? Go back ten years in time and tell the same story, replacing Thrashers with Falcons and ASG with The Smith Family.
Not that wikipedia is the most truthful source of information, but for Mr Blank it says that he is looking for a MLS team to purchase for Atlanta. Who on this blog (and in our city) would sign an open letter to Mr Blank asking him to look into purchasing the Thrashers? Its a block away from the dome, the arena is already built and its not like the team isn’t primarily sponsored by The Home Depot… Under his ownership the Falcons have done plenty of changes upstairs, right now they are the best team in their sport (some may disagree) and with the right “Brain” upstairs calling the shots, the heart and soul of our team (the players) has the potential to become a long term contender. The only really strange thing is that player-wise, Arthur Blanks Thrashers would look like they do now – Coaching staff remains – Duds stays. Above that everything else would be cleared out.
I call on all Thrasher fans to boycott the incompetence of the leagues 29 other teams, their fans and their media outlets that enjoy calling us “an experiment that needs to end” – go out, baaahhhh your little sheeple hearts out for our boys! I support the team, I want all professional sports teams to fear Atlanta. Lets support the team and try to show Mr Blank he can make his investment back if he was willing to go for it!
Could you imagine the “Double Dirty Birds” dual ticket packages for the Falcons and Thrashers?
As far as I care the Hawks can stay with the ASG, by the way. Thats always been their favorite child anyways and it has shown.

World Be Free

December 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

Zombie, people in the seats will set aside the moving rumors. The rumors will persist until the seats are full. So all the “fans” pouting need to get off their best intensions and get to the games.

Rawhide

December 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

Mrs. Zoomo – SA-Weet!!!! See ya’ll there!

Tony C.

December 7th, 2010
2:28 pm

Also, ESPNs insider is reporting that Betteman is adamant that our team is NOT moving. So there’s that.

Rawhide

December 7th, 2010
2:34 pm

BTW…to the person who posted the 7 reasons why “attendance sucks” about 30 minutes ago. That was a very good entry. But you’re gonna have to choose a different username. That one just isn’t gonna fly, buddy.

Please pick another username and repost…it really was pretty good.

the fish

December 7th, 2010
2:41 pm

Joe Friday is spot on. Just because these guys are on a hot streak in no way makes up for 10 years of garbage. As an 8 year season ticket holder, I am in no rush to get screwed out of my hard earned money again by the incompetent jerks who run ASG and the Teflon Don. It’s a pleasure watching Buff and Pav playing great. On TV. You want me back in the arena? Keep up the good work, change the ownership and send the Teflon Don packing and then we’ll see. Until then, it’s Sports South for me.

AtlFlamesFan

December 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

Rawhide: LOL

Tony: Not now, but I think if attendance does not improve, then the possibility of it happening soon gets stronger.

ThrasherTim

December 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

Red Light – Colby Armstrong back in the Leafs’ lineup and chalk up 2 more W’s. He is the straw that stirs the drink up there I tell ya! {eyes rolling}

Tony C.

December 7th, 2010
2:45 pm

Stroz-According to LeBrun we traded the NJD pick.

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