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

Paminski

December 8th, 2010
8:33 am

Unrelated comment: Karin is amazing! I ordered my “Rowdies” tickets for section 204 on Tuesday PM and they were at my door on Wednesday. She’s not messin around.

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
8:48 am

hockeymom92: I have two tickets and a parking pass for you to attend the game on Friday night if you would like to attend. E-Mail Bill, and I’ll send the tickets to you today!

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
8:48 am

Good luck in hockeymom

squawksmcgrew

December 8th, 2010
8:50 am

Bravo, Jason. I, too, experienced all those moments, starting my season-ticket run at the same time.

But Waddell and Co. chased me away by doubling the cost of my ticket package and informing me that they could find other buyers at that increased price during the All-Star year. I often note my former seats remain vacant these past few years.

Since then, I don’t miss a game on TV and often listen via computer to the ones not televised, but this year is the first I’ve really missed not having season tickets. I want to be there. I want to show my support (for the team and not ASG), but my wallet won’t allow it.

It grieves me to see so many empty seats. So, the ticket plan remains on the front of my fridge next to the schedule. And I check my bank account waiting for the day I can afford a rest-of-the-season ticket package for Dad and I.

Wearing my Thrashers scarf to work these days,
squawks

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
8:53 am

hockeymom92 – If you would like to take Red Light up on his offer, e-mail me at rawhide528@yahoo.com. I’ll get ya linked up.

Red Light – Very, very good of you, my friend. The holiday spirit is in full gear I see.

Jason – Very well done…definately worthy of BCotY status. Consider yourself officially nominated.

Paminski - Yup…Karin is top-notch. Now, for any one else out there looking to see just how awesome she can be…call her at 404-878-3781 if you would still like to take up the special ticket deal for this Friday.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
8:55 am

You da man Red Light

hockeymom92

December 8th, 2010
9:24 am

Red Light – you are gonna make me cry for two reasons – I am humbled by your unbeliveably kind offer – many blessings to you. Secondly, (huge sigh) I am stuck going to the hockey playing son’s play on Friday night – would you believe not only does he play hockey he also does Shakespere – odd combo I know. Thank you so much again for your kind offer – having been involved in hockey for upteem years I have discovered that hockey folks are some of the most giving people around.

Kaiser Souze

December 8th, 2010
9:29 am

I was there Monday and yes, it was over 6K. What I heard in that 3rd period was a roar 3 times that size. This team generates that sound and in time the people will come to Blueland. The Thrashers and fans alike are having fun and in this time of economic concerns, weak and ill-fitting ownership and blaise professionals(hey Kovy, how does that Jersey sweater fit?) much bodes well for the Atlanta hockey scene. Wadell stay behind the scenes, off TV and let the men who play and coach the game take care of the biz. Selah

jen

December 8th, 2010
9:30 am

We’ll be there on Friday, indoctrinating two new fans to the game (have my friends kids who are stuck with college football fantatic parents). We figure its best to hook them while they’re young

glovesave29

December 8th, 2010
9:32 am

Jason – Bravo…like the “cup is half full” mentality.

Sage – as usual – you look at your sippie cup and it is half empty.

Been saying for years that Bettman will not let a market like Atlanta go without a fight. This team is going to continue to win, and we will continue to fill the stands more and more each game. It will be come readily apparent to all parties involved the we CAN and WILL support hockey. I think the league will actively search to find us new and stable ownership.

As for the “Major League” theory…I cannot see that happening as seasoned hockey guys from stable teams like Duds, Rammer and Torch would never stand for it. They’d have never left their other jobs to come here. As much as I do not like the ASG and DWad – I have to give credit where it is due for bringing in three good hockey guys.

KLS1

December 8th, 2010
9:43 am

Thrasher fans don’t get caught in the “fill our arena our we will move” trap. I was a season ticket holder too but was tired of donating money to this organization for a terrible product.

They need to earn getting us back. And they are not going to get more season ticket subscriptions until next season anyway. They did this to themselves. I’m not saying that you don’t support the team, but ownership putting the burden on the fans at this point is a total joke. This is team is playing great and I am super excited, but 10 games don’t make a season. Forgive my pessimism but we have been thru it all.

Business is business, if these guys want to move this team to make more $, there ain’t nothing we will be able to do about it(see Cleveland Browns).

Paminski

December 8th, 2010
9:46 am

Not that Sage requires any defending, but opposing viewpoints are important and help keep things real whether we agree or not. I’m excited about our current Thrashers surge, but if you forget your past you are doomed to repeat it. Carry on, Sage.

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
9:47 am

hockeymom92 – Understandable as to why you won’t be there. My sons also played hockey and are involved with the theater as well. It’s awesome that he is doing that. Tell him “good luck”…er, ah…”break a leg” from all of us.

BTW gang…we’re getting some love from Thrash in regards to our little outing Friday night

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Dwayne

December 8th, 2010
9:53 am

NHL on xm this morning said Atlanta is looking for new owners? Or investors with deep pockets? This was word coming out of the owners/board of governing meetings? Can someone explain in laymens terms? See yall Friday.

Joe Friday

December 8th, 2010
10:07 am

If they keep winning, they will come. Do not sweat it, winning fixes everything in Atlanta. Here’s how I see our upcoming attendance through January:
Fri Dec 10, 2010 Avalanche 13k
Thu Dec 16, 2010 Hurricanes 10k
Sat Dec 18, 2010 Devils 17k
Tue Dec 21, 2010 Blues 10k
Sun Dec 26, 2010 Lightning 15k
Thu Dec 30, 2010 Bruins 14k
Fri Jan 7, 2011 Maple Leafs 16k
Fri Jan 14, 2011 Flyers 17k
Thu Jan 20, 2011 Lightning 11k
Sat Jan 22, 2011 Rangers 17k
Wed Jan 26, 2011 Capitals 11k
Then we’re off to the races. Assuming this play keeps up, you’ve seen the last of 6k in the seats and announced attendance of 10k and less except for the weeknight games against Canes, Blues, et al. College and HS Football is over, attention and available time/money now switches to the Thrashers. They’ll even start selling out some weekend dates against good teams when we get into Feb/March time frame if they’re solidly in the hunt.

Next year, they can fix the season ticket holder problem if they can win a playoff round and if they hide Waddell/Levenson and bring in a new face for ownership (please let that happen)

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
10:10 am

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.” William Shakespeare

Rain check issued hockeymom92. Have a great time at the play!

Joe Friday

December 8th, 2010
10:15 am

“NHL on xm this morning said Atlanta is looking for new owners? Or investors with deep pockets? This was word coming out of the owners/board of governing meetings? Can someone explain in laymens terms?”

That is nothing new and what’s been going on for 2 years. The Octocluster need to settle the suit and buy out the one owner (his name escapes me right now, the guy that sued them over the Johnson trade). They can’t afford to buy him out as he’s a 30% or so owner. So, they need to bring in a new partner who can buy a 30% stake (and use that new investor’s funds to buy out the disgruntled partner) or just sell off the Thrashers to a new owner (the new owner would, hopefully, keep the Thrashers in town). But, make no mistake, with the slip up out of Daly’s mouth and the lack of effort of marketing from the current owners, they may be trying to position it to the league that “we can’t make it work here, so let us sell to an out of town owner” who would then move the club. I would think moving them is a last resort, and wouldn’t happen unless this dragged on a couple more years, methinks

DWTOO

December 8th, 2010
10:18 am

Good the hear about the Thrashers getting new owners. New ownership doesn’t necessarily equate with the franchise moving. The whole concept of the lack of support in this city is ludicrous. We’ve had two years of poor attendance. Prior to that it was solid – even when the talent level was not exactly top notch. There were many times that a saturday night was SRO. And with some wins and media support it will return. This is probably the best overall TEAM we’ve put on the ice. No superstars, but, a bunch of hard working players.

jen

December 8th, 2010
10:24 am

Can I point out something else I now expect? I now expect a power play goal every game. Why, because YOUR ATLANTA THRASHERS have the #1 Power Play in the league. (and according to Puck Daddy, the #1 drawer of penalties in Burmistrove). When was the last time we saw that? Oh yeah, the year we made the playoffs Just spreading the cheer

Joe Friday

December 8th, 2010
10:30 am

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/2346/relocation-not-going-to-happen

There you go, it’s fine for now, I have no problem making those jamokes in the Octocluster suffer by keeping your funds from them (I’ve been to more games this year already then in 2 years prior, but not one ticket dollar has gone to the Spirit Squad), the more they suffer they quicker they’ll sell out to someone who really wants to own a hockey club and we can further this phoenix like rise from the ashes Dudley and Ramsay currently have us on.

3stripes

December 8th, 2010
10:37 am

In case you haven’t seen this…

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/2346/relocation-not-going-to-happen

(hopefully that shows up as a link)

Tony

December 8th, 2010
10:41 am

Just remember people. For everyone ticket you purchase to watch the Atlanta Thrashers play, you have made the Blueland Nation happy, but you have PO’D Sage of Blueland and about 2,000,000 Canadians trying to steal your team.

Seems like a good investment to me.

Go ATLANTA Thrashers

Dandylions

December 8th, 2010
10:43 am

Rawhide, Karin just hooked me up with tickets. Is it Friday yet?

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
10:47 am

Dandylions – It can’t get here quick enough….looking forward to seeing you again.

Nate

December 8th, 2010
10:51 am

Got my two tickets to Friday’s game yesterday so I’ll be there with my dad in the upper level.

Joe Friday – Belkin is the name that escapes you that needs to be bought out.

Ticket Deal – Group promotion going on right now. Bring 10 or more to a game and each member of the group gets unlimited popcorn and soda. Good for all home games in December. Group ticket prices start at $11 each for this promo. If you want more details let me know.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
10:59 am

I have been respecting his opinion for 2 years. My problem is, I would like to respect a new opinion every once in awhile, not the sold old statements regurgitated on a weekly basis. There’s something refreshing about being original every once in blue moon.

DWTOO

December 8th, 2010
11:08 am

So many good posts on this blog. Both Jason and Tony C. have nailed it! And Tony C it’s Sage of BlueSland – just for future reference. Or as Smoothie has called him SOB.

Even with the small crowd on monday it was very loud when Bogie lit the lamp. And really liked the team’s enthusiasm.

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
11:12 am

My take is that Relocation Talk Skirts the Real Issues…

http://tinyurl.com/25989hp

kracker

December 8th, 2010
11:12 am

‘Just say no’ to all the relocation hype:

AtlThrashers Bettman Says No Teams Moving: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media following this week’s NHL B… http://get.sm/VoVtP #Thrashers

BenThrashers Feel free to forward this @ESPN_Burnside story to everyone you hear mention #Thrashers relocation. Not happening. http://es.pn/fzXTkC

mikey da mug

December 8th, 2010
11:12 am

Another interesting piece on non-relocation
Why the Atlanta Thrashers aren’t relocating to Canada
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Why-the-Atlanta-Thrashers-aren-t-relocating-to-C?urn=nhl-293195

Hoof Arted

December 8th, 2010
11:33 am

I’ll echo what others have said about Jason’s comment. Spot on.

It’s also very good to see the Thrashers ticketing department has looked to tap into the readers of this blog to promote their ticket specials. Where else are you going to find a place that gets 100+ comments in just a 24 hour period? There are so many great comments posted here too. They know where to reach the people it seems so good for them.

As for all the “relocation” talk, it just needs to be put to rest. Buy tickets, if you can, and show up to games. Hold up a sign maybe that reads, “Oh Canada, you can’t have have our team. Go pound sand”.

Putting On The Foil

December 8th, 2010
11:37 am

Jason- Great post. As a Falcons and Braves fan since the beginning, believe me, I’ve sat through some long, long seasons. But love of the games has kept me there with them through thick and thin. But I can truly say one thing, that in the years that the creme finally rises, it’s just that much sweeter. Same applies for the Thrashers. For now, I’ll just keep cheering them on and keep believing that cup will make it’s way down Peachtree one day.

Zoomo

December 8th, 2010
11:59 am

I hope Rawhide bought a bunch of blogger pseudo-nametags for Friday’s shenanigans!

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
12:16 pm

During the summer, I advocated the Thrashers to sign UFA Sergei Gonchar-looks like I was wrong about S.G.-he hasn’t helped the Senators at all.
On the other side-the Lightning are seriously looking at Marc Andre Bergeron. TB’s defense is average at best, as some of us have noted.

Totally off subject-talk about hard shoes to fill, the Coen Brothers have remade True Grit. How about trying to fill John Wayne’s shoes in his Oscar-winning role? Fredi Gonzalez will know all about it in a few weeks.

Your Mammy

December 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

Mediocre Pavelec passes out opening night, gets a concussion, and reemerges as a superstar net-minder. All hail the fainting goalie!

Rooster Cogburn

December 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

“You do what you think is best Ned.”

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

rooster-”she’s just a runaway”

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Zoomo – I may have to do just that. Looks like they’ll be quite a few of us.

Tony C.

December 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

Can’t take credit for the above… was the “other” Tony-just goes to show that most guys named Tony are good guys ;)

WBF I had the same feeling when I heard they were redoing The Duke’s classic-but I’ve seen some trailers, and the Cohen brothers generally deliver the goods.

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jeff Bridges plays Rooster, Matt Damon plays LeBeouf, Josh Brolin plays Tom Cheney and Barry Pepper plays Ned Pepper.

Tony C.

December 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Also, there’s a benefit show for the Atlanta Community Food Bank charity this coming Tuesday 14 December @ Cafe 290-if any of yall can make it….$12 at the door or $8 with can(s) or box(es) of food 3 bands and a comedian-good value for a good cause.

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
1:23 pm

“I was there Monday and yes, it was over 6K. What I heard in that 3rd period was a roar 3 times that size. This team generates that sound and in time the people will come to Blueland”

Like Mr. Souze said, if you don’t think a small crowd can produce some noise at the Bulb, here’s a first hand account of just how loud it was. I was lucky enough to record both the GWG (sort of, but got Zach’s somersault) and Ladd’s tying goal zoomed in on Lindback. But prior to that, I got a special treat from the heavens:

http://thrashingbirds.blogspot.com/2010/12/sometimes-picture-is-better-than.html

Let’s go Thrashers!!!!

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
1:29 pm

Tony C-Coens are real good, can’t remember them ever doing a remake. I saw the original “Grit” in an old movie theater, big screen. It’s a good one fore sure.

Red Light-that’s a great cast, Barry Pepper is very unrated, will be great seeing him reprise Robert Duvall’s original Ned Pepper. It is fun to lighten up the blog with some “Duke” talk.

Brendan

December 8th, 2010
1:33 pm

Every blog needs “rah-rah” types and “keepin’ it real” types, and even the “naysayer” types should have a voice to mouth off their displeasure. I’m happy we have some good statistician types, too.

This blog is hosted by probably the best fan blogger the AJC could possibly find. We all remember “Ice Princess,” and David Vecsey, etc. Right now … might be … as good as it’s ever been … to be a Thrasher fan. We have a good Head Coach and Associate Head Coach. We have decent goaltending, which is, for the most part, healthy. Our blueline is at least adequate towards making a run at a playoff berth. We are getting contributions from all four (4) lines. Our PP unit is # 1 in the NHL. Our lastest 1st round draft pick (Burmistrov) is NOT a bust. Many of the names of the failure-laden past are NOT here. Dudley has moved a lot of former Waddell picks/players/trades out of the system, most notably Kari Lehtonen, Ilya Kovalchuk, Garnet Exelby, Colby Armstrong, Slava Kozlov. And the Tommi Kallios, Chris Tamers, Yannic Tremblays, Per Svartvadets, Serge Aubins, Ronald Petrovickys, and J.P. Vigier AHL-type talent isn’t being ushered in by Dudley and Ramsay, even as pathetic as the 2010-11 budget may be.

I guess, in short, I could just say, “We don’t have the look and feel of a minor league team anymore, trying to masquerade as an NHL franchise, sprinkled with a noteable name or two.” That’s the real difference. When Ramsay sees something he doesn’t like, the player sits. When Ramsay feels effort isn’t there, the next practice is tough. Ice time gets cut. Those who play hard, are rewarded with more ice time. And as one of my best friends always tells me, “The guys on the stat sheet are the ones who log the most ice time.” I like to teasingly argue, “So, what you’re telling me is … we play Jim Slater for 22 minutes a game, he’ll become a 30-goal scorer?” I’m having some fun, of course. Shoot, I so pleased with Jim Slater this season, I’m willing to stop calling him “second-half Slater,” as Darren Eliot once dubbed him. Right now, I feel proud to be a Thrasher fan. If I could be granted one wish for this team, it wouldn’t be the arrival of some marquee Tier I piece of talent, but rather, it would be new ownership that CARES about hockey. That is the single most important and critical thing … that ANY franchise … could ever have. From the top, the rest takes care of itself. When a franchise has excellent ownership, the Tier I players’ agents call us, instead of the other way around.

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

“They need to earn getting us back. And they are not going to get more season ticket subscriptions until next season anyway. They did this to themselves. I’m not saying that you don’t support the team, but ownership putting the burden on the fans at this point is a total joke”

I tend to agree with the above sentiment expressed by KLS1. These idiots have done a lot of damage, A LOT! But I still go to games because I love this game…it’s simply the best game to watch live, BAR NONE!! Not football, not baseball, not cricket can hold a candle. And I used to have ST for the Falcons for 5 years last decade (kiss my a$$ Mike Vick) and went to college on Tobacco Road where I used to sleep in parking lots for front row seats to Carolina and Duke games.

While I certainly don’t care to make the dolts who run this franchise any richer (if they were so rich, we wouldn’t be in this mess now would we?), but I’m not gonna let some poor discretion and bad business acumen take hockey away from me. I’ve never been a full STH as 41 games is a big committment no matter how great your passion (I got a golf addiction to feed too you know!), but what is the harm in buying 8 – 10 games a year at reduced tkt prices? Heck, what’s the harm if all of the casual hockey fans in this town simply bought 2-4 games a year?

We’d always have an almost full building, lots of noise and excitement and the owners would be forced to spend a little more money to make money…concessions don’t grow on trees now do they? But my greater point is that these fools don’t have a freakin’ clue when it comes to marketing the game. That has been the SINGLE, BIGGEST injustice they have inflicted on hockey in this town over the past decade.

They failed to capitalize on the momentum of good teams and a playoff run in 2005-007 coming out of the lockout. They have not done a good job of growing the game and attracting new fans (of course, the on-ice product hasn’t helped), but even watching Ilya Kovalchuk skate figure 8’s can be more exciting than watching UGA beat the living crap out of Troy St or Joe Johnson launching ill-advised threes over a zone defense that is standing around waiting for a rebound…how is that exciting?

Now they are groveling to the fans that ALREADY EXIST begging us to come back. Well, you know, it ain’t that easy you dumb bastards. You’re a business and its YOUR JOB to give us better value for our consumer dollar and improve the damn in-game experience. The folks who are still scorned and bitter (and mostly rightly so) will come back eventually when we’re knocking on the Capitals’ door and Big Buff is in the running for a Norris and Laddy is pushing hard for his first Selke.

But in the meantime, do us all a favor ASG: PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND SPEND SOME COIN TO MAKE THE EXPERIENCE BETTER FOR ALL OF US. AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, TRY ADVERTISING ON A TV STATION NOT NAMED SPORTSOUTH. HELL, SWEET TALK YOUR FLAGSHIP RADIO STATION INTO DOING A BETTER JOB OF PROMOTING A PRODUCT THAT THEY PAID FOR SO THE FEW TENS OF THOUSANDS OF US WHO CARE MIGHT ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO LISTEN. THERE IS SO MUCH YOU COULD ACTUALLY DO IN THE SHORT TERM WITHOUT EXHAUSTING YOUR PRECIOUS RESOURCES…AND WHO KNOWS?! YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE A FEW MILLION FROM HOSTING SEVERAL PLAYOFF GAMES!

Sorry for the rant…just had to get it out…was festering like a boil under my skin. Thanks! Go Thrashers!!

Trixie, please delete the first attempt that got hung up in purgatory, thanks sweetie!

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Well, son of a gun! I guess the ASG has a robot patrolling posts that spew vitriol in their general direction!! ;-)

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

December 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

Mr. Smoothie – There you go, sugar…

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
2:21 pm

Thanks sassafrass!! :cool:

DWTOO

December 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Smoothie – Glad there was no harm during dropping of the puck in your lap. It would be bad to have some “swelling” on your birthday.

ThrasherNY

December 8th, 2010
2:42 pm

Smoothie – Nice Rant, made me feel better reading it!

This comeback win is HUGE as it clearly shows how much improvement we have made and how much heart this team has. I, like Rawhide, didn’t even fret when we got behind the two goals as I knew it was only a matter of time before we got a PP to convert and something good materialized from completely dominating the faceoff circle. Frankly, I am still amazed that we are leading the league in both categories and I think Dudley and Rammer deserve big praise for that type of YoY improvement.

To be honest I forgot what it felt like to feel to have optimism, let alone this much of it….loving it!

Go Thrashers!