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.

link

Riceowls

December 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Its always good to see a team win a game they should have lost. The Preds missed three wide open nets that would have sealed the game. But every team needs a little lick now and again. I hope they play tighter friday against Colorado.

DCBrave33

December 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

It is painful to me that this talk about the team moving is coinciding with our rise in the standings.

One thing that I will say is that you will NEVER see really good crowds on weeknights. Atlanta simply isnt a city that generates good weekday crowds. It is a weekend sports town. Even if we win the Presidents Cup, we would be a team drawing 13-14 K during the week with packed houses on Fri and Sat. Look at the past with ALL Atlanta franchises. Even in September of 1991 the Braves had low attendence. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1991/B09110ATL1991.htm. Here is a Braves No-hitter in 1991 in September that brought only 20 k. It is just the nature of the sports fan in the city. It doesn’t mean we can’t have a successful franchise both financially and on the ice. Average crowds during the week coupled with packed houses on the weekends should be at least a moderately successful business model.

As long as the crowds during the week to grown to levels where you do not have to cringe when you see all the empty seats, then it will be a success.

Everyone that can, let’s get out and support our team! Go Thrashers!!!

Nate

December 7th, 2010
3:32 pm

“Attendance” – It will pick up. Anybody remember that 8 point division lead we had over Tampa back in January of 2006? Tampa came to town and promptly kicked us in the rear, but the Arena was PACKED! Standing room only. I couldn’t get a ticket for less than $125. What was attendance like in November and December of that season? I could walk up to the ticket window 30 minutes before puck drop and get a $10 ticket or $15 student ticket no problem. It’s the same now. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been to 3 games already and will be at my fourth Friday night. Those same tickets will be gone after the New Year.

ThrashDawg

December 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

I try and be even handed when it comes to DW and I have read the Burnside article and basically I read it as, we have put a winning product on the ice, now come support it. There is no sense rehashing all the crap of the past and DWs role in the crap. He is responsible for fixing the product on the ice and there should be some credit given to bringing Dudley in here. I guess after 10+ years a blind squirrel will find a nut! The team is currently 5 games over .500 and is looking like it has turned the corner. I believe DW and the Thrashers need to be patient with the fans considering what we have been through. Keep up the good play and we will respond with our money. Times are hard and nobody wants to throw hard earned money away on a poor product, so we are a little gun shy. I for one am still a little burnt by the last game I went to againt the Columbus Bluejackets. It takes a little time to get over a performance like that!

Paminski

December 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

DCBrave33 – You’re right. Weekend sports town for sure. This year I understand the pain of that even more. I used to be able to make a weeknight game now and then, but work moved and it’s just too difficult now. One of the worst commuter cities creates quite an obstacle for weeknight games.

Red Light

December 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

I hear ya Thrasher Tim. Colby and Army are the next best duo in Toronto since Wilf Paiement and Darryl Sittler.

da' boomer

December 7th, 2010
4:06 pm

From Darren Eliot’s article in CNNSI this afternoon:

Thrasher’s Christmas Wish List –

Atlanta Thrashers. Now that they’re playing solid, consistent and exciting team hockey for the first time in franchise history, they would surely like the locals to enjoy a bout of amnesia, forget most of the sorry seasons that preceded the 2010-11 campaign, and return to cheer on the current edition. The players deserve it and the fans deserve this team.

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/2cbckvj

Joe Friday

December 7th, 2010
4:07 pm

“The team is currently 5 games over .500″

Paging Brendan, Brendan to the white phone please!

World Be Free

December 7th, 2010
4:18 pm

This is a fun team, good offensive tempo, excellent defense, lights out goaltending and a great coach. And all some of you want to do is bitch about the past. I have seen alotta fans in other cities (like Red Wing fans) put aside losing seasons for a winning team, instead of sitting home and complaining. I am not happy about portions of the first 10 years, but the past is the past-let it go.

Keep it up folks, all you people that stay home cuz you are mad at Don or whatever; you can help load the moving vans. Get over it.

glovesave29

December 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

I am sure Mr. Daly got a nice talking to by commissioner Bettman after his irresponsible comments on Winipeg radio. The surest way to kill any chance of the resurgence in interest for the team is to start a rumor that it a lame duck one. It is totally pandering to the local media by Mr. Daly – and until such time a deal is TRULY in place to move the team – he should be instructed to keep his fat yap CLOSED! He just wanted the good people of Winnipeg to kiss up to him. They are not getting this team.

I also wish that the people at Fox Sport South and Sportsouth would realize the anger that the fan base has against Don. THey need to stop trotting him out. Put him away, let him do his job behind the scenes – and stop giving us reminders on TV of the man who put us into this position in the first place.

Rant over….

Unreal

December 7th, 2010
4:28 pm

Why attendance sucks
1 – crappy owners
2 – crappy record for the last 11 years
3 – cost (it costs way too much to attend and feed yourself at a game much less pay for a family. It shouldn’t cost $100 for a family of four to attend a fame and sit in the 300 level. I think the food and beverage prices are like taxes in that you can take some from us but at some point you are gouging us – we are well beyond that point)
4 – MARTA sucks
5 – location ( Philips is in the wrong location. Most of the paying fans live outside the perimeter and on the north side. Gwinnett is not an ideal location. An arena near 285 and west of 400 would be perfect.)
6 – start times – With traffic most fans can’t make it to a game on time. Why not start at either 8 or 7:45 all the time.
7 – I can’t remember what number 7 was.

Rawhide

December 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

Unreal – Your #7 was “there is no incentive to purchase season tickets (you don’t get a reduced price at all for being a season ticket holder – so what is the incentive?)”

BTW…did you know that there was a plan to build the arena near the 285-400 area during the planning states of the franchise 12 years or so ago. They would have trained out of The Cooler in Alpharetta and it would have been centraized in the middle of their fan base (most of it at least).

The group making the decision at the time was split between that and downtown. The deciding vote that was cast to build the new arena on top of where the Omni stood…Ted Turner.

SomaAtl95

December 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

And then Ted let AOL/Time Warner screw us over. Imagine if Ted had not merged with them… nothing can change the past – lets build for a LONG FUTURE OF ATLANTA THRASHERS HOCKEY!

Dandylions

December 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

Riceowls – But every team needs a little lick now and again. WOW!

Gabby Johnson

December 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

“Olson Johnson is right about World Be Free being right!”

“Thank you, Van!”

“Rabbidge”

Dung Waddell

December 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

Does anyone know where there is a warm street corner for me to hold my sign up today?

I wonder if there is a better way to sell tickets than to march around town with this piece of paper, maybe I should call Steve Weeks and hire him to hold it with me.

World Be Free

December 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

Gabby-sounds like jibberish to me!

Gabby Johnson

December 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

That’s “authentic frontier gibberish” World Be Free!

Joe Friday

December 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

They should hire those ginormous dorks that the apartment complexes and sandwich shops/pizza places hire to stand on street corners spinning big signs and jamming out to their tunes with signs saying “Your Atlanta Thrashers, hottest team in the coolest game on ice”

If that don’t work, Don could get back into the porta potty biz and slap some signs on every one of them around town.

They also were looking at putting the arena at the corner of North Point Parkway and Kimball Bridge road (just north of the North Point Mall), but 285/400 would have been better for all.

“6 – start times – With traffic most fans can’t make it to a game on time. Why not start at either 8 or 7:45 all the time.”

This. Waddell had to have been the genius that approved this decision and keeps it in place (the 7pm weekday start times). Simply mind boggling how dumb that decision is, it is virtually impossible to work a full day, drive home to get the wife/family, and make a game by 7pm.

A good marketing prof at Ga State should make the Thrashers’ a case study for his kids and let them come up with a plan to fix this, and I guarantee you the kids could fix the issue (hide Waddell/Levenson from the public, sharpen the marketing campaigns, fix the start times). Spirit Squad should sign up for that and it should be right up their alley as it’d be free for them, or mabye they’d have to make a small donation to the business school . . .our marketing profs did this in college for P&G and they actually implemented the winning presentation for a campaign each year, win/win.

Christy

December 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

Funnily enough, what I found the most irritating about the Levenson comment was not the fact that the ownership does not exactly make regular appearances themselves, that there appeared to be a careless disregards for the fact that Atlanta’s unemployment exceeds the national average, that he discounts the impact of a decade of mismanagement or the considerable issue of location – it was the actual football reference. I truly believe that you cannot compare football in Atlanta to football in other sports cities. Or even to the sports landscape of any other city, football and other.

Consider, with 4.5 million residents, we support
A Professional football team that is at the top of the NFC and a Professional Basketball team also doing fairly well.
3 major universities with teams within an hour’s drive (2 IN the city),(UGA, Tech and now GSU) that provide Football and Basketball and Kennesaw is edging in there now, especially with the basketball.

A minor league hockey team

And highschool football which around here is just as important if not more than professional or collegiate. (Would you miss your kids playing football any more than you would miss their playing hockey?)

And that does not take into consideration Baseball that starts at the end of the hockey season and ends after it has started.

Exactly how many other NHL cities have that sort of competition for attention facing it’s team during the months of October through January? Not a single one by my count.

glovesave29

December 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

JF – the Red Cross of California did a similar project with us when I was back in college. We developed a successful ad campaign they used for years.

I’ve wondered about this years ad campaign – “A Brutally Good Time” – yet all the player photos on the jumbo tron have them in dress clothes. Seem a bit contradictory to me. I’d rather see an ad with a destitute tooth fairy who has gone broke giving out $$$ to the Thrashers opponents. Or maybe an equipment manager with a longer checklist for first aid required when playing the Thrashers. Maybe players on the road needing their own hotel rooms because of the moaning and groaning in pain.

LAC

December 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

I am very impressed with the coverage we are getting on NHL network shows, MHL Live
and Power Play, Impressed, with their coverage of The Thrashers !!! Great To See !!!!

I wonder what ilya yhinks NOW !!!!!

LAC

December 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Sorry, but without MY glasses I can’t type. That’s NHL live and THINKS !

Hockey Biltong

December 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Keep the Faith , people!!!
Geaux Le Thrash!!!!!!!

Thrashers27

December 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

Hey guys! I was just thinking that Pavs really should be up for consideration in the All Star voting. The guy is playing as well as anybody on the league right now, save for maybe Tim Thomas.

I just wrote him in and voted a bunch of times. We should all start voting for Pavs as a write in.

Do it here: http://vote.nhl.com

Brendan

December 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

Joe Friday, it is very good to see the Thrashers 5 games over .500. Historically, it takes being 12 games over .500, “NHL-style,” to “guarantee” a playoff berth. And that would be 94-points. I’m hesitant to speculate what we’re projected for, after roughly 30 games. That’s why we play those games.

People will figure out … that they shouldn’t play their back up versus the Thrashers anymore, nor take them lightly. The key, from this point on is … don’t fall back to .500. Yes, 89-points, I think, got two teams into the playoffs last year, but I think that’s a bit of an anomaly. The Thrashers must keep banking points at about a .515 clip from this point forward. That would probably get us into the playoffs this season. If the playoffs began today, we’d be # 6, facing # 3 Montreal. Imagine how much HEAT there would be up in Quebec if the Thrashers won that series?? They hate southeast division teams there, having been eliminated by TB and Carolina in the past.

James Brown

December 7th, 2010
6:28 pm

Great game last night…As we were leaving the Bulb I told my friend that this team is really fun to watch…..I`m not worried about the attendance that much right now…..watched a Red Wing game the other night and there were sections of empty seats………It happens all over the league….don`t be fooled by all the Canadian Snow Tossers trying to beat a square peg in a round hole which is exactly what moving a top ten media market team to a one horse cattle town like Winipeg…ain`t gonna happen folks

Tom

December 7th, 2010
8:20 pm

Winnipeg is making it’’s push right now because this will be the best time for them to get a team in the next couple of decades. The oil fields are making some money and the dollar is weak against the Loonie.

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What concerns me is the Major League or Slapshot scenario. Where management does all it can to sabotage the team to keep it from being successful and staying in town.

Their biggest obstacle to selling the team for the most money they can get is Gary Bettman. The only way that the Spirit will be able to get rid of the Thrashers profitably is to show the market will not sustain the team. This would let a Canadian team pay a premium so they could move the Thrashers to Winnipeg.

So let’s see what they have done so far:

— Given management payroll restrictions that keep us at the bottom of the league.

— They have created the most inane marketing campaign in the league. Seriously, I am a die hard Thrashers fan an I throw up in my mouth every time I see the “A Brutally Good Time” promos.

— The team starts the games before fans can actually get to the game. They have even moved the weekend start time for some games up to 9 pm.

— The management and ownership are spending no money marketing to develop a fan base. Even with the play of the team in the past month all they can do is bad mouth the fans for not showing up. Instead of getting out with a media barrage that would be paid for with 1 playoff game, the former GM/President goes on television with a scrap of paper saying buy more tickets.

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Now none of the complaints are against the on ice management of the team. Dudley and his staff have done an amazing job with scarce resources to give us an amazing team. They deserve all the honors they are getting.

Here is a scenario that if it happens at the trade deadline I know the Thrashers are not long for Atlanta. The team is heading to some success, the fans have returned, and the place is rocking.

Then the Thrashers make a mega trade packaging up Ladd and Big Buff to another team for aging star(s). Say, our two guys for Iginla, Jokinen, and Bouwmeester. On paper it would seem to make sense but any true hockey fan would know that the team would be ripped apart by the deal.

Now Dudley would be against it, but we all know he reports to Waddell who blindly does the bidding of the ownership group.

This is my, OMG we are seeing the making of Major League 4 in Atlanta.

DavidR

December 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

i really REALLY wish i was in the atlanta area still. unfortunately im stuck in this city with some team called the flames and another place north of me with a team that has something to do with oil. seriously this sucks.
to be able to actually afford to go to a hockey game and have money left over to buy food and beer with. ahh such a crack smoking pipe dream that is.

my two cents on this mess… octofubars need to get outa hockey but they arent going to be able anytime soon. couple of you guys nailed it pretty good. there are really only 2 ways they are going to get out, 1 winning team sold to person who wants to support and fund team, 2 winning team and someone buys em and gets league permission to move em.
there is a bit of a problem with the 2nd reason which virtually no one is hitting on. they have to redo all the lines. the only sorta simple solution would be to switch the preds from west to east but than you have to move the thrashers out east. not too many places for them to go that direction. which is probably also part of the reason there wont be a team in hamilton regardless of the amount of ppl wanting it. logistically it would be a nightmare and screw the hades outa everything.

about the best we can hope for is a winning season and someone to come along and buy out the octofubars and go from there. bad part is that they will have to get involved in the phillips arena lease and all that which could be a nightmare. esp since a few ppl have commented that the arena is rapidly going downhill with quality controll and looking good etc.

which than leaves us with the attendance issue. guess what year had our best attendance…. 06/07. ya know thats also the year they were in the playoffs. the next year we had a respectable 15k avg attendance. and after that its been slumping. so far this year we are supposedly avg aprox 11k per game which all said and done being this early in the season, the rest of the sports going on, and that they havent had a great product for a year or two. well it is reasonable. all said and done its still all completely excuses.

the entire thing ties in toghether unless the fubars are trying to effectively unload a team which they could do that pretty quick i would expect but the team would have to move which wont happen pretty quick. so all they can do is get with it and try and get something going or else its going to be more of the same of winnipeg/saskatoon is getting a team.

anyway ya slice it there aint gonna be nuthin done over it fer at least a couple of years. so who wants to start a co-op owned hockey club?

ps tickets for the flames/oilers typically start at 60$ or so if you can get one.
pps canadian dollar and us dollar are about the same or so close it really doesnt matter.

Grinch

December 7th, 2010
8:57 pm

They’re not folding their tents or looking sad at all……I guess hockey to these Thrashers must mean something more…..and they say that the Thrashers’ heart grew 3 times that day…..to the strength of a flock of Thrashers…….more powerful than before.

Blueland Buddha

December 7th, 2010
9:00 pm

Just did my part- tacked on 3 more games to my 6 game flex plan with the Holiday Flex Plan promotion! Next game for me is next Thursday against the Canes. I figure if I dont do all I can and the team moves due to lack of attendance, then I cant complain. I hope others are doing the same if you can (I understand if you cant, it is the holidays and economic uncertainty still exists.)

Having said all that, I still dont believe the team is going anywhere for several reasons. 1) Gary Bettman- he put the team here so I would find it very difficult to believe he would let it move after the early success. Furthermore, the only times he has advocated for potential relocation has been when there has been an arena issue (such as with Long Island). That is not the case here. 2) The bumbling ASG group is another reason. If they sold the Thrashers to a group that moved them, they would lose all the arena lease revenue. That in turn would make the Philips Arena deal a disaster for them. Their absolute preference would be to divest in the ownership of the Thrashers, shed themselves of the P&L loss and make it a revenue center only in terms the arena lease/parking/concessions.

World Be Free

December 7th, 2010
9:15 pm

I think we have all beat the “what’s wrong with management” drum for a long time. I cannot change the last 10 years, I can’t argue (nor will I) with some of things that have been stated here or in so many previous blogs.

Unreal, whoever your real posting name may be, has provided 6 reasons why people don’t show up.
Braves’ fans in Atlanta (including ME) had similar gripes starting last season. We put up with the absentee owners, an idiot GM and still came back when the team showed up and played good ball. Back at the ranch, some of our Thrasher fans continue to lean on the past (11 bad years of Hockey) as a reason not to support this team-makes little or no sense to NOT support a team as good as this one is. Miss out on a well-coached and well managed team just cuz you are still sore about the past, whether it be Don, MARTA or the location of the Bulb. Pretty silly and pathetic.

AtlFlamesFan

December 7th, 2010
9:45 pm

Earlier this morning, I was convinced that leaving Atlanta was pretty close. The Daly-Winnipeg interview was of primary concern. Since that time, I have heard that he has backed away from these comments (at least it appears to not be as imminent as may have been believed). This makes sense; maybe Daly was dressed down by Bettmen, who I firmly believe, will not let this team leave unless he believes that there is not chance for success.

That said, I still think the “Major League” scenario may very well be in place.

One final note on the Philips naming rights agreement. Yes, the agreement requires both an NHL and NBA team, I believe for $5m/year. However, I can easily see Philips allow for the Thrashers leave for a reduced amount of maybe $3m/year.

ThrashDawg

December 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

And I thought JoeFriday was gearing me up for a reaming by Brendan about the fact that the 3 OT losses were technically losses and that the team is really only 2 games over .500. I guess I just like the sound of 5 games over .500 better. Thanks for playing along Brendan.

Hockey Biltong

December 7th, 2010
9:54 pm

+1^
go Thrashers

Hockey Biltong

December 7th, 2010
9:55 pm

jimbo

December 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

Levenson and The Teflon One should have to watch all the tapes of atrocious hockey that they threw at us as a quality product for so many years and then have the nerve to tell us that we should immediately rush back. Instead, they should be carrying each one of us back in comfort whispering “mia culpas” all the way. In spite of all of their rhetoric, we will support this hustling band of good athletes and the Phil will start to fill as we continue to win. Way to go guys keep it up.

Sage of Bluesland

December 7th, 2010
10:27 pm

The fish and others have it absolutely correct. Not a single one of my dollars will go into Don Waddell’s pocket. Period. End-of.

That is MY condition–which is not negotiable. I have frittered away enough of my money to last a lifetime…and to have him sniveling about anything related to fan support is nothing more than an insult to my intelligence; to my very being as a fan.

TV works just fine for me…It’s such a shame, to be saddled with such inept ownership…But, it is what it is…Maybe Don will make another of his playoff “guarantees”?

Tom Lysiak

December 7th, 2010
10:39 pm

Back in the mid 70’s, a friend at work kept talking about the Flames and I decided to catch a game with him. It didn’t take long to catch the bug. I was born here. I had never followed hockey and certainly never played. I learned the rules and nuances of the game and have loved it ever since.

When the Knights started playing at The Omni, I introduced my kids to the sport which they still love today. My son lives in another state now and we took him and his girlfriend opening night this year. It was her first NHL game and she was HOOKED. She went home and ordered some Thrashers gear the next week.

The point is, take your friends and co-workers to a game. Once they see it live and understand the basics, most people love the action. My old friend at work created a hockey nut and I passed it on to my family and some friends. Not growing up with hockey does not mean you can’t cherish it.

I’ve written here before how devastating it was to watch the Flames move to Calgary. The thought of this team leaving, especially now that they are playing as a team, makes me sick. I do not believe Bettman will allow this team to leave a market this size, until he has exhausted every option. He invested a lot of time and effort into Phoenix and Tampa recently and I believe he will continue that precedent here. Still, we need hockey fan’s butts filling seats at Philips. These guys have no control over who owns the team and who used to run the team. This is now, this is them, and this team deserves your support. If you can’t get over the past, we’ll gladly move on without you. Hopefully, just not to another city.

Jason

December 7th, 2010
11:50 pm

At the end of the 2003-04 NFL season, I made a decision to drop my Atlanta Falcons season tickets and buy Atlanta Thrashers season tickets. Financially, this wasn’t a smart move since the hockey tickets were much more expensive. The poor decision was compounded with the fact that the Falcons made the NFC Championship game the next season, and there wasn’t an NHL game played in Atlanta due to the lockout.

So my first season as a Thrashers season ticket holder was 2005-06. During that time, I’ve seen the team do spectacularly, both in a positive and negative manner. I was there when Kovalchuk pointed at Crosby. I was there when we were down big to Brodeur and the Devils and managed to come back. I was there when the crowd during the Jersey Off Our Back promotion kept chanting “Lets Go Thrashers!” to try and urge the team on to the playoffs, even though the Caps would ruin that hope two nights later.

I was there for the birth of the Hossa chant. I was there for the shootout the night after we clinched the playoff berth when we went to a shootout with Tampa Bay – and in hindsight, I wonder if we had lost and ended up with Tampa in the playoffs instead of New York, how different things would be.

I was there for the horrid start the next season. I forced myself to sit through the era of Waddell as head coach. As bad as things were, I was there for the John Anderson days as well.

I was there when the value of my season tickets was undercut greatly. I was there when they had two concession stands in the upper deck open on a night Pittsburgh came into town and 16,000+ were in the stands. I was there the countless nights there wasn’t an usher for my section. I’ve been there for as many games as my job would allow this year.

As a fan, there’s been countless times I’ve felt screwed over by this franchise. But I keep coming back. And I keep having a group night every season where I bring a ton of co-workers. I keep giving away bonus tickets to friends to get as many people there that I know as I can.

I’ll be there Friday, even though the owners won’t be. I’m still foolish enough to give my money to Bruce and the Boys. Because the fact of the matter is, ever since the announcement was made in 1997, I’ve always looked at the Atlanta Thrashers as my team. On top of all that, I’ve got a team I can be proud of again to call my own.

So to heck with the owners. To heck with Waddell. I’m going to be there every night humanly possible because those guys in the blue jerseys with Atlanta down the left sleeve deserve all the support I can give them.

/wandering rant

R. Stroz

December 8th, 2010
12:30 am

As a person who posts on this blog and has been nominated for blog post of the year for a variety of comments, I’d like to nominate Jason’s post for blog comment of the year.

Jason, I was present for ALL of the same moments listed above. Absolutely great post.

Thrashers27

December 8th, 2010
2:05 am

I’ll second that nomination, Stroz. Jason, I’m with you. Fantastic sentiment!!!!

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
7:40 am

I third the nomination. I never bought a ticket to a sporting event to see the owner or GM, even though Punch Imlach was IN HIS SEAT at every Sabres’ game in full view of every fan.

Today, Dudley is the GM and Craig Ramsay is the head coach. Their work is clear and present at the quarter post, evident by the play of this team. I just hope the good play continues. Sage and the Sagettes can stay home and sulk. “Not one dollar”-please

Zoomo

December 8th, 2010
7:51 am

Nice rant, Jason. Sums it up for a lot of us. I was their for the inaugural game and I’ll be there Friday. Why? Because I love to watch hockey and support the team. Simple really. baaaaah baaaaaah

AtlFlamesFan

December 8th, 2010
7:55 am

My mother always said, “Don’t cut of your nose to spite your face.” It applies here. Boycotting the Thrashers to spite the ASG plays into their evil plans: selling off the asset for Canadian dollars. If you want to really stick it to ASG, then fill up the building!

JT from Columbus

December 8th, 2010
8:08 am

I think the best way to show a potential new owner that is money is well spent is to get as many people as possible to games. I live two hrs away and still try to get to a handful of games per year.

jimbo

December 8th, 2010
8:09 am

Jason- Good post. If anyone can recreate yesterday, let me know I want to block out a few past black days. Since I can’t, I’m movin on and am expectantly looking forward to being there Friday to support MY TEAM -THE ATLANTA THRASHERS. I’ve been through the ups and downs of many teams over the years- Bruins, Sox, Wings, Tigers. Change the characters a bit and the stories are similar. Team to live for today. No more posts from me about the TEFLON ONE. Hit the ice hustling on Friday guys. I’ll be in Sec. 109 to support ya.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
8:11 am

If you are a hockey fan you go to the games.

Flames

December 8th, 2010
8:14 am

Jason- That was one hell of a post. I’m couldn’t agree with you more! I will do my part and not miss a game this year. How about the rest of you?

hockeymom92

December 8th, 2010
8:27 am

Would love to have the funds to attend even 1 game this year, but until I find a job (lost mine in October) am going to have to be content watching Thrash on TV. Bummer, especially given how well we are doing and how much fun it is to be there in person. I do get some good live hockey at the son’s games. They actually crushed the 18U Preds last weekend in 2 games – it was great hockey.

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

—> LOOK HERE <---

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!

Alan R.

December 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Love the rant, Smoothie! Especially the bit about our “flagship station.” Some sports radio channel that is.

English Teacher

December 8th, 2010
3:13 pm

Great article, Rawhide. I felt the same way when I finally got to turn the game on and found them down by two; I knew they were going to battle back.

Got my tickets and my t-shirts! See you Friday!

kracker

December 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

hockeymom92: Go here…err below, for two free Thrashers tix if you donate a Toy Drive toy gift at any of nine listed Kia Motors locations. Hope you can make it!

http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=66222&navid=DL|ATL|home

Cornbread

December 8th, 2010
3:16 pm

Red Light, good stuff thanks for the link.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

Smoothie, Dennis Miller would be proud

Jason

December 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

First, thanks to everyone for their kind words about my post of late last night. It didn’t feel like it was a “BCotY” Nominee when I was writing it, but I guess when you write from the heart, it never does.

Second, a high school kid thinking a college football coach resigning is a “big problem” warrants the “Breaking News” banner on every page of AJC.com? Really? Hate to see what happens if actual news ever breaks.

Third….um….don’t really have a third other than Go Thrashers!

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
3:53 pm

Jason – nice name by the way! :-) I too appreciate the heartfelt sentiments you expressed in your post, was that your first time chiming in? If so, one helluva an introduction! If I ever see / meet you at a game, I’ll gladly buy you a beer so we can toast to SOB, Stendek and PnS, our friends of misery! LOL

Thanks for the support on the rant…glad y’all liked it! Now it’s time to formulate some less impassioned, but still passionate, thoughts for my next blog at another site. I don’t want to be a real blog ‘ho and start cross-promoting without Bill’s blessing as I’m certainly not trying to steal his audience…not that I have anything to worry about. But if you follow me on twitter, you know what I mean! :cool:

Party on Thrashers’ fans! And see you at tha Bulb babeeee!

Alan R.

December 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Hate to see what happens if actual news ever breaks.

That’s what super glue is for.

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Oh dear heavens what is going on with the ajc.com servers today? Is Urban Creyer bringing down the house?? :roll:

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
4:01 pm

Trix, I’m stuck in the filter again. I’ll be sure to add you to my list of friends who receive bourbon balls from Kentucky!! Thanks in advance.

DWTOO — speaking of balls, yes, I am quite thankful for my strategically placed beer as I couldn’t see that Weber had whipped the puck around the glass out of frustration since I was looking thru the camera lense. Phew!! Certainly was a very opportune event and I tried to take full advantage

Riceowls

December 8th, 2010
4:08 pm

There are $80 million reason why the Thrashers won’t relocate. Its called the $10 million/year ASG gets for naming rights. No Thrashers, no deal. (According to ESPN, $9.3 million thru 2019)

Plus, I doubt ASG is losing money. Why? They own the rental rights to Phillips. They pay themselves to play there. Also, the court battle is over who gets to buy the other out. If they were losing money it would be over forcing the other side to buy them out.

Any story that doesn’t address these issues is half-baked.

EA

December 8th, 2010
4:25 pm

Relocation or not, our attendance looks horrible on TV. If only those commentators would recognize the reason for the fan loss, it might help. I really hope that we are on the upswing for good and better attendance follows.

Dandylions

December 8th, 2010
4:28 pm

Is it Friday yet?

ben

December 8th, 2010
4:36 pm

personally, I feel that this is a top-8 team. Attendance is not one of the things I have been charged w/ caring about, so I try not to. I feel that this team will move . . . to a better locale . . . in Atlanta. Winning and new cash are the cure not Canada.

10 horrible years of losing

December 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Winning cures ills but not for Hawks but will for TRASH
Why?
The NBA is boring, it’s that simple.
The hawks should move

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
5:06 pm

As we pointed out several weeks ago, and echoed by ThrasherTim yesterday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com just Tweeted the following observation…

“The Leafs are 7-2-1 when Colby Armstrong is in the lineup and 3-10-3 when he doesn’t play. Coincidence?”

BTW, did anyone think that Weber’s check on Bergfors (?) Monday night should have been a boarding call? I have not seen the replay but didn’t think so at the time. Help!

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
5:10 pm

R/L – the only thing that matters is it was CALLED a penalty and we took full advantage of it and tied the game. We’ve had so many calls not get whistled in our favor (as well as vice versa) so you take the good with the bad. Why do you ask? Doing a story about questionable hits and such?

Tom Lysiak

December 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

I’m not sure the players know what is boarding and what isn’t any more. Most players appear tentative approaching a player along the boards to me now.

iamtheratio

December 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

@Rawhide: I might actually be able to go Friday night now, I’m going to try to get a few friends together and call your rep. Hope to see you there if everything works out!

Cornbread

December 8th, 2010
5:45 pm

RL, I believe there was a replay of the hit from a different angle than originally aired live which I too thought may have been questionable. Form that angle it looked like Bergy was hit from behind face first into the boards. One of those that could have gone either way.

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
6:48 pm

Thanks guys. Just interested, not trying to make an issue of it, but from my angle, which was across ice, it looked like a decent hit. I thought because Weber was so much bigger than Bergy that the force of the hit caused it to look worse than it actually was.

Have fun on Friday night everyone, sorry I can’t make it. But, I hope Section 204, and elsewhere, has a great time!

rob

December 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Got a call in for your deal Rawhide, waiting on the call back. Last game I was at was actually the Thrashers last home loss. The Thrashers record this year when I attended is 2-1. Hope it continues to be winning record and we win Friday! Don’t care about the ownership idiots running this team. I care about hockey. So while they are here I will attend games and cheer til I am hoarse. Gonna bring the kids to see as many as possible as they are hooked on the game too, and gonna try to bring as many friends as I can too. How about getting some shirts made up that say “In spite of all you do to the Thrashers ASG, WE ARE WINNING!” Or hand held signs saying, “trading waddell will bring all the fans back” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

goose

December 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

For People who say tickets are too high for them to go- Don’t forget about the scalpers. Their tickets are cheap and they are good seats. Two club tickets for $30-40 dollars is a great deal. Some of these guys even have business cards to so you can call before you go down there and see what tickets they have.

SGT. Stryker - USMC

December 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

Do your part and take one of these rednecks….sorry i mean southern folk… to their first hockey game. I’ve done it at least 20 times over the years and i’m taking a fine lil gal to her first one Friday night.

SGT. Stryker – USMC ( better not remake Sands of Iwo Jima too you bums !!! )

SGT. Stryker - USMC

December 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

Alan: Do you still feel Pavelec needs to drag his shrink around with him to the games the way Smoltzy used to do ?

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
8:38 pm

iamtheratio & rob – Great….look forward to seeing ya both there. Karin should get back with ya in the morning.

hockeymom92

December 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

Kracker – thanks a bunch for the link. Donating a toy or two is an great idea even without the tickets – those are a nice bonus! :)

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
10:02 pm

OK gang…we’re in the middle of a few days off between games. So what do ya say we take our annual trip down to the Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center and see about picking out a Western Conference team?

R. Stroz

December 10th, 2010
3:39 pm