Thrash… buddy. Why’d ya do it?

Last Friday night as I watched the Thrashers take on the Colorado Avalanche, I received a text message from my buddy Thrash. His message read, “Hey Rawhide. Where you at? I have something for you”.

I responded that I was with the Rawhide’s Rowdies in section 204 and that I’d be looking for him. Moments later, Thrash came bounding up the steps with his entourage in tow and he was carrying a covered plate. When he reached the row I was sitting in…he handed the dish over to me.

When I uncovered it, I discovered his gift to me was…a plate of chicken wings.

Although I was thrilled to have the Atlanta Thrashers mascot present me with such a delicious, tasty meal, I did find it odd that a bird was serving up…well, another bird. Yes, very nice of him, but also very…well, creepy.

 As I devoured the plate of wings Thrash had delivered to me, I had no idea what was troubling the Thrashers beloved mascot. Poor Thrash…if I had only known (photo by The Divine Mrs. R)

As I devoured the plate of wings Thrash had delivered to me, I had no idea what was troubling the Thrashers beloved mascot. Poor Thrash…if I had only known how troubled he was (photo by The Divine Mrs. R)

As this week has proceeded, I noticed some other strange activities coming from my feathered friend. Tweets from Thrash saying things like “should I do it?” and “I’m taking a risk but unsure how far I can go. When it’s all said & done you & I both will know! Long day ahead”…reports that he would pace up and down the bleachers at the Thrashers Practice Facility in Duluth…being respectful to fans of visiting teams…actually cleaning out his nest!.

No, none of these activities were normal at all for Thrash.

And today, we find out that Thrash was nabbed by Gwinnett County PD speeding down the highway at 5…maybe 6…miles per hour on a stolen Zamboni. This is disturbing and shocking, to say the least. Oh if I had only known that his visit last Friday night with a plate-o-wings was just his way of looking for some attention…his sad, pathetic, warped, demented way of crying out for help!

His issue? Well, it seems he has been distraught over the fact that Atlanta sports fans have still not seemed to have gotten the message of how well this Thrashers team has been playing and wanted to draw attention to them by way of this outlandish stunt.

Later in the day, Thrashers reporter Shea Allen informed the concerned citizens of Thrasherville that Thrash had gone before the judge and was found guilty of Grand Theft Zamboni…an offense that could have caused the bird to fry in the chair. Or frying pan…I’m really not up to speed on my criminal law.

However, Thrash will, instead remain in the Gwinnett County jail until 5,000 addition seats have been sold for the remaining home games in the month of December. In an official statement, Atlanta Thrashers SVP & CSO Tracy White said, “While the Thrashers organization doesn’t condone the illegal actions taken by Thrash, we do support his motives and hope the citizens of greater Atlanta will wake up and support the team”.

“We find the judge’s ruling fair and will do anything in our power to assist in meeting the stipulations for release”.

To that measure, the Thrashers organization has announced two ways in which you can help free Thrash.

The first is to make a $50, $100 and $250 ticket package donation. Tickets to games will be offered in return.

You may also purchase individual tickets to any of the remaining home games:

Thrash assumes the position after being apprehended by Gwinnett's finest (photo/Thrashers website)

Thrash assumes the position after being apprehended by Gwinnett's finest (photo/Thrashers website)

Thursday December 16 vs. Carolina

Saturday December 18 vs. New Jersey

Tuesday December 21 vs. St. Louis

Sunday December 26 vs. Tampa Bay

Thursday December 30 vs. Boston

I’ve known Thrashers for several years. And though he’s been known to do some crazy things during a Thrashers game, he’s a good bird really. As one of his neighbors told me, “Thrash is kind of quiet at home, keeps to himself. I would have never known he was capable of just…just…just snapping this way”.

All I can say about my friend Thrash is that I hope this entire sticky matter can be put behind him soon and that we see him back at Philips Arena soon. In the mean time…I’m heading to the Gwinnett lockup to pay my buddy a visit and I hope I can get a special care package into him.

By the way…anybody out there know how I might be able to conceal a file inside of a plate of seeds and worms?

113 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

December 15th, 2010
3:44 pm

If the Thrashers had really wanted to make a funny commercial, when the police caught Thrash, they should have pulled his head off revealing Don Waddell with a “Buy Tickets” sign in his mouth.

puckhead

December 15th, 2010
4:00 pm

If Thrash doesn’t get out does Icebox the Penguin takeover?

kracker

December 15th, 2010
4:04 pm

Here, here! Well done Thrash!

Twisted Wrister

December 15th, 2010
4:04 pm

Too bad they didn’t arrest Sage.

Cornbread

December 15th, 2010
4:05 pm

OK Thrash I’ll do my part. I’ll be buying tickets for NJ and BOS.

cracked puckhead

December 15th, 2010
4:14 pm

It’s sad to ask this stupid question; but if the Thrashers do not sell the additional tickets and announce a move to MapleLeafLand – will poor old Thrash be on deathrow or get a life sentence without parole? I’m just sayin’ Somebody had better call Dog the Bounty Hunter and bail Thrash out of jail before the trucks load up and move to Canadaaaaaa….

J(Z)

December 15th, 2010
4:16 pm

I literally “LOL”‘d R. Stroz!!!!

Before I begin my rant, let me say that I go to probably 90% of the home games.

As much as like the idea of getting more people into BLUELAND!!! I still don’t like that they say we need to wake up. We’ve had a great run of 12 games. 12 games!!!! Does 12 games overshadow 10 years of crap? I don’t know.

J(Z)

December 15th, 2010
4:17 pm

Oh and for the New Jersey Kovaljoke game…instead of booing him everytime he touches the puck, lets all just laugh. I think that’d be GREAT!

Zoomo

December 15th, 2010
4:19 pm

Who’s the handsome guy over your right shoulder?

Tancred

December 15th, 2010
4:19 pm

I went to a Thrashers game their first season. Thrash, whoevever he is, hassled me in the stands after I showed enthusiasm for a goal of the opposing team. I really did not appeciate him making me the center of attention; I felt like socking him in the beak.

Why do the Thrashers even need a mascot? Is Phillips Arena just another Chuck – E – Cheese??

In additon, the Thrashers’ logo on their uniforms is very disrespectful of actual Brown Thrashers, looking more like a falcon than a a Thrasher.

Smoothie

December 15th, 2010
4:21 pm

“Buf is en fuego, I want him loose in the zone, behind their net, in front of their net, in their net. I want a blowout. This is a different Thrasher club, you can take historical stats and take note of them as this current club puts them to the wayside . . . this ain’t your father’s Thrashers . . .”

PREACH IT BROTHA FRIDAY!!! AMEN!! PRAISE RAMSAY!

h

December 15th, 2010
4:22 pm

I really hope Bergfors is back for that game so we can chant “BERGY’S BETTER” every time he touches the puck………or maybe we can just chant “-18, -18, -18″

Rawhide

December 15th, 2010
4:25 pm

Zoomo – That’s either Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew McConaughey or….you.

Hoof Arted

December 15th, 2010
4:31 pm

BlogMaster, where can I get a copy of Playbird magazine. Just for the articles, of course.

http://twitter.com/ajc_rawhide/status/15154732985229312

Smoothie

December 15th, 2010
4:40 pm

Stroz – twas hilarious indeed. That would have been sublime. It would’ve meant that DWad’s stunt was the perfect set-up! Alas…(shaking head in disgust).

Midfield

December 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

Speaking about Don. Would his image inside a police car sell a lot of tickets? Just asking…

GRITS and Pucks

December 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

Aww, poor Thrash taken in by the po-po. See if you can sneak a key in for him instead – I want to see Thrash heckle Kovalchuck Saturday night!

jimbo

December 15th, 2010
5:00 pm

Clever, clever stuff. They need to do a lot more of it to simply call attention to hockey here. With only one Zamboni (one was impounded) will that lengthen the time between periods. I sure hope so given the lines at some of the concessions. Get Thrash out. Go Thrash.

ThrasherTim

December 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

R_Stroz…I too LOL’ed.

By the way, I will help Thrash out as I just got a get out of jail card myself to get down to Philips for Thursday’s game against the Canes. One quick call to the Karin hotline and I am sitting in section 205! Go Thrash!

Smoothie

December 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

Now here’s some funny marketing featuring Cam Ward of the Canes. Appealing to locals’ sensibilities and love of tail-gating. Duh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dZsGnKm7Yo&feature=player_embedded

kracker

December 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

A little ESPN press about our fave caged Bird:

AtlThrashers Positive press is always appreciated. RT @ESPN_NHL: One helluva good PR stunt, from the NHL’s Thrashers – http://es.pn/fGXhEC

Jason

December 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

Six years and that dumb bird still hasn’t shot me a t-shirt. He can rot in there for all I care….

kracker

December 15th, 2010
5:34 pm

glovesave29

December 15th, 2010
5:41 pm

Have DW hold up a sign during tonights telecast -

“10 consecutive sellouts = my resignation”

THAT will sell tickets.

litz

December 15th, 2010
5:47 pm

“With only one Zamboni (one was impounded) will that lengthen the time between periods.”

Unfortunately, your lines are doomed to remain long … Thrash stole the IceForum’s Zamboni …

(hopefully not their only one, since they do need to clean the practice rink)

Brendan

December 15th, 2010
6:02 pm

No jury in the world would convict Thrash. I say we just issue him a writ of “boys will be boys.” And a case dismissed, with no harm, no foul, and no blemish against his record.

cousin Eddie

December 15th, 2010
6:10 pm

Sounds like they need the Zamboni on the metro roads this evening. Accidents happening everywhere. I think I’ll stay put in my RV and watch the game.

Tom

December 15th, 2010
6:14 pm

Stroz, you are the man. That 1st post on the thread is making me clean some of my dinner off of the screen.

The Thrasher’s management has been like a cheating spouse to many past season ticket holders. We want to trust them again, but we will not be racing off to fall for gimmicks. A heartfelt apology will work much better.

That being said we will be at the Devils game Saturday night.

kracker

December 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

I don’t know, Brendan. That Duluth Ice Forum mechanic looked plenty worried about getting his zamboni back and in good condition. That security camera footage is pretty damning evidence. Anyway, the the Honorable Buford T. Justice has already ruled from the bench and parked Thrash’s feathered behind in the county jail until those 5000 tickets are sold. Free Thrash!!

PT Barnum

December 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

You’ve got a better chance of selling 5,000 pounds of elephant dung than 5,000 tickets to a Thrashers game with this ploy. Should have tried a bearded lady!

kracker

December 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

hmmm…wonder how many elephants it takes to squeeze out 2.5 tons of elephant doo?

Stuck in NJ

December 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

Actually, as funny as Stroz’s comment was, the comment about D Wad being in the back of a police car was funnier.

Rightshot

December 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

I just want to see Thrash’s mug shot.

kracker

December 15th, 2010
8:17 pm

hehehe…good comment, RIghtshot. Me, too.

Tom

December 15th, 2010
8:20 pm

So far so good. A sloppy period but thanks to Pev’s shorty, 1-0. It easily could have been 3-0 if Bogo’s point shot and Ladd’s miss of the open net had gone in.

Buzzeng

December 15th, 2010
8:32 pm

Glovesave29 has it! I was thinking a “Buy 5000 tickets, put DW in jail” promotion before I read his comment… should be fun to watch Thrasher fans trip over each other to get to the ticket windows. I’ll be down from NC for the St. Louis game with the Mrs. and a friend. GO THRASHERS!!!

Tom

December 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

Fire Waddell and we will buy 20,000 tickets. Heck, I will take a home equity loan to buy my share in that scenerio. Imagine a strong front office guy with Duds and Ramsey?

Hockey Biltong

December 15th, 2010
9:25 pm

DW in the dunk tank at the fair… he’d never have a dry moment….

R. Stroz

December 15th, 2010
9:26 pm

Well, it looks like Thrash got out of jail, found the zamboni, and covered the whole city in a sheet of ice.

Bruce "I Ran Off The Fans" Levensuck

December 15th, 2010
9:38 pm

Thrash, just deal with it.

Duds

December 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

Arrest waddell and throw away the key = more tickets sold

Johnson & Johnson

December 15th, 2010
9:58 pm

I think Thrash may want some Vaseline in his stocking for Christmas after spending time in jail, as his chimney will likely be quite sore from unwanted visitors with VD.

Tom

December 15th, 2010
10:19 pm

Johnson and Johnson, I thought they only stuffed turkeys this time of the year…

kracker

December 15th, 2010
10:44 pm

Did you guys have to get sleazy here? Not funny and definitely not wanted on this blog. Go elsewhere w/ youe sleaze.

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 15th, 2010
10:51 pm

PLLLAYYYY BERRGFORRS for freakin cryin out loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hoof Arted

December 15th, 2010
11:11 pm

I would have loved to have gotten that extra point tonight but I’ll take a 5 points in 3 games road trip anyday.

Wish I knew what the deal was with Bergfors. He would have been a better player out there than Modin in my opinion. Pavelec didn’t look bad in the shootout. Our guys just couldn’t score one for him.

GO THRASHERS! CREAM THE ‘CANES!

kracker

December 15th, 2010
11:24 pm

I don’t get it on Bergy being out again. It may be, like has been reported, that Rammer doesn’t put you back in until the team loses. He has said in the past at least twice that getting back in the lineup won’t be easy or automatic and you better be ready to play when you do get back in. If so, Bergfors should really be revved up and ready to go.

Or, it may be as has been speculated and there is a trade in the works. However, I figure it is just like coach says: You play hard or you don’t play.

Brendan

December 15th, 2010
11:37 pm

If the Thrashers had the gumption to run an ad campaign, “You sellout Philips Arena, we’ll fire Waddell at the conclusion of the game,” they’d have to lift the curtain and sell standing room only seats to save Waddell’s hide. And even then, I think his goose is cooked. I don’t care if capacity is 18,545. We’d have 21,500 huddled together at Philips Arena, like immigrants headed into Ellis Island, 60 years ago.

Did you see … our old pal, Pavel Kubina, got an assist. Good for him.

Brendan

December 15th, 2010
11:58 pm

Re: Thrash, I think there’s a half dozen Defense Attornies in the metro area who’d just love to take this case apart before a jury. Positive ID, Pfft! Conclusive DNA?? Since when has that convicted anyone?? And that video was totally doctored up. It’s completely circumstantial evidence. The prosecution’s case has no hard evidence. Its case is replete with hearsay, conjecture, and idle speculation. Well, I suppose those are kiiiinds of evidence.

I think Thrash should sue the pants off those Gwinnett PD officers, then have the court order an examination of their finances, to have them explain their lavish lifestyles, with a paid salary that simply cannot support that kind of lifestyle. And how many others … have the Gwinnett PD unjustly hustled, swindled, and horswoggled in the form of “T-stop” violations. It’s just gov’t backed bullying tactics, designed to confiscate more of your hard earned money. Pure and simple. Those officers probably took a knight stick to the zamboni’s tail light, too, citing yet another violation, to add to their trumped up charges. When is this “police state” going to be clamped down? I’m calling for a full investigation of all the arresting officers. Since when is it a crime to go five, maybe six miles per hour, when there is no posted “minimum speed limit” sign? Ladies and gentlemen, this is an open and shut case of gov’t overstepping its bounds, abusing its authority, and trampling the civil rights of one of Blueland’s most upstanding citizens. If anything, the Gwinnett Po-Po should have to buy up those seats with their slush funds and kickbacks.

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
12:05 am

Brendan – I think Thrash was definitly a victim of profiling. Those cops were clearly instructed to pull over any and every bird driving a Zamboni.

There will certainly be an investigation into this obvious miscarriage of justice. Of this I am certain.