‘Twas the day before the night before Christmas in Thrasherville

Thursday afternoon as I was meandering about the mall with my two tax exemptions, I happened upon the center court area where Santa Claus was holding audience for all the little crumb-crunchers of Thrasherville. You know the routine…mommies, daddies, grandmas and grandpas dress up the little tykes in their finest then go stand in line for hours so that their Christmas wish lists might be delivered properly.

Now, I had already completed my holiday shopping and was just killing some time while my boys snooped around the video game store. However, I found myself there watching jolly old Saint Nick go about his duties. His eyes, how they twinkled…his dimples, how merry. But I couldn’t help but notice he still dresses like…Don Cherry.

And while I stood there observing the annual holiday ritual take place, into my head popped just what it was exactly that I really, really…I mean REALLY…wanted for Christmas this year. Therefore, I decided to pay the old bearded man a visit.

Now, it had been a while since Santa and I had had a face-to-face…two, maybe three years at least. But what was working in my noggin just wouldn’t wait for me to get home and e-mail this to him. Besides…the big day is tomorrow and I knew that today he’d be back at the North Pole juicing up his reindeer with cases of Red Bull to pull an all-nighter. So I figured I’d better get to him while the gettin’ was good.

The problem was, however…the long, seemingly endless line of youngsters standing in wait for the guy I needed to speak to. Why, it would take all afternoon just waiting here. But just as quick as could be, into my head popped a scheme that would make even old Mr. Grinch grin from ear to ear.

I took my place in the back of the line…standing patiently, of course…and then after a few minutes I looked down at the little girl in front of me and said, “Hey, did you see that kid down there at the other end of the mall…the one with the funny looking haircut? I belive it was that Justin Bieber kid, and he’s handing out free tickets to his concert downtown tonight. It’s a sort of publicity stunt I think”.

“Really?”, she replied in a soft, sweet voice. “No, I didn’t see him”.

“Why, you’d better get your daddy to take you down there right now, little Cindy Lou, if you wish to see the show…supplies are limited and he’s not gonna hang around all day, ya know”.

Dad looked over at me skeptically.

“Yeah”, I whispered to him. “And some Thrashers Blue Crew gals are down there with the popular teen. They’re really a friendly bunch, if you know what I mean”.


And just like that, off they did go…mom following closely, not knowing why her family had bolted so.


Then on to the next kid…then the next…and the next…

It was either Justin Bieber tickets…or an Elmo that was being given away…or a free racecar set…or a new X Box 360, maybe a Wii. They each shot out of the line with such joy and glee.

Down the halls the kids ran raising such a clatter, that the mall cops came ‘round to see what was the matter. Then, to the front of the line I flew like a flash, to tell the old man about what I wanted in my Christmas morning stash. And before his little elf helpers could figure out just how I up front crept…I was all the way up to Santa and upon his lap I lept.

“Oooof”, the old man grunted with pain. “Why, what are you kid, 210 pounds…220”?

“195, thank you…but that’s none of your business”, I quipped. “Now look. I don’t have a lot of time here, see. Pretty soon there’s going to be a pack of peeved off little kids and their parents heading back this way. So let’s get down to business”.

Santa’s eyes found mine…”Rawhide, is that you”?

“Very good, Sherlock Holmes, it is me. Now listen up tubby, I’m gonna make this real simple for ya, see. I want one thing for Christmas…and one thing only. What I want is…”

“You want the Thrashers to go to the playoffs. Just like every year. Yes, yes…I know”.

“No, no, no you sick, bearded freak”, I shot back. “I know I’ve asked for that every year. But you’ve never come through on that yet”.

“But what about Christmas of ‘06”, he replied. “Didn’t I make you happy later that spring”?

“Yeah, yeah, yeah…and it came with a four game sweep by the Rangers. Thanks a pant-load”!

He then asked, “So, what is it you’re requesting of me now?”

“Simple”, I said while pulling his beard to bring his face nose to nose with mine. “See, it’s like this. These Thrashers are doing just fine..without your help I might add. I figure they’ll make it to the postseason on their own, thank you very much anyway. No…what I want from you is this…I want Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien to sign a contract extension, that is the only wish on my list”.

“Oh”, Santa sarcastically replied with eyes rolling. “Is that ALL you want. Well, I’ll just get my best elves on that one right away”.

“Look buster”, I said, trying to keep my voice to a reasonable level. “I’m not playin’ around here. I haven’t made one request, not one single request, for years now. But I want this…and I’d like for this to happen before you take the lovely Mrs. Claus out for Valentine’s Day, got it”?

“Well, I don’t know…that’s a pretty tall order Rawhide. I don’t know if…”

“Look”, I snapped back. “I didn’t want to have to play dirty here. But if I have to, I can make things pretty tough on you. I do have…ahem…certain measures at the ready to persuade you to cooperate, if you know what I mean”.

“Oh no”, Santa responded with a slight tremble in his voice. “If you’re talking about that little misunderstanding with the Swedish elf twins, I can explain. See, I only use that hot tub to help with my arthritis… and those photos were clearly doctored. Goodness, if any of this ever leaked out to the press…”

“No, no, no fat boy”, I said, cutting him off. “See, I’m in pretty good with Thrash. And you know he’s spent a little time in the Gwinnett Big House. Yeah well, he made some friends while he was in the lock up…friends that you don’t want to have to meet coming out of a dark chimney. I mean, it’d be just awful if anything were to happen to Rudolph and…wait, what… Swedish elf twins”?

“Yes”, he explained. “They’re foreign exchange student elves”.

Santa then snapped back to the matter at hand, “Ah, my reindeer…You wouldn’t…”

“Yeah, I would”, I said, poking him in the chest. “Faster than you can say ‘reindeer sausage’. Like I was saying, it’d be a cryin’ shame if anything ever accidentally happen to Rudy and the rest of your flying reindeer circus. So, see to it this Ladd and Buff signing happens…see that you do”.

Santa slumped back into his plush, regal seat. He knew I meant business and I continued to turn up the heat.

Yes, I had been rough on the old geezer, but this was business…strictly business. And I knew he understood that. Besides…we’re talkin’ signing Ladd and Buff to contract extensions. This isn’t just for me, it’s for all of Thrasherville. And we don’t merely want this… we neeeeeeeeeeed this. And we need it now.

So I hopped down and made my way from Santa’s winter wonderland made of cotton balls and felt. But as I began to leave, I remember one more thing, some info for him to keep under his belt.

“Hey Santa”, I called out.

“Yes”, he responded, his eyes glazed over and staring blankly into the distance…or into Victoria’s Secret. I couldn’t tell.

“Look, uh…speaking of Thrash…”

“Yes, Rawhide”?

“So ahhhhh…just don’t leave your sleigh, you know, unattended. You heard about the whole Zamboni incident, didn’t ya”?

“Yes, yes…I know. I’ve got three elves guarding it”.

Then, as I turned to leave, I thought I heard him mumble something about a lump of coal and shards of glass for a certain bad boy’s stocking. That’s pretty brutal…glad he wasn’t talking about me.

61 comments Add your comment


December 24th, 2010
7:37 am



December 24th, 2010
8:07 am

Nice read Bill, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! See ya in January!!

R. Stroz

December 24th, 2010
8:13 am

Rawhide – You should have asked for a contract extension for Ladd and Buff.


Copyright Infringer

December 24th, 2010
8:39 am

‘Twas the Night before Christmas, and all through the Bulb, there was no grinning, no winning, or even “post-game spinning.” ‘Twere no facts to be blurred. No Gearons, no Turners, no Seydells, not even a Pescowitz stirred. But up high in the gondolas sat a pair with glue, a Waddell and a Levenson, sat plotting, “Boo!” One an owner, the other a treasurer, too bad neither one is a Thrasher fan pleasurer. They sat and they cackled. They grinned and back trackled. “We need a stunt, if you please.” “Perhaps, Thrash is the cheese!” There they sat, a couple of Dolts. But what they need most is a win versus the Bolts! For wins put fannies in seats, in a town where the fans prefer Falcon cleats. If only there was a way … to bring back their Trust. “A little late for that, Bruce,” said Waddell, wiping away dust. “We’ll field a team of minimum budget.” “Wayy ahead of ya,” said Waddell, “I’ve already done it.” And thus began their long night of planning. Where scouring the globe for cheap talent was spanning. In the morning, they got what they feared most. A lump of something from Nic Bergfors’ post(erior). Hard to say they didn’t have it coming, but … when the focus is on LEEDS certification, they’re more concerned with the plumbing.

GRITS and Pucks

December 24th, 2010
9:44 am

Bravo Rawhide – ever thought of writing children’s stories? I believe all of Blue Land can second the Christmas wish that you have asked for! Merry Christmas :-D


December 24th, 2010
9:50 am

I was hoping to get thur xmas without you using the word Thrasherville. Maybe in 2011. You can write aleast one blog without using that term. Thats all i want for xmas.

Sage of Bluesland

December 24th, 2010
10:21 am

An excellent submission, Copyright Infringer…Nice post by the blogger, as well (and always).

We’ll see what happens now that teams are getting their sea-legs beneath them and the pressure heats up….Some seem to forget that even in one of our early years (when Audette was with the team), we went on a November-December run that was nothing more than Fools-Gold (or, Smoothie-Gold, if you will).

In the end, it all starts at the very top. Drink the kool-aid at your peril–but, don’t worry, I’ll be there to remind you. A team with this ownership and with Don Waddell having anything to do with it is an organization destined to FAIL. Only in Atlanta would the buffoonish, blustering, idiot Don Waddell have a job after a decade of incompetence.

Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for the new year.

(Now where did I put that wittle spweadsheet?…Maybe we’ll get another one to laugh at for the new year?)

Spud Webb

December 24th, 2010
10:39 am

I’m pissed, heard Edwards call of that brawl last night. What a pansy.
Funny he didn’t call Lucic’s sucker punch?? Kane got a beating, but why is he blaming little for trying to fight savard, if concussion boy can’t take, he shouldnt be on the ice. Meyers hit was clean. I flipping hate boston, in every single sport. What a bunch of babies.
Nice that he ignored ference bleeding like a stuck pig. ahahhaaha BOSTON SUCKS. Looking forward to the next time we play them. Run Thorns and Bolton out and lets see if lucic does any of the crap he pulled. Man up, not sure what stuart was doing either, when lucic suckered meyer, he should’ve KNOCKED HIM out, had a clean shot, was looking at the refs though. Dude, it’s 4-1, 4 minutes left, who cares about the penalties at that point. You let a teammate get suckered. D&mmit…ok, going back to wrapping presents and turning my attitude around today!! ahaaaha
For real, Merry Christmas to all, I hope for a safe and joyfull holiday for everyone!

Hoof Arted

December 24th, 2010
10:46 am

Swedish elf twins?


Merry Christmas, Thrasherville!

R. Stroz

December 24th, 2010
11:25 am



December 24th, 2010
11:34 am

I want three things for Christmas right now.

1 – A five game win streak for the Thrashers (including a regulation win on Sunday against Tampon Bay.
2 – A five game losing streak for said opponent above.
3 – A five game losing streak for the Caps.

That is all. Merry Christmas to all of Thrasherville!


December 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

That’s all Nate?? You don’t want World Peace?

Big Momma

December 24th, 2010
12:27 pm

Since Rawhide asked for the Ladd & Buff extensions, my request from Santa is owner(s) that promise to leave the Thrashers in Atlanta for ever and ever.


December 24th, 2010
12:33 pm

Tom – Back at ya…

Dwayne – Thank you my friend and a very Merry Christmas to you too.

Rawhide – You should have asked for a contract extension for Ladd and Buff.

R. Stroz – Ummm, er….I thought I did.

Bravo Rawhide – ever thought of writing children’s stories?

GRITSandPucks – Thanks…but I don’t know if that’d really be a good idea. That is, unless you wanna give the little rug rats nightmares.

Spudster – Merry Christmas to you as well…

Nate – How about whirled peas :cool:

ellivrehsarht – Well, if that’s all it’ll take to make your Christmas Day complete, then I invite you to re-read my interview with Anthoney Stewart posted just a few days ago.

Uh-huh…you’re welcome :grin:

Sage – Thank you very much sir. Best to you and yours as well.

Since Rawhide asked for the Ladd & Buff extensions, my request from Santa is owner(s) that promise to leave the Thrashers in Atlanta for ever and ever.

Big Momma – Amen to that, sister…

Merry Christmas, Thrasherville!!! I’ll catch up with ya’ll Sunday!!


December 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

Afraid downward sprial has started. We were NOT good in either of the last two games.
Better be ready for TB Sunday, we lose that and we really fall.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Let’s hope for a Better last week of December !

Alan R.

December 24th, 2010
12:56 pm

Two games on the end of a difficult hump in the schedule, and it’s a “downward spiral?” Yeah, it looks bad, but everyone needs to remember that this isn’t something Waddell fished out of a bucket and threw at a wall. This is a different TEAM.


December 24th, 2010
1:19 pm

Hey, I’m glad you guys have all the XMas stuff to wish for. Me? Well, my Chanukah gift arrived as promised in the form of the Thrashers vaulting to the top of the SE division. The Caps are like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (”They Bleed!!!”) and we now know they can be beaten. If Tampa Bay continues to depend of Ellis and Smith for goaltending this season, then we know their weak spot as well.

So, RH and all the other members of Rawhide’s Rowdies, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Lilibeter and I have to get ready for our annual Chinese food dinner tomorrow night. :-)

buffs the stuff

December 24th, 2010
1:22 pm

Can anyone tell me the best way to get cheap tickets to Sunday’s game? Wanna take the nephew.

cousin Eddie

December 24th, 2010
1:24 pm

All I want for X-mas is a lump of coal in Milan Lucic’s and Jack(hide behind the microphone)Edwards’ stocking. Would really like to see Edwards do an interview with one of our players and said player then goes off on him.
Is it me or did it look like something wrong with Ramsay (health) last night? He looked as frail as a 90 year old. I hope nothing bad is going on, like what was stated before in the North Point article.

Also, everyone have a Merry Christmas!

Tom Lysiak

December 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

cousin Eddie – I noticed the same thing. I was a little alarmed when Stothers had to help him back up to the back of the bench when he had been standing down front talking to the refs. It looked like way more than giving a friend a hand to me. Hope everything is well with him!!!

Merry Christmas to all Thrasher fans!!!!


December 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Downward spiral talk…I dunno if I would call it that yet. For only about the second time in this franchise’s history I’m lookin’ at em with rosey colored glasses on. Yeah, I’m disappointed with not only the last two games, but their potency has been slipping a bit before this. Par for the course I guess, it’s an 82 game regular season ya know, lot’s of variables to consider and much we’ll never know. I’ll reserve pessimism at lest until another loss like last night.




December 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sorry, proofreading lacking today.


December 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

Buffs the Stuff – Try this link –>HERE<-- for deals on tickets to Sunday's game and Thursday's. Use promo code RAWHIDE.


December 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

Thanks Rawhide, I think I’m gonna take you up on that next Thursday.


December 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

Remember, in this wacky world of hockey, it’s not just the Caps we’re playing leapfrog with …

Look at the standings? It’s now a three way with the Lightning too …

Caps and Bolts are at 45pts, we’re at 43.

Makes that post xmas game w/the bolts even more important now.

Plus the grudge match against the Bruins.


December 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Mrs. Zoomo

December 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

Merry Christmas!


December 24th, 2010
2:34 pm

Rawhide, thanks for countless hours of enjoying reading your blog!

To you and all fellow bloggers;

God Jul och Gott Nytt år!!!


December 24th, 2010
2:41 pm

Razorneck, that’s the first good look I had at the shot Lucic gave Meyer. What a bunch of wieners! Eager needs to pound Lucic next week. Would have been so much more fun to see Buff, Boults, Eager, Thorbs and Slates on the ice during that frakas.

Thursday there needs to be an ice-whoopin!

Fan from Carolina

December 24th, 2010
3:30 pm

Razorneck13, thanks for the link. Interesting to watch the Bruins announcers take on it. Not a peep about the sucker punch.


December 24th, 2010
3:33 pm


Yeah the hit wa a little high, but having played both hockey and football, I know you can’t always guarantee perfect connections and that hit was within the reasonable limit of which it’s exceptable as it was legal. First of Lucic carrying the puck like that into Meyer…what did he expect? Second off, having said that it’s possible to blame Lucic for getting nailed a little too high as it is Meyer for checking him a little too high. Lucic got his clocked cleaned and it made him embarassed, that fighting was ego driven only. Had it been a little lower it would have been 100% perfection, but I betcha the Bruins woulda reacted the same. Bunch of meatheads.

If I were Rammer I’d be fuming, next Thursday’s pre-game activities for Slates, Thorbs, Boults, Kane, Buff, Eager, even Pevs (he’s no powder puff) would feature lotsa shadow boxing accompanied by thrash metal on 11. Think all of De Niro’s preparation scenes in Taxi Driver only more intense again amped up on 11. I’m telling you nothing would be better for this team’s confidence than to win that game.

Fan from Carolina

December 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

Everyone has short memories and there just is no need to panic. It was just 3 weeks ago on Dec 2 when Tampa Bay lost 8-1 to the Bruins up there. Who’s in 1st place?

Hockey Biltong

December 24th, 2010
4:01 pm

I saw Rammer being assisted as well. I hope he is ok…. Don’t need Torch taking over early…

Hockey Biltong

December 24th, 2010
4:02 pm

Bogo comes back rested and smacks Lucic….

Hockey Biltong

December 24th, 2010
4:03 pm

And Happy Holidays to all you spuds, even the ones with their panties in a wad….


December 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

edwards is the most one sided announcer in the league. thursdays gonn be gold.


December 24th, 2010
4:32 pm

Merry Christmas to Mr. Tiller and all my fellow bloggers. I can smell my Mother’s sweet breads bake as I type this. I hope you all are with kith and kin on this most joyous time of the year.

This team will be fine this season. Though I projected them to be bad, I do think that they will enter the playoffs in 2011. The last two games were a minor setback and not a larger trend. As to moving, the Candians and those who parrot the wishes of a select few of Canada’s 30,000,000 people will keep carping, but Le Thrash is here to stay. Though I do think it needs to move to were most of the afluent people in this city live.

Anywo, Merry Xmas

Manley in AFG

December 24th, 2010
4:46 pm

Saw the fracas on Sports Center over here and it looked like a pretty good row. Good to see the team standing up as a team as Ramsey said. How did the fights go? I kinda got the idea from above that Kaner got beat but Stewart got the best of Ference. I agree that if Savard can’t take the heat…
Maybe Coach just has the flu or something–not like he could call in sick. Anyway, I hope it is nothing more serious than that and he can enjoy his holiday before beating the Bolts.

Merry Christmas to all!


December 24th, 2010
5:00 pm

dwayne – you got me. Throw in some world peace if Santa still has some gifts in his bag and BigMomma’s wish of keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta forever and ever is a good call as well.

Manley in AFG

December 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

By the way, nice article on The Hockey News website about Buff and Toby. Trophy Watch has them 1 and 4 on the Norris Trophy watch list. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but TWO Thrashers blueliners even being talked about for the Norris seems surreal. Also, Pavs was third on the latest Vezina Watch, Rammer was fourth on the Jack Adams Watch, and Buff and Pavs were 6 and 7 on the Hart Watch. What universe am I in? Who Cares? Good times, good times.

Thrashy Thrashy

December 24th, 2010
6:26 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone.

May all of our Christmases bring as much joy and happiness to us as Kane’s one-punch KO of Matt Cooke brought to the hockey world.


December 24th, 2010
7:41 pm

Merry Christmas, Thrasher posters!


December 24th, 2010
11:48 pm

You know, Thrashy…your post made me realize something…instead of locking up with B. Little and whining about how the fight ended, Savard should have been seeking out Kane to thank him for knocking Cookie out.

I would love to see Kaner knock somebody else out. If that happens nobody will screw with him…either that, or he’ll have to take on all comers.


December 25th, 2010
12:03 am

What high hit ??? I saw the guy turn into it, nothing more, and horton DID NOT nail Kane, he hit his shoulder.

What are these WORTHLESS boston LYING announcers either Drinking OR Smoking during games ?????? jack edwards simply STINKS like a RAT ! He is without a DOUBT one of THE WORST announcers if Not the worst in the NHL. And that other FOOL with him is a big an Idiot
as I ever heard, What LIARS, I think we should ALL get on THE boston announcers next week and yell and cuss their worthless butts out, and MAKE IT HEARD on THE AIR !!!!!!!!!!!!!

The sucker punch IS SUSPENDABLE, what a CHEAP SHOT artist this loony lucic is a complete FRAUD of a hockey player. We should throw waffles at him… Hummmm.

But seriously we need to sign a couple minor league GOONS, play them with ONE objective, Kick any boston players A$$ !!!!!

And I would advise the fans going after the boston announcers in ANY WAY POSSIBLE, they deserve it 100%.

jack edwards, sign a waiver, I will too and I promise you I will send your SORRY A$$ to Grady
and you would not be in any position to announce the rest of the season !!! Show some guts PUNK !!! But we ALL know they will never do that, what a FAIR fight against anything from the bruins, would never happen. If you want edwards, just post here and I will meet you anywhere in Atlanta the day of the game and teach YOU a lesson you will NEVER FORGET , Hear that
you LYING FOOL ????

We need these next 6 points BAD and we need to punish all three teams this week really bad and take over first place where we deserve to be !

Sorry for the rant, but after watching the replay, it was as sick a play by play I have ever heard, and jack edwaeds is a Croward who will not Ever be a real man !!!!

Merry Christmas and again Bill, You have THE BEST Blog ever, Always on target and Honest and Truthful !!!!!!! Thanks !!!!!!

Alan R.

December 25th, 2010
12:49 am

Merry Christmas, friends!


December 25th, 2010
1:46 am

Merry Christmas!

Peace to you and yours :)


December 25th, 2010
9:01 am

Merry Christmas to all in Thrasherville and to all the ex WNYers. Even though the Thrash lost to the Bruins, I do believe they showed they can play any style. They held their own against the big bad Bruins. They were a tired bunch (9 games in 14 days including 3 back to backs) and they would not allow themselves to get pushed around.

Tom Lysiak

December 25th, 2010
10:11 am

The MOST ridiculous thing that idiot Edwards said was “Savard keeps wailing away….”. Savard threw one early right that did some serious damage to the thin air. Never came close to Little. I never saw him throw another punch. He was dancing and hanging on, as he should have been.

Almost as embarrassing thing that he said was “Lucic keeps banging away and down goes Meyer”. Never mind Lucic was just standing there tugging on Meyer while nobody in the shot was throwing a punch at all. And he hit him once. Keeps banging away huh?

Must think he was on radio, not TV. Worst homer announcer in the business. Sucked on ESPN too.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Spud Webb

December 25th, 2010
10:15 am

Yea, Lucic will mix it up, so the sucker punch wasn’t necessary. I always like to see teams try this stuff on the road (usually doesn’t happen), we shall see. If rammer wants to send a message, send out the 4th line, first shift thursday night. Give ference another beating, savard, whoever is out there. Lets see if the bruins have the same bag of n&ts on the road, doubtful. Not one word on the sucker punch…but again, stewart better start jumping in, he could’ve had some of lucic right after the punch, but stood there waving to the refs. Come on, you’re a big kid, 220, get lucic, not ference. Have I mentioned, I HATE BOSTON….the biggest collection of cry babies in sports, any of their teams!

Spud Webb

December 25th, 2010
10:20 am

I can promise you this…i will be within shouting distance of the bruins bench thursday night. The girlfriend won’t know what hit her when I’m yelling….”bucky dent, philly up 3-0, Aaron Boone, boston sucks, boston sucks, lucic is a women, come sucker punch me!!!” ahhahahahahahahha, I CAN’T WAIT!!!
Hope we win, that will make it much, much better!!!