The State of the Thrasherville Union address

The Speaker of the House gavels open the State of the Thrasherville Union address. The assembled representatives take their seats as Rawhide makes his way to the microphone.

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, dignitaries and everyone tuning in throughout the Thrasherville blogosphere…

The Atlanta Thrashers are well into the latter half of their eleventh season of play in the NHL. Last summer saw great change in the front office, coaching staff and roster…all of which led to an overall sense of hope from the fans as they entered into the current campaign last fall. And while there have been some stumbles along the way, this team has managed to maintain a playoff position in the standings for the better part of the first half of the season.

It is with that in mind, that I am proud to proclaim that state of the Thrasherville union is strong.

applause erupts from the assembled masses in the chamber

Together, the new GM and coach have made a New Beginning. But we have only just begun.

There clearly lays before us certain challenges and hurdles that remain in place for this organization to overcome. The team’s play of late has been stagnant, going just 4-8-4 in their last 16 games and winning just one time in regulation during this month of January. So as you can see, there is much work that needs to be done.

Of primary concern is our department of defense. Though they have performed admirably at times, they are allowing an alarming 34.4 shots on goal and allowing an far too many goals… 3.14 per game. In the last eight outing, no less than 35 goals have been allowed. That number rises to 37 if you count the gimmick shootout goal proved to teams winning in that manner.

This level of performance simply must not stand and must be addressed immediately.

Offensively, they are producing goals at a rate of 2.90 per game. That’s down somewhat from last falls numbers, but under the circumstances is still in the acceptable range. The same can be said of the 30.5 shots taken per game.

a smattering of polite, if not obligatory, applause

Health care has become a paramount concern at this time, specifically speaking the health of certain key players that have kept them out of the lineup of late. Once the likes of Evander Kane, Jim Slater and most recently Toby Enstrom and Andrew Ladd are able to return to active duty, it surely will go a long way to curing the ills of this squad right now.

But it’s clear that this team is in dire need of a collective shot in the arm. One that comes in the form a significant new deal which brings in a player or two that can help this team the second they set foot off the plane at Hartsfield/Jackson Airport.

And so, I call upon the office of general manager to move forward with negotiation with other NHL teams to see about procuring that which is necessary to remedy the lagging defensive indicators and help boost the GNP, (Goal Notching Production).

thunderous applause erupts from the assembled masses in the chamber

And I also call upon the ownership group to allocate funding so that the office of GM can do his job accordingly. Certainly there is room not only in the league-imposed salary cap budget mandates, but also the in-house budget that you’ve instructed the organization to operate under. This would-be funding is not just an investment needed for short-term gains, but for the overall health and prosperity for all of Thrasherville.

And the time to act is now!

applause once more erupts along with a few shouts of approval

While we are on the subject of the current collection of individuals that make up the Thrashers ownership group…

a member abruptly rises from his seat and shouts…”THEY LIE”!

the speaker gavels the chamber back to order

Please, please…let us maintain order and conduct ourselves with an air of civility. Yes, it is true that the ownership group have proven themselves to be less than truthful with the citizens of Thrasherville. And while all but a misguided few now see them in the less than honorable light that they now stand in, we must understand that they still control the purse strings of this organization. Until that changes, it is they that must understand that certain investments must be made if the team is to continue…with all due respect to Mr. Levenson…”moving in the right direction”.

But let my pleas for calm and rational debate not be mistaken as false praise. For if there is one thing we have learned over the last half-dozen or so years, it’s that the ownership group is not the answer to the problem. The current ownership group IS the problem.

leaping to their feet, the gathered throng explodes in thunderous applause and bellows out multiple shouts of approval

Lastly…but certainly not least…I want to address the citizens of Thrasherville. You have worked hard to show you support and undying loyalty to this team. You have shown up at games and spill your emotions out on a continuous basis. And you have endured many, many hardships and heartaches along the way.

The path over the last few seasons has not necessarily been littered with a multitude of success and we are still feeling the affects of some of the decisions brought forward by the previous general managerial administration. These are decisions that drove many away in anger and disgust.

Be we…the citizens of Thrasherville today…cannot escape history. We of this city’s hockey fan base and its current administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation of hockey fans.

Will future generations look back upon us and ask why we failed to show up and represent our team, our franchise and our city well? Or will they look back at this time and see that we helped forge a unique bond with this team and together pulled one another through?

If we choose the latter, then when our children take their children to Thrashers games, they’ll be sharing with them the experience of the greatest professional sport on this planet. And then they will speak of us with pride, saying that we met the test and preserved for them their day in the sacred flame of NHL hockey in this fair city.

Thank you.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

222 comments Add your comment

Nuts for Boults

January 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

first….maybe

LAC

January 24th, 2011
9:07 pm

Great Bill, Just Great !!!!!!!!!!

Sharon

January 24th, 2011
9:33 pm

Bill, very nice!

Josh

January 24th, 2011
9:41 pm

Well said sir…. see you all Wednesday!

SomaAtl95

January 24th, 2011
9:43 pm

Good read, as always. Here’s to hoping a smack down against the Caps starts another prolonged streak of very successful games for our team so we can be back on the right track!

World Be Free

January 24th, 2011
9:44 pm

Bill Tiller at his best, snazzy in the suit looks like you are headed to traffic court.

Anyhow, going back to Friday night, the Thrashers played hard and played physical. They lost in the SO because they cannot hold a lead, 2nd time in 1 week., So that’s something that needs to be fixed. Rammer-that’s your job, one forward in, 2 back and defenseman playing their positions not rushing the puck and going in deep.

Physical play, even Antropov tossed a doozie of a check in open ice. Get healthy, learn to protect a lead, hit the opposing team, add a 3rd line left winger and get ready for a stretch run schedule that is very friendly.

And remember folks, ignore the Wiesel.

Associated Press Reporting

January 24th, 2011
9:44 pm

After the State of the Thrasherville Union address, the chamber jumped to its feet, followed by a loud repetitive chant:

ASG….ASG….ASG…..YOU SUCK

ASG….ASG….ASG…..YOU SUCK

ASG….ASG….ASG…..YOU SUCK

ASG….ASG….ASG…..YOU SUCK

World Be Free

January 24th, 2011
9:50 pm

Rangers just tied Washington on the road late in the 3rd period. Rangers are playing hard for 60 minutes, physical and going to the net as a team. This is what the Thrashers did earlier this season.

HookyBob

January 24th, 2011
9:50 pm

A franchise needs talent and commitment at all levels, ownership, mgmt, and players to have a realistic chance to hold Lord Stanley’s chalice. We have very good players (when all are healthy), excellent coaching & GM. Right now it is the ownership that is holding this franchise back. Getting healthy, or another top six forward, would help a lot. We have lost a lot of one goal games, or two goals with an empty netter against.

To bring up an old phrase,…I like “the direction” this young team has taken this year. Win or lose I believe in them and enjoy rooting for them. Still, there is a fact I cannot overlook,..the weak link in the “state of this union” (aka franchise)is the ownership.

One also has to wonder what supportive ownership would do to keep the players minds clear and able to focus on playing their best.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 24th, 2011
10:01 pm

Now for the rebuttal from Sage/Levenson who are probably one in the same

Hoof Arted

January 24th, 2011
10:05 pm

The only rebuttal coming from SOB would be “bahhhhhhhhhh”. Levenson’s rebuttal would be to simply throw an empty bottle of hootch toward the podium as he stumbles out of the room.

Buzzeng

January 24th, 2011
10:07 pm

Bill – your creativity knows no bounds. Very nice blending of current affairs and Thrasher affairs.

Carolina’s on our ‘heels’ (sorry) with 2 games in hand, and those in front of us are distancing themselves from us. This sets up for a stress-filled February even as we limp into it. On the plus side – we won’t see the Crapitols or Dolts after the All-star break, which can’t get here soon enough.

Go Thrashers!

Whatever

January 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

Shultzs holds a grudge…..so screw him
In the 05/06 season (post lockout) the thrashers had the highest payroll
If the Asg is guilty of anything it is waddell
Teams like kings and blues have never won but they get support…. support thrash then you all can back at asg cause they won’t be able to move

Land the Jets in Winnipeg

January 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

When the Thrashers move to Canada next season can you make sure you send this guy with them? Your city stinks as a hockey market but you have one of the best writers around.

When we get the Thrashers up here no one will have to worry about having owners lie to them about selling the team.

Red Light

January 24th, 2011
10:39 pm

Mr. Speaker:

I yield my two minutes back to you. Not only is Kennesaw well represented but the Speaker is very clever indeed. Yet, I must wonder if the pie-in-the-sky conclusion is going to be the downfall of us all. I would love to take my grandchildren (please Lord, not for another 10 years) to a Thrashers game one day in this city. If not, I hope it’s because I passed away too soon not that the team had already left.

Well done Mr. Speaker!

Saga Of BlueCheese

January 24th, 2011
10:43 pm

I tole y’all to buy Enron stock. Butcha didn’t listen.
I tole y’all not to subliminalize the Sprit Gruppe.
I tole yall, yall was sheep, with flystrike at that.
I am the voice of all animals. Better than horses or pigs even.
So bwaaaa, bwaaa all the way to the rink.While I stay home and pick scabs while pontificating my next sermon to you vermin.
And woe be to any who heed not, my cry for attention, for I so deserve it….. as I am always Right, about everything!

Flagstaff

January 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Bill – your creativity knows no bounds. Very nice blending of current affairs and Thrasher affairs.

(See what I did there? Thanks, Trixie!)

My thoughts exactly. Trolls will be trolls and Sage will be Sage, but there’s always Rawhide!

Now, has anyone (Flames, perhaps?) heard anything new regarding an upcoming trade? I would think that Duds would want to act soon before things got much worse, but hey, I’m just a random moron on the Internet.

Greg

January 24th, 2011
10:48 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i was right AS ALWAYS that the thrashers are gonna lose their team and come back home to canada where they belong. 6 years they’ve been trying to sell oh thats got to hurt

injunjoe

January 24th, 2011
11:05 pm

Strange……seems I’ve seen that mug before.

Hockey Biltong

January 24th, 2011
11:06 pm

Nice one Bill.WBF, see you Wednesday?

Darren

January 24th, 2011
11:13 pm

Masterful job, His Excellency Rawhide. Just who might the Speaker of the House be?

SomaAtl95

January 24th, 2011
11:28 pm

Gotta love it when Canuckleheads try and troll here. Its almost as bad as the regular knuckleheads that troll here.

Brian west palm beach

January 25th, 2011
12:04 am

Hey greg if you think your canadians would support a team thats funny your whole country does not have enough money to buy one. plus no good players want to play in canada because it sucks up there. no women lousy beer and freezing cold. Why not move to russia.

Wayne stuck in AL

January 25th, 2011
12:10 am

From Greg:
“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i was right AS ALWAYS that the thrashers are gonna lose their team and come back home to canada where they belong,”

Hey Ca-neck: When were they yours in the first place?

Brendan

January 25th, 2011
12:15 am

Another wonderful State of the Union address. Well written. Lots of creativity. I did hope, however, that we’d get some more detail regarding the Thrashers goaltending situation. Can we ride Pavelec for 92% of the starts for the rest of the season? Is Chris Mason, “fair game,” in a multi-player trade? Can you count on Drew MacIntyre or Peter Mannino as a capable backup?

And what of the (not a misprint) $18 million in available cap-limit, before the NHL can step in to say, ‘Fraid Not?’ The Speaker did address budget, but not this specific, and STAGGERING figure. What do we know of the Spirit Group’s ‘internal budget’ number? We can’t just FLATLY ask them, can we? And even if we did, what should one expect from a pig, but a grunt? I can already see Bruce Levenson mouthing the words, “oink, oink.”

If this ownership, like their January 4, 2011 email to the fanbase suggests, actually wants to be part of the ROAR of the hometown crowd, in “hot pursuit” of the Stanley Cup, then how do they possibly defend their budgetary inaction? And, please remember, Bruce Levenson went on RECORD has having said, “This lawsuit (the one vs. Belkin, and not the umpteen that he potentially has in the works, at the very moment,) has had ZERO IMPACT on team operations.”

Really, Bruce? Zero? So, you and the rest of the “Heptacluster,” (Copyright, Poster Brendan, all rights reserved at U.S. Library of Congress) put your cumulative heads together and decided that THE BEST WAY to reach the postseason was field a team BELOW the FLOOR of the salary cap, that has fluctuated between 29th and 30th in team payroll, in the NHL, this very season. Please, do explain that one to us all … like we’re a bunch of 4-year olds. We’re dying to hear it.

Well, Heptacluster, I’m sorry that your legal counsel failed you so miserably that you’re now suing them for $200 million, while incurring NEW legal fees to do so. But hey, it’s YOUR money. That’s the case for EVERY owner. Most owners … like the smell of playoff revenue. But not the “Heptacluster.” At least, not when it comes to hockey. I’m sorry, “Heptacluster,” that you never wanted or intended to own an NHL franchise. I’m sorry you were thusly burdened with the Thrashers. But the least you could do … is to put the NHL franchise in the hands of someone who would care for the Thrashers and keep them in Atlanta, where your venue would profit from their home games. You know how to do this. You must cough up some of the operating revenue to the new owner(s) of the Thrashers to consummate a sale.

I don’t know if Dudley has any more trades to pull off with the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m sure they’d offer up Cristobal Huet and his $5 million cap hit, for a 5th rounder, just to be free of that albatross of a contract. But, that’s not really our best option for a backup goalie, is it? Truthfully, I have not seen a projected return date for Chris Mason, who is hurt. Mannino is our backup to Pavelec.

Tony C

January 25th, 2011
12:36 am

In truthfullness IF/(when?) FUBAS has managed to F$%^! everything up to a fare-ye-well-o-hamstrung-Thrashers-ye, Winnipeg would be damn lucky to get a writer of your caliber Mr. T!

Can’t say I disagree with any of your points. I think many of us had expected one more “big move”. Considering Antropov was coming off hip (!) surgery, especially.

Byfuglien’s limitations (i.e. lack of familiarity) and this nagging leftover from the #17 era of ‘The Big Guy’ll Get Us Through’ have run upon the reality that is the 2nd half of the NHL season.

Truly, we’ve got a good group of young guys and some players that are dynamic (if still inconsistent). but we’ve seen how this team truly needs to be 100% on top of it’s collective game to be successful. I am happy to have at long last discovered what Thrasher’s Hockey looks like. Now I wait for the second obstacle to be cleared: A second consitently credible scoring threat for the team to ice.

Tony C

January 25th, 2011
12:39 am

sorry dis-jointed writing there.
I mean Byfuglien’s lack of familiarity with playing defense over an 82-game season.

Greg

January 25th, 2011
1:11 am

i think the beer is pretty good, women are great, and i think money wise we are pretty good considering our teams are some of the most profitable teams in the league, anyway your ownership group gave up 6 years ago and now your blogger “Iceman” is giving up, so there you go

Greg

January 25th, 2011
1:14 am

canada got gold from you guys,and now we taking your teams

Thrashers27

January 25th, 2011
1:27 am

Good stuff, Bill!

CrazyDiamond

January 25th, 2011
1:35 am

Did I mention – We are so screwed!

Clueless owners who thing the local Atlanta Fans are too stupid to see that the ASG will bail as soon as they find a bigger fool to buy the team. A bigger fool that will 1) Buy the team and 2) Keep it here in Atlanta as tennants in Philips Arena. Good luck with that!

Alan R.

January 25th, 2011
6:43 am

Gotta love it when Canuckleheads try and troll here

Are they really Canadians, or just residents of one of the other sports blogs? An IP lookup would solve that question, but it’s something only Bill could do.

Another wonderful State of the Union address. Well written. Lots of creativity. I did hope, however, that we’d get some more detail regarding the Thrashers goaltending situation. Can we ride Pavelec for 92% of the starts for the rest of the season? Is Chris Mason, “fair game,” in a multi-player trade? Can you count on Drew MacIntyre or Peter Mannino as a capable backup?

And what of the (not a misprint) $18 million in available cap-limit, before the NHL can step in to say, ‘Fraid Not?’ The Speaker did address budget, but not this specific, and STAGGERING figure. What do we know of the Spirit Group’s ‘internal budget’ number? We can’t just FLATLY ask them, can we? And even if we did, what should one expect from a pig, but a grunt? I can already see Bruce Levenson mouthing the words, “oink, oink.”

If this ownership, like their January 4, 2011 email to the fanbase suggests, actually wants to be part of the ROAR of the hometown crowd, in “hot pursuit” of the Stanley Cup, then how do they possibly defend their budgetary inaction? And, please remember, Bruce Levenson went on RECORD has having said, “This lawsuit (the one vs. Belkin, and not the umpteen that he potentially has in the works, at the very moment,) has had ZERO IMPACT on team operations.”

Really, Bruce? Zero? So, you and the rest of the “Heptacluster,” (Copyright, Poster Brendan, all rights reserved at U.S. Library of Congress) put your cumulative heads together and decided that THE BEST WAY to reach the postseason was field a team BELOW the FLOOR of the salary cap, that has fluctuated between 29th and 30th in team payroll, in the NHL, this very season. Please, do explain that one to us all … like we’re a bunch of 4-year olds. We’re dying to hear it.

Well, Heptacluster, I’m sorry that your legal counsel failed you so miserably that you’re now suing them for $200 million, while incurring NEW legal fees to do so. But hey, it’s YOUR money. That’s the case for EVERY owner. Most owners … like the smell of playoff revenue. But not the “Heptacluster.” At least, not when it comes to hockey. I’m sorry, “Heptacluster,” that you never wanted or intended to own an NHL franchise. I’m sorry you were thusly burdened with the Thrashers. But the least you could do … is to put the NHL franchise in the hands of someone who would care for the Thrashers and keep them in Atlanta, where your venue would profit from their home games. You know how to do this. You must cough up some of the operating revenue to the new owner(s) of the Thrashers to consummate a sale.

I don’t know if Dudley has any more trades to pull off with the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m sure they’d offer up Cristobal Huet and his $5 million cap hit, for a 5th rounder, just to be free of that albatross of a contract. But, that’s not really our best option for a backup goalie, is it? Truthfully, I have not seen a projected return date for Chris Mason, who is hurt. Mannino is our backup to Pavelec.

TL;DR

The Real Thrash

January 25th, 2011
6:52 am

Nice and fun. However maybe an interview with someone in management would be a better use of your time and space. Or are you going to let them do what you have before:stonewall?

Rawhide

January 25th, 2011
7:39 am

Greg – Given up? Me? Where do you get that idea? I am beginning to see why you still hold the fantasy that you are getting the Thrashers…you simply create an idea in your mind regardless of the facts.

Tell ya what…I’ll extend the same invitation to you as I did one of your neighbors last weekend. You come on back here this time next year…when the Thrashers still haven’t moved to Winnipeg…and explain what new theory you have on why and when the Thrashers are moving there. You are welcome to do the same in January 2013, 2014, 2015 and so on.

See you then, Greg.

The Real Thrash - I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any of the Octocluster…or Sucknificant Seven I guess it is now…to grant me an interview. I think the only thing less likely to happen is, well..the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg.

Sage of Bluesland

January 25th, 2011
7:40 am

“…I don’t know if Dudley has any more trades to pull off with the Chicago Blackhawks…”

That’s just it, isn’t it, Brendan? Our “GM” (in name only) seems wont to deal with only what he knows….Unfortunately, he hasn’t worked with all the teams so his horizons could be expanded….What a joke.

Brendan’s talk of the embarrassing state of our budget/payroll is another blight conveniently underemphasized in the top-speech. Another embarrassment–and should be a clue to the good sheep of Thrashersland.

It’s like spray-painting a turd gold; what do you have at the end of the day?

The hopeful dreaming in the face of overwhelming fact never ceases to amaze me in this place…

Nate

January 25th, 2011
7:41 am

Nice article Bill, very nice. But to reference your Groundhog Day blog, I’ve seen this winter swoon from the Thrashers before and I know how those seasons end. :(

cliff

January 25th, 2011
7:41 am

Greg = another Canadian coward

jimbo

January 25th, 2011
8:01 am

Very creative and humorous. This midseason collapse points out that we do not have the “grit/team resolve” whatever to pull together to get fired up when we are being pushed around. We’ve got size but little girt. Tortorella gets in the face of his team and they respond. The Trapmeister Lemaire comes back and the Devils respond. All we get from Rammer is the team is “fragile”. Gimme a break! I’m tired of a ten year decade of excuses and no down to earth “nobody pushes us around in our building” mentality. We need to turn the Lady Bingsters into our own version of the Broad Street Bullies. With this style of play and no grit our playoff chances are DOA.

World Be Free

January 25th, 2011
8:07 am

Biltong-doubt I will be there tomorrow night, got a lotta things going on these days. Hope to make the next game though and I will look you up when I’m there.

Sage=weasel
Don’t feed the weasel

Always Hoping

January 25th, 2011
8:08 am

HAIL TO THE CHIEF!!!!!!

Dwayne

January 25th, 2011
8:16 am

It’s like spray-painting a turd gold; what do you have at the end of the day?

That there is funny!!!!!

World Be Free

January 25th, 2011
8:21 am

Rawhide-excellent! Our friend Greg hasn’t read the papers about the legal circumstances of our team. Either that or he is to dumb to read.

Rangers look darn good last night in Washington, takes some of the sting out of S/O loss last Saturdfay. Give the New York Rangers credit for being one of the hardest working teams in the league.

Stan Drulia

January 25th, 2011
8:22 am

Well done Rawhide. Your blog is great and I read it every day. Really hope the Thrash can pull out of this slump… feels all too familiar. Looking forward to Wednesday… gonna be a good one.

BG33Brown

January 25th, 2011
8:26 am

Great article as always. However you forgot one thing…

“And I also call upon the ownership group to allocate funding so that the office of GM can do his job accordingly”

You forgot to allow for all of us fans to laugh our posteriors off and then pull ourselves off the floor and back into our chairs.

moriler

January 25th, 2011
8:29 am

Patience. I posted an analysis of what we need to do to hit 94 points. That hasn’t changed; we played the TBL twice and NYR once, and I only “budgeted” for two points of the 40 we need out of those three games. Expectations would say two losses to TBL and a win v. NYR; reality said two OT losses and one regulation loss, but the 2 points count the same.

The TBL game was a throwaway anyway. 5pm, second half of a back to back, on the road, with the backup goalie hurt so Pavs has to go twice? Please. TBL already has us out-talented significantly and you’re going to pile on circumstances as well? Anyone who’s that surprised by the 7-1 result should have a rethink. :)

TrueBlue

January 25th, 2011
8:38 am

Definition of being a loser: When you are apparently living in Canada and come to a blog on the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Good Lord Greg, get a life man. Does Canada suck that bad that you have to troll the AJC?

moriler

January 25th, 2011
8:43 am

I also have to say, I see this disease a lot on blogs — not just from Thrasher fans but in many other places as well. This is a professional league. No hockey players who “suck”, strictly speaking, are playing in the NHL. These guys would all be first- or second-liners in the AHL — as you can see when we occasionally bring a kid up and he looks lost. The skill difference between all the NHL players is really, really small though, no matter how it looks at first glance when you compare Crosby to Boulton.

The disease is the belief that effort is all it takes to win, and that when we lose, we were “lazy” or “bad”. Anyone who’s competed in any sport at the highest level knows that roughly 95% of the people they play with and against can be described as, simply, ‘real ****in’ good’. We dress 22 players. The other team dresses 22 as well, and all 44 are putting out roughly the same amount of effort. A little more here, a little less there, but you have to keep in mind that as hard as we’re trying to win, there’s another guy on the other side for every one of ours who’s trying just as hard to win. We attack, he defends, and vice versa.

And, because of the RFG factor, _sometimes we get beat_. Sometimes a team whose trend is “crappy” (Tronna) has everyone have a good night all at once, and they look nothing like their talent level. Sometimes a team whose trend is “top-flight” (Pengoons) has everyone have a bad night, and they lose to the Islanders.

Presume two equal-talent hockey players. Put them on the ice in some game that would work 1v1. If they both work equally hard, the result will come down to a coin flip — 50/50, or in short: whoever gets the bounces. Now, switch the talent around to 40/60, where one guy is having a ‘bad night’, or the other is having a ‘good night’. The new difference means the leader will win one-and-a-half more times than the other guy. Now extrapolate that to 22 guys all on the same team, and consider that if enough guys are having a ‘bad night’ on one side… _or enough guys are having a ‘good night’ on the other_… and you can see where the NFL’s saying of “any given sunday” comes from.

So, getting back to the original point: sometimes effort isn’t ever going to be enough. You can’t spend all your time yelling at guys for working hard enough unless they really are loafing — sometimes guys simply don’t have the talent necessary, whether it’s via age or just plain original skill. Sometimes guys have the talent potential and can’t figure out how to use it (Booger) anymore — that’s the classic “slump” and you have to find ways to work them out of that. But yelling at ‘em doesn’t do it, and usually benching them doesn’t either. I think the wall we’re hitting now is Ramsay having gotten just about all out of these guys he can expect to — at the end of the day, the bottom-of-the-league payroll is that low for a reason, ya know?

Bluenote

January 25th, 2011
9:11 am

Well played, sir.
One of your best ever…..and that’s saying something

thebighairybeast

January 25th, 2011
9:16 am

I want to see Bill’s birth certificate. Wait forget that . . . forget birth certificates .. . . I just want to see the Atlanta Spirit impeached.

Flames

January 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Great job as always Bill….Endeavor to persevere!