I wonder if Vince Lombardi could have motivated this Thrashers team

Maybe you’ve already heard this, but there was this little football game played Sunday out in Arlington, Texas. It came complete with Roman numerals attached to it’s name, the Black Eyed Peas played during it’s one and only intermission after Christina Aguilera sang our National Anthem beforehand.

And she almost even got all the words right and in their correct order.

In the end, it was the Green Bay Packers getting the better of the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 31-25. As such, the Packers will return home with the trophy named after their great, late coach…Vince Lombardi.

As I watched the closing moments, my thoughts turned back to our hockey team and wondered if Lombardi…one of the greatest coaches and personalities in all of professional sports… would have had any words of advice and/or encouragement to offer up to the Thrashers were he still with us. They are struggling through some very difficult times and if there was ever anybody who might be able to properly motivate this squad, I’m sure he could have.

To the players themselves, Lombardi might remind these guys that, “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit”.

Too many times this winter we have witnessed a number of players in Thrasher blue mentally fold up their tents and break camp long before the final horn. This usually happens sometime in the mid-to-latter stages of the second period when faced with adverse situations. As such, all it takes is s bad goal or an ill-advised penalty to turn a 2-1 game into a 9-3 or 6-1 disaster.

Maybe these guys are of the mindset that they have to play a perfect game in order to win. Thus, when one mistake, miscue or bad break occurs…they allow that to become the beginning of the end. But, as Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.

Chasing excellence. Now that’s a fine model to use as an example, I’d say. It sure beats the heck out of what they tend to chase now… forwards who just beat them with the puck while carrying it through the defensive zone. And if they did actually apply this to their work ethic, then maybe they’ll find out for themselves what Mr. Lombardi discovered so long ago, that “the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender”.

While other professional sports franchises are owned by those who show a burning spirit to win, the Thrashers are owned by the Atlanta Spirit, LLC (Curtis Compton)

While other professional sports franchises are owned by those who show a spirit to win, the Thrashers are owned by the Atlanta Spirit, LLC (Curtis Compton)

“Winning isn’t everything”, Lombardi also once said. “But the will to win is everything”. And if coach Craig Ramsay feels he has anyone on this squad that lacks such will, then they should never see the ice in a Thrashers uniform again.

Speaking of the good coach… Like Lombardi half a century ago with the Packers, it’s his duty to actually lead and motivate this Thrashers team. In the latter half of his first season as an NHL head coach, Ramsay seems to be having his share of difficulties getting 60 minutes of play from those suiting up for games and maybe some words of wisdom could be of help here as well.

”Coaches who can outline plays on a chalkboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate”, Lombardi opined. And I’m sure that’s true for coaches on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as it is for the man behind the bench near the frozen ice of Philips Arena.

On more than one occasion, Ramsay has indicated that the biggest stick he has to get his players attention is ice time. You work hard and give full effort, then you play more minutes. Logic would dictate that the opposite is true as well. But given some of the recent mid-game surrenders, threatening to place them on the bench for more minutes than usual doesn’t seem netting the desired effect from some.

Coaches must be good motivators. And it’s a part of the job that I feel coach Ramsay needs to find a new sense of enthusiasm for if he’s to be successful at his job here. If not, then another quote by the former Packers coach could come into play.

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm”.

To general manager Rick Dudley, I think the best piece of advice that he could draw from Vince Lombardi is “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have”.

Now, at face value, that might seem like I’m saying the Thrashers GM should expect this team to find it’s ay back to winning with the players currently on the roster. But that would not be less than correct.

In fact, it is painfully clear that even with the return of such key players like Toby Enstrom and Jim Slater, this Thrashers team needs some help. It’s the kind of help that can only come via a trade and Dudley simply must find a way to sure up the defense and bolster the offense.

But Dudley and Co. are limited in the fact that the current ownership is hardly the kind to open up the checkbook and give the man they’ve charged with icing a contending team the full means to do just that. Like the man who held the post before him, Dudley will have to find a way to make due with the resources availed to him…which is much akin to trying to dine at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on a Burger King budget.

Regardless, he simply must get the job done…and done to a degree far better than his predecessor.

Impossible, you say? I’d remind you of another phrase credited to Lombardi: ”We would accomplish more things if we did not think of them as impossible”.

And finally, as for the owners we in Thrasherville have been “blessed” with…maybe Lombardi could have dropped this little piece of 411 on their collective consciences.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

See…the most aggravating part about being a Thrashers fan during the current reign of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC, (Lies, Lawsuits and Contempt), is that they don’t seem to have entered into this business with the will to be winners. To any sports fan, that type of apathetic disposition is simply unacceptable.

After all, “If it doesn’t matter who wins and loses, then why do they keep score?”

Adding to the spirit of angst toward the ownership cluster is the info-bomb that was dropped on Thrasherville just last month. In the filing the paperwork for their latest legal excursion, they admitted that they have looked to sell…or to use their words, “dispose of”… the Thrashers for six years.

Of course, the only thing around here that needs to be disposed of and kicked to the curb is this out-of-touch, sue-happy cluster-flop of an ownership group. But I digress…

However, as long as they do hold the title to the Thrashers, I don’t think it’s too much for what’s left of the paying fan based they haven’t yet chased away to expect…no, demand…that they actually display an ounce of intestinal fortitude required to be in the professional sports business. They need to man-up now and allow Rick Dudley to make the upgrades needed for this playoff push…even if that means parting way with some of the money stashed aside for their lawyers.

I know that runs counter to what the Spiriteers seem to think professional sports franchises are purchased for, buying and then quickly flipping them for a quick profit. But hockey fans…like basketball, baseball and football fans… all share the belief that sports are played to win. And owners who lack the testicular fortitude to do whatever is required to see to it their teams are winners need to find something else to invest in.

Deal with that, Mr. Levenson.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

157 comments Add your comment

DWTOO

February 7th, 2011
10:11 am

Speaking of ownership anyone looking forward to the next, or IF, townhall meeting? Might actually show up to this one – just to watch the weasels speak.

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:19 am

It also had the only commercial worth watching. Imported from Detroit.

Man, I miss my home town.

And before some wise ass says it: I’m planning to.

Johnny

February 7th, 2011
10:19 am

I read at rumor about the NHL wanting to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg on ESPN yesterday, I was wanting to know if anyone else had heard about it.

JMIK

February 7th, 2011
10:23 am

Wouldn’t it be sweet if Arthur Blank sold 15% of the Falcons to Bon Jovi so he could then invest in the Thrashers and infuse the organization with the kind of winning desire, payroll, and talent commitment to help put Atlanta on the map, ah but I guess I need to wake up to the reality of the Atlanta Spirit, just spend some money, I have faith in Dudley’s choices but he can’t get talent without financial buy in from the top.

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:24 am

I saw it Saturday. Some nitwit from the Vancouver Province posted it originally.

Some hare-brained scheme of buying the team from the morons, then selling it to the Canadian billionaire everyone is talking about.

Why would the NHL prop up Phoenix, yet give up on Atlanta, I don’t know. That guy didn’t provide any specifics. To his credit, he repeated several times that it’s “just a rumor.”

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
10:36 am

DWTOO – I would think you’d have a better chance of playing pickup sticks with your butt cheeks than Bruce Levenson or any of the Spirit Clowns gaining the testicular fortitude required to meet face to face with Thrashers fans right now.

JMIK – Ahhh…a man can dream, can’t he?

Johnny – Yes. Many of us saw that latest rumor. It has been read and tossed atop the pile of other relocation rumors in the past that haven’t happened.

TableHocey

February 7th, 2011
10:40 am

Well said Rawhide!

If I wanted to be an optimist I’d like to think Duds hasn’t pulled the trigger because the current offers on the table are not in our favor. We’re stocked with good prospects and I imagine GMs are trying to take advantage of our desperation. Here’s hoping Duds wouldn’t give into another Zhitnick trade. Also I share your concern that the ASG is not willing to pony up with the $$$ to salvage this season.

I have to admit for the first time the possibility of losing our franchise is weighing on me. With the team and the Phillips naming rights no longer combined I am concerned that the ASG would sell to the NHL in the scenario that has been floating around over the weekend.

As frustrating as this team has been over the last 20 games the thought of losing another team (and certainly the last NHL team for Atlanta) to Canada would just kill me.

Rain Man

February 7th, 2011
10:44 am

LEVENSON SUCKS!

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:49 am

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:50 am

Quick shot: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have signed G Ray Emery. $500k NHL/$105k AHL. He’ll be on waivers at noon, as per Dreger of TSN.

NY Islanders to put in a claim in 3… 2…

Joe Friday

February 7th, 2011
10:52 am

Has Dudley (or anyone) held any town hall meetings this year?

Get The Puck Out

February 7th, 2011
10:57 am

I’d like to see the octo-cluster locked up in a room and forced to watch miracle on ice for about a week. Then for another week and made to watch Rudy for another week. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
10:58 am

My favorite Vince rant from NFL Films-

“Waht the heck is going on here! Everybody grabbing, grabbing nobody is tackling”. Vince was old school for sure.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
10:59 am

If you were GM would you trade the Thrashers 1st round pick in 2011?

I would argue that the future of this team depends more on the success of the team this year than any other year so far in the history of the franchise. I think the Thrashers need a decent outcome to the season to help the opinion of the fan base, the entire NHL and its players (including our current roster), and potential new owners. In the past I would never have considered giving up a 1st round pick for anything. This year would be the exception if the return was something that would help us this year and in the next year or two.

What do you think?

Not Blind

February 7th, 2011
11:00 am

Here is the situation as I see it. This organization will never contend for the Cup. The great hockey the team played in Nov and Dec did have me thinking they could do some damage in the playoffs and it was really weird to realize that this was actually the Atlanta Thrashers winning all those games. Then they quit trying and POW it hit me. The Thrashers have done this regularly in the past, ie have sucess until it really matters but when the wins start to have a higher physical cost then they quit competing. Completely different staff and players but the same scenario. The only thing that is the same is the ownership.

Since this organization will never have the cup as a realistic goal then what’s the point in making the playoffs? The players get paid the same salary no matter when their season ends so what’s the point in extending the season ? Personal pride ?? Get real. The attitude of the workers will always be basically the same as the attitude of the top brass. Our top brass is the ASG.

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
11:03 am

Thomas Magnum – I think your point has merit. I don’t know if they could sit by and allow a decent deal pass by and risk the playoffs. This fan base has pretty much ran out of patience, and with good reason.

Of course, the return would be the question. You find me a quality top-six LW who has a year or so remaining on his contract that could take Freddy Modin’s spot on the roster and I take that right now for a #1.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
11:03 am

JMIK – I’ve been thinking the same thing. Think how great the Falcons have it up at the complex in Flowery Branch. To think all they’d have to do is (other that fork out the millions to BUY the team) is to put a nice practice rink up on the hill. Everything there already exists and it is all first class. All of the opportunities for cross-promotions boggles the mind – both with the Falcons and the Force.

Blank could TOTALLY screw the ASG and make a dual sports complex up at the old GM facility. Leave Philips empty those 40 nights AND the team is still here! Trade favors with the city and bring another Super Bowl here / buy the hockey team in exchange for certain tax favors for doing such.

I’d certainly re-brand the team. Get new colors and logo. Sell it as a brand new start. Show Waddell the door. Really show EVERYONE the door (save Rammer and Duds) and get a whole new energy behind the team. Wonder is Gwinnett would cut the team a great deal and let them play in the Gwinnett Center while new arena is being built. Yeah, I know it is smaller, but at least itll be more full as the fan base is rebuilt. Just thoughts…

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
11:12 am

Another very important question I have for the Blogmaster is: “Would Vince Lombardi subsidize this organization with the dollars out of his pocket?”

I think you all know the answer to that, if you’re honest with yourself.

Make all the excuses you want, but there comes a time when those who continue to pay the bills are the ones accountable for the CONTINUING ineptitude. Instead of $10 million in losses, make them $20 million…MAKE the league have to step in.

Everything else is Smoothie/Sara/CountlessOthers-logic….Look in the mirror for the real problem now.

Joe McGrath

February 7th, 2011
11:15 am

Seems we’re going to have to make do with what we’ve got. Sooooo, Bogosian as a winger? Let ’s see…he excells at dishing the puck in front of the net. When the puck is in close and players are battling in the crease, he’s usually hanging about 10 feet from the action and avoiding contact, perfect opportunity to gather loose pucks and put ‘em on net. I think using him as a forward is genious! If your not going to trade him or send him down to the Wolves, then move him to RW.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
11:16 am

I’m still curious to hear other peoples opinions on this so I don’t want to say too much… but if our 1st rounder plus another player or prospect would bring us a return of Versteeg and Beauchemin or maybe Penner and another player. Would you pull the trigger on it? I think I probably would.

Zoomo

February 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Somebody find out if Bon Jovi is a hockey fan. For the amount he’s rumored to be willing to invest in the Falcons for a 15% share, he could have 100% of the Thrashers.

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
11:22 am

Sage – Hockey fans will always want to go to NHL hockey games. While you and I agree 100% on where the core of this organization’s problems originate, total lack of support is not the answer IMHO. I’d rather have 18K people in the arena chanting “SPI-rit-GROUP-sux…clap…clap…clap-clap-clap” than the empty, cavernous facility that they do indeed deserve.

As for the league stepping in to do something about this mess? Ahhhh, the hockey gods could only love us so much.

Joe McGrath - You know…I am warming to the idea of Bogosian being moved to wing. I mean, given that so many goals tend to get scored in the net he’s usually standing in front of, what could it hurt? :cool:

Zoomo – If you’re holding out hope of Jon Bon Jovi buying this team, I think you simply…ahem…livin’ on a prayer.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
11:26 am

What about Kessel? He’s in a no win situation…fans blame him for what the Leafs overpaid to get him, and now he is not on speaking terms with the GM or coach. Give Toronto back one of the 1sts they gave up to Boston to get him in the first place. Since Beauchemin and Kaberle are supposedly on the block – they’ll be short on D, so throw in Valabik or a 3rd rounder.

Not ready to give up on Bogo. We all agree the skills are there, but the head isn’t. I’d send him down to Chicago.

Hoof Arted

February 7th, 2011
11:38 am

“I would think you’d have a better chance of playing pickup sticks with your butt cheeks than Bruce Levenson or any of the Spirit Clowns gaining the testicular fortitude required to meet face to face with Thrashers fans right now”

BlogMaster, you just cost me a keyboard. Spewed Coca-Cola and computer equipment simply do not mix.

I’m seriously beginning to question Ramsay’s ability to get these guys motivated and ready to play. Dangling the carrot of ice time only goes so far. Sometimes you have to knock a few heads to get their attention.

If we are paying for someone’s talent to play here, by God they need to do their jobs.

If Ramsay isn’t up to the task of motivating, preparing and holding accountable these players then Maybe Torchetti is.

Thrashers

February 7th, 2011
11:45 am

We are in 9th now dammit!!!! If repeating the same ole crap as some people do, then we will try it too!!!

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Kessel would be an interesting acquisition. However, considering what Toronto paid for him, I can only imagine it will take a bit of an overpayment to pry him from their hands.

Nonetheless, Kessel doesn’t sound too happy with the coach Wilson. He may be all too happy to get out of the Air Waffle Centre.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Thomas-I asked the same question just a few days ago-a number 1 is what it will take to get penner or Versteeg and I say make the deal. Logic sez look to the future but this team needs to win now. Make the deal, tarde the number 1 and get a veteran player under contract or still in restriction to make the deal worth it.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Here’s my thought, Alan…because of what has transpired, it may take LESS to get him out. They are in panic mode up in TOR just because he was chosen last at the AS draft. I think Burke is in a different place now after the other GM’s called his bluff when he tried to over sell Kaberle last summer.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

One more thing-nobody is going to consider investing in the Thrashers unless there IS considerable intervention by the league.

ZAvalanche

February 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

Bill, best post of the season, LOVE the quotes from one of the best coaches in history. Here are my thoughts:

1. Thrashy is going to a horse race with ponies right now. I didn’t think so at the beginning of the season but things have changed. We have basically zero D and something needs to change.

2. Not even Lombardi could motivate this team right now. I don’t put the blame on Rammer, but, it is his job and I believe he is trying hard at it. But at no point should you put your best player, Buffy, in “time out”, so to speak. It ticks him off and degrades his desire to try and be the best.

3. In the style of Peter King (MMQB) here are the things I think I think.
a. Christina Aguliera – you are a professional musician, figure it out – totally uncalled for. I know you aren’t Rosanne Barr but seriously, have some respect for the game and the Nation and get it right. I am not going to divulge my political proclivities, but regardless of where you stand you have to respect the flag.

b. The disrespect to the 400 fans who traveled so far for the SB and didn’t get their seats is unbelievable. I know it was a “freak” storm, but for an event that big you have to be prepared.

c. I think Thrashy lacks player leadership. Somebody needs to step up and really start motivating players in a positive way.

d. Thrashy needs to pick up a solid stay-at-home D who will go into the boards and pound people. Pavs would love it.

e. Did Thrashy out-play their abilities in the first half of the season? No. They have the skill they just need some leadership.

f. Thrashy was fast and efficient in the beginning, what happened?

4. Some non-Thrashy things I think
a. Aaron Rogers has ice in his veins

b. Love that Big Ben didn’t win, what a creep.

c. The commercials for the SB sucked.

d. As I am about ready to go use the snow-blower to clear out the 2-feet of snow I have, I will be wearing my Forsberg jersey under my coat in my jubilation of his return. (yes I am a hockey dork)

e. Lastly, Love this blog and wish there was a similar one on the Denver Post.

Go Thrashy!

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

sage-people can spend their money any way they want. glad rawhide explained the truth to you thought i am sure you will be back in a few days to say the same things over again- it’s your decison, but i think you have to come to the realization that virtually nobody reads your posts anymore.

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:24 pm

Rawhide – I’m not a football guy, but that was a nice article. You’re very well versed and admittedly Lombardi seems pretty swell in my book.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

Rawhide, I thought I’d share my interview with Bruce Levenson for “The Onion Network” airing this Friday at 1OPM, on IFC. BTW, lovvvve that Brooke Alvarez. Ya know, she’s even prettier in person. Did you know her autobiography is over 30,000 pages long? It’ll be fun to watch her remembered as the ‘greatest news anchor of all-time by future generations.’ Enjoy the interview!

Brendan: “Welcome, Bruce. Thanks for taking some time out to be with the most powerful name in cable TV news, the Onion News Network. Respond, if you will, to the allegations from the online and print news media in Atlanta that you ‘just plain, flatout don’t give a cr@p’ about hockey, the NHL, and especially the hockey enthusiasts in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area? And, is it true that you once told your business partner, Ed Pescowitz, that quote, “All those AJC.com posters can pull their lower lip over over their collective heads … and SWALLOW.”

Bruce Levenson: “Brendan, let me begin by saying that I love the Onion News Network. You guys are the first place I turn for ‘News Without Mercy.’ You really are on the cutting edge of news that matters. News … that we can trust.”

Brendan: “Thank you. But ya know, Bruce, I’m still not hooking you up with Brooke Alvarez’s private cellphone. That’s jusss for meee, baby.”

Bruce: “Playin’ hardball, eh? I’ll get it out of you yet, Brendan. Brooke’s such a babe.”

Brendan: “Yes, she is. But make no mistake, Bruce, she’s lawyered up pretty good. So, don’t even think about any ‘funny business.’ Respond to the assertion that hockey … just isn’t on your radar of things that interest you.”

Bruce Levenson: “I CATEGORICALLY reject the notion that we’re not trying to win. Or don’t care. Didn’t you get our Jan. 4, 2011 email … asking you to be part of the ‘roar of the crowd’ as we win NBA titles and Stanley Cups? From where do you get these ‘ridiculous’ ideas and BASELESS assertions of apathy on the part of ownership? I just don’t get it.”

Brendan: “Before I answer, and please don’t be offended, but have you been drinking or gone off your medications?”

Bruce: “I’m as cogent as ever. Thank you.”

Brendan: “Fabulous, Bruce. Glad to hear it. So, would you ‘categorize’ a league minimum budget as the BEST APPROACH to bringing a Stanley Cup to Atlanta this season?”

Bruce: “Your question is asked improperly, Brendan. It’s about making it happen with the roster we have. Everyone plays a role in winning a Cup. From the Team President, to the GM, to the coaching staff. From the top line forwards to the spares up in the pressbox. If everyone gives 100-percent, then we’re apt to win. And that has nothing to do with budget.”

Brendan: “I see. And how many ‘league-minimum’ budget teams have ever hoisted the Stanley Cup, using this approach?”

Bruce: “What?? The CBA is not yet SIX YEARS completed, and you’re asking me about the history of league minimum budgets?! Well, sir. It’s 0-5, but it’s EARLY. We’ll be the FIRST TEAM to field a league minimum budget and win the Cup.”

Brendan: “Hmmn. Bold words. Did you mean THIS season???”

Bruce: “This season … or NEXT season. Whichever,” shrugged Bruce.

Brendan: “Then you already ADMIT to another league minimum budget for NEXT year?”

Bruce: “A-hem. Well, ya see … BUDGETS are something that are set in June, during the offseason. We don’t know where we’ll set the budget for next season. All I know, FOR SURE, is … that all Thrasher hockey fans need to purchase season tickets AT FULL PRICE. NOW. Before we raise the price this summer.”

Brendan: “I see. And, ummn … that FULL PRICE season ticket package … will ASSURE all worried Thrasher fans that you’ll be very, very ACTIVE in FREE AGENCY come July 1, 2011.”

Bruce: “Ahh, I see you’re not as stupid as I previously thought, Brendan. You’re catching on, quite nicely, actually. It’s been a marvel to watch your progression as a fan MOLDED by our business model.”

Brendan: “Aww shucks, Bruce. Flattery won’t get you anyway. So, what WAS the truth about Max Afinogenov, and the renegotiations last summer?”

Bruce: “We keep those numbers internal.”

Brendan: “I see. You can’t overpay. Ya jus’ can’t. Not and be competitive, anyway.”

Bruce: (nodding) “People criticize our budgets, but really … when most of the NHL’s teams are in cap trouble at the deadline, we’re in the POWER POSITION of ‘wiggle room.’ Twenty-eight (28) of the league’s GMs eyeball our market with ENVY. They WISH they were in the position that we are.”

Brendan: “Broke, with an infuriated fanbase that wouldn’t brake if they saw you crossing the street?”

Bruce: “What?”

Brendan: “Nothing. I coughed, is all.”

Bruce: “Oh.”

Brendan: “So, about this ‘GM Envy’ that exists, with respect to our budget, have any of them reached out to Dudley or Waddell about taking some the financial burden off their markets? There are some terrible contracts out there. Any chance one of them will be coming here, at the deadline?”

Bruce: “No.”

Brendan: “What?”

Bruce: “I mean, well … we have to consider all options, to see if there’s a solution that MAKES SENSE for us.”

Brendan: “Isn’t that just a euphemism to justify inaction?”

Bruce: “Where’d a peon like you … learn a BIG WORD like euphemism?”

Brendan: “I heard them use it on a episode of ‘House.’”

Bruce: “Ohh, I love ‘House!’ He’s nearly as infuriating and enerving as I am. House is my role model!”

Brendan: “Yes, I judge my bathroom breaks based on the number of incorrect diagnoses House makes. First one comes at around 8 minutes in. Then, 18 minutes, his second diagnosis is wrong. And at 26 minutes, his third and final, CORRECT diagnoses occurs. He’s wrong ‘like CLOCKWORK.’ I can see why you chose him as a role model. Very apt.”

Bruce: “Well observed,” with a nod.

Brendan: “So, as we wrap up this interview … is there anything else demoralizing, deflating, perhaps bile-inducing that you could say to the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers at this time?”

Bruce: “Stay the Course. Everything is fine. Buy plenty of tickets. There’s no need for changes. And one last thing, we’re renewing Don Waddell’s contract this summer for another 2-3 years.”

Brendan: “Wow. I must say, I really think you NAILED it there. I wasn’t sure we’d reached bile-producing commentary until, BAM!, you hit us with the Waddell contract renewal. Well played, sir. I like your style.”

Bruce: “Thank you very little.”

Brendan: “Alright. There ya have it. Everything is BlueLand is just Super. And we’ll be headed to the playoffs with the roster, as assembled. Back to you, Rawhide.”

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
12:27 pm

But, Cliffy, you did [read my post(s)]….Those who continue to subsidize this embarrassing incompetence have joined the ownership as part of the problem….in getting this organization in the proper hands and in the direction of, you know, actually winning a world title–which should be the goal of every competitor….

If it isn’t, then the consumer needs to know what the goals are for this enterprise.

If you want to support a schedule-fodder participant, then by all means do so….Just please DON’T gripe and complain…You’re getting what you paid for…

See ya’ soon, Cliffy…

ZAvalanche

February 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

Iron – coaching is coaching = motivation. If Lombardi was a hockey coach he would be the Scotty Bowman of hockey. He was definitely #1, as much as it hurts to say.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

Trixie, it happened again.

Stan Drulia

February 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

I say we have no choice but to give a 1st round pick for someone right now. No playoffs this year will burn even the most dedicated fans – like myself and my friends – who just can’t take another year of playing competitively for half the season and then totally tanking. I was waiting for someone to mention Kessel… don’t know how much I think of him… definitely not worth a 1st pick.. but a Modin or a Bogosian – maybe.

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

responding the sage’s posts = subsidizing the redundancy

you are yesterday’s new my friend

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

Rawhide – Kudos on calling the house flipper mentality of the ASG. I know I’m a lamen, but people are people, so similar mentalities often apply even between a guy selling his grand mother’s Towncar (part of the inheritance) or the ASG and the Thrashers (they kinda inherited them too). It’s just so very obvious and I’m glad the news came out.

DWTOO

February 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

Would part with the first rounder for the likes of Versteeg, Kessel, and/or beauchi whatever today.

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

Town Car that is

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Having brought up the crappy flippers of sports franchise ownership, I think all leagues should gage these prospective owners better. Do they like the sport and how much? For starters. I don’t think that’s asking much.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

February 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Mr. Brendan – Your 12:25 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

And what does that skank Brooke Alvarez have that I don’t…HUH, mister?

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

DWTOO-it’s going to come down to that to get a top 6 forward in here. So do it now, why wait for 2-3 more weeks?

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Kessel is certainly worth a 1st in my mind. He’s still young, and since he’s beaten cancer – very driven. He’s put up decent numbers with a ever-revolving list of line mates to play with.

But let’s be honest with ourselves – the ASG will NOT allow any of this to happen. I am getting a bad feeling we are going to see Duds’ Rammer and Torch resign at seasons’ end. No one wants to be in a situation where you can do nothing but fail.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Don’t think I would want Kessel. The guy was a problem in Boston and now is a problem in Toronto. I’d be more excited about a return of Penner or someone like that.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

I would do a Versteeg and Beauchemin for our 1st in 2011 and a prospect.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Trixie: Her own show! (Brooke Alvarez)

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Trixie, Brooke Alvarez is the most stalked celebrity in Cable TV News today. Yeah, she earned it. She’s that good.

Bruce Losersen

February 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

Have you heard about my next business enterprise, I’m making a brand of Spirits named DEAL WITH IT.

Our motto: DEAL WITH IT….THE WAY I DO….DRINK UP and LIE