Atlanta Spirit, LLC slaps Thrashers fans in the face again

Ya know…it is seriously tough being a Thrashers fan. I mean, here we are celebrating the great news that Dustin Byfuglien has just signed a contract extension to remain with the team for five additional years and then…this info-bomb.

Seriously, couldn’t the Spirit Clowns at least have given us a full 24 hours before dropping this on us?

I guess the mighty revelation last month that he and his fellow partners had lied to us for years wasn’t enough of a slap to our collective faces, eh?

Like so many of you out there, what really frustrates me to no end is that the fans here in Atlanta are not to blame. Contrary to popular belief outside of Thrasherville, Atlanta is home to a great number of die-hard hockey fans and sports fans in general. However, given what this franchise has become since The Great Octocluster purchased them seven years ago…many of those fans have chosen to spend their sports entertainment dollars elsewhere.

So when someone like Michael Gearon makes the comment that whines about fan support and points to where he and his fellow Spiriteers have “put a lot of money in this team”…well, there’s just a lot of us who want to laugh in this guy’s face.

Of course, there are many of you who might use a different word than “laugh”.

What you and your fellow partners have indeed done, Mr. Gearon, has all but destroyed any chance for the NHL to work in this town. It a shame too, because this wasn’t always the case with this team.

Take a look back to the middle part of this decade when the Thrashers…along with the Hawks and Philips Arena…went under the ownership of Spirit Clowns. This was an exciting team to watch, they were on the way up as far as the standings were concerned and home games for the Thrashers was actually an event.

Now…well, the empty seats stand as a testament to just what has been put into this team.

Not surprisingly, this story was released as the team was winging its way westward for a three-game, weeklong road trip. Tomorrow night they’ll play in Phoenix…another team that has been targeted for relocation…then it’s up to Edmonton Saturday afternoon before a matchup in Buffalo next Wednesday.

That leaves quite some time for fans to stew before the next home game on Friday the 25th.

I don’t know about you, but I plan on being there, and I plan to be there for three main reasons.

1. I love NHL hockey and I support the Thrashers here in Atlanta.

2. I want as many people there to show any prospective buyer that there is indeed a market for NHL hockey here. A good one, that is, if there was ownership that had an ounce of passion for the sport and a semi-clue as to what it takes to be an owner. And right now, it appears the best hope for the Thrashers is for someone to understand that and step forward to rescue the franchise from this disaster of an ownership group.

3. I will be there to fully vocalize not only my support for the Thrashers as they host the Florida Panthers, but also to let it be known what I think of this cast of clowns that have run our team straight into the ground….and now threaten to move them right out of town.

Where are you going to be?

281 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

February 16th, 2011
4:49 pm

What? Someone from Nordiques Nation is giving us a pep talk?? This day keeps getting better by the minute! As expected, that was a totally worthless interview. Kincade even asked him a pointed question about why they’ve wanted to sell since the beginning and he evaded it like a used car salesman.

Smoothie

February 16th, 2011
4:52 pm

“But for the NBA’s TV deal and other sources of revenue the Hawks would be in big time trouble as well. That arena is just as empty for their games this year and the fanbase is even more apathetic”

Indeed, and the Hawks will go down in flames in the 1st round this year. Gearon said he didn’t want to create panic (gee thanks!); just wait till the Hawks get eliminated and they realize Jeff Teague sucks and has no chance of being a good PG in the NBA. Then panic will ensue.

SomaAtl95

February 16th, 2011
4:52 pm

A$G. You’re breaking the spirit of the people you want to come to games. How about growing a set of balls and telling the fanbase “We have a good team. We have good coaching. As long as those stay in place the team stays in Atlanta” Something – anything – THROW US A FRIKKEN BONE HERE!
Oh wait, that would require ANSWERING AT LEAST ONE QUESTION WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT BASKETBALL!

LAC

February 16th, 2011
4:52 pm

Cut costs, Fire don waddell, he makes a 6 or 7 figure income to do NOT ONE DAMN THING. he is a figurehead, as it stands now, there is a Solid cost cutting move. I cannot believe this mess and The NHL, it looks like, will not do one damn thing to help Atlanta. Maybe Bettman’s plan is
to move one southern team to canada, to apise those stupid canada fans and get them off his back.

But, folks…. I is looking more and more like NHL hockey is going to leave Atlanta again.
Let’s face it, as much as we ALL would love to see Arthur Blank buy the team, it is not going to
happen, he is not interested in hockey and has, to my knowledge, ever made any comment about the Thrashers. We are done. But not that David McDavid has all of turner’s money from HIS lawsuit, would he, even be remotely interested at this point ?

Iron League 13

February 16th, 2011
4:55 pm

RAWHIDE, thanks for the tip that was a telling radio interview. Telling that at the very least (though not likely) Gearon knows and cares little for the Thrashers. You can tell in most people when they’re skirting an issue and/or lying. He was clearly doing both.

Notice how clear speaking and informed he was when talking about basketball and the Hawks, it was like he was glowing so to speak. Yet he was shook up and on edge when talking about hockey and the Thrashers. Hell, he even admitted NOT knowing much about hockey I think it was, then talked about how hard it is to run two teams. The way I took that was that it’s hard to funnel money discretely into places serving he and his buddies interests (THE HAWKS).

This guy was back peddling on the radio, he’s trying not to get hasseled about this day and night after saying a bit too much to CVivs. Either that or he and the whole F.A.S.G. are so cheap that this was better than paying for a HELP WANTED add in the AJC. Regardless, my gut’s telling me this team is leaving.

AnotherThrashersFan

February 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

pointless interview, all lies and no answers for the fans, he repeated stuff over and over and over and over and over again and only mentioned hawks about a billion times…..what does it take to keep this team here? i wanted to hear some real numbers, concrete answers and i got NOTHING

Sage of Bluesland

February 16th, 2011
5:01 pm

“…Or maybe we are all wishing on a star.”

Herein lies half the problem…Many have–and look where that got you…

What I just heard with my own ears was painful.

I’m not even going down “one last time”…

Michael Gearon As A Little League Coach

February 16th, 2011
5:04 pm

Ok kids, only one team wins the championship, lets not worry ourselves with that.

We are merely here to entertain your parents.

ZAvalanche

February 16th, 2011
5:04 pm

Just listened to the replay: why did he start talking about the Hawks for like 5 minutes. That wasn’t what this was supposed to be about. I don’t give a sh!t about the Hawks. He says that the ‘perception that they have been cheap, which is incorrect. The Hawks were prepared to write Kobe a big check and we have one of the highest payrolls”, umm, what about hockey? 2nd lowest in the league. Then he says “it is hard to write checks for two different teams”. Bull sh!t G, suck it. I am sick and tired of listening to this guys drivel. I know, lets all hug and talk about the Hawks some more…..

Michael Gearon As A Little League Coach

February 16th, 2011
5:05 pm

Hey kids, what is a bat and glove?

Do you kids know about basketball?

j nes

February 16th, 2011
5:05 pm

I am not familiar with the ins and outs of the NHL’s ownership policy but could a public option be viable? It works for the Superbowl Champion Green bay Packers.

“Unlike the 31 other professional football teams, or any other sports team for that matter, the Packers are not owned by some wealthy individual (or group of individuals) seeking a profit. Instead, they’re owned and managed by 111,968 devoted fans. In that lies their power.

The unique ownership model embraced by Green Bay harkens back to the early days of football in the United States, when the sport was still an amateur pastime. As time passed and the gradual professionalization of football occurred, what were previously community teams either folded or moved to larger cities as owners sought to increase profits. However, initial financial failure forced the Packers into community-ownership, and the team was able to stay in a town of a hundred thousand while others struggled in cities of millions. In the days since, the locally owned Packers have won more NFL championships than any other team and accumulated an unbelievable 40-year season ticket waiting list. Clearly, they’re on to something.

The fact that nearly the entire city of Green Bay owns a share of the Packers fundamentally ties the team to its city. Not only does this rule out the possibility of an angry owner moving the team in the dead of the night, but it also drastically alters the environment of every home game. As anyone who watched the Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card round will tell you, home field advantage can’t be underestimated. In Green Bay, where many of the 70,000 screaming cheeseheads in the stands are shareholders, “advantage” is probably too weak of a word to describe the atmosphere visiting teams face at Lambeau Field. Sure, Chicago might have its superfans and Oakland might have “raider nation,” but when most fans have a direct stake in the team itself, it gives rise to unparalleled dedication and devotion.

Green Bay fans themselves vote on and serve as part of the board of directors, which appoints the pivotal managerial and coaching staff of the Packers. Unlike most other teams across the nation, when Packers fans are frustrated, they don’t have to suck it up. They have the ability to enact change through shareholder votes and air their grievances directly with Packer management. Many fans of lackluster professional teams, such as the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals or Washington Wizards, dream of having that capability.

Another remarkable thing about the Packers is that the team is a nonprofit enterprise. This is in direct contrast to virtually every other team in professional sports, which are geared toward earning the owner a profit (as anyone who’s been to a Yankees’ game will tell you). While some in the business community might see a nonprofit sports team as a negative company model, I view it as the ideal. As a nonprofit corporation, the Packers have no need to charge outrageous fees for tickets, merchandise or concessions (although these still remain expensive). Instead, the team can focus on football, which unfortunately often takes a backseat to making money in today’s sports industry.

Despite all this wishful thinking, it is not only unlikely but impossible for another NFL team to adopt Green Bay’s ownership structure. In the 1980s, the NFL revised its ownership policy, implementing a limit of 32 owners for each professional football team, with one owner possessing a share of 30 percent or greater.”

http://www.thehoya.com/sports/unique-ownership-model-works-for-green-bay-packers-1.1922876

da' boomer

February 16th, 2011
5:06 pm

when is kincaide’s interview/

Eileen

February 16th, 2011
5:09 pm

This is my take on the interview–unless ASG get more investors, the Thrashers will be sold and perhaps move. Signing Buff to a long term deal is intended to show a potential investor we are worth investing in. ASG couldn’t get more investors while the group was tied up in a lawsuit. Gearon feels the law firm wrote the originial ASG contract incorrectly. He is partial to basketball, but as an Atlanta native he thinks the city benefits from a hockey team and deserves one. The product on the ice is far different and better than the one in the last 5 years. Before Christmas, the Thrashers were the talk of the NHL. These last several weeks, the team has struggled. Ramsay and the other coaches as well as Dudley are proven winners. Championships are hard to come by, but the team should be in the race. He wants to keep his share of the Thrashers. Gearon feels he may have mislead by using the word “urgent”. The moving trucks are not coming next week. However, we need investors sooner than later. He wanted to get the info out there so investors will step up.

It is up to everyone to decide what they believe and/or think about the interview. I am just a messenger.

Joe McGrath

February 16th, 2011
5:11 pm

If 17K fill the arena against the Panthers and then collectively get up out of their seats and walk out of the arena at the 10 minute mark of the 2nd period, that would get NATIONAL NEWS attention.

ryan

February 16th, 2011
5:11 pm

This is the end of the ASG i hope its true they don’t care about Atlanta and the fans .

Badger Bob

February 16th, 2011
5:14 pm

da’ boomer “when is kincaide’s interview?”

You don’t know just how appropriate that question is!

Brendan

February 16th, 2011
5:17 pm

Okay, I caught most, but not ALL of the Michael Gearon interview. Here’s what I took away. He says he has no intention of selling off HIS shares of the Thrashers. He says, “I’m a native Georgian. I love the Hawks and Thrashers. Basketball is my preference, but I’ve written a lot of checks for the Thrashers.” Hey R.Stroz, he says that he “resents being called ‘cheap.’” (By YOU, I suppose.) Then, he further explains how FEW ownerships in sports own MORE than one (1) team. He listed them. Why?? I have no idea.

What does that have to do with a league-minimum budget, I do wonder. Unless his point was, “we’re poor, due to the lawsuits and no Belkin money for 5 years,” so we CAN’T spend. Hmmn. Okay, then. But how does that assuage the hockey fan who thinks you’re CHEAP? They don’t care HOW and WHY the Thrashers ownership is cash-strapped. It’s a game of SEMANTICS. It’s ostensibly Michael GEARON’s position that he’s “poor, not cheap.” In short, he WANTS to spend money, but he needs more investors to do that. And that, if he got them, he would spend more money.

How do we properly respond to that. That’s like saying, “I’d like to be a better student, but I just don’t have the time to study. Not properly enough, anyway, to get an ‘A.’” Well, how does that explanation change the fact that a “C” appears on your transcript/report card? It is what it is. Change it, Michael!

Michael said, “Only one team can win the Championship, in any given sport. And if it takes WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP to maintain a fanbase, well, that’s just too unrealistic of an expectation (for us to bear annually).” Ummn, Michael. I don’t think anyone expects the Hawks or Thrashers to be the ANNUAL champions of the NBA or NHL. I understand what you’re saying … but all we really, ever, ever, ever asked for … was an HONEST ATTEMPT at winning. What does that mean??? It means ACCOUNTABILITY over Billy Knight, Don Waddell, Woody, Dan Marr, as Head of Scouting, etc. It also means ROBUST BUDGETS, so that the players and their agents KNOW that Atlanta is a market that it’s the HUNT for a Stanley Cup. Michael, what do you possibly think is the PERCEPTION of the Atlanta Thrashers, come July 1st? Actually, I don’t have to ask that question, as Michael Gearon plainly knows the answer, when player agents don’t return the phone calls of the Atlanta Thrashers. There is not a sufficient ‘commitment level’ on the part of the Thrashers ownership to win the Cup. And I don’t mean, “every year.” That’s totally unrealistic. Whatever happened to this wonderful thing called, “A window of Opportunity?”

Build this team correctly, and you can give yourself a 3-5 year window, where MAYBE one (1) Stanley Cup or one berth in the SCF becomes more than just possible, it becomes PROBABLE. Nobody is going to get mad at you, or stop buying tickets the next year, because the Thrashers lost Game Seven of the Conference Finals, or the Stanley Cup Finals. All the fans want … is a properly run franchise. We don’t demand Stanley Cup Titles, OR ELSE!!! This is Atlanta, GA, not “Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.” And that’s a very absurd stance to take, when justifying your lowball budgets. If you don’t have a good cashflow, ask yourself this question: “Why don’t you?” If the answer is, “because you kept Don Waddell in place for a decade,” don’t tell me that you couldn’t have fired him, at some point. If you don’t have the cashflow … is it because of Steve Belkin? Certainly, you could have replaced him, by running an organization that were TRULY ‘headed in the right direction.’ The Thrashers have been a laughing stock for most of their existence, despite the bluster to the contrary, about playoff possibilities, in seasons that ended with 76-points.

If this team leaves … it’s because it wasn’t properly run. If this team wins a Stanley Cup, it’s because it WAS run properly. It ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS … comes down to ownership. To hear Michael Gearon on 680TheFan making excuses about having to ‘write a lot of checks for the Thrashers’ over the last few years, well WHAT ELSE was he supposed to do?? He owns the team!! He gets ‘revenue-sharing dollars’ from the NHL. Who ELSE is supposed to write the checks?, the Easter Bunny, the Abominable Snowman, or the Magical Elves of Happy Land?” He’s the part-owner. I repeat, he’s the part-owner. To dodge responsibility for that, due to lawsuits, over IMPROPERLY DRAFTED contracts by counsel … just sounds too much like “My dog ate my homework, while the sun was in my eyes, and I was offbalance, too.”

Worst sales dude in history

February 16th, 2011
5:17 pm

We are bleeding money like crazy and suing our own lawyers. So you wanna buy in?

Matt from MN

February 16th, 2011
5:19 pm

Listened to Michael Gearson of the ASG Clowns on 680. Wow, what a deluded soul. Blaming all the problems on the lawsuits, saying they field competitive teams (using the Hawks as his example) and basically saying they aren’t out to win championships, but just field competitive teams. Sad.

IMO, JK did a horrible job and let Gearon stick to his talking points and not answer the questions.

Frustrated Fan

February 16th, 2011
5:20 pm

I didnt listen to the interview cause I figured it would be loaded with BS. Here, I have a favorite hockey team, Ive been to plenty of games and watch almost everyone on tv, and the ownership over the last couple of weeks and months has done nothing but spit in my face with lies. The only thing I can compare it to is watching a dog get hit by a car over and over again, you would think eventually the dog would move or the car would stop/swerve! I feel like the dog!
I would love to have a solution, I really would, this ownership group is making it impossible to even want to come down there to watch my favorite team! This years squad is my favorite team, sure they lose games, overall I think the team is headed in the right direction. Just the ownership…….miracle off ice, is what we need.

Travis Bickle

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

Will there be metal detectors ar the town meeting with ASG? Just asking….

james

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

More bashing of the current ownership is now just a total waste of valuable time, we need to focus on generating support for a NEW owner… check out http://www.arthurblankbuythethrashers.com these guys are getting some momentum and are showing up in the news. We need to help, not bash!!!

Badger Bob

February 16th, 2011
5:23 pm

Well said, Brendan.

Mooseberg

February 16th, 2011
5:23 pm

This is from the Total Payroll Numbers from USA today. Gearon = LIAR, the whole interview. The only reason we were 11th in the 05-06 is everyone’s payroll was down after the lockout. Everyone else started paying players again in 06-07 but the thrashers stayed the same…pretty much every year after that, not extra commitment to do anything but stay the course of losing. Someone buy this bunch of losers and liars out….PLEASE

Look at the list, you get what you pay for…the one year we made the playoffs was our best ranking in payroll.

Season NHL Rank League Highest
00-01 29th 17.8 Million 56.8 Million NYR
01-02 30th 15.2 66.6 DET
02-03 28th 22.9 76.4 NYR
03-04 26th 28.5 77.8 DET
05-06 11th 37.1 47.1 NJ
06-07 24th 37 49.6 NJ
07-08 26th 36.5 61.1 CO
08-09 29th 34.2 66.1 NYR
09-10 28th 41.2 63.8 NYR

Darkhorse

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

All that said, IF someone wanted to buy the team and keep it here, you would think they could get it for a song and dance. Part of the buyers pitch could be buying it on the cheap allows them to infuse more money immediately into the team….putting a better product on the ice….and filling the arena more often….therefore more profit back to the remaining ASG owners. Making everyone happy.

Just seems like no one is crazy enough to get in bed with these fools yet. Which leaves the fans fu#@ed.

Matt from MN

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

Oh yeah, one other point for Gearon. If you can’t afford two buy/run two teams then DON’T FREAKING BUY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eileen

February 16th, 2011
5:30 pm

No words of comfort from Dan Kamal’s blog–Buff signed here because he believes in the success of Rick Dudley—only to be followed by “I hope it is in Atlanta”.

simpleminded

February 16th, 2011
5:39 pm

Carolina just announced multiple buyers are investing in the Canes. Buffalo just completed a sale, the NHL is cowtowing to Phoenix for some unknown reason, Dallas has new ownership and of course, Tampa Bay….

Wasn’t it printed that MKL III was interested in purchasing the Mets? Why can’t Atlanta’s African American Community business leaders step forward and become instant heroes in the city? The Thrashers actually do bring jobs and visitors to the community! Just Do It!

Iron League 13

February 16th, 2011
5:40 pm

Seriously what is up with not being able to see all the comments?

Red Light

February 16th, 2011
5:44 pm

A follow-up to Badger Bob’s question and Mooseberg’s post. Gearon was saying that the year after the lockout that the Thrashers had the highest or one of the highest payrolls in the league. It’s not like they have broken the bank with the Hawks either (see way below). But, according to the USA Today salary database, the Thrashers annual salaries and league rank since 2000-01 are as follows…

2000-01 $17,818,175 29th
2001-02 $15,220,000 30th
2002-03 $22,972,500 28th
2003-04 $28,547,500 26th
2005-06 $37,170,200 11th
2006-07 $37,607,700 24th
2007-08 $36,580,000 26th
2008-09 $34,262,500 29th
2009-10 $41,845,000 28th
2010-11 $41,472,880 29th (Cap Geek figures)

According to the USA Today Salary database, the Hawks annual salaries and league rank since 2001-02 are as follows…

Hawks
2001-02 $49,328,373 15th (27 teams)
2002-03 $56,426,301 10th (28 teams)
2003-04 $63,536,207 8th (28 teams)
2004-05 $29,183,440 28th (29 teams)
2005-06 $73,264,898 28th (29 teams)
2006-07 $47,812,036 25th (29 teams)
2007-08 $58,531,493 22nd (29 teams)
2008-09 $68,607,953 17th (30 teams)
2009-10 $70,198,210 23rd (30 teams)
2010-11 Not available

Or, if you prefer to look more closely yourselves, here’s the link. http://content.usatoday.com/sportsdata/hockey/nhl/salaries/team

Joe Friday

February 16th, 2011
5:46 pm

Let me know when Bettman speaks out today on behalf of keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta and scolding one of our owners for saying he was moving the club . . . (crickets)

Writing is on the wall here, if they weren’t moving, Bettman would’ve issued a statement already reprimanding Gearon and assuring the fans he’d fight to keep the team in town

Red Light

February 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

Reminder that the sale to ASG was consummated in March 2004. You have to give them credit on their salary budgets…they’re consistent…

R.Stroz…here’s your cue…

Iron League 13

February 16th, 2011
5:57 pm

It’s all so absurd now that it’s almost laughable…I could cry. What do we do? I’m actually NOT going to say we should support this team by GOING to the games…I already feel violated. I dunno anymore, I was going to go to next Friday’s game, but I’ll feel dirty and I don’t like paying for such a sensation. Seriously, I’m almost at a point after this interview that I help them pack things up.

Badger Bob

February 16th, 2011
5:57 pm

Thank you, Mooseberg and RL.

At least Mr. Gearon will never make it in politics. If you are going to lie, avoid using specifics like “top payroll in the league”.

@james SAVE THE THRASH WEBSITE

February 16th, 2011
5:57 pm

I am one of the creators of:

http://www.arthurblankbuythethrashers.com/

I agree with your sentiments exactly. The ASG is not going to own the Thrashers in 2-to-16 months. The odds are very good a totally new group will own the team. The question is will the team be in Atlanta or in Canada. You have a choice as fans – support the NHL and Atlanta’s franchise or you can go down and help load the moving vans. It is time to move on and (a) stop bashing the ASG, and (b) stop bashing Don Waddell – neither has a future with the Thrashers. If new Atlanta owners come in, ASG and Waddell are out. If new Atlanta owners do not come in, then the team is gone and Don Waddell /ASG are gone – either way they are not part of the future – so, please for the love of God and hockey, start supporting HOCKEY in ATLANTA and drop your boycotts. This is not about the ASG or Don Waddell, it is about keeping the NHL in Atlanta. You can win with your boycott and “hurt the ASG’s wallets” and you will lose as you turn on Center Ice to watch the Winnipeg Thrashers. Please go to this page (link below) and (1) email the Mayor, (2) send a comment form to the Governor, (3) say you “like” our Facebook page:

http://www.arthurblankbuythethrashers.com/fans.html

We will help to find NEW OWNERS, but if the team moves it will be too late. We need to show the NHL there is a reason to give Atlanta some time to get our act together. You have every right to be angry, but we are in competition with Winnipeg and Quebec – those cities have a united group of fans – we must unite and all work together to save our team .

Our group is on CBS news at 6 p.m. today. Now that we have the story out via the media, we are moving away from “Arthur Blank” and shifting to “Community Leaders” – please see the edits to “de-Blank” the site. The 11-Alive story was excellent for our cause as fans – we welcome your ideas and look forward to working with you all . We appreciate all the support via phone and email – we are blessed to have some great hockey fans who want to see the Thrashers remain the ATLANTA Thrashers. Let’s band together and fight the good fight!

Smoothie

February 16th, 2011
6:02 pm

R/L – thanks for those figures, but how in the world did they jump from $29 M in 2004 to $73 M in 2005-06 for the Hawks? I honestly don’t remember because I didn’t care enough to check after they passed like idiots on Chris Paul. Unbelievable.

Badger Bob

February 16th, 2011
6:07 pm

So Gearon doesn’t like being called cheap. Perhaps that’s what really soured things with Hossa. I recall No. 18 being flabbergasted (and perhaps, to his doom, uttering the word “cheap”) that the Thrashers had little 8 oz no-name water bottles for him, rather than 16 oz Dasani. Cheap, cheap, cheap…

Red Light

February 16th, 2011
6:07 pm

You’ll have to ask USA Today Smoothie, but all figures were inflated that year, but in Aug. 2005 they signed Joe Johnson.

The Dumpster

February 16th, 2011
6:13 pm

The thrashers right now are so low in sale value that they’re probably the price of an uptown Buckhead mansion.

WE the fans should sue these “owners” for misrepresentation of this club.

Iron League 13

February 16th, 2011
6:14 pm

Joe Friday – This story has wings, thanks, CVivs. If tomorrow goes by without any kind of response from the league, then we’ll truly know. I am however in 100% agreement with you after Buff (alluded to it), the subsequent leak and listening to Gearon’s interview. Bettman’s silence is deafening.

The Dumpster

February 16th, 2011
6:21 pm

Why am i still watching this team, anyhow?

This situation is 100X worse than what the Cleveland Cavaliers are going through…

AT LEAST they have stable ownership.

Pathetic Atlanta Spirit… Pathetic… I’m surprised how you a$$ clowns run your own business, with DISHONESTY and LACK OF ATTENTION TO DETAILS of course!!!!

Ward

February 16th, 2011
6:25 pm

Rawhide has it correct, attend, support team and then hope for…Arthur Blank and similar influencial backers buying out the dwarfs….keep Dudley and Ramsay to manage the team correctly,gain momentum for 2011-2012 when team will “improve with age” and try to forget all the other crap.

HookyBob

February 16th, 2011
6:25 pm

Redlight, I follow Mr Tiller’s blog, 2 or 3 times every day, just not posting. There are 2 reasons: 1) You know what they say about opinions right (everyone has one etc)? And I’ll say this blog has opinons well worth hearing/reading so I don’t need to bringing it down. 2)Mark Twain once said it is better to keep your mouth shut and let people believe you are a fool,…than to open it an remove all doubt. Probably too late for me on this,..but I’m hoping some bloggers have short memories.

That said, let me put both those premises to test,..I’m with Flames in that I am still hopeful that this team will be here for several years to come.

Go Blue,..GIVE US A REASON TO BELIEVE AND THE FANS WILL RESPOND.

The Dumpster

February 16th, 2011
6:26 pm

Hard to believe i’m saying this…. but i care more about great owners than I do about them
making the playoffs this season.

At least finish with some pride and dignity, Thrashers.

By the way the Big buff contract is just a present for the future Canadian owners
At least they have one less thing to pay for.

Unless…. ATLANTA THRASHERS GET OWNERS THAT keep them in the A-T-L

EA

February 16th, 2011
6:32 pm

John Kincaide just called those boycotting the team idiots. He said all that will show Bettman is a lack of interest. He has been reading the message boards today and said those boycotting the team will receive no sympathy if the team moves. Just sayin.

I am with Rawhide, I will continue to support the team. If the team leaves, it will be horrible for the city as well as so many of the die hard fans.

@EA SAVE THE THRASH WEBSITE

February 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

Accurate = “He said all that will show Bettman is a lack of interest.”

Red Light

February 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

Was just having a little fun with you HookyBob, but at least I got one post out of you!

Mooseberg

February 16th, 2011
6:36 pm

If I boycott anything it will be 680 TheFan because of Kincaide, worthless interview, company man.

EA

February 16th, 2011
6:42 pm

BTW, I am just repeating what I heard from the company man Kincaide. Readers can decide for themselves what they think. I am not here to argue.

Iron League 13

February 16th, 2011
6:44 pm

sheesh where’s the end post