Thrashers take on Coyotes as fans deal with ‘The Morning After’

The collective moaning and groaning heard throughout town this morning was the sound of Thrashers fans rolling out of bed still feeling the effects of being kicked in the gut yesterday. It’s the feeling you might experience after a long night of consuming hot wings and washing it all down with vast quantities of adult beverages…only without the benefit of actually enjoying the wings and drinks the night before.

Yes…it’s the morning after in Thrasherville.

In case you were away from your internet-fed computer or not tuned in to AM sports talk radio, here is the story in a nutshell:

Atlanta Spirit co-owner Michael Gearon let it be know via the AJC that there was a “sense of urgency” to find additional investor or an outright buyer for the Thrashers who would be willing to keep the team in Atlanta. He stated that they were faced with that as a serious alternative if no one steps forward and indicated that it would be tough to stomach any more $20 million losses.

Later in the afternoon, he then went on 680 AM The Fan with John Kincade and indicated his statement was simply meant to inform would-be local investors that they were open to offers. Gearon stated that he has no plans to dispose of HIS part of the franchise and that he loves both the Hawks and the Thrashers. He is only speaking out at this time, he insists, because he really and for-truly wants anyone in these parts looking to buy the Thrashers to have first crack at the deal.

He then went on about how the Belkin buyout took longer than expected because of their law firm…and then proceeded to discuss at length just how well he thought the Hawks were doing.

I guess the basketball team’s recent string of successful seasons is just a little more fun to talk about for Gearon than what he and his cohorts have allowed the Thrashers to become during their reign as owners.

…shrugs…

Why did Michael Gearon deliver this bit of information and not, say, Bruce Levenson? I dunno…maybe he was too busy working on his opening dialogue in preparation for an upcoming town hall meeting with season ticket holders.

Then again, maybe flaming monkeys will fly out of my…

…ahem…

Anyway…Unfortunately, this is just another cross we in Thrasherville will have to bear until any such person or persons actually step forward. So, you may continue to discuss it if you may, or move on to…

ACTUAL REAL LIFE HOCKEY TO DISCUSS!

Thank gawd that we actually have some honest and for-goodness Thrashers hockey to discuss today. While we are dealing with the aftereffects of the “M” bomb being dropped on Thrasherville by Mr. Gearon, the Thrashers find themselves in Arizona where they’ll do battle with the Phoenix Coyotes tonight.

And just like the “sense of urgency” Gearon commented on in regards to finding new partners or owners, there is also a deep sense of urgency to actually win some games if this team is to continue to make a run at the postseason. Doing so would actually go a long way in helping place some more butts in the blue seats of Philips Arena.

Just sayin’, Mr. Gearon…

The Yotes will provide a tough test for Atlanta as they currently sit atop the Pacific Division with a record of 30-19-9 and are coming off a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals Monday night. They’ve won five straight games and are 13-6-2 since New Years.

They are led in scoring by Keith Yandle with 9 goals and 38 assists for 47 points and Ray Whitney with 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points. Lead Phoenix in goals scored is Scottie Upshall who has potted 16 to go with 11 helpers.

In goal for the Coyotes is Ilya Bryzgalov who has played to a record of 24-14-6 with a .918 SV% and 2.56 GAA. He has 5 shutouts so far this season. He’s currently on a personal five-game winning streak in which he’s allowed only six goals and dropped two goose eggs on the scoreboard. During the streak, he’s stopped 127 of 133 shots, (.955 SV%).

Last night we got some help from New Jersey and Philadelphia as they defeated Carolina and Florida respectively. The same is true as Toronto knocked off Buffalo in regulation as well. However, that brings win allowed the Leafs to leapfrog over the Panthers into eleventh place and pulled them to within four points of the Thrashers, who now reside in tenth.

Game is at 9:00 our time…I’ll have Trixie put on a few extra pots of coffee in the morning as it’ll be pushing midnight once the festivities in the desert are over. And I think I may sample a few wings and adult beverages while viewing it.

What the heck, the pain in my gut tomorrow morning won’t be any worse then the one I woke up with today.

275 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

February 17th, 2011
10:02 am

GO TO HELL SPIRIT…..GO TO HELL….BANG BANG

GO TO HELL SPIRIT…..GO TO HELL….BANG BANG

J. Smith

February 17th, 2011
10:11 am

We are now looking at MUST WIN games….winning and fans showing up go together. We have no legacy that keeps fans in the seats when the team sucks like Edmonton and other teams do. Dudley needs to make a move now, acquire a star forward, and hope not to play Philadelphia in round 1.

DWTOO

February 17th, 2011
10:14 am

Let’s stick to hockey – we can’t or have limited control over what these pitiful excuses for ownership do. But, we can continue to speculate on what’s happening on the ice. We’ve been playing some good hockey without much success. We’re due for some better bounces. Buff steps up and earns his money.

One point and then I will forever hold my piece – the guys on Hockey This Morning were discussing the THrasher/Quebec/Winnipeg situation and from what I caught didn’t feel either market in CA was really viable due to various constraints that have been discussed here. Felt maybe Quebec would be ready in 2014. We’ll see.

AtlantaVols

February 17th, 2011
10:14 am

Huge game tonight…If we can find a way to win and then take care of last place Edmonton, then we can get back on track

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Zoomo

February 17th, 2011
10:18 am

I’m with ATLVols. 2 wins in a row would go a long way to making my stomach feel a bit better.

There is no cure like winning.

Alan R.

February 17th, 2011
10:22 am

The collective moaning and groaning heard throughout town this morning was the sound of Thrashers fans rolling out of bed still feeling the effects of being kicked in the gut yesterday.

For me, it was more like the stiffness of joints and neck after putting myself into an alcohol-induced torpor. :P

R. Stroz

February 17th, 2011
10:34 am

The only way the Thrashers remain in Atlanta is simple:

1) A local buyer purchases the team.

2) The new buyer rents Philips Arena from the Spirit Clowns for a couple of years until

3) A NEW ARENA is built on the north side of town as was the original plan before Ted Turner screwed up the location at Abernathy and 400.

4) Because no one can deal with the Spirit Clowns

Sage of Blueland

February 17th, 2011
10:41 am

I have an idea for everyone…
To stop the incompetence of my posts and the mindless drivel that I spew I am asking everyone to BOYCOTT my blog posts. If you keep reading and responding you are funding the incompetence. We can’t take any more of the idiotic, mindless rants that I spew on a daily basis. I make the same point on every post – fire Wadell, ASG is awful, I am not funding this anymore, I will not go to one more game.

I think everyone has heard my point but I choose to drive it home everyday because I like to see my name in print. So please everyone BOYCOTT the incompetence that is SoB.

JMIK

February 17th, 2011
10:50 am

Must win game tonight, no question about that, my only question is why did Gearon deliver his message while Dudley is trying to work his magic on the personnel side and they are in the middle of attempting to get season ticket holders to renew and right after the great news of the Buff signing. Nothing like throwing a bucket of ice water on positive happenings and possibly tanking Dudley’s chances of bringing additional talent to our club by throwing more concerns about where we will be playing on the table. Not to mention stopping people in their tracks pens in mid-air, from renewing their season tickets, who were willing to renew after hearing the Buff signing news by questioning “does Buff know something we don’t know?” I personally don’t think the NHL will let the team move out of Atlanta, but who can tell there. Bottom line is we need to win and we need to win now. If things go bad on this road trip, the picture could change quickly. Tonight we tame the “Yotes” and move on from there, Go Thrashers………

toddism

February 17th, 2011
11:09 am

Post deleted? I don’t think there were cuss words.

Get The Puck Out

February 17th, 2011
11:13 am

Couldn’t agree with you more Sage. The boycott starts with you being blocked from this forum. Anyway, i thought Sage was a spice. One spice i can do without.

Joe Friday

February 17th, 2011
11:13 am

“my only question is why did Gearon deliver his message while Dudley is trying to work his magic on the personnel side and they are in the middle of attempting to get season ticket holders to renew and right after the great news of the Buff signing. Nothing like throwing a bucket of ice water on positive happenings”

Precisely. Couple that with the crickets we hear chirping, instead of immediate admonishment of Gearon by Bettman and immediate assurances from the league office that they’re committed to the Atlanta market, and the writing is all over the wall here, folks . . .

Hockey Biltong

February 17th, 2011
11:20 am

Just gonna have to ride it out, people.In the mean time;
Go Thrashers!!! Kick some Coyote teeth and side-drill some Oilers, geologically speaking.

Iron League 13

February 17th, 2011
11:26 am

Sorry, I’m not feelin optimistic. With all the news of late I forgot WE STILL HAVEN’T MADE A GOOD MOVE. Guys, if they can’t pull a miraculous and sweeping win streak starting A.S.A.P. this organization is DONE. I just don’t see an (admittedly) unjustified response to save a team that didn’t want to save it’s fans. That said, I’ll be there, but I think that’s the concensus.

simpleminded

February 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Weren’t there Gnashing of Teeth for a couple of years in “Gnashville” up the road when they were forced with a similar financial crisis?? They had to come up with 14,000 a night in attendance to save the team. They had to face a wake up call first, and then moved to make it happen. Bettman helped find an owner when it was announced that they needed new ownership.

Gary Bettman stepped in when the tools in Tampa made it official that they were done, likewise in Phoenix, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Dallas.

I think it is illegal tampering to jump into the fray before official invitations for trespass are issued, therefore, maybe NOW the wheels of progress will start turning. Bettman is well aware of the fact that it’s an ownership issue and he said so much as that at his “state of the league” speech. He blessed the position that they need to go find more financing. He hasn’t turned his back at all. Not yet.

This means that if fans want hockey but not the current owners, WE HAVE TO SHOW UP FULL FORCE AND SHOW WE CAN SUPPORT A TEAM.

THESE GUYS WILL SELL. WE ARE WOOING NEW OWNERS, NOT PADDING THESE GUYS. There isn’t that much money in the slashed ticket prices to make them heal all wounds so don’t worry about them laughing to the bank because you take your son or daughter to a game.

Boycott and it’s all over.

If you are on the fence about renewing season tix and can afford it, DO IT NOW. Our 15 minutes of fame is right now. The media won’t be covering the Thrashers come March baseball time. We need to show support for the sport and for a home team. Once sold, the team will get better.

SAVE THE BIRD.

alex

February 17th, 2011
11:27 am

i hate asg and dw guts, but let me tell you true, part of the blame should take folks in “capital of the south”, they care only about college football, however there’s dawgs pathetic losers thrashers like, second part of the blame – radio media personnel, instead to study the game and than educate Atlanta residents, promote the game, they just ignore because thinking only football in red neck state moving you rating. so i hate chuck and chernoff on 680 am and they in same category as asg, to drive thrashers out of town. i remember miracle on ice in 1980 olympic, now it’s late in the game and Atlanta on edge to lose. smell like 0:3 and 1 minute to play. this time need another miracle to keep team here. i gave up 2 years ago and a lot of guys been critical of me. looks like unfortunately i been right, but no satisfaction.

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
11:29 am

I may buy tkts to the remaining 7 home games I don’t already have tkts for so I can sit next to or behind Strozier and his bullhorn. Time to give these ass-clowns a big vocal dose of grief and vitriol.

Are you ready Stroz??

john in PA

February 17th, 2011
11:30 am

We Thrasher fans have been long suffering. One thing we all have in common now is a “Sense of Urgency” to finally rid ourselves of these ASG a-clowns.
New marketing motto for playoff (hah!) push…”Sense of Urgency” for ASG to go!

Joe Friday

February 17th, 2011
11:30 am

I’d like to make one thing very clear. While I truly believe that the decision has been made to allow the Spirit to move the team (the crickets chirping today instead of Bettman roaring his displeasure with Gearon’s comments and Daly’s previous comments, speaks volumes), I do not want to go down without a fight.

Winners never quit and quitters never win. I’ve emailed the Governor and the Mayor via the links provided on the Blank save our team site and I emailed the NHL front office. Now the Gov and the Mayor can’t do anything using public dollars, state and local govts are all in huge budget crunches due to dropping revenue, but they can and should use their bully pulpits to try to fight for the team. I pointed out to the Gov and the Mayor that the loss of the Thrash is loss of revenue for them in tax dollars and they should try to save this.

I urge each and every one of you to take your anger and channel it into something productive. Write letters, send emails, make phone calls, and don’t go down without a fight. At least you can wake up the day you hear the news and know that you tried . . . and if enough of us try, it just may work.

Quit complaining on these boards and start doing something productive, or they’re gone . . . showing up at the games is also what it’s going to take. Kincade is a goof with his over the top stuff, but he is right about that, boycotting now is only going to ensure the move out of town . . . get to the games, be loud, but first, get your letters, emails and phone calls to the Mayor, Governor, and the NHL front office. Who’s with me?

R. Stroz

February 17th, 2011
11:36 am

OH HELL YES SMOOTHIE.

I WILL COMPLETELY BLOW OUT MY VOCAL CORDS and I’ve never been hoarse the morning after a game.

THE STROZ EXPRESS IS COMING AND THE HORN WILL BE DEAFENING.

I’m going down swinging, there is no other way.

JMT21

February 17th, 2011
11:37 am

@DWTOO.

Just to clarify the CA markets. Quebec City is only in the planning stages of building an arena. Earliest completion date is 2015. They also have no ownership group to speak of.

Winnipeg has an NHL arena, albeit a small one with and ownership group in place with very very deep pockets.

As for the Thrasher situation…. I think finding a new investor would be tough to sell as who is their right mind would join the ownership group you currently have? You’d need someone who knows hockey and tell ASG to take a long walk off a short pier.

Short of that you’ll need Bettman to come to the rescue as was done in Phoenix.

Joe Friday

February 17th, 2011
11:48 am

Feel free to copy and paste this text and send it to the Mayor, Governor, and tailor it for the NHL front office:

email to: mayorreed@atlantaga.gov
fill out form for Gov: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,165937316_166563415,00.html#
fill out form for NHL: http://www.nhl.com/ice/feedback.htm

Dear Mr. Mayor,

You are probably hearing from fans and media about the problems with the Atlanta Thrashers. The ownership group in control
knows little about hockey and has been losing money, and has mismanaged the team.

This has caused low attendance due to fans being turned off by the ownership group, a group who met with the fans and told
them to “deal with it!” if they didn’t like how the team was being run. Imagine if you said that during your campaign, the voters
would deal with it, by NOT voting for you. Fans have voted NO against the Thrashers’ owners by staying away.

But there’s fans in this town and I’m afraid that if you and other local politicians don’t use your bully pulpit to try to save the team,
that we’ll lose them. You may not be a hockey fan, and you may not care about them, but I’m sure they provide a good tax revenue
base for the city, and it will be lost if these current owners don’t find a new local buyer to buy the team.

Please look into this, I’m free to speak with you or your staff to answer questions, but please step in.

Sincerely,

Joe Friday

R. Stroz

February 17th, 2011
11:50 am

For the love of hockey people, go on the Arthur Blank Save the Thrashers Website, procure the email addresses of Kasim Reed and Nathan Deal, and write some well written emails.

Explain the lose of tax revenue if the team leaves town in form of lower sales tax revenue, lower hotel tax revenue, politicians understand taxes well.

Tell them you have little reason to venture downtown if the Thrashers leave. Goodness knows the city of Atlanta needs all the tax revenue it can get.

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
11:52 am

Tell ‘em Stroz is coming, and Hell’s coming with him!!

I’ll see what my finances can muster, and my connections can work up in the way of freebies. I need to get some stuff off my chest! :)

ben

February 17th, 2011
11:55 am

i’ll bet there’s a local buyer lined up. I would like to apologize to kovy and waddel, not their fault. I used to be in media and i hate to say it but if there truely are 5,000 homes watching then i swear i know about 1% of the thrashers fan base. folks, ratings don’t work for things like hockey but i can’t really get into it for reasons of political correctness / good manners. folks i’ve traveled all over this country and i gotta say most markets hockey is AT BEST in 3rd place on the radar as far as sports. i say this as a huge hockey fan, if they can’t figure out a way to keep this team vin the metro area, then hockey isn’t a big league sport. yes, the owner would have to care and i’m not saying this place could give montreal or toronto a run for the best market, but it could hold it’s own.

move north of town by a marta line
start games at 730-800
increase on-ice payroll to at least 52 million
market the gol dern team for the love of god
if you have to pay ajc to cover team, do that.

if these steps don’t improve gate then i’ll agree that while hockey in the sunbelt can work it doesn’t here

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
11:57 am

Winnipeg seems like the only viable option right now, other than perhaps Kansas City, but I don’t see Bettman allowing the Thrashers to relocate to the middle of nowhere, Manitoba after doing everything in his power to block the return of the CoyoteJets to Winnipeg. Yes, he was more motivated by blocking Basillie, but WPG was very close to swooping in when their deal to sell to Ice Edge fell through. Bettman does not seem like a man who is willing to give up a market without a fight and I doubt there is an amazing no-brainer of an offer, even from Canada, in this current (other than WPG) economic climate. Yes, the situation is much more dire and time is running short, but this is far from over I reckon.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2011
11:58 am

Joe Friday – Per your 11:30 am post….”Here, Here”!

toddism – To my knowledge, there has not been a post of yours deleted. I checked the spam filter and found nothing.

OK everyone…for those of you who plan to show up next Friday to support this team, support NHL hockey in Atlanta and/or just let the Spirit Clowns know exactly what you think of them, here’s your chance to score some tickets at a good price.

We have a new Rawhide’s Rowdies promo going on for the next few home games, including the Friday February 25th matchup against the Florida Panthers. Simply click –>HERE<-- and enter promo code RAWHIDE.

The worst thing that can happen right now is for the hockey world to tune into the first Thrashers home game after this type of news has broken and have them see just a sea of empty blue seats. If they do, it’ll just play into the hands of those Octocluster and those who insist this is not a place for NHL hockey.

For Thrasherville!! Go Thrashers!! #POMPOM

ZAvalanche

February 17th, 2011
12:01 pm

Joe Friday, I don’t even live in the state (though did for a while) and I emailed the parties you mentioned and had the majority of my hockey loving pals do the same. Only way to get noticed is to make a stink. If people are really passionate about hockey in Atl, spend the 5 minutes and send some messages out!

That being said, there is hope. Somebody brought up the ‘Yotes situation, sitting atop their division. They were mired in mediocrity for YEARS, sucking big time, till the threat of relocation kicked them in the bum and they took action. More and more hockey is turning into a league where draft picks actually matter, rather than in pre-lockout years where if was a free agent frenzy league and picks were kind of a side thought. This is where PHX has really benefited is in the picks and not the UFA game. Problem is that we need the scouts that can differentiate the minute difference between a super star and a good player.

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

Well, well, well, Jeff Schultz asserts:

♦ 1) The NHL has assured Winnipeg it is getting a team back.

If this is true, then all bets are off, these last two months of hockey may in fact be the last days of NHL hockey in Atlanta for a very long time, if not EVER! I don’t know what sources Schultz is relying on here, but he seems quite serious in his article’s tone. Again, take with a grain of salt, but unless the Hulsizer deal falls apart due to the city of Phoenix’s unwillingness to foot the bill for the tax levied safety net, then our Thrashers may well end up playing at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg next year. I always liked the Jets, but won’t this time because of what it will symbolize: that Bettman turned his back on the city of Atlanta in their time of need.

Duluth Hockey nut

February 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

I am sick to my stomach at the tought of losing our Thrashers. We do need a new ownership group……BUT what we need most at this point in time is to support our team. What would 17,000 plus in attendance for the last 12 games of this season say to any prospective new owners about the fan base? We do not need to be boycotting OUR team at this point in time………..that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. I’ve been a season ticket holder since day 1 and losing this team would put a big void in my life. I love hockey……….and I believe this team is on the verge of something great!

fes

February 17th, 2011
12:20 pm

For those that think a boycott is the answer, you have to realize that butts in the seats matter most. If you want to boycott something, don’t buy ANYTHING once inside Philips. Go inside, get rowdy, and show the owners and the league that we care for this team. Boycotting concessions will hit the owners in the wallet while bumping up attendance.

CrazyDiamond

February 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

We are so screwed.

LAC

February 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

Why is everyone calling geron Mr. ? I think A-Hole is much more apporate for that jerk.
He is a complete LIAR and is not to shown ANY Respect !

Mrs. DWTOO

February 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

@ Smoothie – Is Schultz referring to Phoenix or Atlanta in his statement? And, as you pointed out, who ARE the sources to whom Schultz is referring?

Mrs. DWTOO

February 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

By the way, I listened to Geron on 93.7 yesterday and kept yelling “LIAR” at the radio. It made me feel a *little* better anyway…

ZAvalanche

February 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

Mrs. DTWTOO, That is a good question. I think the league is saying that Winnipeg WILL get a team, but they are unsure whether it will be the Coyotes or the Thrashers. That is my take on it.

fes

February 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

Is the AJC preparing for the lack of Thrashers? If you navigate to Sports > Thrashers, you get a Page Not Found error.

Sage of Bluesland

February 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

Jeff Schultz boiled everything down to one word in his latest, and best, article.

Fraud.

This abomination has been a fraud from day number one (even with previous “ownership”, and I use that term very loosely).

I don’t subsidize fraud. It’s not in the fiber of my being. Two ‘wrongs’ don’t make a ‘right’, as it were.

As others have pointed out, this deal is likely done. The silence from the highest of authorities (i.e. the Commissioner’s office) is deafening indeed.

In retrospect, we have been subjected to a fraud of the highest order from the very beginning. The players can sense it. Many of the fans have already sensed it–and they have stopped supporting something which was a sad farce.

(Oh, and imposter “Sage”, it’s “Waddell”….and the construction of your sentences wasn’t quite right…Try again…)

World Be Free

February 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

For Bills’ fans, today is like the day after Super Bowl 25 – Scott Norwood’s wide right.
Sorry I have nothing else to post today. I am still kinda speechless on how the NHL could have their heads so firmly planted up their shorts. THAT is what has me speechless-plus I am busy at work too.

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

DWTOO – ya gotta read Schultzie’s article, it’s certainly worth your time. But his premise is that Winnipeg, per his sources, has already been promised a team (and Bettman has come out and said it will not be through expansion). So it follows that if PHX gets resolved and the deal goes through, guess who’s next in line for possible relo? You have to wonder if the NHL is worn out on repairing all of these fractured ownership situations and bailing out teams like Tampa, Phoenix, Nashville, Buffalo etc. Perhaps they want a quick fix and some big time money as Thompson in Canada is one of the top 20 richest men in the world or something by Forbes’ account.

Smoothie

February 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

“I don’t subsidize fraud. It’s not in the fiber of my being. Two ‘wrongs’ don’t make a ‘right’, as it were.

As others have pointed out, this deal is likely done. The silence from the highest of authorities (i.e. the Commissioner’s office) is deafening indeed.

In retrospect, we have been subjected to a fraud of the highest order from the very beginning. The players can sense it. Many of the fans have already sensed it–and they have stopped supporting something which was a sad farce.”

SOB – so, you’re okay with losing hockey a second time eh? What you’re saying is you’re a fraud when it comes to actually caring about the Thrashers right? You’d rather try to take credit for stuff on a blog that matters not one bit than actually do something proactive and constructive to help save hockey in this city?

Go to hell man, and take LAC with you.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

fes – Nope…seems to be working fine now.

SomaAtl95

February 17th, 2011
1:14 pm

We want the team to stay in Atlanta and send the A$G to Winnipeg. That way they can kill NHL Hockey for a second time in another market.

Spud Webb

February 17th, 2011
1:17 pm

I’m with you Joe Friday.

KLS1

February 17th, 2011
1:24 pm

Somebody should write a book on all the pieces that came apart to create such a sorry state of affairs…from Heatley’s car wreck, to Kari Lehtonen, to the Coburn trade…just an unprecedented # of screw ups.

ZAvalanche

February 17th, 2011
1:25 pm

Not be a chauvinist, but can’t we all agree that we should at least try and subsidize the pretty ladies who shoot the tee shirts into the stands – if not the team?

On a serious note, Schultz has it right. Atlanta is a sports, and hockey, town, but we are discerning fans. I am not going to a restaurant and spend $30 for a pile of sh!t, and if I get fooled once you can damn well be sure it won’t happen again. This is different though. As per one of the poster’s cuisine analogies the other day – it isn’t the ingredients and it isn’t the venue. The team has the ability but the chefs suck. Honestly, I think it takes effort to suck so badly at your job. It is plainly obvious that A$$ LLC funnels Thrasher’s $ to that, ahem, other team who has sucked twice as bad for twice as long as the thrashers have even been around. If I were a Thrasher I would be pissed at being the financial proxy for a p!ss poor sport full of thuggery and egos way larger than their collective intelligence.

Just a thought here as to why that, ahem, other sport is by far inferior to hockey (just one of many thoughts); when the game is close and nearing regulation what happens in that, ahem, other sport? They slow it down, foul on every possession and grind the game into the most boring thing to watch on the planet. Hockey on the other hand speeds up, players take chances and the play gets frantic! So exciting to see a pulled goalie and rockets blast from the point. And the ELATION you feel when you score that late, desperate, goal to stay alive. Anybody see the Gold Medal game that was USA vs CAN? Of course you did. Tell me that wasn’t an instant classic!

I can understand if people like that, ahem, other sport, up to you, but you are seriously misguided.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2011
1:32 pm

Not be a chauvinist, but can’t we all agree that we should at least try and subsidize the pretty ladies who shoot the tee shirts into the stands – if not the team?

ZAvs – I know quite a few of the Blue Crew, and I’m sure each and every one of them would appreciate your sentiment. :cool:

Associated Press Reporting Intern

February 17th, 2011
1:34 pm

Tonight’s game between the Thrashers and Coyotes will determine which of the two beleaguered franchises will move to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season. The loser will be forced to stay in their current city amidst the gloomy prospects, while the loser will finally get the appropriate funding necessary to operate as a real NHL franchise after years of underfunding and mismanagement by current ownership.

The NHL office is rooting for the Thrashers tonight, so that they can finally recoup the $125 million investment they made to purchase the Coyotes. Outside of legal fees, the NHL will net $40 million from the sale from True North!

Associated Press Reporting

February 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

Darn Interns! Should have said…

“The loser will be forced to stay in their current city amidst the gloomy prospects, while the winner will finally get the appropriate funding necessary to operate as a real NHL franchise after years of underfunding and mismanagement by current ownership.”