Flyers visit Thrasherville for a St. Patrick’s Day showdown

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya, Thrasherville. Today be St. Patrick’s Day and once again it’s time to don the greens and let yer inner-Irish come shinin’ through. As I’m sure you all are already knowin’, there not be a single drop of Irish blood in me…German/Austrian is me ancestry. But it’s doesn’t make one hill ‘o beans on this day, now does it?

Aye, on this day I’m as green as a leprechaun, and as fate would have it I’m feelin’ just as lucky as one too. The reason I say such a thing is because I just got just back from a pleasure trip.

That’s right…I took me mother-in-law to the airport.

Comin’ to Thrasherville to join us in our St. Patty’s Day celebration be the Flyers from Philadelphia. And Lord knows after what happened to ‘em last Saturday up in their barn, they are sure to be as fired up as a Scotsman who just found out his favorite sheep was stolen. So the boys better mind their pints and quarts once the puck drops on this one.

Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd celebrate the game-tying goal in Philadelphia Saturday night. The Thrashers eventually won 5-4 in overtime after erasing a 4-2 deficit late in the thid period. Tonight the Flyers head to Atlanta for a St. Patrick's Day showdown (AP Photo)
Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd celebrate the game-tying goal in Philadelphia Saturday night. The Thrashers eventually won 5-4 in overtime after erasing a 4-2 deficit late in the thid period. Tonight the Flyers head to Atlanta for a St. Patrick’s Day showdown (AP Photo)

Now, as for our Thrashers…to say that we are in dire need of a win tonight would be quite the understatement, indeed. After Tuesday’s night’s misery in New Jersey, their playoffs hopes are-a fadin’ almost as fast as Father O’Flarity after he’s had a few rounds with the boys down at the Twisted Kilt…if ya know what I mean, there.

Goin’ back to that game and the unfortunate call that stripped that poor lad Evander Kane of a goal…one which would have knotted things up late in the third period. I got a call from me old gal friend who lives up in that neck ‘o the woods now. I’ve told you about her, haven’t I…the young lass with the flowing red hair and green eyes that sparkled like emeralds. She loved to hang out behind my house all day and just lounge in the sun.

Patty is her name…Patty O’Furniture.

Anyway, the lovely Patty said she was so distraught over the call that she cursed the refs to be afflicted by “the itch” and have no nails which to scratch with.

This lass might have been blessed by the good Lord many fine features, but understanding and forgiveness are not among them.

But even so, I’m thinkin’ that it matters little because the Thrashers are left with about as much chance of making the postseason as me good pal Mortimer O’Peacock has of getting past farmer O’Leary and to his lovely young daughter. Quite simply put, I don’t much see either happenin’.

Still, I’m hopin’ that our Thrashers can fight the Flyers with the same ferocity as seen in any local Irish pub…or by the wives when their husbands come home late from one. A good time at the ‘ol hockey game is still something we all can fancy on this night.

I’m also tossin’ up a prayer that youngster Bryan Little can actually score a goal again. He’s had the worst of luck of late, clangin’ puck off the pipe and all. In fact, the only person I know who has had a tougher time of it than he lately is me good friend Biggie O’Shooter in his attempt to land a date with one of the Blue Crew gals.

But like I always tell him, he’s like a dog chasin’ a carriage. If he actually did catch it, he wouldn’t now how to drive the darn thing.

And speaking of Morty and O’Shooter…I’m sure before the game begins they, I and the other fine gents over at The Blueland Chronicle will be meetin’ up outside of Gorins in CNN Center. I mean, I do believe it’s mandatory that a hockey game on St. Patty’s Day is to be proceeded by tossing a pints or five down the gullet.

I really do like those lads, but they kinda remind me of bagpipes. Yeah, they don’t really cause a stir or make much noise…unless, that is, they’re filled with air. Then comin’ outa them is such a God-awful sound, the likes of which the old cow died of.

So as we wait for game time to arrive, I’ll leave ya to discuss tonight’s game amongst yourselves. After all, there’s still no tax on talk…not yet at least.

But before I go, please allow me to bestow upon ya a blessing that me dear old mother gave to me: As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

96 comments Add your comment

Rhythmpenguin

March 17th, 2011
6:46 am

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
6:53 am

O’Rhyhmpenguin – Aye, that ya are laddy!

Red Light

March 17th, 2011
7:24 am

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

World Be Free

March 17th, 2011
7:45 am

Pretty good one Mr. Bill. Not sure about tonight, we will probably play a good game followed by a bad one.

Time to give credit where it is due-to the Toronto O’Maple Leafs. Could have been easy to give up after Versteeg, Beauchie and Kaberle were sent out of town for futures. Instead, the Leafs have put it together for a very nice run, playing hard just about every night. With all the credits for the Devils for their run, the Leafs deserve credits too. With all this, Leafs’ fans STILL want to fire Ron Wilson-and why? Because he is an American, no other reason. At least we Americans do not have the corner on stupidity, unless you are Gilbert Godfried.

O'Zoom

March 17th, 2011
7:48 am

Who knew you had an Irish Henny Youngman in you?

Rhythmpenguin

March 17th, 2011
7:55 am

O’Rawhide, I don’t think I’ll ever get your Irish voice out of my head. For ever more your blog posts will sound with an Irish accent in my head!

Mr. Heat Miser

March 17th, 2011
8:17 am

There is an Atlanta sports ownership group.
That really only cares about hoops.
I think that they suck,
They can’t manage a buck.
And they are full of poop.

#POMPOM

Sage of Greensland

March 17th, 2011
8:19 am

Whine Whine Whine
Complain complain Complain

Cliff Fletcher

March 17th, 2011
8:39 am

sage of turdland

the biggest whiner of all-been whining on this blog for years

have a great green turd day sage

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2011
9:22 am

St. Patrick was a fool and a liar. And he never knew how to manage his snakes once he drove them out of Ireland. Therefore I will NEVER drink a beer on St. Patrick’s Day because that would be akin to SUDSidizing incompetence, and Sage of Bluesland cannot honor such a green holiday.

Cliff Fletcher

March 17th, 2011
9:27 am

sage//

glad to see your idiocy extends beyond hockey. we didn’t want you drinking with us anyhow.

O'SomaAtl95 (Not Osama!)

March 17th, 2011
9:36 am

Top O tha marnin me Thrasher friends. O’Rawhide, thanks for the laugh.Hopefully our boys in green tonight muster some stones on their shamrocks and manage to catch the Goal Pot O Gold. Sure, playoff hopes are fading faster than a wee rainbow at sunset but I hope that we can still, by some miracle, find playoff gold. Now all we need is to drive all the snake like trolls from this lucky o’blog land and each raise a pint of ale in celebration.

Or just get totally wasted and sing old sad irish songs.

da' boomer

March 17th, 2011
10:23 am

anyone else see the larose goal vs toronto??? his stick was foot higher than kane’s….WTF???

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
10:34 am

O’World Be Free – The Leafs are doin’ well, indeed. I don’t be knowin’ if they’ll make the playoffs or not, but they’re only, what, four points out now?

But if they were to make their way in with a stong finish…we’ll gee, who woulda thought that possible back just last summer? :grin:

O'Jason

March 17th, 2011
10:43 am

So who’s jersey do we thinks will be sellin’ for the least tonight at ye olde auction? My guess is young Stapleton or Cormier.

sisu

March 17th, 2011
10:57 am

And on another note the St. Louis Blues just went for sale..pretty soon there will be no teams left in the US… (well, maybe only a portion of the Blues is for sale)!

Keebler Elf

March 17th, 2011
11:29 am

i want little timmy’s jersey, i bid 50 cent.

Tom O'Lysiak

March 17th, 2011
11:33 am

ZAvalanche

March 17th, 2011
11:35 am

Patty O’Furniture? LOL! Sounds like a keeper though I will not elaborate as to why. Brendan, regarding your post on the previous blog earlier this morning – Avs are fighting for last place overall, Broncos are worse than the Lions and it is clear that the refs (who play God) hate my Thrashers. Baseball – hmm – enjoy a day at the park but don’t follow that closely. Basketball, lol!

As for tonight it is pretty clear that every game for Thrashy from this point out is a game 7 in overtime. We have drilled the personnel to death, analyzed the strategy in every way and it all comes down to one simple thing: we need to want it more and do what it takes, whatever it takes, to win.

Hoof Arted

March 17th, 2011
11:36 am

I think I just spewed all my Lucky Charms on the keybaord laughing. Very nice, BlogMaster. Or is that O’BlogMaster?

Go Thrashers. Whack the Flyers with your shalales tonight!

World Be Free

March 17th, 2011
11:49 am

susi-the Blues and the arena are on the block. Goes to show the problems in the league go far beyond Atlanta.

O’Ice Man- I dislike Tronna, but I have to give them credit for what they have done with less talent than before. Shows the value of an experienced head coach who is not afraid to pull out the whip and keep it out if needed.

Big ups to our president who is supposedly celebrating his Irish heritage. Oh, maybe I should not have said that right before lunch.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2011
11:58 am

The rumored sale price for the Blues is around $110 mil.

Alan O'R.

March 17th, 2011
12:10 pm

Top of the morning to you!

Let us win tonight!

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2011
12:28 pm

“St. Patrick was a fool and a liar. And he never knew how to manage his snakes once he drove them out of Ireland. Therefore I will NEVER drink a beer on St. Patrick’s Day because that would be akin to SUDSidizing incompetence, and Sage of Bluesland cannot honor such a green holiday.”

Imposter-Sage-alert….Blogmaster, I wish you could ban this individual? But, I see lil’ Cliffy gets upset at the drop of his tinfoil hat, so that makes me laugh regardless. Some seem to follow me around like a lost lil’ puppy, constantly nipping at my heels….

If you could ban some of these imposters, I would imagine it would remove some of the longstanding posters/sheep. I view that only as a good thing. Better yet, identify them and their “normal” name.

Can’t some of you spot the imposters yet? Have you no eye for grammatical flair?

As for tonight’s game, my suggestion to the team is to get behind early, thus removing the ‘urgency’ from the opponent. That’s about our only real chance, percentage-wise.

O'SomaAtl95 (Not Osama!)

March 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

Wow O’Sage, adding to the conversation! Bestill me beatin heart :)

The Thrashers need the luck o the irish tonight, maybe they pick a few four leaf clovers and help with the leprechauns in zebra outfits so they possibly call a fair game tonight. Of course Evander O’Kane is 200 feet tall to a miserable leprechaun.

Has O’Toronto given a single review in the Thrashers favor this season? The Phliers are bound to be upset from Saturdays game and will be looking to get some payback tonight. Hopefully Dustin “Shrek” O’Byfuglien gives us some lucky charms in points at the end of the rainbow…

Saga of Bluecheese

March 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

I’d like a wheel of the stinky one please..

Cliff Fletcher

March 17th, 2011
1:02 pm

as for this blog, sage, you get whatever you deserve you green turd.

JB

March 17th, 2011
1:02 pm

Kinda hoping Gorins is turning their beer green this evening as well. Please to be having many of them prior to the game!

Keebler Elf

March 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

i follow sage of turdland so closely that when he stops my head disappears up his a$$.

Tom O'Lysiak

March 17th, 2011
1:53 pm

I thought we had already been through Pavs going to the white pads this season. Seems like he went back to the blue ones to change his luck the first time around…..

O'Brendan

March 17th, 2011
2:01 pm

Flanagan, Finneran, Kilpatrick, and Kennedy …
gather ’round,
and tell Sully, Fitzpatrick, O’Halloran, and Flaherty.
‘Tis a fine game of shinny, tonight at the Blue Pub.
Otherwise known as “The hotbed, at The Bulb!”

Suds of green, there surely be!
On a day of St. Patrick’s, can’t you see?
Couldn’t be Irish,
Wouldn’t be Irish,
if not there a skirmish be!

A tisket, a tasket,
biscuits in a basket,
And all that blah, blah, blah,
when all you need really say is … Erin Go Bragh!

Sláinte! (Down the hatch, drink up, bottoms up, chug it!, etc.)

Red Light

March 17th, 2011
2:08 pm

Here’s a little light reading for the green-beer impaired today. Some pretty decent stats, if I do say so myself…

The post centers upon those players who make an impact, despite making little money or getting a ton of ice time.

http://sportssoutheast.com/index.php/red-light-report/59-nhl/250-making-the-most-of-their-minutes

O'hockeygoon79

March 17th, 2011
2:48 pm

The boys need to come out tonight flying around and putting some bodies on bodies, much like any night at an Irish pub.

Playoffs dreams are done. We’re playing for pride now.

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2011
2:49 pm

Well done effort by the author, I forgot to mention! I laughed at the “Patty O’Furniture” line.

If only the ownership and management cared as much about this team as do some of the fans and parties on the periphery…

(and such venom from lil’ Cliffy!)

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
2:54 pm

Oh-Kay, boys…settle down there. Sage ‘O Blueland has a point there…I do have a strict policy about postin’ under someone else’s username for ill purposes. So I’ll just thank you all for refrainin’ from that as we go forward.

Oh, and…Thank ya there, Sage, me friend.

O'Brendan

March 17th, 2011
3:05 pm

Red Light,

Pionta Guinness, le do thoil

O'SomaAtl95 (Not Osama!)

March 17th, 2011
3:07 pm

I think we all laughed at the Patty O’Furniture line, just be careful everyone while drinking your green ale tonight – one chick you want to avoid is Patty O’Wagon. She usually just takes you to jail :)

Seriously, everyone have fun if you are going to the bulb, please be safe and GO THRASHERS! Kick the Phliers back to frakin Filly. We may not be in the playoffs but I’m glad another season has passed and we are all here giving each other a hard time. We all come here year round and one day I hope we are still talking about the Thrashers still playing in early June :)

ZAvalanche

March 17th, 2011
3:21 pm

Thanks for that article there RL. Always interesting to see what is in the works on players who do not get a lot of mention. Those players mentioned in the article are the type that make up the glue that keeps teams in the hunt.

I sure do feel the pain of the Thrasher’s situation – many games are quite close and the puck isn’t bouncing our way. Maybe I am bad luck and should rub the Blarney Stone as my teams suck. Ok, I take that back, they don’t suck, they just can’t find a way to play for 60 mins. If any of you saw the Avs-Canucks last night you must have felt my elation of being up 2 goals against the best team in the league after the first. We stomped them, fought in the corners and passed like The Great One. Why can’t this happen for the whole game? My best guess is the young-ness (don’t think it is a word) of the team, which Thrashy also suffers from. If Colorado and Atlanta keep these teams together and find a way to develop their young talent they will be facing off in the Finals in a few years. But I suppose that is true of every team – just trying to be positive.

Blog Master – apologies for posting as McSorley, Bertuzzi and Lemieux (Claude, not Mario) and hope it did not offend anybody. Other than those guys listed previously I only post as me. Happy St Patty’s day people, if you find a four-leaf clover wish for and Thrashy-Avs success!

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
3:23 pm

O’SomaAtl95 – Indeed that is some good advice from ya, lad. And ‘ol Patty O’Furniture always was one to put a smile on me face as well. Not only was she pleasant to look at, but she made the best Irish stew I ever did have.

How she’s make was by getting get some meat and potatoes and some Guinness stout. She would serve up the stout…and toss away the stew.

Hockey Biltong

March 17th, 2011
3:29 pm

The blarneys’ gettin’ deep. Lets hope the pucks do as well…..

O'Brendan

March 17th, 2011
3:30 pm

I can’t get the “I’m shippin’ up to Boston” song out of my head, by the Dropkick Murphys. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropkick_Murphys

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
3:36 pm

O’ZAvalanche – No worries on your part, me boy. You’ve done no wrong. The only issue I have is when someone posts under the exact “username” of another poster…as was the case up above when someone posted as “Sage of Bluesland”.

Posting comments as a “player” or a “coach” or a “GM”…or even a celebrity is fine. Everyone knows that’s meant as satire. But stealing the “exact” form of someone else’s username is not proper, and I have had to take measures against some in the past who have failed to abide by that policy.

I’m hopin’ that won’t have to be the case here.

VOLinATL

March 17th, 2011
3:52 pm

Will be there tonight (in BLUE, rather than green). Go Thrashers!!

JB

March 17th, 2011
4:00 pm

O’Brendan – Been listening to the Dropkick Murphys all day in anticipation of tonight. No band will make you want to pound beers like DKM. Check out Going out in style and The Spicy McHaggis Jig.

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2011
4:03 pm

I agree, Rawhide; I view ‘variations’ as backhanded humor…it’s the snakes who mirror it well with spaces, etc., to deceive…

(and here I thought St. Patrick drove out all such vermin from the homeland?)

Cliff Fletcher

March 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

who would want to be sage anyhow?

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

Mr. O’Heat Miser – I apologize for not sayin’ earlier how much I like your limerick this mornin’…’twas a very gifted use of the keyboard to be sure and I enjoyed it more than you’d be knowin’.

#POMPOM

O'Brendan

March 17th, 2011
5:06 pm

JB, if you’re a Comcast customer, they have, under “Music,” “Irish Bands.” Of course, the Corrs are there. So is U2. And there’s a bunch of DropKick Murphy tunes there, too! But, I couldn’t find the NHL All-Star game version of “Shippin’ Up to Boston.” I have to admit, I was shaken by “The State of Massachussetts.” That video is disturbing.

O'Brendan

March 17th, 2011
5:13 pm

JB, one of my well secreted, dirty little pleasures is a “drama/thriller” film called, “Blink,” starring Aidan Quinn and Madeleine Stowe. In it, much Irish (folk) music is on display, by a band called “The Drovers.” The music is excellent, I think. I would have said, ‘wonderful,’ but that is now FOREVER CLAMPED DOWN as a “Ramsay-ism,” under strict Copyright infringement penalties. (Actually, it’s simply a matter of paying him a royalty.) Consult the U.S. Library of Congress website. Then type in “excessive use of the word wonderful.” Craig Ramsay’s image appears, and under it, the caption reads, “I think it was a WONDERFUL game.” Sometimes, they vary it up with a caption that reads, “I think our players are WONDERFUL.” And the final caption reads, “Won’tchu be my neighbor.”

Red Light

March 17th, 2011
5:33 pm

Smithwick’s for me tonight O’Brendan along with wee bit o’ Red Breast!

That’s Irish whiskey boys, not an Native American princess.