Once again we seemed to have survived impending doom. After much anticipation, preparation, discussion and debate, the prediction of our demise seems to have been a tad premature and we made it through this past weekend without witness of “the end”.
Oh, I’m not talking about the current predicament the Atlanta Thrashers organization and its fans find themselves in…I’m referring to the doomsday prophecy of Harold Camping who insisted that the end of the world would take place last Saturday. He had it all mathematically figured out, he told us, and sent forth his followers to warn us of it all.
Of course Saturday came and went…and last I check, we are all still here.
This isn’t the first time Camping has come forward with this type of prognostication of Armageddon. He did this back in the nineties as well, which is interesting because I would figure someone really only gets one shot at this kind of prediction. In the end, you’re either right or…well, there goes one’s credibility.
Instead of standing before his band of believers and with a shrug of the shoulders saying, “…or not”, Camping simply explains that his math was a bit fuzzy and we’ll do this all again in October. That’s missing the mark by quite a distance if you ask me… but I guess in the grand scheme of time and world history, what’s a measly five months or so?
Interestingly enough, from all the sources I’ve spoken to of late, the NHL is still moving forward with it’s planning of a new hockey season just prior to the newly scheduled doomsday. I guess the league has chosen to adopt the same posture of “business as usual” as the Thrashers front office has taken by going ahead with its Select A Seat event this past weekend.
They did so in light of the seemingly inevitable story that the hockey gods are about to pass their own form of justice upon Thrasherville and hold the fans here responsible for the sins of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC. If so, this team will be spirited away to Winnipeg and we will be…ahem…left behind.
To that point, just last Thursday night news broke from the Mail and Globe that this deal was already done and come Tuesday…i.e. today…Gary Bettman would be standing in front of the podium to announce to the hockey world that Manitoba’s capital city would be given their second crack at the NHL.
But then just yesterday NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the AJC that “it’s safe to say there will be no announcement on Tuesday”.
So then are we then able to toss this story on top of the already heaping pile of discredited rumors of our demise? Or is it just, as Camping would claim, a simple case of delaying the inevitable.
Honestly I don’t know which one is at player here, but the signs are not looking good for Thrasherville.
First, there is the report from Chris Vivlamore that the Thrashers are now down to as many interested buyers as they have playoff victories. Given the lateness of the hour, this is certainly un-good news. Then there are the stories circling about that the Manitoba Moose of the AHL are soon to be announcing a relocation to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Such a move would clear the way for any new NHL team play their home games in MTS Center, which seats just over 15,000 for hockey.
Of course there is the news that the AS, LLC has recently rescinded exclusive negotiating rights for the Hawks and Philips Arena from John Moore. This now allows for anyone interested in purchasing both professional teams and the arena to do so, but to date there are no reports of a serious, viable suitor.
Even if one were to surface, the Spirit Boys’ decision to enter into exclusive negotiations for the Hawks and Philips may have successfully bought enough time to keep anyone from seriously entering into any negotiations for all three. Again, the hour is late and to catch up to where TNSE is with their talks with the Atlanta Spirit would take quite an effort.
Given that, even though I do not claim to know the hour or the day of Thrasherville’s doom, I will say that I think any such news would have to come sometime this week. Seeing where we are on the calendar, time is ticking not only on hockey in Atlanta but also on the league to get a finalized schedule out. Plus there is a draft and free agent season to prepare for.
The news could fall on just after the posting of this blog, tomorrow or late in the week. ..or I guess there is still a chance for an “or not” moment and no such announcement comes. But regardless of which way this deal goes down, a decision must be reached and announced soon.
In the mean time, there is still NHL playoff hockey to discuss if you wish. Boston and Vancouver each now find themselves but a win away from a Stanley Cup Finals berth, the Canucks could claim their spot tonight at home and the Bruins get their chance tomorrow night in Tampa.
If both of them are successful and do advance, then I would move to 12-2 in my postseason predictions. I would then look to my SCF picks to try and pull even with Red Light, who would be 13-1 after three rounds. Either way, I still haven’t forgotten that I owe him an adult beverage or five at TJs Bar & Grill for his accurate call on the Sharks-Wings series.
The good new is that, according to Harold Camping, I have until October 21 to make good on that wager.