Surviving predictions of impending doom

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.

Thrashers fans gather edSaturday to show support for their team at a tailgate party outside of Philip Arena. Inside the Atlanta Spirit held their Select A Seat event (Photo/Brendan)

Thrashers faithful congregated Saturday to show support for their team at a tailgate party outside of Philip Arena. Inside the Atlanta Spirit held their Select A Seat event (Photo by Brendan)

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.

Thrash poses with a fan Saturday afternoon. (Photo/Brendan)

Thrash poses with a fan Saturday afternoon. There has been no official word on whether or not he will become a snow bird next season (Photo by Brendan)

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.

Areb you paying attention Mr. Commissioner? (Photo/Brendan)

Do these words by the NHL commissioner apply to all 30 teams or just a select few? Time will tell (Photo by Brendan)

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.

166 comments Add your comment

SomaAtl95

May 24th, 2011
11:11 am

And of course the many Winnipeg trolls to make their way over as well. One would think they’d remember when they went through this. They had a full season to try and save the jets, yet they come here blasting a tailgate that had all of 2 full days of planning. They’re going to make of it what they wish because they deserve everything no matter the cost, don’t they? Lord knows when the Canadian dollar takes a nosedive again we will be trolling on their blogs (assuming that the world didn’t end yet) giving every single bit of this grief back. We didn’t steal their team, but they’re stealing ours. Winnipeg is the Glendale of Canada.

R. Stroz

May 24th, 2011
11:11 am

UP YOURS LEVENSON

Acer

May 24th, 2011
11:11 am

Can’t stand the uncertainty. I hope it ends sooner than later.

R. Stroz

May 24th, 2011
11:12 am

Some things are better than GOLD

Acer

May 24th, 2011
11:18 am

Winnipeg isn’t stealing the Thrashers. The Atlanta Spirit are getting rid of an asset that they never wanted in the first place. Blame Levenson & Co for the ALL this ills around this franchise.

glovesave29

May 24th, 2011
11:24 am

Agreed Canadian dollar will cozy on back to the $0.75 – $0.80 historical levels. Teams in Canada will again be pressed with the likelyhood of relocation. HOWEVER – I will NOT troll their blogs and act towards them as they have done to us. Sorry, got my pride. Dancing on another’s grave and taking joy over someone else’s heartbreak is not cool to me. The number of half-truths, misinformation and bigotry displayed here by those who do not call this city home has been embarrasing. I’d rather take the high road here…

Mr. Heat Miser

May 24th, 2011
11:24 am

It’s criminal I tell ya

Johnny

May 24th, 2011
11:26 am

I just read a comment on TSN website from an article about the Thrashers move and someone commented that there will be an announcement this week that the Yotes are moving to Winnipeg after next season and someone was negotiating for rights for Thrashers,Hawks and arena rights. But have to consider the source.

Farm Boy

May 24th, 2011
11:26 am

Atlanta fails TWO times to support a NHL team, the owner is tired of loosing money would you want a team that always looses 30-50 million a season? Didn’t think so. Atlanta has never been a hockey town, Baseball, basketball, football yes hockey no…

The so called tailgate party were a measly 200 fans show up tells you something about the true fan base of the team. Sure a few maybe dedicated fans, but it’s not enough to put the team in the Red. The team will move to Winnipeg they are not stealing you’re team they have a billionaire that is purchasing it. SOLD to the highest bidder, it’s clear no local ownership groups want anything to do with the Thrashers so they will meet their Demise.

A announcement will be coming maybe before the Stanley Cup finals or after, the deal is Done. Anyone who purchased tickets for next season will be getting refunds. In Atlanta it was too little too late. The state of the economy in the USA the last thing anyone wants is to loose money in a recession, it’s a poor investment.

Canada can more than support any NHL team. Hockey is CANADA. Except Bettman likes to make little experiments with teams that have no right to be in markets their in, Atlanta and Phoenix to name a few. They are NOT hockey towns they probably can’t name any provinces in Canada let alone all the NHL teams north of the border.

Canada isn’t in Recession, and last time i checked their dollar is stable and higher than the US. Without injecting billions of play money to try to jump start a failing economy. Phoenix is the next ticking time bomb, and if the US continues to be in a recession more teams will move north too.

The Wrath

May 24th, 2011
11:27 am

Here is the list of events so far at Philips Arena to boycott/not to attend, etc.

All Atlanta Dream games (as if we would even consider going)
June 22 New Kids and Backstreet Boys
June 25 R.Kelly
July 9-10 Taylor Swift
July 12-13 Sade
July 17 Britney Spears
August 25-28 Cirque Du Soleil Dralion
Oct. 22 Sugarland Concert
March 8-11, 2012 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament

The Wrath

May 24th, 2011
11:30 am

Sept. 8-11 Sesame Street Live “Elmo’s Super Heroes”

Cornbread

May 24th, 2011
11:36 am

For all the Peg Trolls who will inevitably show up here spouting their ignorance, some words you may understand from good ol’ Denis Lemieux who had it exactly right about you: “Against the rules. You know, you’re stupid when you do that. Just some English pig with no brains, you know.”

Cornbread

May 24th, 2011
11:38 am

And Farm Boy, Denis Lemieux was talking about you.

Rawhide

May 24th, 2011
11:39 am

The Wrath – Heck, I’ll be avoiding New Kids and Backstreet Boys just out of general principal.

Erf

May 24th, 2011
11:42 am

Stop talking about how Atlanta is twice failing in hockey. You know, Winnipeg already failed once in being a viable market for a hockey team too. Only difference is, Atlanta actually has the POTENTIAL to make money with a large population and extremely strong corporate presence (which is far more important than fans in the seats financially). ANY team would have serious attendance issues with Atlanta’s track record. Placing a struggling team in a place where they’ll still not have the money to field a consistent winner won’t do this franchise any favors.

Winnipeg will be like Edmonton, sure the building is full of fans, but guess what, you live in the middle of nowhere and while the building is full, you’ll still not be able to ice a competitive team year in and year out.

Think of Winnipeg as a temporary holding place for an NHL franchise. it’ll fail again there. It’s just too small a place.

hockeygoon79

May 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Once again showing us why you are the BlogMaster. Vulturs are circling camp Thrasherville, we are all sick as a dog over what very well may happen here, but you still give us something to read and even give us a chuckle or two.

Thanks Bill. I’ll always appreciate your work here.

SomaAtl95

May 24th, 2011
11:44 am

So if it is a team that leaves Canada you guys consider it “Stealing” (go look at every article about the coyotes with Canadian people posting comments) but when a team leaves the US under shoddy ownership and management its “To the highest bidder” THAT IS A DOUBLE STANDARD.
Keep with the attitude that “Hockey is CANADA” and see how it will continue to fold. You don’t see Americans in Latin areas or Japan screaming “Baseball is AMERICAN” – thats why the sport is around the world. I’ve never seen a subset of fans so xenophobic that their sport should only be in their country ONLY.
All Atlanta wanted was a fair shake. EVERY OTHER TEAM IN THIS GENERATION OF THE NHL THAT HAD OWNERSHIP ISSUES WERE GIVEN HELP FROM THE LEAGUE. We got lip service. The league knew what the A$G was, and up until THIS PAST JANUARY every time the owners were asked about selling the public answer was that “The Thrashers are NOT for sale”.
This so reeks of unfairness. 2 teams shipped out without any chance of help to the highest Canadian bidder. The Phoenix fans that have been coming by here have been supportive but I cannot help but feel like their 2 years as opposed to our 4 months is a big F U from the NHL.
Say whatever you want Winnipeg trolls, what is going on is 100% unfair to the people of Atlanta, the Players and the dedicated fans who made it to a tailgate with 2 days notice.
Also, FYI – during this tailgate that people keep slamming us for there were High School and College Graduations and a rally where Hermain Cain announced his candidacy for President of the USA. Had there been time to plan a proper “rally” with more than a few hours notice things would have been different – but no matter what you guys are taking joy in our loss. This franchise is cursed and you will be loosing them sooner than you think, and the people of Atlanta will not feel sorry in the least bit for those of you who chose to treat us like second class fans. A hockey fan is a fan of the sport, location SHOULDN’T MATTER.

Wienerpeg Trolls

May 24th, 2011
11:44 am

“Farm Boy” was obviously home from school the day they taught the difference between “lose” and “loose”. Let me help you out. Atlanta is apparently about to “lose” our hockey team. You are running around “loose” on our blog, like the troll you are. Make sense “Farm Boy”?????

cybrhippy

May 24th, 2011
11:47 am

I am guessing Farm Boy really is a farm boy w/ no education… If we where trying to put the team “in the red” would imply we where in the black and making money.

Tincup9

May 24th, 2011
11:48 am

Wrath, I don’t need a list. the NHL and ASG have made it clear my attendance, support and money don’t matter to them. Noted gentlemen.

Hoof Arted

May 24th, 2011
11:53 am

Glad to see Rich Peveley score that empty-netter last night to seal the deal for Boston. I always liked that Peverley kid, honestly I did

*sigh*

Your Mammy

May 24th, 2011
11:57 am

Sometimes its not what’s being said, it’s what’s not being said. I’ve been following this story closely, and I do believe there is still hope. We’ve been told this is a done deal for weeks now, and still, NO DEAL…why is this? If there were a deal then there would be an announcement by now. I think there is much more going on than meets the eye with this story, and if I were a Winnipeg fan, I’d be starting to get more than a little nervous by now. There are financial issues in getting a team to Winnipeg that are largely being ignored, such as the team must be subsidized to a certain degree before this could even happen, in other words, True North aint got enough dough on their own to make the deal happen. This is just one issue….Read this article below and understand what it is saying, there is more than hope left. Phil Foley really has his finger on the pulse of this issue, unlike 99% of the media reporting on this issue. I could wind up being wrong, however I have an optimistic feeling that there may be a deal going bad for Winnipeg right about now. The longer the wait, the worse it looks for False North. I hope to see you still reporting on our Atlanta Thrashers Rawhide! Love your stuff!

http://www.examiner.com/atlanta-thrashers-in-atlanta/thrashers-owners-says-exclusive-period-with-moores-ends-leaving-more-questions

SomaAtl95

May 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Oh, and anyone dumb enough to say that we are a “Baseball, Football or Basketball Town” OBVIOUSLY never grew up with the Braves, Falcons or Hawks of the last generation. You know, when they had horrible management and/or lackluster ownership. The Flames were the only pro city Atlanta had the went to multiple playoff games, and were shed because ownership needed to recoup his real estate losses that had ZERO to do with the team.
But I guess it would take someone from Atlanta to know what type of sports city we are.
The only reason the Falcons and Braves are still here is because we had to suffer through DECADES of crappy play. If the Canadian vultures stayed away and we could have had a team for a solid couple of decades things would be different.
But some Farm Boy obviously knows everything about Atlanta because Wikipedia told him so.

Buzilla in CT

May 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Sad sad days indeed. I was hoping that if the Thrashers had to move that they would come to Hartford. But that we me just being selfish. This really sucks. I don’t blame anyone in this. The owners are losing money, fans don’t want to subsidize a crappy product,etc. It is just sad. Nothing else to say about it.

SomaAtl95

May 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

To backup what I just said:
Braves, Falcons and Hawks came to Atlanta is the late sixties.
Braves first world series, 1991
Falcons only Super Bowl – 1998
Hawks in the NBA final – NEVER

Hockey would succeed. It would just take time.

Buzilla in CT

May 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

Fine. I will blame Waddell for Sage

Farm Boy

May 24th, 2011
12:05 pm

Haha maybe if you idiots went to a hockey game. An actually supported the team the owner wouldn’t be looking to dump it. NO FANS, no cash. Simple concept. The only trolls here are the so called Thrasher fans that probably been to maybe one game in their life. When you have some of the lowest ticket prices in the league and can’t fill a stadium what does that say?

Canadian Vultures? You have no idea about Canada.. Stick to what the papers tell you. I don’t need wikipedia to know anything about the states..Glad to see you have a education and caught my obvious mistake. Least their not all stupid in Atlanta.

Get over it there is not ONE person willing to buy and keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. Their gone end of story. Now go sulk and cry why did they take our team, fans don’t watch teams get’s losses year in year out.

Even if you gave tickets away to a thrashers game it would still be half empty.. 13,000 average real support. Almost the basement dwellers of the league.

Just blame Canada, almost ever pro player is from Canada anyways, So in reality you’re not losing a team at all…Stick to the Falcons and the Braves.

Thrashers27

May 24th, 2011
12:06 pm

Another good one, Bill! Regardless of how this all turns out, thank you for giving us a great Thrashers forum.

Anyone ever confirm, or deny that Arthur Blank cannot own the Thrashers due to his ownership of the Falcons?

Like Obi Won, he could be our only hope.

Joe Friday

May 24th, 2011
12:10 pm

The Spirit better sell the Arena and Hawks also, and woe to the buyer who takes those damaged goods off of their hands. The boycott will be long and lasting, and widening as the general public hears what the Spirit has done here, and the complicity of the local govt. Chamber, and Sports Council. Our money will spend just fine at Verizon Amp. and the Gwinnett Arena.

SomaAtl95

May 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

Farm Boy – remember that Karma will come back to you. There are those of us here in Atlanta who only follow Hockey. That makes us second class citizens to people like you who spent the last 15 years crying about Bettman “taking our jets away”
But again, its OK since you are benefiting from it, right?
Double standard.

EA

May 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

“the Thrashers are down to as many interested parties as they have playoff wins” That made me laugh through my tears!

Your Mammy

May 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

Oh…and I know of a certain individual who plunked down a credit card for season tickets, and as of today the charge went through….so ASG is still talking money, and maybe …just maybe… the pick a seat promotion wasnt really a sham after all. Take it for what its worth.

CMP

May 24th, 2011
12:21 pm

“Hockey is CANADA” BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that is the funniest thing I have heard all day!!! After reading this I feel sorry for all of the other countries that produce great hockey players. I was not aware that each country was only allowed to “own” one sport. With all of the drama with our Thrashers I have not laughed much these days and I appreciate the opportunity! Also Farm Boy I would love to know what qualifies a town to be a “hockey town”? That is a phrase that I have heard a lot lately and I would love to know what the prerequisites are.

EA

May 24th, 2011
12:22 pm

Funny statements I have read on the internet–
Who would have guessed Dany Heatley would be defending the Thrasher fans. He said we have die hard fans and that Atlanta could be a hockey city. Ray Borque (sp?) defended the fans as well. He said the franchise has experienced ZERO success. Who can blame the fans?
Ryan Malone-words along the line that maybe hockey is not meant for Atlanta. When the Thrashers started winning, the fans still did not show up in big numbers. Is he referring to our 3 month winning streak last fall? When did we start winning? Fill me in!

Kevin

May 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

Let me start by disclosing that I am a Winnipeger (Troll, sure) and I am hopeful that we get the Trashers. Having said that, I get no glee from Alanta’s loss and I feel their pain having gone through it myself. I would of prefered the Coyotes returned to Winnipeg as they did steal our team (Atlanta didn’t steal from anyone). If we are fortunate enough to get the Trashers, I think it would be appropriate to keep their colours but with the Jets logo as a homage to Atlanta.

Ron

May 24th, 2011
12:31 pm

I am from Winnipeg and I have to say….Farmboy is a twit! The person might be just a high school kid that does not remember the way we lost the Jets and how painfull that was.

Bringing a team to Winnipeg is not a slam dunk. We have to show we will support this team through highs and lows and that has me nervous. Farm Boy, with comments like his, leads me to believe that he/she will impulsively jump on and off the bandwagon and probably does not have enough money in the piggy bank for one ticket let alone season tickets!

So, FarmBoy, stop making us Winnipeggers looks bad and appologize to these poor people. They do not deserve to lose their team and you should feel sorry for them. It is the darn poor management and lack of good marketing that brought the team down like in Phoenix.

Joe Friday

May 24th, 2011
12:34 pm

Oh look, here’s some alternatives for your concert dollars and much better acts up at Verizon Amp., already got my tix for Further and Tommy, why pay the Spirit Group to go downtown to see those acts?

* Miranda Lambert with Josh Kelley & Ashton Shepherd Miranda Lambert with Josh Kelley & Ashton Shepherd Saturday, June 04 7:30PM

* Phish Phish Tuesday, June 14 7:30PM doors open at 6:00 pm BUY TICKETS concert details
* Phish Phish Wednesday, June 15 7:30PM doors open at 6:00 pm BUY TICKETS

* All-American Celebration: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra All-American Celebration: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Monday, July 04 8:00PM doors open at 7:00 pm

* Animal Collective with Special Guests Animal Collective with Special Guests Friday, July 08 8:00PM doors open at 7:00 pm

* Styx & Yes Styx & Yes Thursday, July 14 7:00PM doors open at 6:00 pm BUY TICKETS concert details

* Casablanca: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Casablanca: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Friday, July 15 8:30PM doors open at 7:30 pm

* Corey Smith with Rhett Akins & Rachel Farley Corey Smith with Rhett Akins & Rachel Farley Saturday, July 16 6:30PM

* The Cud Life Tour: Kid Cudi with Chip Tha Ripper The Cud Life Tour: Kid Cudi with Chip Tha Ripper Thursday, July 21 7:30PM

* Cirque de la Symphonie: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Cirque de la Symphonie: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Saturday, July 30 8:00PM

* Furthur Festival featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Furthur Festival featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Sunday, July 31 7:00PM

* An Evening with Dolly Parton An Evening with Dolly Parton Wednesday, August 03 8:00PM doors open at 7:00 pm

* StarFest: Goo Goo Dolls with Michelle Branch & Parachute StarFest: Goo Goo Dolls with Michelle Branch & Parachute Sunday, August 07 7:00PM

* Death Cab For Cutie with Frightened Rabbit Death Cab For Cutie with Frightened Rabbit Thursday, August 11 8:00PM

* Big Bad Voodoo Daddy w/the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Big Bad Voodoo Daddy w/the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Saturday, August 13 8:00PM

* My Morning Jacket with Neko Case My Morning Jacket with Neko Case Saturday, August 20 7:30PM

* Train & Maroon 5 with Matt Nathanson Train & Maroon 5 with Matt Nathanson Thursday, September 01 7:00PM

* Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s Tommy Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s Tommy Thursday, September 15 8:00PM

* Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile Sunday, September 18 7:00PM

DWTOO

May 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Farm Boy – your favorite sheep is calling. And it’s they’re, not their. So much for your education.

Brendan

May 24th, 2011
12:41 pm

If the Spirit took that alleged STH’s money, they conducted a “bad faith” negotiation, knowing full well that the relocated to Winnipeg was consummated, in principal, pending approval. What does that constitute? Answer: Fraud.

The AS,LLC did knowingly, willfully, and intentionally sell goods and/or services that they knew would be unavailable. That’s “bad faith.” And unless they explained to the customer that a full refund would be given, AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE, then they could find themselves in some legal trouble. Then again, the Spirit, LLC never met a court docket they couldn’t clog. They like courtrooms.

SportsFan

May 24th, 2011
12:46 pm

Bashing Canada gets you nowhere…makes you look as bad as those that bash others. Boycotting Philips will do squat as well.

Badger Bob

May 24th, 2011
12:51 pm

Farm Boy, you make me laugh! Really! Please bring your A game, if you have one, if you want any serious attention on this blog.

“You have no idea about Canada”? Really? You have no idea who you are talking to. On this site, there are Thrashers fans who are Canadian, guys who have interviewed and personally know players you’ve only dreamed of meeting, ex-pro players, a brother of one of the longest-tenured assistant NHL coaches, and more. Like I say, bring back your A game if you want to be seen as anything more than a sad, lonely troll.

Badger Bob

May 24th, 2011
12:53 pm

And Ron, you are welcome any time. Although not all my fellow Thrash fans agree, I believe Winnipeg should have a team. But that’s got nothing to do with what is happening in Atlanta. With how we’ve been treated by ownership, its a miracle there are ANY NHL fans left here.

j nes

May 24th, 2011
12:57 pm

Instead of basing Atlanta hockey fan support on one ill-organized rally, consider the 2007 sellout playoffs games (even after 7 years of bad hockey). In comparison, the Atlanta Hawks still had tickets available to their second round playoff games the day of.

WPG Jets 2011

May 24th, 2011
1:03 pm

How come you guys blame Winnipeg so much. Isn’t your ownership that let you down, the NHL, Bettman, and your own citizens who didn’t show up to many games? I’ll be honest with you, any city that cares so much about hockey, like Winnipeg, doesn’t give much thought to where the team comes from. Atlanta moving has been an ongoing thing for many years. We’re just excited about getting an NHL team. When we lost our team, nobody blamed Phoenix. Rick Bowness is an associate coach in the NHL and he spent about 11 years in Winnipeg, he recently said that in all his years there, 1 player complained. He said the players loved it there and they were treated like gold. There was not this great exodus of free agents like you guys say there is going to be. Players are treated great in Winnipeg, and this time they will be treated even better. We know what its like to lose the team and nobody is going to let that happen.

SouthernFriedHockey

May 24th, 2011
1:07 pm

WPG:
We aren’t blaming Winnepeg (at least the non-idiots aren’t) We are p*ssed about the whole situation here and how this club was handled from the start.

DWTOO

May 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

WPG Jets 2011 – The negativity regarding your city was mostly a knee-jerk reaction to the indivuals who infiltrated our blogs lording over us the potential move of the Thrashers, well more likely impending move. The folks on this blog have become sensitive to the criticisms about our hockey team and town. How we don’t deserve them etc. And we’re tired of it. Everyone here is just like you – a big hockey fan who supports their team. And most in your country just want to bash us rather than help us.

WPG Jets 2011

May 24th, 2011
1:10 pm

Weinerpeg Trolls

And wasn’t that you on OUR CBC page making comments yesterday under the name Weiner – I thought so. Who’s the real Troll?

Joe Friday

May 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

Here’s a list of the companies that Levenson owns. Oh, look, I am a customer of two of them and I’m the decision maker, wonder if I should consider canceling my subscriptions to both services over his handling of the Thrashers: http://www.ucg.com/portfolio.html#companies

Mr. Heat Miser

May 24th, 2011
1:14 pm

Like the commerical says ‘Hockey is for everyone”. I guess unless you are Atlanta………..

WPG Jets 2011

May 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

DWTOO

Thats not true, the point I was trying to make was most people are not talking about Atlanta, and those that are should shut up, because as many have said – Winnipeg went through the exact same thing. Believe me there are a lot of thoughtful things that are said here and our own blogs, I’m just an interested Winnipegger. Its when I read comments like how we are trolls its upsetting because our own blogs have many people from Atlanta. I have honestly never heard a bad word about Atlanta here in Winnipeg, and if people are responding to Atlanta’s bashing of Winnipeg I think thats only human nature and it goes the other way as well. Thanks for you comment.