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790/The Zone holding Thrashers wake at Stats Friday at 11 a.m.

Atlanta_Thrasherscropped790/The Zone is holding the departing Atlanta Thrashers a funeral/wake Friday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Stats restaurant downtown. The team is leaving for Winnipeg and Atlanta will be bereft of an NHL team yet again.

According to the press release:

Local team mascots will be on-site to say their good-bye’s to Thrash and Thrasher fans that show up in Thrashers gear will receive a free lunch buffet.  790 The Zone will also be collecting Atlanta Thrasher shirts, hats, etc. to donate to the Goodwill of Atlanta.  Tim Eccelstone, former Atlanta Flames player/coach and NHL Alumni Representative for Atlanta, will be present to talk about tragically losing another NHL team to Canada and address the fans on how to deal with the loss.

“It’s a mark of distinction for a city to be represented by all four major sports,” said Andrew Saltzman, Zone founder and president. “This is embarrassing. It’s a blemish and black eye on the sports community here.”

“We just felt compelled to do something to acknowledge this,” he added.

He noted that for the Zone was the Thrashers’ flagship its first five years. The Fan has been the flagship since then.

Saltzman said there are many angry Thrashers fans and he’s not sure how many will actually show up tomorrow. The Thrashers Fan Club is helping organize the event, too, so their loyalists will be there.

David Dickey, general manager at the Fan, was bemused that the Zone would hold this event and wondered how much of a turnout they’ll get considering that the station has spent very little time talking about the Thrashers in recent years.

“To do a single event like that is not necessary for us,” Dickey said. “We’ve had an ongoing dialogue with the Thrasher fans for the past six, seven years.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

172 comments Add your comment

coachman75

June 2nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Never a hockey fan, but i am sorry that the fans who were had to lose their team. Way to go Steak and crew, never miss an opportunity to promote yourself. No hating, i think it is a good move. Were i a owner/gm i would take the opportunity to self-promote as well. Good luck Winnipeg!!

Matt

June 2nd, 2011
12:42 pm

couldn’t do this on a weekend? Can’t exactly leave my job for this. Otherwise, I’d love to go.

atlpaddy

June 2nd, 2011
12:44 pm

John Kincaid=ASG’s Tokyo Rose.

steven

June 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

What a terrible time to do this. DO you not know most everyone will be at work then or do you just want to perpetuate the myth that the Thrashers only have 3 fans that really care about the team.

Donald Finley

June 2nd, 2011
1:00 pm

who cares damm 790 and those thugs on ice!

Matt

June 2nd, 2011
1:05 pm

I love people come to comments thread to call others thugs when they’re acting just like that themselves.

Johnny Fontane

June 2nd, 2011
1:09 pm

I’ve had the food at Stats. I would not eat there again even if it was free.

Thrashers Fan

June 2nd, 2011
1:12 pm

I’m a long time Thrashers fan and hate to see them go. Good for me I work downtown and will gladly come by to check it out and grab some lunch!

matt

June 2nd, 2011
1:18 pm

“Had a dialogue with Thrasher fans”? Are you kidding me? 680 was an absolute joke and abomination as a “flagship”. The amount of hockey talk was minuscule.

Norm Maracle

June 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

I feel sorry for Dan Kamal (great play-by-play man) and all the other employees associated with the Club. Those jobs are lost permanently. Will be interesting to see if Dudley and Ramsey hang on in Winnepeg. Would not be shocked to see them blow up the coaching staff and GM.

Bob

June 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Once again, Dickey proves that his name is appropriate.

LOL

June 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Love this….

Ahhkee

June 2nd, 2011
1:57 pm

Sorry I have already burned my Thrashers stuff

Patrik Stefan

June 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

680 sucks my left nutt!

Don Waddell

June 2nd, 2011
2:01 pm

Do I still have a job?

Chris

June 2nd, 2011
2:01 pm

Are they handing out free cocaine for steaks stash. 790 as with all local sports stations suck. They never covered the Thrashers.

ATL Observer

June 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

If 790/The Zone was serious, why not come out to Taco Mac on Sat nite during the game watching?

WAR EAGLE

June 2nd, 2011
2:12 pm

The two barking dogs and meatball shapiro-what a class less act.

The Truth

June 2nd, 2011
2:17 pm

Mr Finley represents many who come on these blogs with this who cares comments and if dawg is attached to the name they want to talk more about who is going to be the third string left tackle….so sad. Please just stay in your Mom’s basement until you are hired for a real job.

Now, it has already been mentioned how neither station mentioned a thing hardly about the fact the Thrashers left and spent more time on Jim Tressel. This just shows that the ownership never really established good relationships regarding marketing and market penetration….that will kill any event or sport. I hope that this reachout and event can get some of us together to form a group or club to promote hockey in this city. Ir is a shame the team never got much love…..i always wondered if we were in the suburbs would that of made a difference?

Sher Lock

June 2nd, 2011
2:24 pm

God, this is stupid. Serving notice here & now: I want an ACTUAL count of how many pudknockers actually show. Not an “estimate. Not no reference to numbers. But an actual count. My prediction: 2.
And that may be way “optimistic.”

kovy

June 2nd, 2011
2:34 pm

i love the headline that d-wad was not moving with the team – like he had a choice!

Matt

June 2nd, 2011
2:38 pm

The timing isn’t optimal for turnout, but I’m guessing that is because they don’t want free lunchers taking up space when the place would be more crowded. I’ll be there, though.

Michael Gearon, Jr.

June 2nd, 2011
2:39 pm

See you guys there! I’m looking forward to getting a free lunch.

What Now

June 2nd, 2011
2:41 pm

“Had a dialogue with Thrasher fans”? Are you kidding me? 680 was an absolute joke and abomination as a “flagship”. The amount of hockey talk was minuscule.’

Spot on Matt …. the “flagship station” of the Thrashers covered hockey as well as they do soccer. If it isn’t Bulldogs or Braves, they don’t care.

Joe

June 2nd, 2011
2:43 pm

Does anyone, other than those directly involved, even care? Hockey isn’t a major sport–doesn’t even have a real television contract. There are only three MAJOR sports in this country–we have ‘em all.
There’s no real negative in this for Atlanta–remember, L.A. doesn’t have a pro football team, and whatever problems it has aren’t caused be that! Atlanta’s a big-league city–hockey’s just not a big-league sport. And the ZONE–what a joke.

Fluffy McNutter

June 2nd, 2011
2:44 pm

It’s not a black eye on the city of ATL. The problem the Thrashers had was with ownership. They failed to put a competitive team out there that warranted the support of the fans. If you put a crappy product out there year after year, why should the fans spend their money to support it? Don’t blame the fans or the city. Put the blame where it’s deserved…on the ASG ownership group.

PMC

June 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

Sort of fitting they would hold it at 11AM on a work day.

Even in death, they get shafted.

pull the strings

June 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

John Kincade and Kasim Reed are ASG puppets.

What Now

June 2nd, 2011
2:46 pm

680 threw Kincade out there, who’s claim to fame was he was fired by the Flyers organization to talk Thrashers for 30 seconds. Since they still are the Hawks broadcasters, they have to kiss up to the Spirit group. At least the Zone took apart the ownership. Kincade blamed the fans for not supporting the team. What a butt kisser!

David

June 2nd, 2011
2:47 pm

Why not do it at TJ’s? The owner played for the Flames when they were in Atlanta.

asdf

June 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

“We felt like this was an opportunity to drum up some business for Stats^H^H^H^H^…”

Michael Gearon, Jr.

June 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

pull the strings,

That’s not true at all. We are honest and ethical. Most people in this city love us.

Ugh

June 2nd, 2011
2:51 pm

Hey, Winnipeg guy here. Many of us in Wpg truly feel for you guys losing the Thrashers. It should really have been Phoenix losing their team, bandwagon jumpers if i ever saw, rather than you guys. Here in Wpg, we are elated over gaining membership back into the nhl. It was crazy here the day of the announcement, with downtown streets having to be closed to the many thousands running amok in celebration. Your Thrasher players to every man have been fantastic in welcoming the chance to play here, with several already celebrating with us (Mason, Ladd, Kane, Byfuglien, Murray). I hope Atlanta will get another opportunity to be back in the nhl again, where you will make it work this time for sure. Please still cheer for the Winnipeg Jets.

What Now

June 2nd, 2011
2:51 pm

680 – the “flagship” station. No hockey specific call in show, no playoff analysis, no in reporting. Just Bulldog “nuggets” and ad nauseum Braves talk ……..

Edawg

June 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

David Dickey is a fraud. Keep kissing ASG butt you clown.

Another "Guilty" Thrasher Fan

June 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

Can I safely assume Don Waddell and the Octocluster are not invited?

Ray Ferraro's Bobble Head Doll

June 2nd, 2011
2:56 pm

What is included in the lunch buffet?

Open bar?

The Truth

June 2nd, 2011
2:56 pm

What Now, you are really on your game today. I salute you….it gets so tiring having Buck talk to the towel manager at the UGA locker room and his Braves participation is frankly, awful. 680 should do some looking at themselves before throwing anything at anybody…..

be objective

June 2nd, 2011
2:56 pm

I agree with what others are saying. 680 has lost a lot of credibility during this whole saga. Kincade’s refusal to blame ownership is a joke. And the morning show seems somewhat reluctant to criticize the ASG.

What gives?

Mike

June 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

Why not have it at the Pink Pony? Maybe then someone will show up. They can have the dancers strip off your Thrashers gear before they burn it.

PMC

June 2nd, 2011
3:14 pm

Scott Farell will be there to berate you whilst you eat wings.

PuckedUP

June 2nd, 2011
3:17 pm

Mike wins the award for best idea. I’d leave work for a couple of hours if this were at the Pink Pony.

DWTOO

June 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

This is hilarious – neither “Sports Radio” station gave a damn about this team. And now they both claim to be Thrasher supporters. Jackwagons!

ICE MAN in Winnipeg

June 2nd, 2011
3:20 pm

No one mentioned if the Blue Crew girls are also coming to Winnipeg? Certainly hope so !!

t

June 2nd, 2011
3:23 pm

It’s a shame but I really don’t think anybody cares – enjoyed the Flames and Boom Boom when they were here though! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Kyle

June 2nd, 2011
3:28 pm

I wonder if Winnipeg would take 790 too as a buy one, get one deal.

What Now

June 2nd, 2011
3:32 pm

Ever since the Fan got the Braves, it is pregame show, post game show, “9 innings in 90 seconds”, etc, etc. They got the Hawks and they hired hometeam Brandon Leak to do a post game show.

What did they do in 5 years for the Thrashers? Tune in TRA in the morning and you never heard any Thrasher talk. Even when the Hawks were on the Zone, 680 talked more about them than they did the Thrashers, and they were the “flagship station”. What did they do to educate the hockey novice in Atlanta? Did they ever report on stories in the hockey news? Did they care? Did they cover the Stanley cup playoffs like they do the NBA?

I am not a Zone fanboy, but the pablum from the Fan is sick. It seems all they care about in NCAA football.

What A Shame

June 2nd, 2011
3:42 pm

I find it amusing that the “flagship” of the Thrashers are not doing anything to salute or say goodbye to the team. Kuddos to 790 for at least having the awareness that us fans would like for this to be acknowledged.

Jim R.

June 2nd, 2011
3:42 pm

Joe-good point you make concerning no NFL teams in LA. I was living in Southern California in 1994 when both the Rams and Raiders departed, but the area moved on past that moment, especially since that area is mainly an NBA town (Lakers), plus the big influence of College Football from both USC and UCLA. Besides, if I needed my NFL fix, I simply drove the two hours down the 5 Freeway (as I did twice) to watch the Chargers play. Atlanta will do just fine with three major sports in this town.

Crumpy

June 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Shapiro is biggest douche in Atlanta.