Apparently now I write about Thrashers, which are not food: shut up and sit down (in a seat, somewhere in Philips Arena)February 16, 2011
…then you can talk again. But don’t talk, yell, clap, cheer, scream. Something. Get up too.
So in the end this title makes no sense. But that’s not the point.
The point is, I am sick of Atlanta Spirit, I am sick of people who think the thing to do is not go to watch the Thrashers. Yes I am using my blog that is about food that I haven’t felt like updating to talk about hockey now.
Where do I start? Let’s start with my reading of someone saying a bunch of people didn’t renew their season tickets for this season. That’s too bad. I went to one game in 2008-2009, two in 2009-2010, and I’m on my way to at least 13 for this season. Just because some people are fleeing doesn’t mean others are coming in. I’ve even created a convert.
I posted November 2009 about how much I loved the Pittsburgh Penguins…that love has subsided somewhat for the Thrashers. I know, that sounds ridiculously impossible, but it really happened. This probably would have been another season of 2 games…just the Penguins games…but my parents came down here and wanted to go to the game against the Blackhawks. Unable to cheer for them ever, I cheered on the Thrashers. My mom was not happy with this, which was hilarious because this entire thing was just bandwagoning on my parents’ part in my head, and told me to “remember my roots.”
Well. After thinking for 2 minutes, I recalled that the only hockey games we ever attended in Chicago were Wolves games (this was also the time when nobody would go to Blackhawks games), and the Wolves are the AHL affiliate for the Thrashers so…I was taken in just like that.
If you don’t give a shit about Atlanta, we don’t give a shit about what you have to say to be quite honest. At least I don’t, and I’m the only person who counts here. There is always an extremely stupid bias from fans of teams not in the south towards those teams. No, this team does not belong somewhere else just because you think you know everything about Atlanta. You’re obviously scum anyway that you don’t care about other hockey fans and would happily see them lose their team. Yes, I am sorry you lost your precious Nordiques way back, and you want them back, but wishing for the downfall of a franchise elsewhere is just disgusting.
Similarly, dwelling on the past doesn’t do shit for actual Thrashers fans either. What’s done is done. Players are not going to magically decide they want to come play for this team again, especially after years. Yes, it sucks, but it’s time to move forward.
Protesting by not attending games in person is straight up stupid. If you support the team staying in Atlanta, you need to get in there. There are tons of ways to get tickets at discounts, whether it’s some sort of multi ticket deal or the weekday ticket deal, or the Chick-Fil-A package. Hell, just today there’s a 3 game package for $53 in the 300 level goal end sides…and they’re great games. I have friends in Ontario and Quebec who threaten to move here, one in Montreal did say today that $53 would just get them one ticket in a similar spot at Bell Centre.
The way to bring around a change is for us to fill that arena up with support. We’re supporting the team, not the clowns who own it. They aren’t the ones out there on the ice. If anyone else is supposed to buy or invest in this team, they need to see that fans support the Thrashers. Sitting at home bitching about Atlanta Spirit will not solve anything.
Take someone who has never watched hockey, you never know if you can make someone a fan unless they watch. Hockey is not like any other sport out there, and people have so many misconceptions about it. Take someone, let them see how it really works, because there is nothing like a live hockey game.
Don’t bring yourself down by reading bullshit from other “fans” about relocation. There are teams getting help from the NHL to stay where they are, so why would Atlanta be skipped over? If you want to pretend there is no bias against southern teams, you never read the Bogosian trade rumors article where he was apparently a forward. The team is not going to up and move at the end of this season by any means, because then that moved team would also have really stupid owners.
The article today to me honestly shouldn’t come as a huge shock or surprise. It’s an attention grabber for a reason. Hopefully it attracts someone, along with this website.
I would love to see Arthur Blank buy them even if it was just a minority share of the team. I know he’s expressed interest in other teams in Atlanta and this is the time. Also follow what they say about contacting the mayor and the governor. The more, the better. We need to be heard.
I would bet money that if the involvement of Atlanta Spirit was reduced there would be a nice little positive relationship with amount of people who attend. But I wouldn’t even wait for that, we need to get in there at games and drive them out.
See you there in 13 days.