Nearly 7 days ago rumors were abound in every direction regarding the potential sale and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers. I chronicled my attempts to have my voice and opinions heard with the Atlanta Constituents Services, various Atlanta government agencies and even the NHL offices of Gary Bettman. I know I wasn’t the only one doing what I could in the fight to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta and am still aggravated with Bettman’s ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth (and rear orifices to boot) and his inability to give any assistance to those wanting clear answers and dispel any rumors or drama. Heaven forbid we get any kind of transparency from the commissioner of this major league sport…
Throughout the week reports came in about Winnipeg fans rallying outside of the MTS Centre in their finest early summer attire (long johns, 2 pairs of jeans, undershirt, turtleneck, sweater, hooded sweatshirt, fur lined hats and 3 pairs of gloves) and further reports came out of Atlanta. A large rally to be held on Saturday outside of Philips Arena in Atlanta was the plan; fans took to Twitter and exclaimed that this was indeed serious and that it was necessary to show up in droves full of pride, spirit and potentially a loud mouth and opinions ready to be shared and launched.
The team smartly continued with their plans for “Select-a-Seat” (in which season ticket holders choose their vantage point as part of their ticket package), after that some 300+ fans showed up to chant (and drink), share stories about their Thrashers experiences (and drink), show off Thrashers gear and collectibles with much pride (and drink), and even set a Jets jersey ablaze.
Perhaps, to me, the most poignant sign/information/opinion from this rally was this sign that was photographed by many, much to Bettman’s chagrin:
I love pointing out the contradictions people make, especially the ones who get paid the big bucks. Anyway, all I know is this; I really don’t want Atlanta to lose their Thrashers, their team, I’m aggravated by ignorance (nothing new), bothered by the lack of transparency in all of this mess, I support Atlanta and their fans 100% and I approve of hockey anywhere/everywhere/in every form – but this? This is getting out of hand. Guess we’ll just have to wait until everything is final to get any kind of truth.