20 145 years ago today Wednesday, Sgt. Pepper Gen. Sherman told the band the army to play burn ...
Awwwwww.... fuck it....
I'm not doing the Beatles, but it struck me that we are approaching that anniversary. It was November 11th, 1864 that General Sherman told his troops to burn Atlanta to the ground. This is only important in the context that this was the grounds for Atlanta to name their first NHL franchise the Atlanta Flames in 1972. Why they thought that this was a good idea, I don't know. It didn't last, because they were gone by 1980.
Now, the Atlanta Thrashers find themselves at a crossroads for their franchise. After seeing other stars leave (Heatley, Hossa, Savard), the one that has stayed with them throughout is now approaching free agency. Ilya Kovalchuk essentially gave the team an ultimatum: Show me a commitment to winning, or I'm outta here.
In the face of this, surprisingly, Atlanta has kept Don Waddell as GM.
To make matters worse, the ownership group has been fighting amongst themselves.
Although they have a LOT of promising young talent, I'm not sure the franchise is ready to deal with another loss of a major superstar like Kovalchuk.
We owe these guys big time, for that home opener loss. Here we come, from the north, to lay waste to Atlanta. If we continue with the same sense of urgency that we displayed Saturday night, we too can set the town on fire.
Actually, I've always liked to cheer for the Thrashers, and they've had some great players to watch. One of my favorites is Colby Armstrong. He can give TJ and Berglund a serious run for "Lamest Episode of Cribs Ever".