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05-23-2011, 04:57 PM
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I come in peace: an Atlanta fan offering support

(throughout, any mention of southeast is in reference to the region and not the NHL division.)

It has occurred to me through this mess that our Atlanta team has found itself in, that we in the southeastern region are in this boat together.

I have been a staunch Thrashers fan thusfar and, honestly, had it been to the peril of any other team, I would have been ok with that. Sounds terrible... that is because it is.

Over the course of the past couple of months, it is painfully apparent that we in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. are viewed with quite a bit of disdain and that includes the Bolts and Canes who even have a Stanley a piece to offer some legitimacy. It wouldn't matter what our teams do, it is the fans they have a problem with. It is true that we don't produce much in the way of players. While Atlanta is working on that and have one promising player coming up through the system, it is still a far cry from where I'd like to see it.

Until we can all afford to stand on our own two feet as separate fanbases, I am going to support ALL of the southeastern U.S. Teams. If I am able to travel to games, I will. When I can get a sweater, I will. Where I can support youth clubs, adult leagues, college teams, competative youth leagues or minor league teams, I will.

While Atlanta is enjoying a strong growth spurt in youth hockey, it needs a boost and will need an even larger one if the Thrashers leave (and it looks quite possible they will.). The ice melts just as fast all around where we live so... here's to keeping it frozen. I am sure the same can happen in your areas if it isn't already.

If the Thrashers stay, of course, I will back them in a match between us and any team, but otherwise, I will pick a Southeast team to back and do so with the vigor I gave Atlanta since 1999.

I have watched your team over the years and, I gotta say, you guys are just THIIIIIS close to pulling off a Stanley appearance!

Go Predators
Go Bolts.
Go Panthers.
Go Hurricanes.
and, for as long as we can, Go Thrashers.

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But who do you pick when the South Eastern teams play themselves?

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Heh. I've been of the same mind for several years now (pretty much ever since I started actually paying attention to the game), and I've never lived outside of the state of Ohio. I can usually only afford tickets to one or two games a year, and this year the one game was in Bridgestone Arena, when the Jackets visited around New Year's.
(Was great for the first 22 minutes or so! Spent a lot of time practicing my "well, what can you do?" look for the rest of the game, tho...)


I should warn y'all, tho, that this sort of sports empathy/loyalty extends only to NHL hockey. In particular, don't talk to me about college football.

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Totally agree with this feeling, it was hammered into me (and probably most Preds fans) when we were taking so much crap from Canada during our sale. Totally turned me off to Canada and their hockey fans, I hope that a warm weather team wins the cup every season.

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Totally agree with this feeling, it was hammered into me (and probably most Preds fans) when we were taking so much crap from Canada during our sale. Totally turned me off to Canada and their hockey fans, I hope that a warm weather team wins the cup every season.
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I just ignore the Canadian fans just like I ignore the elitist Yankee or Red Sox fans in baseball, elitist college football fans of the SEC, etc.

While it is true that we struggle to compete at hockey, just like they struggle to compete at baseball/football. Why? Because they typically are warm-weather sports and they don't get the practice we do... Just like we don't get as much practice at cold-weathered hockey like they do.

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I just ignore the Canadian fans just like I ignore the elitist Yankee or Red Sox fans in baseball, elitist college football fans of the SEC, etc.
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Hey now.....

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Hey now.....
I'm going to remember this the next time you taunt me for loving Ohio State.

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I'm going to remember this the next time you taunt me for loving Ohio State.
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This thread reminds of a pic I saw on the Canes Country blog...


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This thread reminds of a pic I saw on the Canes Country blog...

How recent is that?

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How recent is that?
that looks like the lexus towel. given out in the first game of the playoffs at home this year.

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that looks like the lexus towel. given out in the first game of the playoffs at home this year.
I saw them--couldn't remember which playoff game it was but it was definitely this year.

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Totally agree with this feeling, it was hammered into me (and probably most Preds fans) when we were taking so much crap from Canada during our sale. Totally turned me off to Canada and their hockey fans, I hope that a warm weather team wins the cup every season.
Thems fightin words.

Expansion teams in the south do get alot of flack from Canadians though. Alot of people think we should have atleast 10 teams by now. That being said I'm pulling for TBay to get to the finals this year now that the preds are out.

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I don't think it's fair to blame Canada. Maybe they're not as vocal about it, but a lot of northern US fans would rather see teams in places like Winnipeg than Atlanta, too.

Good luck, guys.

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I don't think it's fair to blame Canada. Maybe they're not as vocal about it, but a lot of northern US fans would rather see teams in places like Winnipeg than Atlanta, too.

Good luck, guys.

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