"We Gotta Crank It Up!!!!"
I think this post might go out directly to one Michael Ziegler, and with it "I hope to arouse the argument that's been dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul".
First off...the Atlanta Thrashers won their division on Saturday night taking hold of the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. You probably didnt hear about it. This is the first time the birds have made it to the post season in their franchise's history. Needless to say Thrashers fans are pretty bonkers right now and with the Braves at 6-1 and the Hawks season almost over, Atlanta is feelin' right. Mr. Ziegler and I have had an ongoing feud for the past several years concerning the NHL. Zieg (along with many others) thinks the NHL is a useless league and one that is doomed to crumble, especially with the missed year last year due to player/ownership disputes and waning TV interest. Zieg personally doesn't like the sport because its too brutal and "promotes violence". Despite all he throws up in his defense, it pretty much boils down to the gact that he "doesn't understand the game" and doesnt care to. It takes a few games to grasp all the rules, so I dont blame him for giving up.
If you have ever been to a Thrashers game or ANY NHL game for that matter, its clear that hockey is the most fast paced professional sport. It doesn't ever get the lead story on Sports Center, and if you asked the average person on the side of the street to name a player - they couldnt. Mainly because there really is no star value in the NHL. Maybe that's why Zieg can't hang...because there is no Labron, or TO, or Freddy Adu (the greatest athelete that will ever exist ever), or a segway. The drama in the sport comes from just that...actual sport. If there is any bad blood, they drop the gloves and the argument is over in about a minute. One player can not carry an NHL team. Next to soccer, it might be the biggest underdog sport in America. That being said, the fans of hockey are a pretty tight-knit and extremely loyal group, BUT I have never come across someone that has gone to a Thrashers game that hasn't had a totally amazing time. I think the Thrashers marketing crew is top notch and possibly one of the best in the NHL, but still I know people who could give a FLYING FUCK about hockey, or anything that isnt the Braves for that matter - who go to games and come back converted hockey fans who are now buying ticket packs to the playoffs.
Do I really give a shizzle if Zieg ever comes around, no. Do I care if NBC picks up more than one game a week? No, as long as someone smaller like Sport South has the local games. What the fuck is the point of this post you ask? Shit, I dont know. Mainly to say to Zieg and other haterz, the NHL is fine, it will be fine - if you dont want to give it the time of day, don't - Phillips Arena will still be sold out nightly either way. I'm fine with the league being the 4th most popular. Go Thrashers, this is truly an exciting time for this city's team. And if your cellie starts ringing on Saturday night whilst in the middle of a Top Chef rerun...that might be me calling from Phillips after the Thrashers go up 2-0 in the series.
Oh yeah and the NBA ain't the only league with Rap superstars courside...YEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
(scroll down, thanks crog)
Make It Rain, Zieg!
(this is my best impersonation of a Lord Douchebag post)