God, Thrashers. Go Away And Leave Me Be

Oh, look. It’s the ghost of hockey past. What he’s doing, I’m not really sure – there’s not a glove back there, is there?


Ok, I’m not a hockey polygamist anymore. I’m fine with that – focusing on the Blues alone is easier, and it’s something I did until 1999. I’m having a blast watching St. Louis steamrolling opponents and scooting up the standings, well on their way to a playoff berth. It still hurts that the Thrashers are gone, though. I miss them terribly, and that point was driven home yesterday when I plunked down $62 on a ticket and $100 for a hotel room to Saturday night’s Blues/Predators game – and that’s not including the super awesome mileage that my Jeep gets. I’m glad that the people of Winnipeg are supporting the team, and I wish them all of the best, even though I still would like to have my 30 minute drive to Philips Arena back.

But then things like the whitewashing of the 2008 All Star Game mural in the CNN Center happen, and it just re-opens old wounds. Or, well, the AJC runs a “checking to see if fans are still pissed off” piece. You read the quotes, you get the whole smug, arrogant answers from Atlanta Spirit (“I don’t deem the subject you inquired about to be newsworthy and therefore don’t feel the need to comment on it.” – Thanks, Bob Williams!), and it all just pisses you off again. 

Just read the quotes from fans here, and it should let fans of other teams know that we were the same as they are, but now many people here are disenfranchised and frankly discouraged. I’ve always been a Blues fan, so this’s been easier on me than it has some others, but there are some people here with genuine hurt, there are little kids here without their favorite players, and there’s a city here without a team.

Just when I thought everything was better, this gets brought up again. Oh, Thrashers. I wish I could quit you.

About Laura Astorian

Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.