SOCKEY ON HOCKEY

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Winnipeg News!!

It’s been several weeks since Michael Gearon, one of the 8-15 bumbling owners of the Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Hawks, and Philips Arena acknowledged that the Atlanta Spirit Group’s tenure as owners has been an abject failure. During a softball interview with one of his employees, Thrashers sideline reporter girl John Kincade, Gearon admitted that the ownership group had been lying to the fans for 5 plus years and that they HAVE been looking to sell the team to anyone who would take them. The only thing keeping the deal from getting done is that at the time they purchased the team in 2003 they signed an agreement with the NHL not to move the team for 8 years. That agreement expires at the end of the current season.


The rumours have been swirling for months regarding the Thrashers impeding move. As usual, Sockey On Hockey brings you the scoop on all of the inside details of the situation. Members of the Sockey On Hockey staff have been in contact with members of potential ownership groups for the last two years. For almost a year now, there have been reports that a group based in Winnipeg is poised to make an offer for the Atlanta hockey team. Over the past 11 years, the Thrashers have gotten used to playing in a half-empty building. This, and the fact they have never had a successful playoff run are the two things they have in common with the current Winnipeg hockey team, the Manitoba Moose.


In our discussions with these prospective owners, they have repeatedly listed out the reasons why the rebirth of the Winnipeg franchise will be a success for the city of Winnipeg and for the NHL. They’ve pointed out that Winnipeg is the 7th largest city in Canada, and with it’s 694,000 citizens, it dwarfs Atlanta’s 540,000 inhabitants.


While Atlanta can boast having the world’s busiest airport, there are also several major national and international companies headquartered there, including three Fortune 100 companies: The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, and United Parcel Service. Other headquarters for some major companies in Atlanta include AirTran Airways, Arby's, AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Delta, Earthlink, Equifax, Gentiva Health Services, Georgia-Pacific, Oxford Industries, RaceTrac Petroleum, Southern Company, SunTrust Banks, and Waffle House. With all this going for them, the local ownership group has been unable to entice any of them into a sponsorship agreement with the Thrashers, Hawks, or Philips Arena.


The Winnipeg investment group already have an NHL quality arena in place that holds over 15,000 fans and the potential owners from Winnipeg have already crafted a solid list of corporate sponsorships agreements with Winnipeg based companies Manitoba Telecom Services, Great-West Life Assurance, Boeing Canada Technology, and Bristol Aerospace.Unfortunately for the all of the diehard NHL fans of Winnipeg, this isn’t enough.


The fact of the matter is that the NHL has NO INTEREST in moving a team from a high profile city like Atlanta to a frozen shit pond located so far in the in the middle of a barren wasteland that you measure distance in hours. The typical Manitoban is not only fat and ugly, but plans their financial futures around their bingo winnings, and isn’t going to pony up the cash for season tickets and still be able to afford the venison, beer, and saskatoons being sold at the concession stands. Besides, the prospect of having Fred Penner doing NHL advertisements makes Gary Bettman throw-up in his mouth.

So here it is you mullet-headed, pronghorn poaching, snow farmers, you had your chance with the Jets and you pissed it away. If you’re looking forward to seeing NHL hockey, it’s going to involve an 8 hour drive to Minneapolis to see the Wild! Otherwise, head down to Portage & Main and spend some of that money you’ve been saving for season tickets and help out the local economy. Pay to watch the hookers urinate in the storm drains!



STUFF A SOCK IN IT WINNIPEG!

44 Comments:

  • At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are now my hero. Go Atlanta Thrashers.

     
  • At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, Atlanta has waayyyy more than 540,000 people. While the city of Atlanta itself has roughly 550,000 people, the METRO-Atlanta area has well over 5-6 MILLION people in it. Therefore it Dwarfs Winnipeg.

     
  • At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sincerely hope you're right. I'd take the coyotes over the thrashers any day.

     
  • At 8:19 PM, Blogger J.K. Sockey said…

    Anonymous said...
    Sincerely hope you're right. I'd take the coyotes over the thrashers any day.

    --- HA! You'll take nothing and like it! Go Moose!

     
  • At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Absolutely classless article. You have about as much class as Atlanta has hockey fans!!! hahahaha. Stick to nascar, nfl, and baseball you twitt!!!

     
  • At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I guess sockey on hockeys Mother & Father were obviously Brother & Sister. But in Atlanta that just makes you common.NHL will be coming back to the Peg.

     
  • At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    EPIC!!!

     
  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger cdankochik said…

    and I thought the thrashers fans were better mannered than the coyote ones.

    oh well

    you have now lowered the opinion of the average thrasher fan.


    DONT YOU DISS FRED PENNER HE WILL KICK YOUR ASS

    have fun with your failing franchise.

     
  • At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Typical American Intellectual.

     
  • At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hahahaha.........this coming from Atlanta who already failed a first time with an NHL team, and who is about to fail a second time!!!do your research! just like calgary picked up your lose ends in 1980 with the flames, winnipeg could double your teams estimated valule in 2 seasons.

     
  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Such class love it. Totally expected from some southern inbre ad. Dont worry aboot a game you have no business watching and go back to drinking Bud watching a left hand turn all day, that redneck metropolis is where you belong.

     
  • At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This coming a from a guy living in a city who is on the verge of losing their SECOND nhl franchise. Real Smooth, you have a brilliant IQ you southern Hick hahaha


    You couldn't even find Winnipeg on a Map. I really hope Winnipeg gets the thrashers :)

     
  • At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "you had your chance with the Jets and you pissed it away"

    That's an ironic statement coming from a market that has pissed their chance away once,and is on the brink of pissing their second chance away.

    Maybe instead of writing shitty blogs you should make some fucking friends and bring them to Thrashers games, so they don't have to leave again.

     
  • At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow! you sure are angry,
    and it's got to be rough to lose an NHL team for the second time.
    Why don't the fans organize a rally to save the team?
    hmmm...
    go atlanta flames
    go atlanta thrashers
    just go, go, go...

     
  • At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To anyone who doesn't see this as tongue in cheek is a fucking idiot.

    I am from Winnipeg and found it hilarious and entertaining. FWIW I hope the Coyotes come to our barren wasteland and the Thrashers can stay in the ATL where all the black people stay away in droves.

    P.S. you also pissed away a franchise once :)

     
  • At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lol this blog made me laugh.. first off.. you compared half empty buildings... dude mantioba moose are AHL.. 2nd in attendance average at over 8,200 fans per game.. thats minor league buddy. you get 1-2000 more fans per game in NHL. Also.. Winnipeg has a population of 750 000 and even still.. its a hockey market that would sell out every single nhl game of the season unlike the thrashers.. they could only dream of that!.. thirdly.. the mantioba moose have made every single playoffs in the last 10 years including the finals in 2009 as well as many other post 1st round play off dates. you not only have NO CLUE about winnipeg but you made your self sound pretty jealous that winnipeg is actually going to land a successful nhl franchise ..again which is something you can only dream of.. and since this would be your 2nd time losing an nhl team.. dont count on ever having one back again in the state of georgia.. go falcons!!

     
  • At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You sir r an idiot and have absolutely no idea what your saying about the city. I'm pretty sure I speak for the whole city of WINNIPEG when I say GO JETS GO Bitch!!!!!!

     
  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To call you a retard would be an insult to retards everywhere.

     
  • At 9:51 PM, Blogger D said…

    You mention how Winnipeg pissed away their chance at owning a NHL team. It seems you've either forgotten or not known in the first place that Atlanta once had a team called the Flames. So Atlanta is in fact in their second round of having a NHL team...they lost their team once already. A couple cities have been given a second chance at having a NHL club, but your city, may be the first to lose their twice.

     
  • At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Out of curiosity....Where are the Flames these days?

     
  • At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You're an idiot. The average Canadian is at least 25% less obese than Americans

     
  • At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm sure both Thrasher fans in Atlanta will love this

     
  • At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Atlanta and this article is full of shit. Atlanta is probably the worst sports town I've ever been to. No one cares about any team (except for their respective SEC football team) unless they are in the playoffs. The Thrashers would have to be championship contenders every year to build a fan base.

    When are you people going to learn that when you don't support a team, the owners lose money and will then sell it. Markets like Atlanta and Phoenix, regardless of size, do not deserve a hockey team. The market size is irrelevant when you don't have enough hockey fans to support the franchise. Mexico City has 20 million people. Are you going to put a hockey team there?

    Winnipeg may be a frozen pond but it's large enough to support an NHL franchise better than Atlanta and Phoenix any day of the week.

    Gary Bettman is the worst commissioner in sports for letting this carry on.

     
  • At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Geo said…

    Dang...someone is a little bitter.

     
  • At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ummmm....hasn't Atlanta lost a team before - called the Flames? And now losing a second one - hockey DOES NOT work in Atlanta!

     
  • At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "you had your chance with the Jets and you pissed it away"

    And where are the Atlanta Flames right now? Hmm.

     
  • At 1:07 AM, Blogger cujorocks10 said…

    Haha what a joke. I guess someone doesnt know that Atlanta had their chance and got a second one (soon to be over after they relocate to Quebec... since Winnipeg is getting the Yotes)

    A frozen wasteland haha ok there J.K... well a frozen wasteland would be a better market then a southern sunbelt city just named by forbes as one of the most miserable sports cities in the world.

    Jets are back baby WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Goodbye Thrashers, you will be missed by the 25 people who went to the save the Thrashers rally. Winnipeg had over 60,000 at theirs and it didnt help. But our "second chance" is next. And it wont fail as the support has always been here. Now we finally have an arena with Amazingly rich and qualified owners who also ownt the arena itself for maximal profits.

    People in winnipeg wont pay? Winnipeg has the 3rd busiest arena in canada behind only Toronto and Montreal. Ahead of vancouver, calgary, edmonton and Ottawa. So pretty sure Winnipeg is not cheap as youd make it out to be. Also who in Atlanta is putting out for season tickets? 2000 people tops, that is a joke. Watching the thrasher on tv is a joke, the entire lower bowl is empty seats, and then they announce a crowd of an embarassing 12,000 people, but it is most definatly even worse then that!

     
  • At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All this hockey and geographical (too big a word?) wisdom......from a sock! Class

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how went the save the Thrashers rally last week?

     
  • At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    SET WAYNE WILLIAMS FREE

     
  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can't wait to take your team.

     
  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger J.K. Sockey said…

    You Canadians really are idiots! Atlanta didn't lose the Flames, they're in CALGARY. Don't you clowns know ANYTHING abooooot hockey???

     
  • At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sockey, you need to be nicer to the insufferable whiners to the north of us.

    They might come in handy if you ever need access to poor quality beer or 3 tons of crushed ice at short notice.

    And Winnipeg fans, let's hope your new owner Mr. Thomson shows more interest in his NHL toy than he did in his bimbo girlfriend the moment he found out he knocked her up. It would be a shame if your super rich owner ends up selling the team to a group of morons that can't afford a team because he got bored.

     
  • At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this a pre-emptive 'suck it' for when we get our new NHL team AND you lose yours.
    Oh and socks are only good for one thing-and it involves hand cream....
    stupid sock

     
  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Evelyn said…

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  • At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Patrix said…

    I love how the vitriolic Winnipeggers, who have been trolling PHX and ATL news sites, fan pages, etc, stirring up crap and insulting cities left and right, suddenly get upset when someone mentions the pathetic reality that is Winterpeg. As someone from Vancouver who has (unfortunately) had to travel there a few times, I am not surprised in the least at their behaviour or attitude.

    Winnipeg; Canada's Embarassment.

     
  • At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Haha...look at all these losers from Whinerpeg acting like oblivious, retarded children. No one wants to live in Winterpeg. No NHL player wants to relocate from a city like Phoenix or Atlanta to live in a "frozen shitpond" in the middle of nowhere. You guys averaged under 12,000 in attendance in the Jets' LAST SEASON. HAHAHAHA. Losers.

    My verification word is "subjurta". What the hell does that mean?

     
  • At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To all the people bashing Winnipeg/Atlanta, you are no better than each other.

    To the person who wrote the article... you are a jerk. You know NOTHING about Winnipeg it is a nice place to live with lots of good people minus a few idiots who think flame wars are fun.

    Grow up ALL OF YOU

     
  • At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you mention how we "pissed it away" with the jets....HOWEVER, you neglect to mention you are about to "piss it away TWICE"!!!! That's right! Atlanta does not deserve NHL hockey and NEVER DID!!!!

     
  • At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a stupid article. Despite all your whining you fail to realize that Atlanta has proven themselves unable to support a team...twice! Whether they end up in Winnipeg or somewhere else, the Thrashers' days are limited.

     
  • At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Jesto said…

    So now that it's official that Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg I guess this article makes you look pretty much like the douche bag you are! Lol. Atlanta sucks...proof is in the move!

     
  • At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The sad part is, you're absolutely right about everything you said about Winnipeg - it's every bit the shitty back-water hole you make it out to be. So, how does it feel to lose your hockey team... to THAT?

    Here's hoping Atlanta gets a THIRD crack at an NHL team... either Hamilton or Quebec City will welcome it with open arms 10 years later!

     
  • At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    upyors_fromthepeg

    Ha ha, such anger and mindless blathering, NHL was happy to abandon your broken down unemployed metropolis and now the players have let it be known that playing in front of a bunch of tabacco chewing sister humpers was an embarassment to them as hockey players.

     
  • At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Atlanta has lost a nascar race, an NHL team, and the Wendy's HQ, all in less than a year. Atlanta is withering away, there is no money there, it's a typical conservative bible thumping southern city and they don't like change, but expect everyone else to stay lost in the past with them. Already high unemployment and businesses moving to more intellectual cities will only continue to increase.

     

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