Let me preface this by saying I totally get the anger behind this. I'm still angry, too. I'm horribly angry at the mismanagement of the Atlanta Spirit Group that cost me my second favorite team, and I'm horribly angry at Gary Bettman and the NHL, even though economically I understand the decision. I'm also going to preface this by saying that I'm not going to tell people how to mourn or show anger, but personally I don't know if I'd do this:
Thanks to @spectr17!
Those jerseys, while expensive regardless of if they're Reebok or KOHO or CCM, are worth more than just money. My Thrashers jerseys are about the last connection I have left to a team that I watched for 11 years. So much of the memorabilia is still hard to look at -- the autographed pucks and even my Johan Hedberg autographed goalie stick are put away. But the jerseys remind me of the game experience more than the team, and that was my favorite part about going. I miss my routine, I miss wearing those jerseys, and I miss the hell out of the Thrashers. I just don't know if this is how I'd choose to show it.
Those things belong on nice cedar hangers like the ones in my closet I bought especially for my jerseys. They keep their shape better that way. Ice is no way to take care of a jersey.
Thanks to @big_momma2 for the screen grab!
EDIT: From my good friends @lsthrasher04 and James Wood, here're the photos of the jerseys thrown on the ice. It is a shame that no one really could read them, because the one on the right is 100% spot on. I did hear that there were some thrown into the Jets' penalty box that there specifically directed at Bettman. Does anyone have a clue what they say?
And, is there a billboard near ASG offices? Having the text in the above photo staring into their windows every day would be swell.
We decided it was our way of closure and frustration with the league's commissioner to give up on a fan base who was screwed from the start. Growing up in the youth hockey programs here in Atlanta, we were able to accrue more than enough jerseys to throw on the ice to voice our bitterness for the ownership group and Bettman's money hungry eyes. 11 seasons and 0 playoff wins will kill any fan base. Look at the attendance numbers with Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston etc when they were at the bottom of the standings. See a correlation on attendance and success? Hockey works in the South, just ask Nashville. Success brings interest. Closure has finally set in for us few upset fans who threw our Atlanta Spirit Group Jerseys on the ice. A loss late in the season for the Jets was a fitting end to a few fans that will never purchase an NHL product ever again. It's ashame because it's the greatest sport in the world.
@drewbear1984 Eh, everyone has their own form of closure. Mine came in September when I watched Mason get shellacked. Of course, that wasn't all about the Thrashers move and how he treated the IC radio show like an infomercial for the team weeks before the sale. A good chunk of it was also a bit of revenge for the Chris Mason Soft Goal Of The Game that cost so many wins both in ATL and STL.
I'm a longtime Winnipeg Jets fan, from the original team to the current. When we lost our team to Phoenix boy was it gut wrenching and i understand everything that you wrote here about being sad and angry. It is unfortunate that we regained our team at anothers expense. It sucks. It sucks for the true fans of the Thrashers.
But during the bad time when the original Jets left, even though there was plenty of anger to go around absolutely no one ever thought about throwing our jerseys away. Even years later when it looked as if we would never ever get a team back most people cherished those jerseys like prized possessions. We looked back on our time with a team with great pride, respect and fond memories. The old jersey and team logo were still hot sellers long after the team had disappeared.
I suppose the people that threw their jerseys on the ice were trying to make a statement of some kind, but i'm not sure that is the way to go about it.
@THEMikeGarrett I talk more about the anger in my post: http://blondiekindofworld.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall-which-hockey-teams-problems-were-not-atlantas-fault/
@THEMikeGarrett From what I'm hearing, these were youth thrashers jerseys from the rec. leagues. So, I don't think they held the same sentimental value that normal fan jerseys do. I would hope that none of our fans would waste any more of their money by simply throwing away something they paid good money for and loved.However, I think I understand the anger here behind it. And it goes further than just losing a team. It was the manner in which we were lied to year in and year out about ASG caring about our team -then stabbing us in the back and running the smear campaign against us -saying it was all our fault and that we just didn't support our team. In addition to telling us to "deal with it" when we complained about the sub par product being iced each year. ASG routinely paid millions below the salary cap for the Thrashers, but never seemed to have a problem with shelling out up to the max for the Hawks, despite their attendance not being significantly better many seasons.In fact, the year we went to the playoffs, hockey attendance eclipsed basketball in Atlanta:
Thrashers: 2006-07: 16,240 (87.6%) * Made Post Season
Hawks: 2006-07: 15,594 (about 83%)
After that, ASG was on a fast track to run them into the ground. It coincided with the Steve Belkin lawsuit -imagine that.So far as I've heard, Winnipeg didn't have that kind of evil going on. It's amazing that the NHL allows those kind of groups to own teams at all. But that's Bettman's version of good league management. Anyways, I wish our fans would find another way to express their anger at ASG, yet honor the players. A nice mean billboard near ASG HQ would be fabulous.
@THEMikeGarrett I agree with you... I don't really understand how people can't separate the team and the good memories (whatever good ones there were, and there were a lot) from the ownership group that killed the team. My philosophy is that they already took the team. I'm not letting them take what I have left of it.
I was at the game tonight. I guess I can understand it, but I am with you, no way am I going to toss away my jersey...