Quick, what's the Atlanta Thrashers record this season?
Can't think of it? How about their record in the last 10 games?
Still can't get it? Any idea where they stand in the division?
C'mon, guys. Do you even know what sport the Thrashers play?
If you couldn't answer more than one of the previous four questions, then you, my friend, are currently suffering from Thrasherapathy [thrash-er-ap-uh-thee]: the habitual indifference towards professional hockey in the city of Atlanta.
Sure, the Falcons are 10-2 and leading their division and the Hawks have surprised some people with their 15-8 start to the season. But it's time to pay attention the Thrashers, folks.
This team is competitive, entertaining and—for the first time in about four years—a legitimate threat to make it back to the postseason.
Hockey may not be your favorite sport (or your second, third, fourth or fifth favorite depending on your affinity for Extreme Ironing), but it's time for the ATL to start paying attention to the Thrashers.
Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane—who average just 22 years of age—are leading the charge for the Thrash and providing a glimpse into what the future may look like for this hockey franchise.
The Thrashers are averaging just 11,789 fans per home game, which is good for the third-worst average home attendance in the NHL and 2,129 fewer fans per home game than the Hawks (13,918).
If a hockey team plays well and nobody in Atlanta is aware of it, does that team still exist in five years?
By the way, here are the answers to those earlier questions:
Overall record: 15-10-3
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Place in the southeast division: T-2nd
Sport that the Thrashers play: Hockey
In case you were wondering, the Thrashers host the Colorado Avalanche tonight inside Philips Arena.
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