RSSAuthor Archive for J.C. Bartholomew

Accountant / Analyst who has a nagging writing addiction when it comes to hockey. I've been a hockey fan since I was a wee tyke and now my allegiance to the Atlanta Thrashers has me "mentally thrashed". My other long-time passion is the game of golf so I'm a glutton for punishment! As a mid to late 30-something, I'm blessed to have a girlfriend who aids and abets my hockey / blogging obsession. Hockey heroes include: Gilbert Perreault, Adam Oates (Go RPI!), Pat LaFontaine and Marty Reasoner. Follow me on the twitter machine @j_barty_party

Impassioned Plea from a Thrashers Fan to Gary Bettman

Impassioned Plea from a Thrashers Fan to Gary Bettman

The most passionate fans waited 10 long years for it. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait that long. But the echoes of that amazing night in April of 2007 still haunt my memory four years later. The memories from that day, that night, will forever be etched in my mind and cherished in my soul [...]

Why Did Daddy Let My T-birds Fly Astray??

Why Did Daddy Let My T-birds Fly Astray??

Poor me a beer so I can wash the sadness away. Not because it’s St. Patty’s Day though. No, because I’m a Thrashers fan who was foolish enough to believe in this year’s team. Going into the season, I knew better. We’re too young; new coach and new system; too many new pieces trying to [...]

Just When You Think You’re Out, THEY PULL YOU BACK IN!

Just When You Think You’re Out, THEY PULL YOU BACK IN!

Didn’t the sun already set on the Atlanta Thrashers? Didn’t their season essentially end with the recent 1 - 5 – 1 slide that followed the loss to the Canes (and the subsequent loss of their hold on 8th place) back on February 13th? Why must the Thrashers tease us this way and give us reason again to think they can [...]

Big Buff wants to bring home a Cup to Peachtree Street

So “Slim”, You’re Tellin’ Me There’s a Chance?!

Wednesday nite in Raleigh, NC the Thrashers did something they hadn’t done since January 5th of this year, when they downed the Florida Panthers 3 to 2 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL, which is: WIN TWO STRAIGHT GAMES!! Alas, the 2010-11 season has not been one in which the Thrashers have been [...]

City of Atlanta: TIME TO UNLEASH YOUR FURY!!

City of Atlanta: TIME TO UNLEASH YOUR FURY!!

As any Thrashers fan will tell you, February 2011 has been far from a good month. In short, February has been a brutal month for players, coaches and of course the fans, who have not only suffered the dismay and disappointment of yet another mid-winter Thrashers’ collapse, but also sustained disheartening blow after blow with respect to recent [...]

Big Buff wants to bring home a Cup to Peachtree Street

Thrashers Lock up Big Buff, but Playoffs Far from Lock

Today was a fairly historic day for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey franchise as the team announced a 5-year, $26 million contract extension for cornerstone defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien, thereby removing one small shred of doubt concerning the ownership syndicate’s commitment to hockey in Atlanta, at least for the short-term future. Does this decision to lock up [...]

Thrashers’ GM Titillates with Thoughts of Trades as Team’s Slide Continues

Thrashers’ GM Titillates with Thoughts of Trades as Team’s Slide Continues

Thrashers’ GM Rick Dudley is doing what he does best: burn up the phone lines to talk trade with fellow GM’s who are looking to deal. Yesterday, in a candid interview with Atlanta Journal & Constitution beat writer, Chris Vivlamore, Dudley laid out his thoughts about the current state of the Thrashers. In so doing, [...]

Thrashers Capitalize on “Pavelectric” Performance, Cling to 8th Seed at Break

Thrashers Capitalize on “Pavelectric” Performance, Cling to 8th Seed at Break

There are big games and then there are even bigger wins. The Atlanta Thrashers earned the biggest win of their season last nite on the strength of a solid defensive effort and the brilliant shutout performance of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped all 36 shots the Washington Capitals threw his way. While it may have [...]

Thrashers Reeling from Injuries, Season on the Brink

Thrashers Reeling from Injuries, Season on the Brink

As the Atlanta Thrashers play their second game within 22 hours down in Tampa Bay, FL against their favorite divisional tormentor, the Lightning, I have been crunching some numbers to see how dire things have become for the slumping Ice Birds. After losing yet again in the shootout to the New York Rangers last nite [...]

Thrashers Wonder if Season Can Turn in Just 44 Seconds

Thrashers Wonder if Season Can Turn in Just 44 Seconds

Monday nite in Sonrise, FL, nestled between the Everglades and Sawgrass Mills Parkway, the Bank Atlantic Center’s modest crowd of 11,500 watched in shocked horror as their Panthers fell prey to a quick-striking Thrashers team that leapt from the depths of their own darkening swamp to chomp down on a share of the regulation lead [...]

Are the Thrashers broken? Or just “enjoying” their mid-season funk?

Are the Thrashers broken? Or just “enjoying” their mid-season funk?

Greetings from “Snowlanta“, Georgia, THE southern capital of ill-preparedness when it comes to battling the elements of snow and ice. For several days I have been trapped in my apartment due to an unusual phenomenon in which a rare snow event is complicated by the subsequent injection of freezing precipitation into the mix to form [...]

Big Buff wants to bring home a Cup to Peachtree Street

Thrashers Almost Mid-Year Report…and Other Stuff

Greetings and salutations hockey world! Or more specifically Thrasherville as I doubt there are that many non-Thrashers fans perusing my posts. But if you’re just a hockey fan doing a drive-by, thanks for the page view!! Anyway, what am I here for? Well, as the title might indicate, my mid-year report and recap of the [...]

Regression to the Mean can be really, well MEAN!!

Regression to the Mean can be really, well MEAN!!

Hello and Happy New Year and all that resolution jazz!! The new year has been ushered in with lots of celebratory gun fire here in Atlanta — one of our charming local customs — but the Atlanta Thrashers have been firing mostly blanks lately as they closed the book on the first half of their [...]

Thrashers look for JOLT! Start busy week hosting Bolts

Thrashers look for JOLT! Start busy week hosting Bolts

As the NHL resumes action after a two-day Christmas respite, the Atlanta Thrashers look to avoid their first 3-game losing streak since the middle part of November (11/17 to be exact) when they welcome in division rival Tampa Bay, who boasts a games-in-hand lead over the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the division [...]

Peverley Pops Post Twice as Thrashers Fall Short in Comeback Bid

Peverley Pops Post Twice as Thrashers Fall Short in Comeback Bid

Here is some video evidence of just how loud and passionate a “sparce” — if you call 14,662 sparce — Atlanta Thrashers crowd can get (sorry folks, only way I can get the videos to work is to link them to my blogger spot): Peverley Pipe Job Number 1 Peverley Pops ANOTHER post!! So as you [...]

Will Carlton the Bear be Applauding Later Tonite?

Will Carlton the Bear be Applauding Later Tonite?

 (Photo Courtesy of Monika of LeafSpace.com)   Good evening folks! Time for something a little different: an actual gameday preview post!! Aren’t you excited? Okay, didn’t think so. But I did pull together a few tasty morsels of information on which you can chew until the puck drops in just over an hour. Tonite, the Atlanta [...]

Mister Levenson, TEAR DOWN THIS CURTAIN!!

Mister Levenson, TEAR DOWN THIS CURTAIN!!

On the morning after the Atlanta Thrashers dismissed the New Jersey Devils with a resounding statement of renouncement, and as the beleaguered Blueland Nation savors the spoils of this brief, but glorious triumph over some rather beguiling franchise demons, we must now pause to reflect on what this victorious battle means for the future of hockey in Atlanta. [...]

Are Thrashers Trying to Breed Excitement with “Thoracic” O.T. Triumphs?

Are Thrashers Trying to Breed Excitement with “Thoracic” O.T. Triumphs?

Last time I posted a blog, I was exhorting my readers (and followers on twitter) to spread the word about the Thrashers‘ recent play as well as their bellwether prospects for a good season. Slowly but slowly (that’s not a typo!), the bandwagon is starting to gain some momentum. However, the Thrash-wagon did get bogged [...]

Despite Relocation Rumors, Here are 10 Reasons to Watch the Thrashers

Despite Relocation Rumors, Here are 10 Reasons to Watch the Thrashers

If you’re a faithful follower of the Atlanta Thrashers, you are no doubt sickened to the pit of your stomach over the repetitive and annoying chorus of Canadian media who relish the fantasy of one day poaching the Atlanta-based hockey club from U.S. soil. Without fail, as attendance numbers drop well below the league average [...]

Capit(al) Hill Sessions End Early, Thrashers Leave with Winning Legislation

Capit(al) Hill Sessions End Early, Thrashers Leave with Winning Legislation

In a town famous — or is it infamous? — for the perfected art of staunch, hard-lining legislative opposition, Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec doled out his own special brand of stubborn opposition on the goal line with 45 saves, many of which were wondrous in their splendor, against the vaunted Washington Capitals offense. The [...]