Saturday's Atlanta Thrashers tailgate -- mis-labeled a "save-the-Thrashers rally" by international media -- brought out a few hundred fans, making it by far the all-time most successful 91-degree-day hockey tailgate in honor of a team that will never play another game in front of the fans doing the tailgating. It being termed a "rally" instead of just a party was predictable, as it fulfills a narrative obligation and lets everyone say, "See? They don't need a hockey team," despite the near-fact that the team is already gone anyway.
I got to take video of quite a few knowledgeable, longtime hockey fans with interesting stories, but the only part anybody who wasn't there will remember was this moment, when a couple fans tore down a Winnipeg Jets banner that had been hung in jest by an infamous local troll and then burned it, again in jest.
Winnipeg got super upset at this disgracing of a cherished bedspread that had been purchased from a local Super Target and customized by a Twitter troll moments before it was burned, reminding us once again why SEC football never really took off up there. One also wonders what the reaction would've been at that famed 35,000-strong save-the-Jets rally if some smartass had gone and hung a prominent Phoenix Coyotes sign somewhere.
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