Originally written January 12, 2012 on Thrashing the Blues:
Doomed from the start.   These "fan pulse studies" were sent out to Thrashers fans and season ticket holders, so it's no surprise that fans of the Atlanta Hawks got them. What is surprising, as pointed out by my good bud Everett Duke, is that they asked about the relocation of the Thrashers. This is impressive. Like Jeff Schultz noticed, they changed their employee's e-mail domains from @atlantaspirit.com to just @hawks.com. They want to re-brand themselves completely. No, not just by image, but by name - so the first thing you think of isn't the most dishonest owners in sports. They actually want you to think of them as leigitmate sports owners. As competent individuals. After exhibiting their asses in the bungled sale and eventual re-location of the Thrashers, and after a terrible tenure of ownership of that team that really demonstrated that they had no clue what the hell that they were doing, well, now they want to be cuddly. The approximate chance of that happening is one of a snowball in hell - or hockey coming back to Atlanta after these jokes killed it. I suggest taking the survey and maybe answer how you feel about them and how they handled the sale of the Thrashers. Schultz thinks they're concerned that might have a bit to do with poor attendance numbers. There're probably a ton of reasons that people aren't going to Hawks games, and all of them except the lockout can probably directly be traced back to the Octocluster. The Octocluster's great-great granddaddy. Only instead of gaining property, the ASG is quite good at losing it to Canada.
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