Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some Practice Fun From Last Week

The Thrashers are (sucking) on a big road trip until January and I've been sick, so no real photo op chances lately. They do practice today, but I'm still feeling like crap, so I'll probably skip it.

I did go last week though on a mission. Actually, I've been on this mission for the last 3 practices. I needed Peverley's autograph on some stuff. I "met" this guy on the Thrashers official web board who was a big Rich Peverley fan. He had been following him since Rich was with the Carolina Stingrays. I thought that was cool, so I sent him a disk at the end of last season with all of the pictures of Peverley I had taken last season. I told him I'd get him a game program and have Rich autograph it when he was on the cover. I didn't realize it would take so long! Pevs was never on a cover last season and it took them almost half of the season this time to get him on it, but they finally did. About the same time, Pevs had a really nice big article in "The Hockey News" so I thought I'd get him to autograph that as well.

I headed to practice knowing it would be a zoo. School is out so the kids are all there. Those kids hit the players hard, too. For the players, it's like like walking through the streets and being accosted by panhandlers..."CAN I HAVE YOUR STICK??" "COLBY, CAN I HAVE YOUR STICK??" "KANE, CAN I HAVE YOUR STICK??" Over and over 100 times by shrill little voices. So I'm up on the bleachers standing over the chaos. Me and another guy teamed up, he was after Pavelec and I was after Peverley so we worked around each other in the same limited space.

As Rich came off of the ice and made his way through the mass of little screaming bodies he looked up and saw my waving the clipboard and fought his way over. I found a little piece of paper in my purse and wrote "to Andy" on it and put it on the clip board so he would know who to make it out to. Hilarity ensued.

He signed the program, check!

He signed the article, check

He signed the Burger King receipt....oh wait.

It was so loud and chaotic in there, he couldn't hear me. He just looked up at me to make sure I was done and I yelled "THANK YOU RICH!" Isn't that cute??

I also went to the final practice before Christmas. I had a few Christmas cards for some of the guys. It was again absolutely chaos. TONS of children. The kids were my hero that day though. They pissed off one of the ebayers and she stormed out, bwahaha.

I got there early enough to see Kari on the ice! He was kind of skating with the team...but not really. He was on his way off the ice when everyone was coming out.

Of course everyone is glad to see Karpa!

I would love to see Kari suit up for the Thrashers ASAP. Maybe him coming back would give the team a boost. Pavs and Moose have played well and have had moments of brilliance, but you can never go wrong with getting your starting goalie back. ANY boost the Thrashers could get is welcome.


Kevin December 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM  

he was probably like a receipt? really!?
hahaha makes me laugh

Michelle December 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

Bless Rich's heart :-) He's probably overwhelmed and not used to so much attention, you think? Great job, and glad you are feeling better.

CaptainStefan December 27, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

peverley was actually on the program for the game on february 11th vs the blackhawks..

Sunshine36616 December 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

Now how did I miss that??? I was at that game, too. I was in the club section for that game...trying to remember if I came in early for some reason. Now I'm perplexed!

I love your pictures btw. My husband loves planes, so he enjoyed your blog as well!

CaptainStefan December 27, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Thanks! Airshow season's on hiatus but he might get a gift with my upcoming travels.
Next time you're up at a Thrash practice, could you get a clear frontal shot of Kari's new pads? I saw them from the side and am perplexed why he went back to Navy blue, but I still would like to see them. Thanks a bunch!

Mr. Speaker December 28, 2009 at 6:06 AM  

Good work Ginny on getting Ricky Pevs to autograph all that stuff! He seems like such a good guy. I wonder why his autograph looks more like a "JS" or "JF" rather than a "RP". Still cool though. I hope to have a real nice surprise for him to sign at Casino Night.

You going to that this year? If so, I'll see you there along with "K-belle" from blogtastico!

Sunshine36616 December 28, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

Only my mother calls my Ginny. :)
Not sure why his autograph looks like that, I'm always glad they put their numbers with the names. Ever seen Evander's? It is a mess lol.

Yep, I'll be at Casino Night, just bought a dress!! See ya there.

Mr. Speaker December 29, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

Ooops! Sorry about that! ;-) I actually know a "Ginny" so it's force of habit I spoz. Glad to hear you'll be in attendance on the 10th. Look forward to seeing you there at the event. Hope we actually get to win a game again before the 10th rolls around! :-(

Sunshine36616 December 29, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

No problem, Mr. Speaker! I look forward to meeting as well. Will you be at the next game? I'll be there :)

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