I’m adding the Atlanta Thrashers to the list of defunct teams I saw in person

The move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, Manitoba means I the defunct teams I have seen list. Over the years, I saw these now extinct teams:

NHL

Hartford Whalers
Quebec Nordiques
Atlanta Thrashers

MLB
Montréal Expos

I am pretty sure I saw the Winnipeg Jets, but my memory may be hazy. Of course, they *might* be reborn now, so it is a moot point.

I have also seen a few teams that changed their names in one way or another:

California Angels now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (I saw the California Angels, but never the Anaheim Angels or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Washington Bullets now Washington Wizards (I saw them in both forms)

As for the Thrashers moving, the new Winnipeg team will stay in the Southeast division for a season which means 3 games in Manitoba for the Washington Capitals. I heard from someone claiming to be a Caps employee that they may be trying to have back-to-back games there to ease the travel burden.

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We won’t have Jim Tressel to kick around any more

Coach Jim Tressel out at Ohio StateColumbus Dispatch
Joe Paterno has outlasted another one! Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel is resigning because all the stuff David Jones of the Patriot-News has been hinting at for years is hitting the fan. My initial reaction is joy, because who doesn’t like to see a rival fall? Tressel was a phony and ran a program that was filled with problems that he was able to brush aside because he won a National Championship (with Maurice Clarett and after a very late pass interference flag) and beat Michigan. I’m glad to see it all caught up with him.

Of course, it only matters for Penn State fans if the Nittany Lions learn to stop throwing pick-sixes at the Horseshoe.

UPDATE: Here is the Sports Illustrated article that prompted Tressel’s resignation. My reaction, “meh.”

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