Is there a knight in shining armor for the damsel in distress that is the Atlanta Thrashers? According to an Atlanta radio host, there is.
John Kincade of 680 AM in Atlanta says that a mysterious man he calls The Balkan is on his way to the city to negotiate to buy the fledgling Thrashers as well as the NBA's Hawks and the operating rights to Phillips Arena.
“This weekend in Atlanta I will come face to face with #thebalkan,” Kincade tweeted. “Others will too! The final chapter of the saga is about to begin!”
Sounds a little too good to be true? It might be. Why trust a local radio host for any bit of information? He was already right concerning non-disclosure agreements the owners had when he was met with incredible skepticism.So he has a sliver of credibility when talking about the Atlanta ownership circus.
If a deal can't get done, the Thrashers are presumed to be scooped up by True North Sports Entertainment, which would promptly relocate the organization to Winnipeg. The former home of the Jets has also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for the similarly beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes.
However, it's worth noting that Kincade says it's an all-or-nothing purchase the mystery man is interested in.
“I never said I was 100% sure this was going through,” Kincade cryptically tweeted. “IF they sell all 3 it will be to #thebalkan. No interest in just Thrashers.”
It's an incredibly odd story that many, especially in Manitoba, think is totally false. It might be. If nothing else, it makes for a great soap opera, which is exactly where Kincade pulled the name The Balkan from in the first place. from General Hospital to be exact. But it certainly has the feeling this guy is The Balkan Whisperer. Or just interested in buying more time to find ownership help. Either way, it bears monitoring.
If you think about it, the people North of the Border would seem to be onto something here, it's an interesting choice of nicknames. And why the mystery? Sounds like a load. But at this point, who knows? It's been a weird situation from the start, why not get weirder?
-- Brian Stubits