Q What's a Thrasher?
A Even die-hard fans of Atlanta's second-year NHL franchise can be excused for not knowing what their club's name, Thrashers, means. A good guess would be the literal interpretation: According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary a thrasher is "one who defeats decisively or severely, as, 'thrashed the visiting team.' " Nice try, but wrong. A quick check of Atlanta's franchise record (25 wins in 113 games) should have given you a hint. Then there's the more colloquial term: "Thrasher has always stood for the honest anarchy inherent to the basic gig of riding a skateboard," reads an editorial from Thrasher magazine. Another good guess. In fact, Thrasher and the Thrashers went to court in 1998 over the use of the name. (The case was settled would Ted Turner really name his hockey franchise after a bunch of skateboarders? Actually, Turner, an environmentalist, chose the moniker to honor Georgia's state bird, the brown thrasher, which "haunts the wood lots, hedgerows and gardens of eastern North America," according to the Audubon Society's Master Guide to Birding. "Despite its skulking manner, the Brown Thrasher may deliver its song from a prominent, exposed perch." Hmmm. Who knew that Dennis Rodman played hockey?