Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hockey Orphan: Bethany of Bethany's Hockey Rants on the Columbus Blue Jackets

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(Big thanks to Bethany from Bethany's Hockey Rants at Kuklas Korner. Her blog is easily one of the go-to sources for Blue Jackets news and rumors, while KK is one of the best blog networks in all of the hockey blogosphere. Thanks, Beth!)

So you need a team eh? Well, there really is only one choice for you, but you have to jump on the wagon fast.

Reasons to love the CBJ.

Ken Hitchcock. The man is one of the best coaches in the league. He has given the Columbus Blue Jackets an identity along with the help of Scott Howson. They are picking up the pieces that Doug MacLean ruined, and building a winner.
Rick Nash. He's one of the best players in the National Hockey League. After former captain Adam Foote forced his way out of Columbus, Nash took over and has grown into his role as Captain. He's still young and growing with the team.

Steve Mason. One of very few things that Doug MacLean did right. He's carried this team on his back most of the season, and the best news is, he's only 20.

The youth. This team is packed with young talent. Derick Brassard, Jake Voracek, Nikita Filatov, and Steve Mason. The future is bright in Columbus, and it can only get better.

Ryan Salmons. The Blue Jackets signed a terminally ill cancer patient to a contract, it's stories like this that make the world go around.

Tickets aren't that much! One of the best things about the CBJ is they have a cheap tickets available. I am a big fan of their student tickets.

Mike Commodore, after seeing him in his skivvies, how could you not love the CBJ? The guy has a personality, and he lets it show.

They're making history, cheering a team that hasn't been around for a long time means you get to watch them make history. It's amazing to watch.

Reasons that being a fan may be the death of you.
The goalie-go-round. The Jackets never seem to have that number one guy, you think you have him in and then he turns out to be a bit of a band-aid and you have to trade him off. (I'm not bitter about Pascal Leclaire at all) Hopefully Steve Mason has stopped that.

You really never know what you're going to get. This team can play amazing hockey, but then, they let you down, and forget to show up to a game or two.

Our power play sucks. The Jackets have players who can score, but it seems like when they have the man advantage it's a no win situation.

We've never made the playoffs. Doug MacLean ruined this organization and it's going to take a while for Scott Howson to fix what he broke. Although the Jackets have made significant strides this season, they still have a lot of room to grow, and tons of steps to get to where the organization wants to be ... seeing Rick Nash raise the Stanley Cup. :)


AmyB said...

I think the CBJ having never been to the playoffs (and being so close to it now) should make them more enticing to hockey orphans. You get to be there during the first playoff run and see BJ history in the making. If I were a new hockey fan I'd rather do that then go to a storied old franchise and have to hit the books.

jamestobrien said...

Good point, Amy. There's probably more room on the BJ bus (heh heh) then with the Pens, Caps, Bruins etc.