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Rick Nash The Best Pro In Ohio

from Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer,

Rick Nash is arguably the most accomplished athlete playing for an Ohio pro sports franchise.

Among the state’s best, he might also be its most anonymous.

Such is reality for the Blue Jackets’ 27-year-old captain: a player regarded as elite in NHL circles and obscure in the minds of Cleveland and Cincinnati fans with little hockey intellect and enough losing teams.

Never mind that Nash has made more All-Star appearances than Reds slugger Joey Votto and has graced as many video-game covers as Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Or, that he exhibits the modesty and loyalty that fans say they still desire in their heroes.

The combination of his sport’s 60-watt appeal in the United States and his team’s inability to win with regularity has stunted the popularity of the six-time 30-goal scorer.

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I wonder how many hockey players would receive such a tag.  Does the same hold true in your state?

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Primis's avatar

Does the same hold true in your state?

In Michigan?  Uhhh, no… even minor league and collegiate players are celebrities here…

Given the pathetic state of the Ohio pro teams though, I’d say yes, Nash is easily the best in his state.  And the best pro team in the state might be a minor league hockey team.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/11 at 10:13 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Insert Ohio State joke here.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/06/11 at 10:55 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

The PEE DEE is one of the worst newspapers in the country. Their sports editor won’t do anything on hockey because people don’t care about hockey. Circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works because ...

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/06/11 at 11:18 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

And everyone in cleveland who does watch hockey watch Detroit or Pitt

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/06/11 at 12:27 PM ET

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This first line of this article should have started with the phrase, “Now that Terrell Pryor is playing for the Oakland Raiders…...”

Posted by Trumball on 10/06/11 at 01:43 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Pretty much. There are a few Sabres fans that make the drive to BUF for occasional games, but it’s a Wings/Pens fanbase as far as oldtimers. Since the Monsters came to town, there are some Avs fans, too.

One could count the BJs fans on one hand.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/06/11 at 01:43 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Never mind that Nash has made more All-Star appearances than Reds slugger Joey Votto and has graced as many video-game covers as Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Or, that he exhibits the modesty and loyalty that fans say they still desire in their heroes.

Except that Joey Votto was able to lead his teammates to a division title at least once.  Never mind he won an MVP award.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/06/11 at 03:10 PM ET

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