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Blue Jackets Fans, Time To Start Showing Up!

How many times have we heard fans of pro sports teams say, “Once we have a winning team, we will really start showing up at the games.”

Well Columbus, don’t look now, but your team has had one hell of a start.  In the tenth anniversary of the Blue Jackets in Columbus, the team is off to their best start.

Monday nights 2-0 home shutout win versus the tough Nashville Predators was the second straight shutout win in a row.  Attendance at Nationwide Arena was only 10,095, out of a reported capacity for hockey of 18,500.

The Jackets have now won four in a row with wins over the Predators, Sharks, Ducks and the Kings. (The last three mentioned were road wins). They have also won five of six, including another win versus the Blues.  They have 26 points, only two points behind the Red Wings.  They are second in the tough Central Division, and tied for second in the Western Conference.  This is not the second week of the season; this is almost at the quarter point of the regular season.

Besides that, what’s to get excited about in Columbus besides the Buckeyes?  The Blue Jackets have a true superstar in Rick Nash, the NHL plus/minus leader Rusty Klesla (+17),  a 1A and 1B set of goalies.  Steve Mason is beginning to show signs of the form that earned him the Calder Cup two years ago and Mathieu Garon has been fantastic (5-1-0, 1.08 GAA, 3 SHO in 7 games).  You also have a rookie head coach, Scott Arneil, and even an Ohio State Hockey Alumni in RJ Umberger.

Blue Jackets and Ohio hockey fans, it’s time to start showing your support before someone starts asking the question of whether the Blue Jackets can financially survive in Columbus.

Support your winning team!

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Primis's avatar

I think (unfortunately) the writing is already on the wall, and the Jackets are done in Columbus.  They’ve still never won a single playoff game, and it’s unlikely they will this year still.

I’ve defended and defended the Ohio market as capable of sustaining the NHL, but I’m just tired of doing it.  Columbus people just don’t care about the Jackets, it’s been too long without any signs of life now.

They’re moving north in the next 2 years, mark my words.

Posted by Primis on 11/23/10 at 05:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I hate watching Rick Nash try so hard to make that team relevant in that town when we know that it’s futile to continue.

I want that guy in a Wings sweater so he knows he’s appreciated.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 11/23/10 at 08:51 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Well, we have tickets for the Friday game versus the Wings.  (Divided loyalties there!)  But you may be right.  Columbus is a football town.  People bleed scarlet and gray.  And while I’m as big a Buckeye fan as most, I can find room for the Jackets as well.  Not sure why its so hard for people to get into hockey here.  But it just hasn’t seemed take in central Ohio.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 11/25/10 at 12:00 PM ET

aaron in phoenix's avatar

Good post, and I could change the team, city, and players to the reflect the Coyotes situation too. I understand fans not coming out to support a poor team, but Columbus and Phoenix have both been on such a run lately.

It seems here in Phoenix (Glendale), there are plenty of hockey fans, but they are fans of their hometown team. When that team comes to town, the arena gets filled with their fans. That’s usually 2-4 games a year that people go to see. So, you’ve got these “I’ll go to a game when MY team comes to town” fans instead of fans that actually support the team, by going to more games.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 11/26/10 at 06:22 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

I was talking to one of the ushers at the game.  Friday’s game was one of only the third or fourth that was sold out all year.  And there were a lot of Wings fans there.  He also said that games in the early part of the week (Monday-Wednesday) were pretty poorly attended. Sad as there is some good hockey going on.  The game was well played and fun to watch.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 11/28/10 at 09:13 PM ET

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