I believe it was Ian Esplan, the 'Nucks blogger on HockeyBuzz, who had us at 13, or thereabouts. Unfortunately, I'm not able to link it because I'm not sure how to access their archives and it was a week or more ago. Sorry, Viq.
If you go into any post by one of 'em, there's an "Archives" link next to the blogger's name at the start of each article. That's how I found it.
Unfortunately he has Detroit winning the West, so he's crazy. But it's nice, nonetheless.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
"Viqsi, you are our sweet humanist..." --mt-svk on the CBJ boards
Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
I'm in Disney World right now. Yesterday I wore a T with the Jackets logo on it. A Philly fan saw it and said, " you're a Jackets fan?, you and a couple others"! Another guy saw it and said , " sorry about yesterday". I looked at him with that puzzled look and he said " your Texans will be back next year". He thought the CBJ logo with the flag was a Texans logo.
Talk about no respect, most people never heard of us and those that do think we are doomed for extinction! I guess 11 years of losing will do that for you.
Funny. I wore a CBJ winter hat to Disney (believe it or not, it was 34 degrees that day and, to make things worse, I had a cold). Getting off a ride, I heard "JACKETS!". I looked up and a guy had seen the logo and yelled to get my attention.
Don't miss the Columbus bashing in the comments section.
From that Business First article:
The National Hockey League lockout and fallout from having the league’s worst record last season seem to have taken a toll on the number of season tickets sold by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
CBJ President Mike Priest told me the team’s season-ticket sales stand at a little over 7,000 as the club prepares to open the shortened NHL season at Nashville on Saturday. That compares with 8,000 last season.
Those numbers are for “full-season equivalents,” which factor in tickets bought in full-season packages as well as partial-season plans. By my calculations, the 7,000 mark is the lowest in the history of the Blue Jackets, who made their NHL debut in 2000.
From John Davidson's vantage point, Columbus has long been the National Hockey League's best-kept secret -- an underrated, underappreciated and undervalued hockey town that will awake ablaze with enthusiasm when the Blue Jackets get good
"I've seen the building full before and I've seen them with enthusiasm," Davidson told NHL.com. "I've gone around Columbus and talked to a lot of people -- it's a real good sports town, a real good sports town, and they're just waiting. They're hungry. They want it."
Davidson was hired as president of hockey operations to deliver a contender, to prove to the Columbus community and the hockey world that more than a decade of futility, of one Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and zero playoff victories, doesn't mean the hockey team in Ohio's capital is doomed to be mediocre forever.
--Blue Jackets chief marketing officer John Browne said yesterday was a busy day in the ticket office. Many fans who were on the fence hopped off and bought season packages. Browne, surprisingly, said that the season-ticket base actually increased during the work stoppage. “Not huge numbers, but the numbers actually grew during the lockout,” Browne said. The Blue Jackets had about 8,500 season-ticket holders last season and Browne said the team is “still in that ballpark.”
The Pens are giving away free food and offering a 50% discount at their team shop. Why isn't Yahoo mentioning that?
No word on whether fans will be allowed to broadcast portions of the game on the team's television an radio networks. Yuk, yuk, yuk.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
I immediately saw the giveaways as a combination of things:
-to help sell a Monday night game. Mondays and Tuesdays are the hardest games to sell out. Even though it's a holiday, it's not a holiday that everybody gets off.
-to buy back some goodwill after a work stoppage. A lot of fans will be mad. A lot of fans will say they won't come back. That's their right. If free stuff helps bring them back, then that's what they gotta do.
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