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03-20-2017, 03:50 PM
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What effect is this having in Columbus among fans and casuals?

I know it's a big college sports town more than hockey. Has this season improved their local fanbase?
Local TV ratings are up...bigly. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/J...L-ratings.aspx Up over 100% YoY.

Home attendance will finish at its highest mark since 2007.

A lot of things helped, but of course winning cures most everything. Nearly any non-Canadian market would have suffered with fan attendance & enthusiasm with consistent losing and just two playoff series losses (no wins) in 16 years.

The local amateur football team got smashed in their bowl game. That coincided with the 16-game win streak, so there was more time afforded to pay attention to the CBJ. Additionally, the local amateur basketball team was atrocious so those extra entertainment dollars and eyeballs have gone to the Jackets. Several of the largest crowds in CBJ history and several of the highest-rated regular season games in CBJ history have come this season.

Now, if the team can pick off a playoff series win and be a top 5 team next year? Then you'll get the city really cooking.

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03-20-2017, 03:53 PM
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I remember what it was like when the Hawks finally made the playoffs after about a decade of obscurity.... It was progress lol. Actually just going to the playoffs was something special.

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03-20-2017, 04:19 PM
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I like Columbus and will be pulling for them in the playoffs [Flyers fan]

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03-20-2017, 04:20 PM
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Caps fan and no fan of Torts, but a fan of Hockey in Columbus.

Metro is going to be a bloodbath.

NYR should be thanking the old gods and the new.

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03-20-2017, 04:42 PM
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I keep seeing references, mainly from Penguin fans, about how Columbus is a dirty team. Can someone provide a list of all the players that have been hurt this year when playing the Blue Jackets? Having seen all but a handful of their games I'm guessing it's a pretty short list.
People make me laugh with this stuff.

Have people not been watching Hornqvist run into, slash, tackle and spear goalies all season?

The only justice seems to be HIS concussion problems this season. I am sure though he will be ready to go and in fine form come playoff time.

Holtby and/or Bob better be ready.

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03-20-2017, 05:32 PM
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People make me laugh with this stuff.

Have people not been watching Hornqvist run into, slash, tackle and spear goalies all season?

The only justice seems to be HIS concussion problems this season. I am sure though he will be ready to go and in fine form come playoff time.

Holtby and/or Bob better be ready.
Ah, but you see, Dubinsky has on multiple occasions refused to treat Crosby like some sort of Untouchable Holy Saint and therefore DIRTY PLAYER ON DIRTY TEAM WITH DIRTY COACH!!!!1111111one

They say Crosby whines a lot, but I don't really see it out of him. His fans, OTOH... oh my.

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03-20-2017, 05:34 PM
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I think there's a natural rivalry there that was ready to get going as soon as Columbus became a good team. After the fairly intense 2014 series Columbus kind of stumbled the next two seasons, but they're back with a vengeance this season. Not to mention your coach absolutely hates the penguins.

Columbus is a team i'd like to avoid honestly. I think Pittsburgh can beat them, but it would be a grueling, intense series, and not one that i would want to follow up with a series against Washington. And of course there's the possibility of Columbus winning. You don't have 100 points in March by fluke, they're a legit threat to win the cup. #1 in the metro is becoming a big deal, as i doubt Toronto or NYI would pose much of a threat in comparison.
Finally a reasonable Penguins fan who doesn't feel the need to constantly trash CBJ and discredit the minimal success we have had. I applaud you, sir.

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03-20-2017, 07:26 PM
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My wife (not a big hockey fan) said "oh great, now that our coach has the team winning, some bigger team like New York will try to hire him away." LOLOLOL

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03-20-2017, 07:27 PM
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You're always welcome! Who would've thought for the past 16 years people wanted to join OUR bandwagon?!
To be honest, I think myself and a lot of other fans have always had a soft spot for the Jackets. But they're playing awesome hockey and I now consider them one of my favourite teams to watch and cheer for! Go Blue Jackets!!

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03-20-2017, 07:30 PM
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Ah, but you see, Dubinsky has on multiple occasions refused to treat Crosby like some sort of Untouchable Holy Saint and therefore DIRTY PLAYER ON DIRTY TEAM WITH DIRTY COACH!!!!1111111one

They say Crosby whines a lot, but I don't really see it out of him. His fans, OTOH... oh my.
So it's okay to crosscheck Crosby in the back of the head?

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03-20-2017, 08:14 PM
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So it's okay to crosscheck Crosby in the back of the head?
It's just as okay as spearing Bobrovsky. Or boarding Tyutin.

It's not "we're lily-white angels and all is well", it's "stop pretending that it's just us and we're over the top; you have and have had just as many guys who pull just as much crap too and nobody is fooled."

The presence of Sidney Crosby does not grant your team plenary indulgence.


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I can assure you nobody will post a thread on this forum when the Rangers clinch..
Because it happens all the time.

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Columbus fans talking smack to Penguins fans is, well, interesting.

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I like our matchup with the Pens IF...

we play our game and roll 4 lines. Our depth is tremendous.

Last series with Pitt, we chased the matchup with Crosby/Dubinsky and had no continuity with our lines and no flow. Let Wennberg and Karlsson take some shifts against him. Not sure what Torts plans to do, but we'll see within 10 minutes of Game 1.

Having home ice, and the second change, would help us.

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When my team grows up, I want it to be just like the Penguins.

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03-20-2017, 10:02 PM
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Columbus fans talking smack to Penguins fans is, well, interesting.
We'll try to be more intimidated for y'all next time when we actually have expectations, okay?

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03-21-2017, 06:50 AM
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Columbus fans talking smack to Penguins fans is, well, interesting.
Agreed. You'd think they would have sympathy for another organization that was absolutely abysmal for its first 17 or so years of existence.

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So it's okay to crosscheck Crosby in the back of the head?
Boo freakin' hoo. Dubinsky was penalized and suspended for that hit. Get over it, it happened like two years ago, the Pens have won a Cup and Crosby seems just fine, so let it go. Crosby can't take physical play and frankly never plays well against the Jackets because of it. In the last playoff series, if Malkin didn't take over, the results likely would have been different. I hope that Dubinsky keeps giving Crosby the business, it gets Crosby off his game every single time. Dubi is at his best when he's playing on the edge. If they meet in the playoffs, I don't think the Jackets will be intimidated by the Pens at all.

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03-21-2017, 08:55 AM
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Boo freakin' hoo. Dubinsky was penalized and suspended for that hit. Get over it, it happened like two years ago, the Pens have won a Cup and Crosby seems just fine, so let it go. Crosby can't take physical play and frankly never plays well against the Jackets because of it. In the last playoff series, if Malkin didn't take over, the results likely would have been different. I hope that Dubinsky keeps giving Crosby the business, it gets Crosby off his game every single time. Dubi is at his best when he's playing on the edge. If they meet in the playoffs, I don't think the Jackets will be intimidated by the Pens at all.
lol one of the worst posts i ever seen. This kind of ignorance honestly makes you look bad, and makes other Columbus fans look bad too. Teams have been playing Crosby physical his whole life. Hasn't stopped him from becoming a dominant player.

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03-21-2017, 09:22 AM
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lol one of the worst posts i ever seen. This kind of ignorance honestly makes you look bad, and makes other Columbus fans look bad too. Teams have been playing Crosby physical his whole life. Hasn't stopped him from becoming a dominant player.
Honestly the only ignorant here is you. I would like to find out when Crosby has dominated Columbus? I don't care how many points he scores against the bottom feeders.
What happens to his dominance every time he plays against Jackets? You probably missed my post: he's minus-10 in 9 games against Columbus over the last 3 years, he has never been a plus player in a single game. Dubinski outscored him in every single game this season.

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Columbus fans talking smack to Penguins fans is, well, interesting.
Standings, head to head. Looking forward to the 1st round.


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I, for one, welcome our new Blue Jacket overlords and humbly request they take Pittsburgh down a peg during the playoffs.

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Honestly the only ignorant here is you. I would like to find out when Crosby has dominated Columbus? I don't care how many points he scores against the bottom feeders.
What happens to his dominance every time he plays against Jackets? You probably missed my post: he's minus-10 in 9 games against Columbus over the last 3 years, he has never been a plus player in a single game. Dubinski outscored him in every single game this season.
Maybe you should read better. I never said he dominates Columbus. The poster said Crosby wilts under physical, and i simply said teams have been playing him physical ever since he was a kid, it hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the best in the league. As far Dubinsky goes, that's great for him that he has shut down Crosby so far. But I'm still confident that he can play well against Columbus if they do meet in the playoffs.

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Columbus fans talking smack to Penguins fans is, well, interesting.
Yeah, they should have at least some respect for the team that sucked even more than the Jackets when they came to the league, drafting in top-2 for 4 years in a row. The Jackets had only one top-2 pick in their entire history. The Pens sucked so well that the NHL still loves them.

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Why would you? Its a wild card.
A clinch is a clinch....

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