Living in Columbus, I can tell you one thing… it’s not easy being a Blue Jackets fan. The team has made a grand total of one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since their inception in 2000. One! And everyone makes the playoffs in hockey! In that playoff appearance in 2009, the Blue Jackets were even swept by the Detroit Red Wings. The Jackets have never even finished above third in the Central Division (and that only happened once). And to top it all off, Columbus still has to deal with a stupid bug for a mascot. The team has been hemorrhaging money, ranks 27th in attendance, and whispers of relocation have been rampant. In fact, it may come down to a new downtown casino to save the team… or maybe that’s Urban Meyer.
Although Jackets history has been less than stellar, this may be the worst season yet. Columbus has the least points in the NHL and are already 11 points out of 8th spot in the Western Conference. The team is in the bottom four in the league in both goals scored and goals allowed. And last night might have been the low point of the season so far. Columbus allowed 2 goals in the final 2 minutes to allow Nashville to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Preds then won in overtime on a Colin Wilson goal that confused Blue Jackets television announcer Jeff Rimer, who thought netminder Curtis Sanford made the save. The hopeful exuberance followed abruptly by the depressed reality that is the Columbus Blue Jackets makes this one of the more fitting calls you may hear this year…
If the losing keeps up like this, maybe Rimer will turn into the real life version of another Ohio broadcaster, Harry Doyle. Now that would make the Jackets worth watching!