Monday, October 3, 2011

Get to Know Other Teams in the Division

Welcome! It's time for the first installment in our series "Get to Know Other Teams in the Central Division." Today, we will take a look at the Columbus Blue Jackets, who just so happen to be the team that the Preds will be opening their season against. So let's learn some more about our friends to the north and what they're all about.

Q: Where are the Blue Jackets located?
A: The Blue Jackets call Columbus, Ohio home. Many people may not know this, but Columbus is actually the capital of Ohio. It was founded in 1812 and takes its namesake after Christopher Columbus, the man who was not the first man to discover America, but we gave him a holiday anyway. It's actually the 15th largest city in the United States. I bet you didn't know that!

Q: No I didn't know that! So what else is Columbus famous for?
A: Glad you asked! Some people may think that Columbus is famous for its variety of industries such as government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology, but those of us "in the know" realize that Columbus' main export is Ohio State University. That's right, Columbus is the epicenter for one of the most annoying fan bases in the country. Besides randomly walking down the streets and bars screaming out "O" hoping that other fans will continue their chant with them, most Ohio State fans can be seen littered around other schools and cities in the country, lamenting that they never went to the school that they cheer for so passionately. By the way, how's Ohio State doing in football this year? These people are so loyal to the Buckeyes that they actually take their loyalty to the grave. If you don't believe me, just check out this funeral for a Buckeye fan. It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!

Q: Wow, so if that's the case, why didn't they just name the hockey team the Junior Buckeyes or something?
A: That would just be silly. The Blue Jackets were named due to Ohio's Civil War ties. Despite popular belief, there actually is not a bee called a "blue jacket." There are yellow jackets though and they can sting you if you don't watch out!

Q: That makes sense. Is anyone famous from Columbus?
A: There's not many famous actors or anything from Columbus, but there certainly a lot of famous athletes. Did you know Jack Nickalus is from Columbus? Yup, the "Golden Bear" grew up on the mean streets of C-Bus and attended Ohio State University. Not only does he hold the record for the most majors ever in golf, but his influence can be seen in the many many golf courses that he's designed. There's actually one of his golf courses in Tennessee!

Q: What about the Blue Jackets? Can they play hockey?
A: Well, they do but not well. Last year they placed 5th in the Central Division, 13th in the Western Conference, and 24th overall in the NHL. They started the season off strong last year but just couldn't finish. Rick Nash led the team last year with 66 points in 75 games with 32 goals. Hey, it's higher than anyone on the Preds but I'd take getting to the 2nd round of the playoffs any day over the season they had. They've brought in Jeff Carter from the Flyers and James Wisniewski from Montreal to help, but there doesn't seem to be too much hope for the Blue Jackets. Did you know they have yet to win a playoff game? They finally qualified for the playoffs in 2009, but that's pretty much the highlight of their franchise. The line for them to win the Stanley Cup is 75/1, so call your bookies now!

Q: What about the fans? How are they?
A: Unfortunately, Columbus only averaged 13,659 fans per game, according to their website. They did have six sellouts though!

Q: But do the fans do anything else are there any cool videos?
A: No, unfortunately our search found no fun fan parody videos. The only thing we could find was video on this guy. I don't have much to say to this, but just that I'd take Big Ben over this guy any day. And hey Columbus, find a new gimmick. Well, no man in Nashville would ever wear a bra.

Q: Cool thanks for dropping the knowledge. So Nashville should win right?
A: Absolutely, the defense and goaltending of Pekka Renne will be too much for Columbus to handle. Look for Nashville to come out victorious in their opener in Columbus!

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