April 15 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71, center) is congratulated for the game winning overtime goal by his teammates against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Why I'm Jumping On The Blue Jackets Bandwagon And Some Panthers Related Links

April 15 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) is congratulated for the his game winning overtime goal by teammates center Ryan Johansen (19) and right wing Jared Boll (40) against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

I have some confessions to make. I have never watched a full Columbus Blue Jackets game, actually, I have never watched more than one period of a Columbus Blue Jackets game. I have no idea where Columbus is in Ohio (but I am proud of the fact that I know Columbus in in Ohio) and I laughed along with everybody when  the Blue Jackets revealed admitted their name to the world but secretly prayed that the “color-garment of clothing”  naming formula would take off in sports. (The Tuscaloosa Turquoise Trousers, Seattle Macaroni and Cheese Mittens… It could have been classic)

Anyway, I wanted to get all of this out there so my application for head driver of the Columbus Blue Jackets Bandwagon can be considered without any distractions. Thats right, with my beloved Florida Panthers’ season coming to a close, I am all in on the Columbus Blue Jackets. What happened you ask? Well last night in between frantically trying to binge watch Breaking Bad before its final season takes off (I’m only on season two by the way) I noticed the Blue Jackets-Avalanche game was tied 2-2 in the third period. Knowing that the Blue Jackets were in a tight playoff battle, I decided to jump onto NHL Gamecenter for a bit and catch the end of the game.

To make a long story short, WOW!! What a game! If you didn’t at least see the highlights, here is the spark notes versions: the Avalanche take a 3-2 lead  with just over two minutes remaining, Blue Jackets look defeated, Blue Jackets rise from the ashes tie the game in thrilling fashion with 87 ticks left on the clock, game goes to overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky stands on his head, the Blue Jackets score the game winner with only 29 seconds left in OT, the 4-3victory gives them 47 points putting them in a tie with 8th place Detroit.

As a first time viewer, I wondered to myself, is this how every Blue Jackets game ends? Have they secretly been the most thrilling franchise for the past 13 years? Judging from my one Blue Jackets experience the answer must be an emphatic HELL YES. So in conclusion: I’m in. Let’s do this Jackets.

And in some Panther related new, here are some links for your perusing pleasure:

  • Panthers looking for consistency in their last seven games hoping they can brainwash fans into forgetting the first 41. (Link)
  • Equipment troubles have been following the Panthers all season. (Link)
  • The debate about fighting in the NHL has been picking up steam. Here is an interesting study looking at fighting’s real impact on NHL games.
  • The Banana Man is a legend. Its peanut butter jelly time folks. Enjoy!

 

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