Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Paves the Way For Mascots to Join Political Ranks

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The Score – Could Gritty have a future in politics? Some people in New Jersey apparently think so.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot earned 14 write-in votes from residents in Camden, N.J. in the midterm elections, according to Michael Blinn of the New York Post. There was a pair of votes for Gritty to be county sheriff and another two for the U.S. House in N.J. District 1.

Before we start, let’s address the elephant in the room. I know what everyone is thinking.

But Mac, haven’t we already seen what an orange politician would look like in office? 

Well, loyal readers, I don’t think I have to tell you that Sesame Street’s Ernie lost his campaign for Senate in 2010. We all remember how that went down. Oh, what could’ve been. Stupid leaked tapes.

Gritty is a known barbarian. Actually, I don’t know that for a fact but look at him. He looks like Scott Hartnell lost his gym membership and fired his barber. And I say that as someone who loves Scott Hartnell. But when it comes to trusting a mascot with our healthcare and public spending, I want more than a non-verbal, unkempt Scott Hartnell running the show. Continue reading

It Took 13 Games for the Blue Jackets to Have Their First Fighting Major, but It Was Worth the Wait

I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t looking good for our captain Nick Foligno early on in the fight. Phaneuf is a pretty big guy and he appears to have studied up on Foligno’s fighting abilities because it was clear he wanted no part of standing toe-to-toe with the Blue Jackets’ fearless captain. But man, once Foligno got free..

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Anthony Duclair is Already Making a Case For Goal of the Year

There’s no other way to say it. That goal was downright incredible. After being destroyed by the Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend the Blue Jackets needed a boost and Anthony Duclair was the man for the job. I know it’s way too early to throw out Goal of the Year talk, but this has to be in the conversation. I don’t care if it started by him falling down or the Flyers half-assing it on defense, Duclair looked like a magician on the ice.

Who knew Cam Atkinson’s two goals could be overshadowed by a single goal in in the first period, but that’s the way it goes some nights.

A lot of the chatter surrounding the Blue Jackets this season has been about the impending doom of Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin’s contract situations and whether or not the Jackets can focus on winning now while protecting the future. Nights like tonight and seeing Duclair pull a rabbit out of the hat makes you realize we just need to enjoy the ride and see what the 2018-19 season has in store for us before we lose sleep over Panarin wanting to play in Tampa.

Here’s to hoping Duclair has a few more incredible goals like this up his sleeve. New York gave up on him way too early before sending him to Arizona for a few lackluster seasons and a very forgettable stint in Chicago. It’s time for Columbus to be on the right side of history when taking a chance on a guy in free agency. We’ve been burned too many times before.

Panarin’s OT Winner Reminds Us How Much We’ll Miss Our Bread Man Next Season

Last night’s season opener for the Columbus Blue Jackets was a fight and shootout short of having everything fans go to games for. We had great goalie play accompanied by bone crushing hits from the muscle line of Josh Anderson, Brandon Dubinsky and Boooooooooooooooooone Jenner. We had speed out of the fourth line of Anthony Duclair, Riley Nash and Sonny Milano that showed the speed and skill of some organization’s first line. All around, it was great to get out of Detroit with two points to start the season with a backup goalie at the helm.

Maybe if there was a fight and shootout guaranteed, the fine people of Detroit would’ve actually come to the game. How do you call yourself Hockeytown and then have a sea of empty seats on Opening Night? Just doesn’t add up.

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John Tortorella Signs Extension Through 2020-21 Season

Exciting news out of Columbus this morning where we’re learning that John Tortorella will remain behind the Blue Jackets bench through 2021. We figured it was just a matter of time after GM Jarmo Kekalainen and president of hockey operations John Davidson signed their extensions last week. Torts is their guy and they have to be ecstatic about the culture change he’s led over the previous few seasons. Continue reading

I Have Confidence in the Blue Jackets, and That Scares Me

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There are few things in the world better than playoff hockey. Unfortunately, as a Blue Jacket fan, I’ve only gotten to experience the feeling a limited number of times, and never beyond the first round. This is the year that all changes though. The Blue Jackets will give me something I’m really not used to as a Cincinnati sports fan: a winning postseason.

I know what you’re saying. “Oh Mac, you’re just being optimistic again like you always are, hoping for the best but never expecting the worse”. You obviously don’t know me. I fully expect my teams to lose every single time they step onto the field (or ice). Until the clock strikes 0:00 and all chances for a video review are exhausted, I still don’t believe my team has won. It’s a miserable life to live, but someone has to. Right?  Continue reading

The Columbus Blue Jackets Can Start Growing Their Playoff Beards

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For the first time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. With their 5-4 OT loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Jackets secured the final point needed to stamp their playoff passports. It would’ve been a lot cooler if they clinched their playoff berth with a victory over the Penguins, but with the way the season looked at times, I’ll take it.

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