Cam Atkinson Took a Puck to the Face in Warmups, Misses Action in Blue Jackets’ Fourth Straight Loss

I really have nothing good to say about the Blue Jackets right now. What seemed like a promising season with a chance to actually make a run in the playoffs has quickly been derailed by a pair of Russians. After blowing a late lead tonight in Winnipeg, the Jackets have lost four straight and have missed some prime opportunities to separate themselves from the Washington Capitals during a seven game losing streak of their own. Columbus’ two-time Vezina Trophy winner has his head so far up his own ass worrying about his new contract that he can’t be bothered to stop a puck and one of the NHL’s most lethal offensive weapons can’t decide where he wants to play the rest of his career and is letting his agent play bullshit games with the CBJ’s front office.

Now the Jackets have lost four in a row, Tortorella refuses to play Anthony Duclair even with a short bench and the Jackets find themselves stuck in Stanley Cup Purgatory where they can’t decide if it’s best to “go for it” or get what we can for Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky to avoid losing them without any return at the end of 2019.

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The NHL Needs to Re-evaluate Their Fighting Policy

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We’re two weeks into this young NHL season and I think it’s time to admit that the league has a fighting problem. The NHL is currently on pace for 241 fights this year, its lowest total in over 18 years (I couldn’t find stats from before 2000). We’re currently looking at 0.19 fights per game and only 16.84% of games with a fight. Just 10 years ago there were 0.60 fights per game and 41.38% of games with fights. (All stats courtesy of hockeyfights.com) So what’s the problem? People aren’t fighting enough!

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Nati Boys #55: NFL Draft Special

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The NFL is finally back, with the Draft happening Thursday night. We break down the first round, and have a live reaction to hearing the Bengals selection at 21. Our fantasy draft this week is of “busts” in homage to those first round picks that don’t pan out the way we all think the will. Enjoy the show!

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Nati Boys #54: The Price is Wrong

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In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, the Reds have decided to move on from manager Bryan Price.  The Nati Boys discuss the impact this move will have on the team and where we think the Reds will go from here.  We also discuss the current state of the NBA and NHL playoffs.  The Blue Jackets let the Capitals come back and tie the series after getting off to a 2-0 lead, which has Columbus fans starting to sweat.  We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of our favorite sports traditions and superstitions.

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Nati Boys #53: NBA and NHL Playoff Preview

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That’s right, we’re talking playoffs on this week’s episode, both NBA and NHL. We give you our picks for the Finals and break down who we think has the best shot to win it this year. With our inspiration being the Las Vegas Knights, our fantasy draft this week is of best debuts. Enjoy the show!

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Nati Boys #52: The Struggle is Real

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The Reds have struggled out of the gate in 2018, Tiger Woods is struggling at The Masters and the Nati Boys are struggling in general.  We power through it though to bring you another electric episode where we try to find a bright spot in the Reds opening week and we look forward to watching some playoff hockey in Columbus.  We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of changes we would implement to make The Masters more entertaining for television viewers.

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Former Blue Jacket Fan Favorite Derek Dorsett Forced Into Early Retirement

Well, this really sucks. As a Blue Jackets fan, I loved watching Derek Dorsett. There were some nights that he was the only aspect of the lowly Blue Jackets game worth watching. Whitty and I suffered through some rough losing seasons as season ticket holders (not to brag) but we always sat on the edge of our seats when Dorsett was on the ice. He might not have been the biggest guy on the ice (he was often the smallest) but he played like a man possessed and wouldn’t back down from any player in the NHL, no matter the size.  Continue reading