It’s been a while since I wrote anything on the CBJ and I must come out of hiding. I’m not sure if this is the low point in franchise history, but since it’s fresh right now it seems like it is. A 2-10 October for a team projected to finish in the Top 5 in the East. Losses happen in an 82 game season, but they’ve given up 4 or more goals in 7 games. It’s like watching your favorite football team lose 42-7 every week.
They are 0-5 at Nationwide Arena and have been booed off the ice more then I can ever remember. They’ve lost those games by a cumulative score of 24-10. After another clunker on Saturday night against Winnipeg they were raucously booed like I’ve never seen in 15 years in Columbus. The fans in this city have summoned their inner Philly sports fan and are angry. In short, they have every right to be. This is a pile of s**t on ice and to add insult to injury one of the players has the nerve to question the loyalty of the fans. Ryan Murray is only 22 and this is his 3rd season with the club. He’s spent more time in the press box due to injury then most sportswriters. On Saturday after the game he said “they have a point, but at the same time there’s got to be some loyalty there too, I think”, in response to the fans reaction. Really Ryan?? How about you not fumble the puck around at the blue line and skate like you don’t have elephant s**t stuck to your skates? The CBJ have an incredibly loyal and way too patient fan base in my opinion.
I always try to be objective when I discuss the teams that I’m a fan of. It’s very easy to react emotionally (see Ohio St fan). These are very well compensated athletes and their only obligation to the fans is to win and say how great they are. They’ve already cost a good man his job in Todd Richards. It is disgraceful how this team has performed and as the great Yogi Berra said “It’s getting late early” in Columbus.