Posts Tagged ‘cannonfest

13
Aug
11

CannonFest 2011, TOMORROW

CannonFest 2011 is tomorrow at 2:00pm. I could not be more ready to get back to following my favorite sport and team in the world, free of tattoo scandals, wildly huge fan bases (with mentally handicapped owners, Cincinnati Bengals anyone?), and all the other drama seemingly spreading like an epidemic through the sports world.

Hockey has always been a great escape from the worries of my job and the real world since I first got into the sport, and for the last few months I have certainly been missing it.

Of course, it’s impossible to not be excited with this summer’s acquisitions of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski, and don’t get me wrong, I am really looking forward to seeing what they can do for the Blue Jackets. But watching the draft, trades, and free agency has still left a certain something missing.

The social aspect of being a hockey fan, and especially a Blue Jackets fan, is what makes this fun. Beyond the goals scored, the big hits, and lame fights (ahem, Jared Boll), the camaraderie makes this worth being a part of and sharing with those around you.

Kudos to the organizers of Cannonfest 2011 for what will surely be another great afternoon in the middle of August! Looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow at CannonFest.

 

 

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17
Aug
10

Judas Foote! 52 days to go

I’ll just put it out there. I hate Adam Foote.

I never cared for him when he played for the Jackets, but what transpired on February 26, 2008 will be a significant part of Blue Jackets history as long as I’m around.

About the only thing I will give him credit for is his willingness to sign with Columbus out of the lockout. That’s it. His previous and current affiliation with the Avs will always taint my view of that team… even though watching Ray Bourque’s Stanley Cup win recently on the NHL Network did bring some tears to my eyes.

When Adam Foote left Columbus he left a void that forced young players to step into leadership roles and Rick Nash will be that leader for the forseeable future. Not to mention, but when Foote was shipped out the 1st round pick received brought in RJ Umberger… I think that trade worked out pretty well.

Cannonfest Wrap-up:

First off, I was pretty quiet on this event leading up to it because, frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. There was potential for just 8 or 9 people standing in a circle drinking beer and being hockey dorks. There was also potential for a huge turnout of Blue Jackets fans that are hockey dorks but don’t always show it.

What we got was a combination of the two, and I have to say, it was pretty darn awesome. I cannot say enough positive things about the people I met and conversed with that day. The approachability of Todd Sharrock, the hockey knowledge of the fans, and the passion of absolutely everyone in attendance. Kudos to the Grandview BW3’s and owner (and CBJ Blogger) Greg May for the great event hosting. Even more thanks to the Dark Blue Jacket (aka Tom) and Matt Wagner of The Cannon for all their promotion and organizing of such a cool get together.

I can’t forget to mention Skraut of HF Board and video-making fame. Go watch his new video “Requiem for a Season“. Just do it. Absolutely blown away by the time and effort he puts into this.

Skraut uses some great, and some sad clips from the past season and one of my favorite emotional movie soundtracks and remixes. The remix of the main theme from “Requiem for a Dream” does an amazing job to ram-home the passion and emotion behind any sports highlight reel.

My favorite use of it was this Troy Smith for Heisman video from 2006. Whether a Buckeye fan or not, about halfway through the video composer uses Skraut’s “Requiem for a Dream” remix and it’s just plain bad-ass.

If I thought writing this blog and making 3rd-grade level photoshops was challenging, well, I’ve got another thing coming.

Funny story when writing this post. I started writing while bored during today’s teacher in-service, and “The View From 210’s” blog about Cannonfest was blocked because the school’s filter told me it was “pornography”. uhhhhhh Unless the CBJ are porn my school’s filter is efffed up.

And not to be left out, here is The Green Seat View‘s post on the awesome-ness of Cannonfest.

Other CBJ news:

The Cannon has got your free agent invites for the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

DBJ has started his intriguing “Time to Step Up” series for every player on the roster of the Blue Jackets.

That’s all for now. Adam Foote Sucks.

Go Jackets.

14
Aug
10

OKT means 55 to go

Number 55, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen is the next former Blue Jacket on the “Jersey Countdown to Puck Drop 2010”.

Tollefsen was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the 3rd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. “Tollie” ended up playing in parts of the 05-06, 06-07, 07-08, and 08-09 seasons with the Jackets. While in Columbus Tollie was a feisty fellow, and tried to make an impression during training camp in 2003 when he injured (almost CBJ Legend) Geoff Sanderson, for an extended period of time.

After 151 games in his time with the Jackets, OKT moved on to play with the Philadelphia Flyers and had a brief stint with Detroit’s AHL team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. While with Philly, distinctly OKT soured his image to me as he was running around like tool bag trying to injure someone from the CBJ, probably sour grapes that he wasn’t re-signed after the 08-09 season.

Cannonfest is TOMORROW. Be there or be square. Seriously. I’ll take any excuse to put on a hockey sweater in the middle of August. Maybe the Jackets will have traded for Kaberle by then? Wouldn’t that be exciting?

The Green Seat View continues to look at the goaltenders of the Central Division.

Besides DBJ, The Cannon also wants you to go to Cannonfest too. Plus their usual link-dump.

Speaking of DBJ, he speculates that these could be the base of the CBJ’s new uni’s.

Sooooooo, 55 days to go, come to Cannonfest tomorrow.

Go Jackets.

12
Aug
10

Heinze 57 (days)

Do not adjust your monitor, that is not a Blue Jackets jersey leading this post. Unfortunately there is little available photo documentation of Steve Heinze’s short stint with the Blue Jackets during their inaugural season.

Steve Heinze was an original Blue Jacket who’s playing career in Columbus lasted a mere 65 games before a trade to the Buffalo Sabres (pictured above). In 65 games with Columbus, Steve Heinze posted 22-20-42, going on to post a total of 27-27-54 in the 2000-2001 season, a career best for Heinze. During his time with the Blue Jackets, Heinze was victimized by the class act that is Brad May. May was penalized with a 20 game suspension for a slash to the head of Steve Heinze.

Side note: Brad May has been arrested for assault of a police officer (2002), was the player on the Vancouver Canucks that put the bounty on the head of Steve Moore that resulted in the Bertuzzi incident. May was also involved in the concussion issues faced by former Wild D-man, Kim Johnsson.

Enough of the history lesson.

Cannonfest is Sunday.

Be there. Eat lots of wings. Drink lots of booze. Talk hockey. Get home safely.

Sounds like a great Sunday afternoon to me.

John Moore finally updated his CBJ blog and talks about some of the players in town working out. Glad he got around to that finally. It’s okay for me to criticize because I update only slightly more frequently than him this summer.

Puck the Media takes a look at the potential future of the NHL on television. Steve also gives his suggestion on what could be an ideal situation for the National Hockey League.

NHL.com’s “30 in 30” takes a look at your Columbus Blue Jackets. Lots of good info and some highlights from the 2009-10 season.

Go Jackets.

08
Aug
10

Lucky number 61

The captain and only first overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise. Rick Nash became the face of the franchise soon after his selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, in a pick swap with the Florida Panthers.

We all know and remember that Nash signed an 8-year contract extension last summer, so odds are Nash will be with the Jackets through the summer of 2018… don’t throw-up in your mouth like me thinking about how old you’ll be 8 years from now.

(Ed. note, this is a continuation of a countdown to Puck-Drop 2010 in Stockholm featuring various CBJ players who wore each number, a special thanks to En4cer45)

Here’s a link dump of all the recent Blue Jackets related news and blog posts…

Rob Riley has signed-on to coach minor-league Springfield and develop players for the CBJ’s future. As many have mentioned, Riley is part of one of the greatest hockey families in America and this article has some great insight into his past, and what his coaching could bring to the table. Bruce Landon, the Falcons President and GM, sounds pretty excited about the deal, and the relationship with Columbus as a whole:

“I was very impressed with the way Columbus went about making its decision on the coaching position,’’ Landon said. “They did a thorough job (of evaluating candidates). Rob comes here highly recommended.’’

Filatov is BACK. The Dispatch seemed to have some sort of tracking device keeping track of his whereabouts recently, and now Nikita has joined the group of players training in Columbus. I’m very glad to see him staying true to his word of returning, and recognizing the need to mend some fences with his teammates. Filatov’s early return bodes well for his readjustment to the NHL and to potential positive impact on the Blue Jackets roster this season. Here’s the Q&A with Filatov that Aaron Portzline recently had.

Mike Commodore is already working to make amends for last seasons slump. His training with former coach Frank Burggraf reportedly has him skating better than at any point last season. There is no doubt that Commie was embarrassed about last seasons failings both as a team, and individually.

From the blogs; Dark Blue Jacket has a call for “82 in ’10“, or as I like to say, “FSO PLEASE STOP SUCKING!”. Given the choice, I’d rather see all 82 games in HD like DBJ, than see the axe dropped on select TV personalities who may or may not have ever been to a hockey game before last season. Something to think about along these lines however, at what point will all 82 games in HD HURT attendance? We all have days where we just want to stay in after a long-days work, and if every game is in HD, some may have an easier time justifying not attending a game. That my friends, is the much faster track to saying goodbye to the Blue Jackets.

Light the Lamp has some suggestions about reorganization of the NHL pre-season. Frankly, I don’t care about the pre-season. Much like the indifference felt towards prospect tracking, there’s a point where it’s all the same to me. The potential exposure of marketing the hell out of the Jackets pre-season would surely reap benefits among average Joe’s, but the typical hockey fan wouldn’t bite on it.

The Green Seat View has a look at the revamped Central Division’s goalie situation. Lots of new names in new places. Will Halak be awesome in the regular seasons for St. Louis? Can Howard continue to be good as the team in front of him suffers from arthritis? What about Marty Turco and Pekka Rinne? Interesting stuff to watch for.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the upcoming Cannonfest. A week from today! Be there or be square.

Finally, just wanted to let those of you who read the blog know that I was given the distinct honor to write for Puck Daddy’s “Mount Puckmore” series about the Blue Jackets. Please check it out. I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody thinks!

(Special thanks to OSUSmitty, BigTRulz03, and FrickinDannie for their input in compiling the Mount Puckmore list)

09
Jul
10

91 days…

In one of the craziest, whacked-out moves of the Doug Maclean era, Red Wing legend Sergei Fedorov came to Columbus in a trade that blows many minds to this day. The CBJ gave up both Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin to acquire Fedorov and Anaheim’s 5th round pick early in the 2005 season. The oddity of this transaction came when Todd Marchant refused to waive his NTC and was placed on waivers and claimed by Anaheim. The rest is history… Both Beauchemin and Marchant won the Stanley Cup soon after the trade, Tyler Wright ended his on-ice career, and the 5th round pick amounted to a prospect who never made it.

Fedorov spent almost 3 seasons with the Blue Jackets and was jettisoned at the 2008-2009 trade deadline for defensive prospect Teddy Ruth. Fedorov never meant much to me as a fan but I’m sure he made a few Red Wings fans feel uncomfortable in their skin.

Speaking of Tyler Wright…

Various Blue Jackets Bloggers suggested a great idea to get together and be merry during the “dog days” of summer. There will be reminders of this event as the day approaches. Sounds like every Blue Jackets blogger will be in attendance, maybe even me.

The Cannon picked up on this article yesterday from The Other Paper discussing the new relationship between The Ohio State University and their Athletic Department and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s a brief snippet I found interesting:

“The whole motivation for doing this is I believe we can make a difference,” said Riggs. “It’s been fun working with (Blue Jackets president) Mike Priest and his crew (at Nationwide). Certainly, we want to keep the Blue Jackets here. Even before the partnership, there’s no advantage to us to not have the Blue Jackets. We’ve always rooted them for them to be successful.”

It’s refreshing to see that those involved with the “evil empire” of Central Ohio, as some may refer to it, realize the drastic importance of the Blue Jackets to Columbus and Franklin County’s economy.

If you didn’t catch Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert’s open-letter to Cavalier fans… well, you need to read it here. Many will criticize him for being unprofessional and rude, but as a fan, I would love to see that considering the situation the City of Cleveland has been left in. I don’t know if I’d ever burn a jersey, but I don’t blame those who have gone ballistic after this whole LeGone mess.




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