Dose of Reality #79October 24, 2007
If the Blue Jackets play a game that is not televised, does anyone see replays? Apparently not. Last nights game in Chicago was not televised in Chicago, of course, due to the soon to be changed Wirtz policy. So they have an excuse. The people who hold the rights to televise Blue Jacket games in Central Ohio, FSN Ohio, didn’t bother. Those of us who purchase the Centre Ice package were shut out. Can you believe this, in the year 2007, a major sports event was not covered? And it was one of the most exciting games for Blue Jacket fans in awhile, but with no television the team lost out on a great promotional opportunity. Oh well …
So what do you think of all the hockey blogs here in Columbus? I enjoy just about all of them, but I find Puck-rakers from The Dispatch full of great insights. So why did it take The Dispatch so long to get up to speed? Did the unusual number of local blogs here give the local news monopoly a reason to enter the fray? Lets face it, they are professional journalists (and I say that with respect) but their past coverage has been a little dry, a little too much dependent upon Doug MacLean, and without any of the other aspects that we are now being presented. Malhotra’s wife informally interviewed, Hitch’s Civil War cap, where the writers dine on the road, the speculation on who will be scratched; all of that is good stuff. I applaud Aaron, Tom, and Michael for this and hope that it continues. It is nice to see them take full advantage of their official roles as journalists and add value to the local blog scene.
Try as I may, but I just can’t say goodbye to Doug MacLean. Our good friend Patrick reminded us all about what a douchebag he is with his latest comment. Funny thing is, Doug probably did the radio show from his home in Columbus, where he still lives until he can get someone to pay for his move to Tampa Bay. When I was at the game on Sunday, I looked at all the empty seats and thought that Doug must be proud of how he left the franchise. Perhaps the people of Tampa Bay can grow to appreciate him as much as we do.