Midway through the third period of that awful game, I got a little confused when I looked at the background behind Sergei Bobrovsky. There I saw two NHL referees drinking beer in the front row. “What the hell,” I said to myself. “That’s so unprofessional.”
Then I saw them bang the glass after a big Bobrovsky save, and it occurred to to me that these guys weren’t actually scorekeepers or even referees. They were Blue Jackets fans. Clever, clever, awful Blue Jackets fans.
Synchronized drink! He drinks, we drink!
I’m not sure what has happened to Columbus – or should I say #CLUMBUS – but this weird Ohio city I never want to visit is becoming a hockey town. I salute them.
I was told by a friend at the game that the arena was mostly full. The crowd serenaded Braden Holtby with a HOLT-BY chant after the Blue Jackets scored goal number five. Then there was that kid behind Adam Oates who I’m going to go ahead and name number one star of the night even though I hate him.
Even the Blue Jackets twitter account trolled the Caps.
— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 31, 2014
And then there’s this sassy cannon guy. What is going on?