Urban Meyer, Liking Things Before They're Cool Again

March 8, 2013 at 12:48p    by Jason Priestas    
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Urban Meyer has your back, Blue Jackets

Look, we love the Blue Jackets. We want nothing more than to see the return of playoff hockey to Columbus.

But, the Jackets have become synonymous with bad hockey in recent years. Since making the playoffs in 2009 – the franchise's only appearance in 11 years of existence – the Jackets have finished with the 2nd-, 3rd- and now, for two years running, the worst record in the Western Conference.

Attendance at Nationwide Arena is, unsurprisingly down.

However, the Blue Jackets have won three-straight, and have earned points in five-straight outings, and have pulled themselves out of NHL's cellar. With 24 games remaining and the team just six points out of the 8th playoff spot, perhaps it is time to buy low.

Urban Meyer did earlier today last night by posing with his son Nate behind a "I JOINED THE BATTLE" sign. We're not trying to say Meyer knows anything about hockey, but surely his mere presence in the CBJ locker room is good enough for a playoff push, no?

Source: @BlueJacketsNHL

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gumtape's picture

The best part of this is we see UFM spending time with his kid. I appreciate that he is taking some time off so that he doesn't have health problems like he did at florida.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

Dr. House's picture

i also think it helps he has a coaching staff that is all in at Ohio State, plus they all bring something to the table recruiting wise. thus he can "hand the keys over to his assistants" while he enjoys the night off. which is something i feel was missing in his final years at Florida after his great assistants left to become head coaches. 

RedStorm45's picture

Was at the game last night (gotta see it free! as I won the tickets)...they showed him and Nate on the scoreboard during a break in the 2nd period I believe (maybe it was the 3rd) and the organist played a rendition of the OSU fight song.  It was the loudest the crowd got for a non-goal.  Pretty funny and sad all in one.
 
On the Jackets front, things are looking up.  And I'm not talking about the 5 game point streak.  Which is nice, but the team needs to cut it out.  They need a top 2 draft pick.  But the NHLPA approved last night the re-alignment proposal that would move the Jackets from the West to the East for at least 2 seasons.  This is HUGE in terms of travel, television, etc.  Currently, all 4 other teams in their Central Division would make the playoffs if the season ended today.  They'll be with superstars in their division next year - Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Nash, etc.  They will now play the vast majority of their games in the Eastern Time Zone, I believe they said possibly 70 games.  That's great when you're trying to re-build your fan base.  The 9:00 and 10:00 starts are killer.  They'll only play I believe 8 or 9 in the Mountain and Western time zones next year, as opposed to the multiple road trips out West in the current format (lockout season not withstanding).  Detroit also moves West, but their all time record against Eastern Conference teams? 83-76-28.
In addition, they have three 1st round draft picks in what experts are saying is the deepest draft in a decade.  They have brought in a new GM and new President of Hockey Ops over the last 8 or so months...who actually have a proven track record (shocker).  If they finish in the basement as expected, they will have 4 of the first 32 draft picks (NJ has to forefit their 1st rounder I believe, so only 31 1st round picks).  The team also has a pretty decent "core" of young guys and some AHL-ers making some noise.  I'm not saying things are turning around, but this is about as good as you could expect for the situation, given that Howson ran the org. into the ground.
Unfortunately, the Jackets need to hit on their picks this year, and draft high again next year.  That's how Pittsburgh built themselves.  Chicago.  Edmonton (on the way up).  The Jackets have generally drafted in the 6-9 slot.  You've got to get top 2 picks consecutively to draft those superstars.

William's picture

Or, you know, we could always trade up and get MacKinnon/Barkov and Drouin;)

FitzBuck's picture

Yes they should absolutely go get (insert Russian sounding name here) it's the only chance they have to stop playing like (insert preferred name for fecal matter). 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

awwwwwwop's picture

That game last night was great.  I have heard some rumblings of them trading Johnson. I was hoping to get somebody else's thoughts on that

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

William's picture

He's fast, physical and offensively gifted, but he has a ton of WTF moments as a defender. If they could shop him plus a 3rd rounder to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's 1st I'd be ecstatic. I don't see that happening, but hey, who knows? I also see Umberger (even with his NTC) and Brassard getting traded. A guy that is very good that could be traded is Fedor Tyutin. Solid defender that would be in any team's Top 4, and is also putting up points this year. He's in his prime right now, and a playoff team like Carolina may offer their 1st for him, as they're in need of defense, badly. 

awwwwwwop's picture

Yea. I just worry about totally gutting our defensive core. I think that you could get rid of tyut, johnson, or wiz, but I would hate to see 2/3 go.  I really like Erixon, other than a few moments of "oh shit this isn't the AHL." I just wonder if Pittsburgh pick in the 25-30 range is worth it for a 3rd and top line d-man.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

BrewstersMillions's picture

If I'm a Jackets fan, I'd rather see them dump world class cheap shot artists and massive douche bank James Wisniewski before Johnson but his contract is a nightmare. That was one of the worst signings in NHL recent memory. 8th highest paid DMan in the league and he has a -10 career +\-

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

William's picture

In all fairness Wisniewski's suspension for his hit on Clutterbuck was absolutely ridiculous, I agree that he hit a player without the puck and should've been fined, but it was shoulder to shoulder, and Wisniewski didn't leave the ice on both feet, which is not worthy of 8 freaking games. I'll call out a cheap shot artist when I see one, like Tootoo, Cooke (King of them all) or Torres, but Wisniewski really isn't one. He was also the 5th-ranked scoring D-man when Columbus signed him. He's been injured quite a bit so far, and had a few boneheaded plays, but I think he's alright as a whole, however he isn't worth his contract, and really no D-man outside of Weber, Suter or Chara should be worth a contract that big. Besides that contract Howson also signed Umberger and Mason to some stupid contracts. The one thing that Howson did well was pillage the NYR for Rick Nash. Anisimov, Dubinsky, Erixon and a 1st rounder for one player? I'll take that any day. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh you guys murdered NY for a guy you win with, not because of. Nash was a nice player and scored but was never going to be the reason a team hoists Lord Stanley's Cup. Homerism aside, I'd add Duncan Keith to that list. He makes up half of the best D man tandem in the NHL-The other half-Seabrook, is probably a tick over paid but was the victim of a really vicious cheap shot from Wiz when he was on the Ducks.. Hence my distaste for him.
Take a page out of the Hawks book, though, Jackets fans. They hit some gold with Kane and Toews but have mugged teams on trades. They got Nick Leddy for Cam Barker in a virtual potential vs. potential trade that has seen Leddy be a top 4 for the Hawks and Barker bounce around the NHL. They also unloaded Brian Campbell-a task I thought to be impossible. I don't mean to turn this into Blackhawk talk, but they are becoming the model NHL teams might want to start emulating.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

awwwwwwop's picture

Who knows with Nash really? He was on some horrific CBJ teams.  He currently has an 8 game point streak with 6 goals and 7 or 8 assists in those games.  He is averaging more than a point a game this season. 

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh he's a skilled player, no doubt. And one who would have shined with something around him but he never struck me as a guy who made his team mates better. I kind of lump him and Corey Perry together in that group of guys who get their numbers every year and are counted on to be the reason their team makes a deep run into the playoffs but for whatever reason, don't. Now Perry has more talent in Anaheim than Nash did in CBus, but I don't recall anyone being elevated because of Nash's play. Umberger? No doubt. Nash...eh. 

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

William's picture

Really the CBJ aren't that far out. With 3 1st rounders in the best draft since 2003, they'll have one shot at one of MacKinnon/Barkov/Drouin and 1-2 shots at any of Lindholm/Nichushkin/Shinkaruk/Domi/Mantha/Gauthier/Erne. If they nail this draft, which they should, considering that they hired draft guru Jarmo Kekalainen, the future is bright in Columbus, especially when they have a plethora of d-prospects in Murray, Erixon, Moore, Goloubef, Savard, Prout and Holden. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Has anyone's star fallen faster in the NHL than Steve Mason? His rookie year was probably one of those out of your mind type performances that fans shouldn't have expected forever but he really doesn't appear to be much of anything any more.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

William's picture

He's been mentally broken I think. He has the physical tools, but he's just not there in the head. I mean realistically he should have a great future as a fisherman, he's always got something in his net, if you catch my drift. I really like how Bobrovsky is playing and for a 2nd and 4th rounder, he has been a steal. How's old Bryz working out for you, Philly fans? Columbus does have a stud goaltender in the pipeline in Oscar Dansk, but he's several years out, as he's only 19 or so. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

You do know what Steve Mason's career path is though right? This is how the NHL works for goalies. When you start out promising, you either emulate Marty Brodeur and dominate for one team forever or bounce around to 3 or 4 different teams who all want to take you for your potential. They turn to you in a playoff run and you get hot for 19 games and take your team to or through the finals. You then sign a stupidly large contract and never show your potential again. The NHL is littered with journeymen who were once great prospects who got hot at the right time and made out like bandits. You watch, he'll pull a Ray Emery\Michael Leighton within 5 years.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

awwwwwwop's picture

Haha maybe if we actually get all 3 on the ice together. So maddening how many injuries they have had. Anisimov had trouble skating off the ice last night at the end of the game too.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

RedStorm45's picture

We did send them a prospect and a 3rd rounder I think, in addition to Nash.

William's picture

Ahh you are correct. I'd still maintain that that trade by Howson was a coup. 

RedStorm45's picture

Or in the words of the League, a trade rape.

William's picture

I was going to use that terminology, but I didn't want to get hounded by someone that would get butt-hurt by saying I was promoting 'rape culture'. But yes, exactly what I was thinking. 

gbdawg's picture

In John Davidson I trust. I really believe he will turn things around

William's picture

Not just Davidson, but Kekalainen, the guy who has scouted/drafted the following: Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Jason Spezza, Ray Emery, TJ Oshie, David Perron, David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo, Patrik Beglund and Vladimir Tarasenko. This guy, along with Hakan Andersson of the Red Wings, is one of the best talent evaluators/scouts out there. 

RedStorm45's picture

Hey, the CBJ have drafted Klesla, Brassard, Filatov, Zherdev, and Brule in the first round.

William's picture

Klesla wasn't a bad pick. Filatov, Zherdev and Brule were brutal, but I believe we've discussed this over at the Cannon. With Kekalainen and a draft loaded with offensive talent, I'm not worried. 

The TresselMeyer's picture

Let's hope the Jackets go the way of Urban and not vice versa...!

Brady Hoke's reaction to the Urban Meyer hire: "Not good."

DefendOhio's picture

Is Meyer wearing an ESPN College Gameday jacket? 

D. Anthony's picture

Is Meyer wearing blue :) I'm a big CBJ fan but, like many I was not happy back when that outside group who was paid to think of a name came up with Blue-anything. I remember when Herbie was on the air locally then and all the calls were coming in saying any color or name other than blue. Luckily, I got over it (kinda).

D. Anthony

RedStorm45's picture

What should they have been called?  The Blue Jacket fits the city just fine, and their is history with the city being the main manufacturer of uniforms for the North during the civil war (hence the cannon).  With that, you also get the variations of "flag" used in promotions and on jerseys.  Not sure how the bug/stinger fit in initially other than there is a green bug called a blue jacket but they should have gone with the cannon/civil war thing from the start.

Dougger's picture

I'm pumped for the game tomorrow - hopefully Dorsett's injury isn't too much of a downer for the team

I like football

Hovenaut's picture

Cool to see Urban out supporting CBJ, cooler he's spending time with his son.

On the hockey note, I see better days ahead for the Jackets, think they'll get it together the next few years. Ohio native who's lived in he D.C. metro area the last fifteen years, now a Caps fan. You learn to hang in there.

RedStorm45's picture

Chicago streak enders next week.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Nah, I think it ends tonight to be honest. Colorado plays Chicago tough and they are on the road out west.
 

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

Hovenaut's picture

Nice call.....Avs dumped them 6-2.

syphon2677's picture

we need the jackets to become playoff bound

cal3713's picture

"But, the Jackets have become synonymous with bad hockey in recent years."
Not to be a downer, but this franchise has never been synonymous with anything but bad hockey.  
It's a shame that their pinnacle is making it to 8th in the conference and then getting swept in 4.  It's good to read the optimism in here from the professionals, as I really do hope things change.  

BrewstersMillions's picture

Another item on the long list of contributions you make to conversations on this site.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

buckeyedude's picture

Hockey is the second coolest sport after college football, IMHO, and it definitely is sweet to see Urban with his son, getting some R & R at a Blue Jackets game. 
I'm glad that he hasn't broken his contract with his daughter(the one he signed from her before he took the job at OSU). Haven't been to a Blue Jackets game(Red Wings fan), but would love to go, if I could ever find the time. My niece sold beer there while working her way through OSU a couple of years ago.