Puck Rakers posted an article today that the CBJ lost $25 million in the 2010-11 season. That's a lot of joe for JP to losing. The Dispatch today ran an article on the situation, and Bob Hunter commented on the situation. A busy media day.
My point here, as I take time out from feverishly packing for a camping trip, is that the CBJ blogosphere has been full of commentary over the last year about people not re-upping their season tickets because the CBJ are not fielding a winner. OK. Fair enough. I think people do not want to be perceived as being a sucker on the issue. Certainly in this space I have been emphatic enough about my distaste for being perceived as a sucker.
But my point here is that it is now time to move past that. It is now time to start focusing on our civic pride, and to start financially supporting our local owners. This isn't Lamar Hunt from Kansas City. This is a local family, with a lot of pride in the City of Columbus, who show that pride when they write the checks.
Do you think the people in Winnipeg have civic pride? Do you think they know how disinterest, and lack of support for a local team turns out?
Its decision time folks. If all you want is a winner, than root for the Buckeyes. If you care about having hockey in Columbus, its time to move past winning and losing to support the franchise. There is nothing wrong with accountability. In fact, its a real good thing. But civic pride should count for something, and we need to show it by reaching for our wallet.
Having NHL hockey in Columbus has been nothing but good for this city. A good on the ice product is important, and we should loudly demand it in the blogosphere and elsewhere. But if you care about hockey in Columbus, the day is fast coming where it is going to be put up or shut up. I prefer to put up.