Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Power of 2.

Well hello there friends. Happy to see you all here! [Gulps at number of eyes reading this post]. If we've yet to be acquainted, my name is Alison and I'm thrilled to be one of the newest contributors here at Dark Blue Jacket. If you want to get to know me better, you can certainly check out my Blog and/or follow me on Twitter. Suffice it to say that I remain as one of the ever-faithful optimists pulling for our team - hopefully as a voice of the fans and as a constant devotee of Mr. Derek Dorsett.

But enough about me (well not really, but I digress ;) ), as Blue Jackets fans, the number "TWO" has weighed on us heavily this year...first, we sign, and then rapidly lose early in the season, our new #2, Radek Martinek to concussion, and before the season begins, we lose Huselius, #20, to a torn pectoral (and, um, yeah, OUCH!).

And then a whole new kind of TWO came to weigh on us all as we grew the illustrious reputation of being the "Columbus Blue Jackets - they of the TWO goal game". We couldn't score more, in fact often, we couldn't score less. We scored exactly TWO. Oh, and yeah, in case you hadn't forgotten, seeing as how two goals doesn't really guarantee many victories, nor many gains of TWO points, thus TWO also became the winning streak barrier. Win one, lose one...or lose eight. This was our modus operandi.

I hated the number two.


So it was with great anticipation that I watched last night's game against the visiting Flames. "Could we do it?" "Could we hold it together?" "Which Blue Jackets team was going to show up?"

Well, to our great joy, last night came to symbolize a new value of TWO. We finally got our second victory in a row, acquiring TWO points with TWO goals scored by Jeff Carter (and a 7 is kinda an upside down two...sorta). And lest we forget, that our double TWO, Vinny Prospal has been critical in our ability to overcome our obstacles both in the locker room and on the ice (he had to go ruin my whole two theme here by daring to have three assists last night, but I will let it slide.)

Two may not be such a bad number after all!

Two has suddenly become our call of pride - "we won two in a row!" - instead of our albatross. Arguably, we all know, based on current NHL standings, how ridiculous it is to be so excited about two victories in a row. Similarly, we know, that at some point, we will most likely go through a stretch again where we win one, lose one, win one again (let's hope to never see that 8 thing again). But I for one would like the number two to lose complete irrelevance for this organization - except for being the number of points we take away from a game. It appears we are breaking through some of the mental barriers this team has faced - knowing how to play through more than one or two periods, scoring more than two goals, defending a lead. And I am hopeful that these lessons are sticking with the team.

Have we exacted the proper mojo to now break the power that the number two has held on us? Well...tomorrow night will be the beginning of that story...

Go Jackets!

1 comment:

  1. Alison, welcome to the DBJ. It seems like "Heart of a Jacket" fits you better [re: D Dorsett] and I loved your opening a few days ago, "Now looky here" But glad to also blog you on the DBJ.

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