The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that its radio voice since day one of the franchise, George Matthews, will be stepping aside after 13 years for other pursuits closer to home. The release suggests that he won't totally abandon the mike, but it's largely Bob McElligott's party now.
There won't be any huge retrospective here - just an expression of sincere admiration for George. I'm not sure I entirely understood what he was saying some of the time (which usually corresponded with a Blue Jackets goal or highlight reel save), but there was no mistaking his love of the team and the sport. How many nights I strolled through the XM, looking for the Blue Jackets game, only to smile when I heard his unmistakable voice!
If (when?) the Blue Jackets establish a Ring of Honor, I hope that the team has the good sense to save a spot for George.
Good luck on the next chapter of your life, George. And thank you.