Saw your note on Twitter Friday:
"All aboard!" "Woohoo!" "Urban Meyer is jumping on the CBJ Bandwagon!" "Everyone's liking and retweeting it!" "The Era of Buckeye Nation's sports snobbery is over!"
"Here comes Coach Meyer to climb onto the bandwa--"
WHOA, NOW... hold on just a sec there, toolbox....
There's something we need to discuss first.
It's all well and good that you're pandering your influence as always to the Scarlet & Gray sheeple of Buckeye Nation.
I have no issue with that... that's your job.
And the above proclamation on Twitter is appreciated. I'm sure you feel it's genuine, and Buckeye Nation accepts it as such.
But some previous words you've said about the sports culture here in Columbus...
...have not always been so kind.
Or accurate. Or responsible.
Or even intelligent, for that matter.
That little gem is a snippet from your interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about recruiting in the South.
Yes, the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled. There's no arguing that professional sports have indeed struggled in Columbus -- in performance, attendance, or both. Many of them were minor-league ventures -- such as the quite successful Columbus Chill, and the not-so-hot Ohio Glory of the World League of American Football.
However, surely you can understand how this statement to the Journal-Constitution might not sit well with fans of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew SC (not a "Big Four" sport, but still a successful and growing league... the Crew won a title, I might add) and the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, who are in a "Big Four" sport... and yet you just now acknowledge them.
Yes, Coach, there are indeed professional sports in Columbus. I would almost wager that the Blue Jackets have probably even hosted you on a couple of occasions in a suite, a box or in some VIP capacity, like they do for other local celebrities.
But yeah, how nice of you to notice now.
Now, to be clear, I do not presume to speak for every Blue Jackets fan who is been with this team from the beginning... or any of them, for that matter.
However, take a look behind the bandwagon. I'm sure someone in that line of cars behind it has a seat you can occupy for awhile.
I'm willing to be reasonable, though.
Now, your statement -- aside from being inaccurate, irresponsible and frankly, quite stupid -- was also pretty offensive and dismissive.
It also illustrates, encourages, and reinforces the belief among the lunatic fringe of Buckeye Nation that Columbus needs nothing else in the realm of sports. It's the same reasoning behind radio hosts getting nasty phone calls from Buckeye fans, wondering why they're talking about hockey when it's football season.
There are quite a few mouth-breathers in Buckeye Nation whose lives, moods, relationships and blood-alcohol level absolutely revolve around Buckeye football, and God help anyone who disagrees with them.
Hell, imagine the crap that Dom Tiberi would take from Buckeyes fans if the Buckeyes didn't lead sports on any given night. They're almost worse than NASCAR fans, if NASCAR was a sport.
So... if you'd like to join the bandwagon... all you have to do is print out and sign this statement, and send it to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Columbus Dispatch. Hey, you can post it on Twitter, if you like... that's pretty public, too.
Obviously, you've got other stuff going on tonight and next week, but there's plenty of hockey season left after next week's championship. So, you have time.
Good luck tonight.
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