Tonight is the 85th annual Academy Awards. We all have our opinions on who should win and who shouldn’t. I’d give you my opinion but this is a hockey blog. Therefore, I bring you the opinions of the Columbus Blue Jackets as told in interviews on Fox Sports Ohio.

Best Actor

Matt Calvert’s Pick:  Bradley Cooper

James Wisniewski’s Pick: Daniel Day Lewis

Cody Goloubef’s Pick: Denzel Washington

Colton Gillies’ Pick: Hugh Jackman. Why? In Colton’s words “He’s a stud”

Team Consensus: Denzel Washington

 

Best Actress

If it were up to the Blue Jackets Jennifer Lawrence would not only win “Best Actress” but she would also win “Hottest Chick Alive”. At least they have good taste.

 

Best Picture

Cody Goloubef and James Wisniewski’s Pick: Zero Dark Thirty

Matt Calvert’s Pick: Argo

Colton Gillies’ Pick: Les Miserables. I think the best part about this pick is the fact he epically failed at mispronouncing “Les Miserables”. Oh Colton Gillies you silly “Big Manchild” you. lol

Team Consensus: Django Unchained

 

I personally think they are all wrong on who will win ;-) Jennifer Lawrence on the other hand, I agree, is hot.

 

 

A little over a year ago I fell in love with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Many of my friends were miffed because I popped out of the womb proclaiming my love for the Chicago Blackhawks. They constantly ask me how I could even think about liking the Jackets. My response to them is usually this : “The Chicago Blackhawks are like your first love. You hold on to them because they have been there your whole life. The Columbus Blue Jackets are that homely girl who steals your heart and you end up marrying her. She cooks for you, cleans for you, and would do anything for you. The Blue Jackets are that team who will do everything in their power to show you just how much you are appreciated. Not because they have to because they want to.”  That my friends is real love.

I would like to take a moment to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for everything they have done for me. Especially recently.

To my very first ticket rep Erica : Thank you for the support you showed my family last 4th of July when my Uncle Don died. You called me the day after the funeral to check in with me. To see how I was doing. Not once did you mention buying season tickets. Then in February when I lost my job you gave me a hug and said things will get better. You were right Erica. Things did get better.

To James Wisniewski: I met you two days after I became unemployed. When you found out I lost my job you wished me luck and said “I’m sure someone as nice as you will get a job in no time.” In July you were tweeting out local businesses from fans on twitter. I still didn’t have a job so I chanced it and tweeted at you saying I had no job. You in turn did something that literally changed my life. You retweeted me and added “Someone hook this girl up with a job!”. Two weeks later a fan of yours, who I’ve never met, tweeted a job lead at me. I looked into it  and the day before my birthday I was hired in as an Assistant Manager. Thank you so much for your support. Thank you for tweeting out that I needed a job. I’ve followed your career since you were a Blackhawk and never in my wildest dreams did I think James Wisniewski would be one of the reasons why I have a job. I could never thank you enough.

To my second ticket rep Cody: Thank you for your patience. You became my ticket rep in the midst of my unemployment. You listened to me talk about my struggles with moving. Especially about how hard it is to be away from my family. You wished me luck with every job interview I told you about. You kept me positive with every job I was denied. You called me to congratulate me on my new job and to wish me a happy birthday. Cody you have gone above and beyond what anyone could ask for in a ticket rep. Again, thank you. I can’t wait to sit down and talk to you about what I can do season ticket wise. It’s going to be a great season!!

To, the one and only, Jack “Captain Amerijack” Johnson : Thank you for the birthday tweet that killed my battery. :) I was extremely worried about my birthday this year. It was my first birthday in 27 years that I was away from my family. Everyone that I’m friends with in Columbus was working on my birthday and I was afraid to be alone. See on my 21st birthday one of my best friends committed suicide and every birthday since then if I’m not busy I end up dwelling on it. Jack, this was the first birthday since her death that I didn’t stop smiling the whole day. The amount of love I received from your fan base was unreal. Thank you. Thank you so much for making me feel special on my birthday. You didn’t have to.

 

There are many more stories like this from fans around the organization. If you are a Blue Jackets fan then you are loved!

Please share your heart warming Blue Jacket stories in the comment below. I would love to hear them. I’m sure the organization would too.

THANK YOU COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS!

 

Tonight begins the most beautiful time of year. The time of year filled with magic. Tonight starts the time of year when faces get furry and mullets make a comeback. Tonight begins the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  With the playoffs come the highs and lows that lead people do one thing. That thing is drinking. A glass of wine here to celebrate or a can of beer that will catch your tears as your heart breaks into a million little hockey pucks because your team faltered.

So now I bring to you the first installment of “Hockey Shots”.  These installments were inspired by the recent NHL Draft Lottery Tweetup that happened in Columbus last night. My friend Cyrus held a competition to see who could come up with the best Columbus Blue Jackets inspired shot. For this installment I picked my top four favorite shot entries. Enjoy and drink responsibly.

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SHOTS

 

Camsanity
submitted by @davecottone

1 part Cranberry
1 part Absolut
1 part Midori
Splash of 7-up

 

The Blue Line
submitted by @googlit

1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao liquer
Lime Juice

 

Cannon Fire
submitted by @googlit

¾ shot glass amaretto
top with 151
set in beer glass
Fill Labatt to shot’s rim
Set on fire
Blow out and shoot

 

Controlled Chaos
this one is my favorite but I’m biased because I helped design it. @brettemichel and @imaraindancer

1 part Jim Beam
1 part Jack Daniels
1 part Dr. Pepper
Drop in a glass of Budweiser

 

    This is my first piece on Crash the Net, so I’ll take a moment to introduce myself. My name is John and I am an avid follower of the Chicago Blackhawks, but I love to watch all of hockey in general. I’ve been playing fantasy hockey for quite a few years now and in most leagues I like to think that I fare well and sit in the upper echelon throughout each and every season. The draft is always a very tough part of fantasy hockey but if you don’t do well, as I have occasionally in the past, through a little research you can make trades, pick up waiver wires, and create a formidable team.

Now we are reaching the tail end of the season for fantasy, most leagues with 5 weeks left, leaving only a few weeks for trades. If you are part of a keeper league, it’s time to make that decision; do you toss in the towel, or do you make one last push for the playoffs where anything can happen?

Choosing which one can be tricky and ultimately depends on the structure of your team and if your struggling team is seemingly out of the race, try to make some trades while you can. Decide which players you are going to keep until next year and then unload the rest. Attempt to get draft picks, which is something that I look forward to every year, as this is something to help you out into the future. Even if you are just outside of the playoff picture and you never give up, think about the possibilities of making a number of trades to secure upgrades in all of your picks. Some might not part with the top 1-3 picks, but you should be able to maneuver your way into a few top 4 through 8 picks. This year, such picks included Quick, Giroux, Sharp, Letang, Kessel, Hossa etc. If you were able to grab one of the aforementioned guys, you could form a solid looking team through them alone.

If you are part of the “never surrender” crowd, then the next 5 to hopefully 8 weeks will include nervously debating which members of your bench to get rid of and which players, who are starting to heat up, to add. Wisniewski came back onto the ice with a bang, making his debut since the injury with a goal and an assist, and a couple blocked shots as well. He is only owned in 39% of leagues, so if you need extra help on defense, he along with Hamhuis(60%) could help in a pinch on D. As for your forwards, there are a few more to choose from including David Perron(18%) Wayne Simmonds (29%) and David Clarkson (33%). These guys, along with a few more, are streaking right now, so for a little extra help, grab those guys. Simmonds and Clarkson also chip in those PIMs.

Inside the crease is a different story. If you are weak there, you are going to have to just wait it out, because goalies are all taken up pretty much in every league. Think you can be lucky? Pick up Nabokov(49%) who is playing very well right now. There is also always that possibility that they trade him away, which immediately improves his value.

Last thing, if you are part of a rotisserie league, keep an eye on your max games played per position, take the time and do a little bit of math. Figure out how many games left you have, and play your stars accordingly.

Please feel free to ask any questions here. I also can be contacted via my Twitter handle, swabs5030 I’ll entertain any Fantasy questions and do my best to help you out.

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