Takes and trash talk from both ALL sides of the NHL's most obscure PATHETIC* rivalry

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ducks Gameday—the only western team yet to lose to Anaheim

Anaheim Ducks (45-20-12, 3rd in west) at Columbus Blue Jackets (32-37-7, 11th in west)

Did you know that the Blue Jackets are now above the Oilers in the standings? I wonder how much that is being celebrated in Columbus or mourned in Edmonton. “Yay, we got past the quittingest team in the history of sports.”

And while we’re tackling one’s place in the world of sport, check out this ESPN fan satisfaction “study”, that shows that the Ducks are the 6th-best franchise in all North American sport. Now most Duck bloggers might point at the Sharks at 22 and the Kings at 103 (out of 122) and gloat, but I’ll just take the higher ground and say “whatever”. Yes, the team and ownership get high marks, and it is cool that a doofus like me can get access to Row B seats (try that in Toronto!), but really, the Ducks are not among the top 6 franchises in hockey, let alone all of sport. Still, take whatever ESPN-love that you can get, I suppose.

As an opponent, Columbus is really starting to piss me off. Since the lockout, they are 4-2 against the Ducks (2 wins by shootout), and every game has been decided by a goal or less. And as the post title notes, they remain the only western team this year that has yet to lose to Anaheim. I don’t know if that BJ frustration is what inspired me to make such a weird cartoon, but here it is anyway.

Prediction: Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 1. Goals by Selanne, Pahlsson, and (former BJs) Beauchemin and Marchant.


Drew said...

At least you're smart enough to be pissed off by the performance of those pesky Jackets against your Ducks.

There are a few Wings fans who think losing to our sometime-pathetic squad is no big deal.

Good luck tonight. I expect their best shot!

RudyKelly said...

That poll is based on their own fan's satisfaction with their team. Obviously, Duck fans like their team right now. To be fair, though, I think the Kings would be where they are even if they were good. We're a fickle people.

Earl Sleek said...

I guess, but I might think that:

a) adding a "facility fee" to the price of every ticket (while insisting that it was NOT a ticket price increase)

b) changing the name and logo, forcing all existing fans to discard old jerseys and purchase all-new ones

c) changing weekday start times to 7 pm, which hurts a LOT in traffic

might be some causes for dissatisfaction. Then again, it's tough to be real critical when the team wins, and that's probably the lesson for most franchises.

Drew said...

Jackets looking a bit er... bad here in the third.