In between when I left Canada and when I moved to Columbus, I spent about a year and a half back in Cincinnati. This was in 2002-04. You almost never saw anyone in Cincinnati wearing a shirt or hat or anything with a CBJ logo on it (still don’t), so I’d always get a little frisson of excitement when I did see one. The first few months I lived here, I’d sometimes forget I didn’t live in Cincinnati and would see someone in a Jackets shirt and think “There’s one!” and then “Another one!” and “Another one! OMG! I can’t believe this — wait, I’m at Nationwide Arena.”
Okay, anyway, it’s been similarly kind of exciting the past few days spotting the various signs of support for the Jackets in their maiden playoff voyage that have popped up around town. I’ve seen a “Good Luck Jackets” sign on a dry cleaner in
Clintonville Beechwold, a house on First in Grandview with a “Carry the Flag” banner attached to their front porch (I also note that the house on First in Grandview that used to display a Blackhawks flag has been torn down…that’s just how we roll in the Heights), Barley’s Smokehouse on Dublin Road has posted “Come See the CBJ’s Historic Playoffs in HD” on their marquee, of course the blue lights on the Short North arches. It’s all pretty cool.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, still not quite there. Some of those comments make me gladder than ever I don’t live there anymore. Sorry to those of you who still live there and are hockey fans!