Fun Fact: I've restarted this post 3 times. NEW HIGH SCORE!
After all these rewrites I finally came to the decision that I can't say what I want to say any better than this man. No, not the crazy anti-Tea Party guy. Ignore him. He's a toolbox. I'm talking about the other guy. No, not him, either. He's important, though; Imagine he's lying on that couch wearing a Blue Jackets sweater, and that's as far as you need to go with him. The guy I'm talking about is R. Lee Ermey. You know: The guy from from Full Metal Jacket. I brought a clip. Let's watch, shall we?
[steeples his fingers] We are now ten games in on the 10-11 season. The Blue Jackets are 2 games over .500. We are tied for 7th in the western conference, and are just 4 points away from 1st place.... in the LEAGUE. We just came off of a 3 game winning streak to lose our FIRST road game. Steve Mason is well on his way to coming back into his own, and Garon is already there. The defensive corps have some injuries, but other than that the team is relatively healthy.
Despite all of the comparatively good news that's out there to talk about, all anyone seems to be able to do is bury Mason and whine about the attendance at the arena. And even on that front, there are other teams that would KILL to have our attendance numbers.
We are the hardcore community. I'm not saying we need to blunder along like everything is cotton candy, rainbows and unicorn farts. But maybe we need to save the tears and doom-and-gloom talk for when there is legitimately something to cry about.
PS: Try Geico! They have a lizard for a mascot!