Thursday, March 24, 2016
Ohio State doesn't want the Blue Jackets here. Never has wanted the Blue Jackets here. It's like an older brother when a new sibling is born, but they haven't fully dealt with it yet. Ohio State's question to literally everything is ... How does this help the football program? That's the backgrop, but there's more to it than this. The Blue Jacket need to get real. They need to win. Right now, they have a hearty local following, but they've squandered so many others locally by their perennial ineptitude. They have to start winning and making the playoffs and grabbing the hearts of more people in this town. That's step 1. Step 2 is becoming a team that has a rival and has players that fans outside Columbus will tune in to watch, because that's what these outdoor games are, really, they're national TV events. When the Blue Jackets become those two things, than Ohio State will see the benefit in working with them (re: $$$) and big brother will be forced to recognize little bother. Right now, Ohio State sees no reason to share their stage. Is it selfish? Yeah. Is it small-town thinking? Yeah. But they've run this town for many years, and those type of machines are hard to crack.