Today’s edition of the #CBJ Community Spotlight takes a look into the mind of resident #CBJ humorist and grammar corrector, Chad Garvin.
Who is Chad? In his own words:
I grew up in Marion, Ohio as a big fan of Ohio State and the Cleveland Indians. I came to Columbus in 2004 when I enrolled at Otterbein College, and I never wanted to move out of the Columbus suburbs.I graduated with a major in journalism (psychology and music minors), but gave up on that career path after 3 years when I applied for an entry-level copy editor position with Columbus Weekly, but was beat out by a 50-year-old with 26 years of experience. I tried a temp agency, and was hired on at my first assignment after 8 months at Nationwide Financial (Document Solutions). Now I sit in my cubicle and index mail and faxes for annuities while attempting to make people laugh on twitter.
I’m a relatively new fan of hockey, seriously following the sport in 2005 after taking my then-girlfriend and hockey fanatic @VanessaGarvin to a preseason #CBJ game for her birthday while we were both attending Otterbein. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked.
On to the questions!
The easy questions:
1. Favorite #CBJ player & why:
I lean heavily toward “logo on the front, not the name on the back” philosophy.
TANGENT: I don’t own any player jerseys, but I do buy an autographed “Hockey for Heroes” hat for charity every season. Since I have trouble picking favorite players, I just buy a hat from the last #CBJ player to score a hat trick. Well, that meant buying Jeff Carter’s hat, so I changed the rule to “last player to score a hat trick at home.” That meant Cam Atkinson, but they were all sold out of Cam hats (or they never had them, more likely). Next on the list was RJ Umberger’s hat trick on March 23 so </tangent> My favorite player is RJ Umberger!
2. Favorite non-#CBJ player & why:
Two-way tie between former #CBJ players: Tom Sestito and Jake Voracek. My wife and I named our first cat “Sestito” in 2009 after we realized that his name is hilariously awesome, and rhymes with “burrito” and “Dorito.” On the plus side, he appeared to be an upgrade over Jared Boll in all aspects, so I was fairly certain that he would be a roster staple in a few years. I was so angry when he got traded because I would have rather traded Boll for Chaput and more, allowing Sestito to play on the roster everyday. In today’s “Shanaban” NHL, Chaput now appears to be more valuable than Boll, so I guess it worked out better in the long run.
Jake Voracek will always be special to me because we all watched him get drafted in Columbus. In addition, the event was my first (and last) event where I had a press pass, as I was an intern for Columbus Monthly magazine. (My preview article on the draft coming to Columbus was my first ever “real” published article.)
3. Favorite #CBJ moment:
Everyone else says “Game 4,” but we still lost, and I’m still not over it.
On March 19, 2010, the day before our wedding, we rented out a Party Tower at Nationwide Arena for our rehearsal dinner. We ate in the Founders’ Club before the game, a truly remarkable experience. Rick Nash gifted us two 3rd-period goals as the Blue Jackets achieved the rare come-from-behind victory over Todd Richards’ Minnesota Wild merely 18 hours before Vanessa and I tied the knot.
4. Favorite general hockey moment:
Playing “Wayne Gretzky 98″ on Nintendo 64 late into the night with two of my best friends. We would also repeat this with NHL Blitz 20-02. Good times.
I would also mention watching @Skraut_ ‘s Cannonfest #2 videos on the big screens at Buffalo Wild Wings in Grandview. I’m almost sorry for anyone who got an early sneak peek because seeing it for the first time on a huge screen with lots of other #CBJ fans was truly emotional.
5. Team you would root for if #CBJ had never existed (not moved):
Honestly? Probably the Cleveland Cavaliers. I would not have seriously cared about hockey if Ohio didn’t have a team, and I would have watch basketball in the winter instead.
6. Favorite non-#CBJ jersey (in general, not that you own):
NY Rangers jersey. It basically looks like a CBJ jersey, so I think that’s why I find it so appealing.
Some tougher questions:
7. What are your expectations for the #CBJ in the next 1, 3 and 5 years:
- The team has taught me not to go into seasons or games with much expectations. That said, I’d say we’re due for a 9th-place finish next year, surely due to some horribly officiated gaffe that caused us to lose a point or two.
- In three years, I’d like to think 1 playoff appearance, losing the series in 5 games. (WOO FIRST PLAYOFF WIN!)
- In five years, back to mediocrity again, as our recent mild success has caused us to have late draft picks that don’t pan out.
8. If you were GM of the #CBJ, who do you draft at second overall & why:
I’d probably draft Nail, if available, or Galchenyuk because this team needs scoring.
Here’s what I predict actually goes down: Scott Howson hears rumors that EDM is picking Nail, so he plans on drafting someone else. We don’t need defensemen, either on our current roster or in the development system. Galchenyuk’s knee injury scares him off, as injuries (and suspensions) may have been the biggest reason #CBJ missed the playoffs this year. Grigorenko’s attitude scares him off, as Filatov still haunts his nightmares. Forsberg is frankly not good or offensively guaranteed enough to draft #2 overall, so GMSH decides to trade the pick for a #1 goalie or a winger + draft picks. He has preliminary talks with other GMs and finds an acceptable deal. Meanwhile, EDM drafts Murray, but GMSH likes the idea of the proposed trade too much, and he trades #2 anyway, despite Nail sitting on the board. Then, @CBJProspects throws his hat in disgust (then slowly picks it back up).
9. Would you rather see the #CBJ be more competitive next season but miss the playoffs or get another high draft pick & why:
Here’s an idea. I’d like to see the LA Kings go through hell and win the draft lottery, which belongs to us thanks to Jeff Carter. TAKE THAT!!
10. Can you list something(s) that you like and something(s) you’d like to see changed with the #CBJ community:
I like that we’ve broken down internet barriers and actually have a true community. It’s actually incredibly rare for an “internet community” to transition into the real world like we have. One day, people will study us and write dissertations on it.
I wish we used more strategies and analogies from other sports when discussing the Blue Jackets. We need more references to Iverson’s, “We talkin’ about PRACTICE,” Bart Scott’s “CAN’T WAIT,” LeBron James’ receding hairline, and Bill Buckner’s error.
11. Who are 5 #CBJ twitter accounts you think more people should be following?
@VanessaGarvin – I can’t figure out why I have twice as many followers, considering she knows hockey better than I do. And frankly, she likes all of you a lot more than I do.
UNDER 50 FOLLOWERS EDITION!
@BBrookhart34 – Brent Brookhart plays in the CAHL on the Mustangs, but he’s been a hockey fan from back when I knew him in college. He also plays BF3 and MW3. I think he could be the next #CBJ fan to “get involved in the stupidity.”
@dmi11 – Dan Miller sure interacts with us #CBJ fans a lot for only following so few people. I like hearing what he has to say, and I hope more people get a chance to interact with him.
@RGaren – RT “Being happy that #Nash is trending because he’s going to be traded out of CBus is like being happy ur home is on TV because it is on fire. #CBJ” – Yeah, you should probably follow Roger Garen.
@candyman82 – Zach Rosen is pretty new to twitter and the #CBJ community, but he asks a lot of good questions. I’ll be eager to see what he has to say once the Jackets are back on the ice!
@topher3583 – Christopher Momeyer is just breaking in to the #CBJ twitter world. He just started posting on the Union Blue forums, and says he wants to come to his first ever Cannonfest. Speaking of the Union Blue forums…
12. Any shout outs you want to give or blogs/twitter accounts you want to help promote?
I LOVE the Union Blue forums. It removes the biggest negative aspect of twitter by allowing people to discuss #CBJ events on their own schedule, not as it’s happening live. It also allows you to write as much as you want on topic, as opposed to 140 characters. The only thing it’s missing right now is more content, but that’s mainly because hockey isn’t happening and there aren’t enough people on it. So go post on the Union Blue forums!
13. Any final thoughts… on anything?
I think I’m the only person left who thinks that Scott Howson has done an overall good job for the Blue Jackets. One day I’ll write a blog post on it in more detail. Maybe.