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By Matt McCoy
The Blue Jackets late season run didn't produce a spot in the playoffs but it did something much more important...re-engaged the fan base.
As Jeff Bell reported in Business First this week, the Blue Jackets have sold three times as many season ticket packages than they had at this time last year. Season ticket renewals are trending better as well.
I've always thought the Blue Jackets have done a terrific job marketing the team so with an on-ice product to match it, I suspect those numbers will get even better before the puck drops next season...especially with ads like their latest.
My WTVN colleague and Fox TV Blue Jackets television host Dave Maetzold told me about the new Blue Jackets spot earlier this week but I had not seen it. Now I have, and it's terrific. It features President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out.
Jim Tressel in Blue??
This just doesn't quite look right to me. Jim Tressel in a BLUE sweater vest? Well, it's actually Akron Zips blue, rather than Michigan.
The Akron Aeros minor league baseball team is having a Jim Tressel bobblehead giveaway as part of University of Akron night Saturday. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will get one. The team is telling fans interested to arrive early because demand is expected to be high.
Just goes to show how popular Jim Tressel still is. I doubt there are many bobblehead giveaways for Univeristy Vice President's for Strategic Engagement...but Tressel is certainly a unique exception.
Golfing with Urban
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was one of the college coaches who participated this week in the "Chick Fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge," in Greensboro, Georgia. It's a charity event with teams from top programs across the country competing for scholarship money for their respective school.
Meyer represented Ohio State along with our good friend at WTVN, former Buckeye Jeff Logan.
"The one thing that we did prove is there's a reason why we do not play that game for a living," Logan told WTVN's Dave Maetzold who is filling in for morning show host Joel Riley this week. "We didn't play nearly as well as we wanted to, but we did bring back $20,000 to Ohio State University."
The event wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and on the final nine holes, Meyer and Logan were paired up against Alabama coach Nick Saban and former Heisman winner Mark Ingram.
"Ohio State, from a football standpoint has this whole thing called 'The Chase, and they're chasing a national championship" Logan said. "Well as soon as we got paired up with Nick Saban, I could see in (Meyer's) eyes the idea that we were going on a chase (on the golf course). He was pretty intense but we had a really had a good time."
If you want to know what it's like to spend two days in a competitive golfing situation with Urban Meyer, check out Dave's interview with Jeff Logan. You can listen by clicking HERE: