April 5 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Vinny Prospal (22) reacts after referee Mike Leggo (3) calls him for a ten-minute misconduct penalty during the third period of the game at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

No Accountability From Columbus Blue Jackets Fans

It never fails. A Columbus Blue Jackets player will take a penalty. That player will go to the penalty box. The other team will thus go on a power play. And Blue Jackets fans will take to twitter to blame the ref.

Look, I don’t like to call out the CBJ family. We’re all in this together. But it’s gotten to the point that I need to say something, anything, to get you to shut up. You’re making us all look bad.

I get it. I do, trust me. In fact, the very first thought that runs through my head is that the refs are “out to get us.” When Toronto disallows a goal, I say to myself “here we go again.”

But that’s just it: I say it to myself.

I say it to myself because I allow for the honesty of the situation to sink in. I know it’s not the ref’s fault. I know it’s not Toronto’s fault. Now, of course, sometimes they get calls wrong. But it’s getting embarrassing when the fans do nothing but blame the refs for the faults caused by the players themselves.

When the fans “call out” the refs, they’re doing one thing: not holding their own team accountable. No, that cross checking call wasn’t the ref’s fault, it was Brandon Dubinksy’s. (Stop it, Dubi!)

If it’s always the ref’s fault, then your team’s mediocre play will always be such because they’re never actually doing anything wrong. So the next time a penalty is called on the boys in union blue, take a second. Breathe. Think. Then, and only then, proceed with judgment.


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