It is time to meet the editor Gary Gribbell of Fire That Cannon, a Columbus Blue Jackets blog. As you read his bio, you see that he is somewhat new to hockey. And his hockey conversion came the way all of ours did. He watched a game.
If we don’t introduce our friends to hockey, we are doing them a dis-service. Why deny them the greatest game? Of course right now, I would encourage them to go to Prescott Valley to see a Sundogs game (and see David Schlemko and Kyle Chipchura) or go to Oceanside in Tempe to watch the number two ranked team in the country in the Arizona State Sun Devils Hockey Team.
About myself, let’s see. I am retired from a Manager of engineering and maintenance function with a BSME, mostly in the foundry industry. As a kid I lived SW of Toledo and sometimes on Sat afternoon we could get a snowy picture from Detroit and I would watch hockey [note this would be about 1955-8]. I enjoyed it, but never followed up. I saw a game in Erie PA about 1977-8 and another in Cleveland about 1985. But After retiring I moved to Columbus, OH. Being a big Buckeye football fan that was great, after the 2008 football season was over I was bored and started to follow the home town Blue Jackets Hockey. I loved it. I wanted more info etc. etc. so I started following the blogs and discovered they were days ahead of the newspaper and had a lot of ideas and information that never made the paper. An opportunity came up to join Fanside as a writer in the fall of 2011. I enjoyed the writing, but the editor dropped out, then a 2nd editor never quite got going. I was posting everyday, sooooo I accepted the position of editor. Jack does this sound familiar or what?Columbus is Ohio State first, then other things, But we have a number of good hockey blogs. I’ve met many of the other bloggers and I respect them for what they are. Each of us have our strengths and our weaknesses. Together we do a heck of a job relative to the Blue Jackets. I am proud to be a part of this group and strive to make Fire That Cannon [firethatcannon.com] an integral part of the Blue Jacket community. Believe it or not, Columbus is a good hockey town. If we can become competitive it will be a great hockey town.