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Hello Columbus! What's with your name?

Columbus is about to be my new home. Having been born in Buffalo, and being a long suffering Sabres/Bills fan, my love of hockey runs deep. After spending the last decade or so in Charlotte, NC, I have also developed a passion for their local teams as well (two more championship-less teams, the Panthers and HornCats, albeit with far less epic dramatic failure). The laws of sports transference, combined with the facts that I'll be living a few blocks from Nationwide Arena and tickets seem quite easy to come by, would indicate that I'm about to become a Columbus Blue Jackets fan. The only franchise fact I knew three weeks ago was that it was the least valuable team in the NHL. For the past few weeks I've been familiarizing myself with the squad, and like what I see. Excellent goaltending, deep defense, good young players, and four solid lines. It helps their appeal when the team runs off seven-game win streak (and knocking the LA Kings in the mouth is no small feat), right as I begin sniffing around their existence. But only today did the realization hit that I didn't know the most important thing about this team. Just what the hell is a Blue Jacket? A stinging insect of some sort? A convoluted homage to Don Cherry's choice of pet naming and colorful suit coats? The answer put a Cheshire cat-type floating grin on my face. For anyone who doesn't know (and if you're on this blog, you probably already do), take a look at this series of words that lead to the link. Now, I'm a real "rah-rah" type of American. I have bias that borders on a Stephen Colbert-like cartoonishness. So when I read that this town was the manufacturer of Union Army jackets, I couldn't help but think back to all the times I debated with folks while living the South, with their Confederate version of history and often labeling the Civil War as "The War of Northern Aggression." Totally find it humorous that I'm leaving one part of the country that has a certain kind of Civil War tradition that celebrates their side things, but would take umbrage with a northern hockey team that "celebrates patriotism, pride, and rich Civil War history." Their interpretation of that phrase would be radically different, and the jackets they celebrate would not be of the blue variety. A big playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes would be hilarious. Now I only have one naming question remaining. What exactly does The Cannon mean? I'm assuming it's some kind of souped-up t-shirt cannon that fires blue jackets to begging fans. But I could be wrong on that one. I'm very happy to be a new Columbus resident. By the way, what do we call ourselves? Columbians? Columbites? Columbusers? Columbi? A little help...

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