Putting the FEST in Cannonfest!

Posted by AlisonL on August 29, 2014
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‘Twas the Friday before Cannonfest and all through the city, everyone was getting excited and the planners were busy! Ok but seriously…

Cannonfest V is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited for all that we have in store.

With the fun just two days away, we wanted to share some of the great details we have in store for everyone who comes out.

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Yes, Virginia…Columbus IS a Hockey Town…

Posted by Staff on August 19, 2013
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Nationwide ArenaWhen you think about it, hockey really is a funny game.  In what other sport (other than boxing and MMA), is fighting a largely accepted element —  penalized, but done so with a wink and a nod?   It is a sport where failing to tie down your sweater is penalized more harshly than pummeling your opponent and where elementary safeguards, such as helmets, goalie masks and visors have inched their way into the game over the grudging “Hrrumphs” of grizzled veterans.   Where else do players and coaches talk about playing the game “the right way”?  For that matter, in what other sporting endeavor do the participants wear “sweaters”?

No, hockey is steeped in tradition, and surrenders to progress with great reluctance.  It’s players are — for the most part — polite, soft-spoken and subservient to The Game.  In many ways, hockey is more akin to golf than any of the teams sports, with the ceremony attendant to winning The Cup not far removed from hoisting The Claret Jug at St. Andrews.  Of the team sports, baseball comes closest to that sense of tradition, but still falls somewhat short.

Tradition is a great thing, but sometimes it crosses the line into bias.  A large segment of the hockey population relies on tradition to cast aspersions on those “pretenders”  who would dare to join the fraternity of hockey cities.  After all, hockey is the birthright of Canada and The Original Six, and the rest are largely pretenders.  Sure, Minnesota and Buffalo are readily accepted, as they are almost in Canada anyway.  The Flyers get admitted to “the club” by virtue of sheer nastiness — or “Old Time Hockey” — as the Hansen Brothers would call it.   The Blues get a pass as well, due to the illustrious names passing through that franchise since 1967.   New Jersey and the Islanders are accepted, both because they fall in the geographical “sweet spot” of the NHL, and their ability to hoist The Cup.  Other than that, however, there is a significant segment of the hockey community that views hockey in “non-traditional” markets as a fool’s errand, and would much rather see a 16 team NHL than cater to the likes of Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Nashville, Florida  . . . and Columbus.   Peruse the message boards, listen to talks shows from Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver and you will here how these cities do not “deserve” franchises.  Even cities with demonstrated success — such as Anaheim and Los Angeles — receive only modest recognition.  This segment points to revenue numbers, attendance figures and  the twice-failed experiment in Atlanta as evidence that expansion outside The North is futile.  The lack of a “Hockey Tradition” is deemed fatal in these cities.

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Cannonfest IV – Don’t Miss Out

Posted by AlisonL on August 14, 2013
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The fourth annual Cannonfest is just days away, everyone is talking about it,  and this year’s event promises to be chock full of hockey talk, surprises, and CBJ goodness.

First the logistics:

Cannonfest is THIS SUNDAY – August 18th, 1-4 PM at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Bethel Centre, 5240 Bethel Centre Mall, Columbus. The event is FREE and open to all ages and all who want to attend.

Get there early because you don’t want to miss a moment of what’s planned this year. We’re proud to honor the tradition of Cannonfest set by Founders Tom, Matt and Greg with great hockey talk and fan-focused fun — this year’s event has no shortage of things to enjoy:

  • CBJ videos, including the exceptional work of Tom Larrow – who is bringing TWO videos this year
  • A Blue Jackets memorabilia display that features jerseys and other collectibles from throughout the Jackets’ history
  • An NHL 13 Hockey Tournament sponsored by Arch City Army
  • Appearances by Stinger, members of the Pepsi Power Patrol and Kia Ice Crew
  • Opportunities to meet and join fan groups including Jacket Backers and Arch City Army
  • A live podcast from DKM Hockey
  • Displays and special offers from Tilly Hockey

We also continue to provide opportunities to give back to our community (and help YOU get something!)

  • Contribute to the Blue Jackets Foundation! Stop by the Jacket Backers station and place your bids for the 50/50 raffle and our annual Cannonfest raffle. Prizes include:
    • A Ryan Johansen signed CBJ Pennant
    • A 2012-13 Team-signed stick
    • A Marian Gaborik signed puck
    • Yuengling hockey-themed Mirror
    • Yuengling hockey-themed neon sign
    • Coors light NHL Neon sign
    • And more….!
  • Make a difference for pets and those who love them by supporting the Sedona Grace Foundation.
    • Bring a donation of dry dog food (4.5 lbs or more – preferrably not store brand) and you’ll get a coupon for 10% off your total food order at Cannonfest!

As you can see there is TONS to be excited about…and we still have to keep just a few surprises under wraps!

So show up early – grab a good seat, take in all Cannonfest has to offer, because this year will be like no other.

Don’t forget to RSVP and tell us your coming – this year’s event is something you do NOT want to miss.


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Cannonfest is Coming – How to Make The Most of It

Posted by Staff on August 01, 2013
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CannonFest 2012 official logoIt’s August and that means it’s the month of CANNONFEST!

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever and we have some great things to tell you about!

Our friends over at Full Mental Jackets have already announced the inaugural #CBJIVID contest spectacular. So be sure to check that out!

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Cannonfest 2012 Photos

Posted by DerDrache on August 23, 2012
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While there have been many great recaps and write ups of the good time that was had at Cannonfest, we at felt like we might share something everyone wants to see: yourselves!! Enjoy this selection of images and if you see me at a CBJ (or any other) event with my camera, ask me to grab your photo! You just might find yourself right here on! Make the jump to the gallery by clicking Continue reading Cannonfest 2012 Photos below!

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Cannonfest – Hockey Talk Blue Jackets Style

Posted by AlisonL on August 15, 2012
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It’s summer. There’s no hockey to watch. CBA negotiations are underway. And, we are desperate to see what the new CBJ roster can do. Who understands this unique feeling of anxiety and anticipation better than fellow Blue Jackets fans? So why not hang out with a bunch of them?

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Good things happen to good people…

Posted by AlisonL on August 16, 2011
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So I had my little CannonFest recap yesterday, and while I tried to stay restrained, I can’t tell you the level of awe I’ve carried with me since Sunday for the stunning video work of one Tom Larrow (aka @Skraut_).I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom for a little while now, and this guy is just good people. He’s married to a fantastic woman (who has a great laugh! Oh, and who let’s me know whenever a DD highlight is coming ;) ) and sitting and visiting with him is truly a pleasure.

Many of you have seen other accolades for Tom – and I hope we continue to see more – I will refer you once again to the words of Dark Blue Jacket who has stats on exactly how much work went into Tom’s videos. But, so far, you’ve seen a lot of words and what I want to make sure you realize is that those approximately 11 minutes of video represent MONTHS of work. Even before July Tom was watching every single Blue Jackets game…again (there’s something to consider undertaking…December 2010 anyone?). As Tom’s wife shared, it takes more frames than one can even realize to represent a single second and Tom went a frame at a time to match a single syllable cheer in a song to a players reaction on the ice. By the time we saw two videos on Sunday, Tom had poured over them so many times, his wife knew every single highlight, in sequence, well before it showed on the screen.

But back to Tom – again, this guy is someone you want to get to know. He is caring, smart, engaging, loyal. Above all those amazing video talents, lies the heart and soul of a great person – and so, it gave me chills when I just saw Tom share that his video “Call to Arms”  and “Jump Start My Heart” are on

Share these links, people. Tweet ’em, post ’em, visit again and again. Let’s show that this year, CBJ is going to get noticed…in all the right ways.

Tom – its an honor to know you…oh, and you’re a rock star.


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Did You Ever Believe?…Well I Sure Do! CannonFest 2011

Posted by AlisonL on August 15, 2011
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We have clarified that I may have some obsessive tendencies. So, if you were at CannonFest on Sunday, you may not be surprised to know that I have purchased Vox Populi by 30 Seconds to Mars as my dear friend Tom (@Skraut_) has successfully embedded it into my brain as the latest, most endearing earworm (and yes, its playing now).If you follow the Blue Jackets blog community, you have most certainly read the many wonderful recaps by our most prominent residents…

Ken shares how Sunday made us all Part of Something Special

And so many more…

So, as I’ve said many times, I leave the Hockey heavy-lifting to my many esteemed colleagues listed above and more. I’ll just share with you my take on a truly amazing weekend.

Its a real treat when a shared love, in this case hockey, brings people into your life who make spending time together a pleasure. So here’s what CannonFest means to me…and, far as I can figure, these are the things that only CannonFest (and BlueJackets love) can provide…(and I’m intentionally) not linking ;)

.Watching Rick dance in a kilt
….Actually finding out who is behind The Dark Blue Jacket (I bow down in your greatness)
..Mary’s curls…and tattoo…
…Dannie. Drinkin’ Boones Farm like a cowboy…on a swing, out of the bottle
.Amanda – adorable as ever…asking when we can bring in the Boones ;)
….Jeff harassing me about my DD Love
..Finding out who is behind NickRash
…Consoling Julie on the loss of Jake
.Seeing how freakin’ cute that database of sports that is Lori Schmidt is
….Betting Clay Hall a round of drinks that we’re getting to Playoffs Round 3
..Watching Gretchen tear up as Tom thanks her and introduces his videos
…Catching a glimpse of Matt – soaking in the product of all his hard work – with the very best smile I’ve ever seen
.Recognizing people from their Twitter pictures
….Random chants of “Leo” and “Let’s Go Jackets!”
..People knowing to look at me for some ridiculous reaction whenever Derek shows up on the video highlights (yes, that was a wraparound goal thank you very much! ;) )
…Comparing photos of “pocket dogs” with the “Martini” family
.Matt making hosting a couple hundred people at his business on a Sunday look easy

It all culminated, as so many of my peers have said, in watching Tom’s videos. I’m posting them here – again – because I’ve still met some people who haven’t yet seen them. So watch them. Share them. Tweet them to your friends tweet them to the players!

First off (Nice goal, DD!) Jump Start My Heart

And my personal favorite…A Call to Arms (chills)

Like I said, this blog isn’t sharing anything revolutionary that any of my peers haven’t already said. Its simply my way of telling you that we’ve got something going here, fans. We’re building a Blue Jackets community that’s not only some dedicated peeps, but some darn cool folks. People who are fun, smart, hilarious and who I am very much looking forward to seeing again soon. I say without hesitation that this weekend filled me with a whole lotta smiles, laughs and love for each of you.


…and no, you’re NOT going to see the posting of me on Channel 6 on this here blog ;)

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Its Kinda Like Signing Wiz after Carter…CANNONFEST JUST GOT BETTER!!!

Posted by AlisonL on August 08, 2011
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Have ya heard? Have ya heard? Huh? Huh? Huh? CANNONFESTis this weekend!The powers that be are callin in Blue Jackets Nation to have a great meetup this SUNDAY at BW3’s on Fifth Avenue (in Grandview) to celebrate all things CBJ, meet other fans, and perhaps win a prize or two.

Now, I am hesitant to share this news regarding the prize of all prizes because, well, obviously, I am going to win this outstanding “major award” (get the movie reference? I like you even more) but, in the spirit of sharing the cool news, check out this great Grand Prize brought to you courtesy of Superior Beverage.

Uh-huh. Coolness.

So everyone come on out – I’m really looking forward to seeing so many great people I already know via in person or Twitter fun. Not that this is news, but I’ll be the tall girl in the Derek Dorsett jersey. (don’t act like this shocks you). So come up, say “hi!” and then give me your raffle ticket since obviously, well, ya know, the Miller Lite sign is mine. ;)


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Where I’ll be August 14th…

Posted by AlisonL on July 27, 2011
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CannonFest. I’ve heard the legendary stories for a year now and I’m beyond excited to be at this year’s event. I’ll be the wanna-be hanging out with all the legit CBJ Bloggers and fans who serve as my go-to resource for all things hockey and CBJ…BE THERE!!!!

Credit to Dark Blue Jacket

Read more about Cannonfest HERE!

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