Ray Stein‘s Mailbox | Blue Jackets want to begin successful, or begin packing

Mr. Stein: After watching Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky play his heart out in (Friday’s) loss to Philadelphia, and listening to coach John Tortorella saying he doesn’t know why the team played so bad in an important game, and then reading in your paper that the players were satisfied with getting a point, I believe it’s time for us to make Cavaliers-like trades in the coming weeks.

Two points in each of the next 21 games should be what they expect to do, not what they hope to do. This team has excuses for not playing well — too young, too tired, injured stars. But they are playing hockey for big money and their excuses are exhausting.

They went from the best team in the NHL last year for 16 games to an expansion-like team satisfied with a point! They need to quit playing in awe of the other team and play like they are a team to beat! Let’s get players who want to play hard every night!

William Fulcher, Columbus

William: I’m not saying the Jackets couldn’t use an infusion of scoring ability and/or spunk at the trading deadline, but I’m also certain they won’t deal their best cards. I also would advise not getting caught up in the notion of their being “satisfied” with a point. Considering the alternative, one is better than none.


Editor: It’s February in Columbus. Or, as the Blue Jackets say, quitting time.

I read in the (Feb. 10) paper where captain Nick Foligno said the team is “fragile.” ’Nuff said. Time to watch basketball.

Warren M. Enders, Westerville

Warren: Speaking for myself, I can think of many previous seasons that were lost causes by mid-February. I mean, it’s not Buffalo.


Editor: Chris Holtmann is coaching the most improved team in OSU basketball history, and Rob Oller (in a Tuesday column) asks Seth Greenberg to evaluate him?

Greenberg was a head coach for 22 years, had a sub-.500 record and won one NCAA game. He is famous for two things: Complaining that his team should have been the worst team in the tournament but was left out, and rejecting the son of the best player in Virginia Tech history as a recruit.

The coach who rejected Steph Curry is not the one to evaluate the man who won four NCAA games before he gave OSU fans the miracle 2018 season.

Lee Caryer, Columbus

Lee: For one thing, Greenberg won 90 more games than he lost in his career. For another, these days he gets paid to watch college basketball, so why wouldn’t his opinion matter? And lastly, the list of college coaches who didn’t offer Steph Curry could fill a wing of the hall of fame.


Editor: I went to a talk given by a professor from That School Up North who is an expert on the Icelandic sagas, but he had nothing to say about the Lord of the Khaki, who despite leading his Warriors with the Odd Looking Helmets on a journey across the wide sea, failed in his quest to crack Brutus the Nut.

What sayest thou?

Jay Hoster, Columbus

Jay: What can I say that you haven’t already said? As they say in Reykjavik, your letter is the raisin at the end of the hot dog.


Editor: I’m bugged by the way Olympic medal listings are arrived at. The nation with the most golds is always first, with the second-most golds being second, etc.

In (Friday’s) listing, the leader had nine golds, the second had six. The second nation, however, had eight silver medals, whereas the first nation had only two. The second nation also had five bronze medals, whereas the first nation had four.

If we rank the medals like this — three points for gold, two for silver and one for bronze — then the listings would change, and the No. 2 nation above would be No. 1.

I think we need to rate the medals differently, for a fairer system for these hard-working athletes on the world’s stage.

Roger Digel-Barrett, Wagram


Editor: Once again, it is time for me to send you my annual letter of complaint about your lack of coverage of University of Cincinnati basketball. (Thursday) night was an important game for the Bearcats. Unfortunately, they lost.

Until that game UC was highly ranked. Don’t you feel that that game should have some coverage? I saw one line about the game. We had two highly ranked schools from Ohio.

I am not asking for equal time for UC coverage, but a prominently placed, (something similar to the coverage you gave to Purdue) short article about the highlights of the game would have been very appropriate and expected by the school’s fans.

Paul Pulsinelli, Lancaster


Editor: While everyone is enjoying the Winter Olympics I wanted to call your attention to how poorly our athletes are treated by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Just 6 percent of the hundreds of millions dollars raised by the committee go to Olympians. Beyond health insurance they may get $1,500 a year. In comparison, foreign competitors are paid a salary by their government that allows them to train full time.

Also, did you know that the Olympic training facilities set up for the various sports are not used by U.S. athletes for the most part but mostly foreign athletes?

Mickey Geslak, Lewis Center


Ray: I am sending this message at halftime of the Cavs vs. OKC game on Feb. 13.

In the first half, LeBron James went out of his way multiple times to extend a hand to a fallen OKC player and pull him up. Total class.

Randy Richardson, Dublin




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