Hello, friends, and welcome back for the 19th installment of the mailbag. Reminder: you can send your questions to @RobMixer anytime, and we'll try and get together every Thursday or Friday.
What are some of your favorite food trucks in Columbus?
I don’t want to offend anyone by leading off with a food question, do I? I’m KIDDING.
So we’ll start with a food question.
Maybe it’s because we’re spoiled here in Columbus with so many great food trucks, but it’s really hard to narrow it down to a list of favorites. Explorers Club, which is now posted up inside Zauber Brewing in Grandview, is one of this town’s best (I think I've said this before, but seriously, go there).
Also, I’m a big fan of Ajumama and OH! Burgers. We may as well throw in the Hot Chicken Takeover food truck, because that means one thing: chicken bites. Those super-spicy chicken nuggets might be at the top of my guilty pleasures list right now. Dunk them in some of HCT’s house made ranch and I’m taking an afternoon nap.
One that I'm anxious to try? Porketta. Their Instagram account makes me hungry at least once daily.
Feels like more local anticipation about this team than ever before. You think the players have taken note? Does it affect them?
We've said something similar every year for the last three, right? Expectations and hype are part of the business and professional athletes are used to it, but when you think you’re on the cusp and you know what you’re capable of, the buzz can become unmistakable. That’s not to say it’s a distraction by any means, but there comes a point when the players are tired of talking and just want to play meaningful games.
We’re at that point right now.
The talk and the hype can energize you, but what really fuels these guys is disappointment and the hunger that’s born from it. They’re still seething about how 2014-15 unfolded.
Frederick S Cairo II (@CBJFan71_72_24)
Other than hockey, what is your favorite part about fall?
Pumpkin spice lattes.
Ha! You thought I was serious. I did, however, have my very first “PSL” last week. Seriously. I thought I could avoid the noise forever, but apparently not. It smelled so good and I had no choice but to try it out, just to see if it actually tasted like pumpkin.
Spoiler: it doesn’t, but it still tastes good.
My favorite part about fall – outside of the NHL getting started again – is that it's pretty much the peak time on the sports calendar. The MLB postseason is in full swing, the NBA is getting ready to go, the NFL is a Sunday ritual and I can comfortably trade my golf clubs for the cable remote to watch it all happen.
Who do you think is having a not-so-great camp, yet is still in?
Honestly? No one.
Todd Richards was asked the other day if guys like Kerby Rychel, William Karlsson and others have done enough to impress him and potentially earn a spot on the roster. His answer was this:
“They’re still here. They’re still in the lineup and still playing games. If they weren’t in that consideration…they wouldn’t be here.”
The players remaining in camp have earned it, plain and simple. With the NHL roster deadline coming up, the Blue Jackets have some decisions to make, and based on the number of players still here (and everyone’s relatively healthy), I’d say that’s a good sign. It’s been a competitive camp, and those trying to make a push are aware that it’s going to take something special to play their way on to the 23-man roster.