Columbus fans get NHL experience despite lockout

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Columbus fans get NHL experience despite lockout

Since CBA negotiations began during the offseason, hockey fans haven't had much to look forward to. But leave it to Columbus Blue Jackets fans to find a way make the best of an unfortunate situation.

If the 2012-13 season had actually started on time, the Blue Jackets would have played the Canucks on Friday night. So a local Columbus bar decided that their team would in fact play Vancouver on the originally scheduled night. But this time, it wouldn't be in an arena or wth actual athletes. Oh, and the game would be through an Xbox simulation.

But if the whole fake-game thing isn't really up your alley, maybe this will be: Fans got a special surprise when the team's radio announcers showed up to call the game.

Could you imagine walking into a Chicago bar and hearing Jim Cornelison singing the National Anthem? Or Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling a game? I bet a whole lot of Chicagoans would pack a Blackhawks bar for that.

Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, they lost the simulated game.

But I'd bet the fans were happy just to feel excited again over their hometown team. Maybe more cities should create these types of events to attract hockey fans and bring them out of their lockout depression.

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The Cubs headed to Cincinnati in style Thursday night for their final regular-season series of the season.

In what may or may not be the last themed trip of the year implemented by Joe Maddon, Cubs players sported NFL jerseys while they hit the road and some of them are unique.

Kris Bryant went old school with a retro Mike Ditka home jersey while David Ross and Pedro Strop rocked the Bo Jackson home and away Oakland Raiders jersey:

Five Cubs players wore Walter Payton jerseys to represent the Bears:

Here is the full team picture, courtesy of Ross' Twitter account:

 

Other notables: Jason Heyward in a Cam Newton jersey, Jon Lester in a Matt Ryan jersey and the Cubs rookies in cheerleader outfits. Priceless.