Week 3 Observations

I held off another week on getting DirecTV max, but figured I’d supplement my two screens with some streaming games on my monitors. I logged into my account and discovered if you want to stream the ticket, you need to upgrade for that too. It was probably for the best as it’s enough work to avoid the commercials on two screens. I also remembered my trick during the late games from last year, have the volume on one and not the other, and hit mute when the audible one goes to break – the command hits both screens and changes which one’s on without having to change the channels. I know, genius.

Thursday Night Observations

• Irrespective of how Josh McCown’s thumb x-ray turns out, that a 35-year old journeyman who thrived in ideal conditions over a handful of games last year would succeed in a new offense was always farfetched. Mike Glennon might not be the answer but at least Tampa’s asking the right question if he’s playing.

• Bobby Rainey fumbled twice in a 56-14 blowout, yet still managed 41 yards rushing, seven catches and 64 yards receiving. The fumbles could help reinstall Doug Martin when he returns, but I think Rainey’s the better back and doubt he’s going away.

Johansen Contract Saga Getting Ugly

Coming off the best season in franchise history, the future seemed bright for the young Blue Jackets. They had a stacked farm system, an elite goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky, a deep group of defensemen that included future Norris Trophy contender Ryan Murray, and a deeper group of physical, skilled forwards headlined by rising star Ryan Johansen. Sure, Johansen was a restricted free agent, but it’d be crazy to think they wouldn’t get him inked quickly…

Cue the ominous music.

Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, has a penchant for tough negotiations and occasional holdouts, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Johansen is back home in Vancouver instead of in Columbus as training camp begins. But after a fairly quiet summer in which the two sides seemed to make some progress by agreeing to a two-year ‘bridge’ deal, even if they were millions apart in salary, things blew up completely over the last few days, with GM Jarmo Kekalainen and president John Davidson both publicly raking Overhardt over the coals. Davidson even went so far as to reveal what the club has offered Johansen, and that’s where the story really starts to get interesting.