the Columbus Blue Jackets they are just one victory away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. And they could do it in a sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning, winner of trophies of the Presidents, which has won the record.
It's okay. Top-seeded Lightning, who was the team with the highest score in the NHL during the regular season, could fall to the Columbus wild card after being outscored 12-5 so far in the first round of the series.
And with the possibility of a sweep, the Nationwide Arena staff in Columbus had to consider what many would have thought unthinkable a few weeks ago: whether to let Columbus fans bring brooms to the arena.
Security has asked us to remind you that due to security concerns, you can not bring a broom to the stadium tonight. #CBJ
– Nationwide Arena (@NationwideArena) April 16, 2019
Using a broom to celebrate the sweep of a series is a traditional sporting tradition. But the fans of the jackets would not be denied. First, fans asked if a cleaning game for children would be allowed.
What's wrong with a small broom? One designed for toys. pic.twitter.com/ggCjGaVMxZ
– ? Sam Ward ? (@ Alakazam318) April 16, 2019
Then, a fan suggests this foam broom, in the same style as the foam fingers, to convey the message.
– Betty Keller (@ MChili3) April 16, 2019
Brooms are a legitimate safety concern, since they could be used as weapons or cause someone to stumble. Technically, they fall into the category of prohibited items in the Nationwide Arena guidelines, which include canes and sticks for selfie.
Maybe dust bins could be a way to get around the rules.
Maybe if those dust trays fit in a 14 "x 14" x 6 "bag, the size allowed by the sand will be allowed in.
Photo of the headline: @ BlueJacketsNHL