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OSU Men’s B-Ball: Will Playing on Friday Be Lucky (or Unlucky) for #13 Buckeyes?

First, #13 Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann was named the 2018 B1G Ten Coach of the Year. Second, Buckeyes star forward #33 Keita Bates-Diop was named the 2018 B1G Ten Player of the Year, as well as remaining in the hunt as a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Naismith Trophy. The latter recognizes the best men’s college basketball player in the country and Ohio State’s NBA-prospect has an impressive résumé to boast. Third, three Buckeyes earned All-B1G Ten honors: Keita Bates-Diop (First Team), Jae’Sean Tate (Second Team) and Kaleb Wesson (All-Freshman Team).

The second-seed Buckeyes will try to add more shiny hardware at this weekend’s B1G Ten Tournament in Madison Square Garden. #13 Ohio State will play Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network against the winner of tonight’s game between Northwestern and Penn State.

P.S. OSU fans are probably rooting for the Wildcats tonight.

OSU Women’s B-Ball: Will Playing on Friday Be Lucky (or Unlucky) for #13 Buckeyes?

Senior guard #3 Kelsey Mitchell, the B1G Ten Player of the Year as voted by conference coaches, will lead the one-seeded Buckeyes in the B1G Ten Tournament this weekend in Indianapolis. Like the men’s team, three Buckeyes earned first and second team All-B1G Ten honors: Stephanie Mavunga (First Team), Kelsey Mitchell (First Team) and Linnae Harper (Second Team). Ohio State will go into Indy on a 4-game winning streak and a dominating 25-point road win against Penn State.

The #13 Ohio State Buckeyes will play either the Boilermakers or the Scarlet Knights when they take the court Friday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse at noon on BTN2Go.

Crew SC Starts Working for the Cup (of Salvation Away from Anthony Precourt)

With forward #11 Gyasi Zardes acclimating well to his new Midwestern home and midfielder #32 Pedro Santos looking more comfortable in his second year with the club, the new-look Crew SC enter this season with some optimism. And with a healthy combination of new players – young and old – the Black & Gold will be an exciting team to watch. Also keep in mind that, quite possibly, the backbone of the new USMNT with a necessary phoenix-complex (goalie Zack Steffen, defensive midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes) is currently starring for Crew SC right here in Columbus.

It’s almost as if Columbus is a critically important soccer city in the United States…

Columbus Crew SC kicks-off their 2018 MLS campaign in a highly-anticipated matchup against the 2017 MLS Cup champion Toronto FC in Canada on the same BMO Field where their 2017 season ended. The game is this Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC 6 WSYX and Spectrum Sports.

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper

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The fears all season finally came to fruition for the Columbus Blue Jackets as star winger Artemi Panarin and star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky both signed to new teams on July 1, the first day of free agency in the NHL.

Panarin will be suiting up for the New York Rangers now as the highest paid winger in the league, reports ESPN. Bobrovsky took his talents to the Florida Panthers on a seven year contract, reports NHL.com. Additionally, center Matt Duchene signed with the Nashville Predators.

After the best playoff run in franchise history, both Panarin, affectionately known as The Bread Man, and Bobrovsky, Bob for short, took to social media to thank Columbus one last time before heading to their new squads.

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Bob was the first of the day to announce his move.

“I decided to move on. I write my own story and today that’s my decision. I want to thank fans from the bottom of my heart for all support and excitement during my 7 years in CBJ. I want to thank city of Columbus. This city has been treating me and my family very well, no matter what.”

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Dear CBJ fans I have decided to move on. It was very fun road. We have done lots of good things for my time in CBJ and wish this team and city nothing but the Best! Yes we didn’t reach our goal but we became a really good competitive team. I decided to move on. I write my own story and today that’s my decision. I want to thank fans from the bottom of my heart for all support and excitement during my 7 years in CBJ. I want to thank city of Columbus. This city has been treating me and my family very well, no matter what. I want to say thank to my teammates. I wouldn’t achieve anything without you guys. It’s been a pleasure to work and compete with you shoulder to shoulder. I want to say thank you to entire Blue Jackets organization, all coaches I worked with and everyone from the stuff. Columbus will stay in my heart forever. Дорогие фанаты CBJ. Я принял решение двигаться дальше. Это было интересное путешествие. Мы сделали много хороших вещей и я желаю Коламбусу дальнейшего развития и успехов. Да мы не добились главного, но мы стали сильной боеспособной командой. Я принял решение двигаться дальше. Каждый из нас пишет свою историю и сегодня это мое решение. От всего сердца я хочу поблагодарить вас за вашу поддержку и любовь за все время моего пребывания в CBJ. Я хочу поблагодарить город Коламбус за радушный приём. Я хочу поблагодарить своих партеров по команде. Без вас я ничего бы не добился. Для меня было большим удовольствием выходить на игры и бороться за победы плечом к плечу с вами. Хочу поблагодарить весь клуб Blue jackets, тренерский штаб и весь обслуживающий персонал. Коламбус навсегда останется жить в моем сердце.

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Shortly after, Panarin announced his decision, too.

“I was very happy to play for Columbus. I hope you won’t be too mad at me😉 You live only once.”

And as always, fans had opinions. Some chose to focus on the good times we had. And, boy, were those times good.

Others weren’t as gentle. It’s all apart of the healing process, Columbus. We’ll get through this together. That being said, it seems like there’s different emotions for Panarin’s departure compared to Bob’s.

Example for Panarin:

Compared to Bob:

But in reality, this pretty much sums up all of yesterday for Jackets fans.

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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

Mitch Hooper

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I’m no hockey expert, but then again, I’m not ignorant to the sport. I’m aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C’mon, give me some credit, I’m a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I’ve played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don’t misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I’m not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I’m saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

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I understand I can’t make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren’t sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn’t persuasive enough, here’s an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It’s compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn’t from Columbus, but he’s a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We’ll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it’s clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Twitter Reacts: CBJ sweep Lightning in historic win

Mike Thomas

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Last night, the Columbus Bluejackets finished their perfect sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with an emphatic game four win in Nationwide arena. It was without question the single biggest win in franchise history, sending the Jackets to the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever. But of course, you already knew that.

For your consideration (and to soothe your post-celebration hangover/exhaustion) here’s a roundup of some of the spiciest memes and reactions to the Jackets big win!

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