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OSU Basketball: From OH-YEAH to Oh-It Happened Again…

The Ohio State women’s basketball team lived up to their #1 seed in the B1G Ten Tournament this past weekend with a 79-69 win against the second-seed Maryland Terrapins in yesterday’s championship game. Fueled by an explosive second quarter (outscored Terrapins 27-9) and a game total 25 points from star guard #3 Kelsey Mitchell, the Buckeyes cut down the nets in Indy. Ohio State fans are hoping this exercise in chopping nylon is just the rehearsal for the forthcoming madness in March…

And it may be fair to say the Ohio State men’s basketball team will be content with their seeding for March Madness just as long as Penn State isn’t within a hundred miles of them.

Yes, it happened again.

Penn State’s wildly dramatic buzzer-beating 3 at the Schott back in late January was followed up with a game-winning two-pointer with just seconds remaining in the B1G Ten Tournament’s quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden this past Friday, with the Nittany Lions deflating Buckeyes fans like footballs prepped for Tom Brady.

After his spectacular 3-pointer at IU to win the game, guard #3 C.J. Jackson curiously left his man for a soft double-team against the Nittany Lions in the B1G Ten Tournament, leaving his man wide-open for an easy go-ahead-bucket. However, just as Penn State repeated history to some extent, hopefully the same will happen for Mr. Jackson regarding his thrilling 3-pointer in Bloomington for Ohio State at some point later this month.

OSU Wrestlers Are the B1G Men on Campus

What’s better than one B1G Ten Championship? According to Ohio State’s wrestling team, the answer is two. Over the weekend in East Lansing, the Buckeyes earned their second consecutive conference title. Moreover, Ohio State has won 3 B1G Ten titles during the past 4 seasons. Led by world-class wrestler Kyle Snyder, the Buckeyes proved they are the best in a conference loaded with top, nationally-ranked programs (Iowa, Penn State, That Team Up North).

The NCAA wrestling championships will be March 15-17 just up the road in Cleveland. Ohio State will be represented by ten wrestlers in scarlet and gray.

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper



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 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.

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."

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



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.

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



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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