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614 Sports: OSU Men’s shocking win, CBJ losing streak

jimmy lentz



Here’s the latest commotion in the 614 sports-o-sphere.

It Was “Boiler Up!” at Purdue, but OSU Put the Hammer Down

Excitement boiled over late Wednesday night as #14 Ohio State men’s basketball (21-5, 12-1) took control of the driver’s seat in the Big Ten by shocking the #3 Purdue Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1) in the rockin’ Mackey Arena 64-63. Despite trailing by double-digits in the second half, plus dealing with foul trouble from stars Kaleb Wesson and Jae’Sean Tate, the Buckeyes clawed back until the very end. Keita Bates-Diop’s second-chance effort with 2.8 seconds left in the game was the go-ahead bucket after Purdue’s 7-2 giant Isaac Haas missed a dramatic fade-away in the closing moment. Purdue’s 19-game winning streak was snapped as a result of OSU’s relentless effort, a surprisingly efficient smaller lineup, and balanced scoring from its starters and players off the bench. Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes have now bested a top-3 team for the second time this season. Be sure to check out The Ohio State Buckeyes as they host the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

P.S. After winning a Divided House bet, Boilermakers are on me this weekend.

Washington Capitals (Last-Minute) Punishment Against CBJ

In a game that was unfortunately capped by Washington’s Nicklas Bäckström’s 200th NHL goal in the final minute of action, the Blue Jackets (58 points) lost 3-2 to the Capitals (67 points) Tuesday night in Columbus. The CBJ will be hoping it’s not déjà vu in their trip to Washington tomorrow. Nursing a 4-game losing streak, the Blue Jackets need a statement win to turn their luck around. The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Washington Capitals tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena on Fox Sports Ohio.

Crew SC: A Hashtag’s Movement from the Digital Space to a Practical Effect

“The Community Kit” by the #SaveTheCrew movement revealed yet another component of their customized jersey today.

(Image can be found on #SaveTheCrew’s twitter account)

While the Crew SC relocation issue remains in flux, the determination of fans to keep their soccer club in its central Ohio home remains steadfast and inspiring. And while social media has its fair share of positive and negative aspects, it just may be a leading partner in saving a massive city’s sports team and, ultimately, America’s soccer capital and identity.

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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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