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Crew SC Has Seen Enough of La La Land This Summer

The game against the LA Galaxy this past Saturday night was a homecoming for Columbus Crew SC’s #11 Gyasi Zardes as he returned to his hometown to face his former club, as well as former Crew forward #11 Ola Kamara.

And there was also this 6’5” beast on the pitch—basically a giant for a field player in soccer—named #9 Zlatan Ibrahimović on the Galaxy squad.

Unfortunately, the LA Galaxy pounded Columbus Crew SC 4-nil. Coupled with the 2-nil loss against LAFC in So Cal on June 23, Crew SC is probably content to know there are no more regular season games in California for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.

Despite the 20/20 clarity of the burgeoning VAR technology that has proven to be quite helpful in the World Cup in Russia, this match in LA provided a counter argument—hopefully just an anomaly—to that positive sentiment with a couple questionable calls by VAR as governed by MLS.

These miscues included a #11 Zardes/Galaxy own-goal that was reversed about a minute after LA went up 1-nil late the first half, as well as a curious penalty that was given to the Galaxy following review in the second half.

Regardless, Crew SC played poorly once again in Los Angeles this summer.

Columbus Crew SC (30 points) stay on the road as they travel across the country to play New York City FC (34 points) at Yankee Stadium this Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET.

#SaveTheCrew

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Clippers: Columbus Looks to Hit Another Grand Slam as Host

The Bad News: The Columbus Clippers are nursing a 3-game losing streak courtesy of a recent road trip in Indianapolis this past weekend in which the good guys were outscored 17-6 over three games.

The Better News: Despite the current losing streak, the Clippers are just four games out of first place in the International League West to its in-state rival Toledo Mud Hens.

The Great News: Still beaming from the success of hosting the entertaining 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four, Columbus is ready to host the Triple-A All-Star Game this week at Huntington Park.

Catcher Francisco Mejia and outfielder Brandon Barnes will represent the hometown Clippers for the International League team.

The Orange Crush Home Run Derby & Skills Competition is tonight starting at 6 p.m. The Triple-A All-Star Game is this Wednesday at Huntington Park with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

Ohio Machine Finally Has a Sunny Disposition on the Road

The Ohio Machine did something this past Saturday they haven’t done since May 12:

Win.

The 13-11 victory against the Florida Launch in the Sunshine State earned Ohio its third victory of the season and its first road win of the 2018 campaign that snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The Ohio Machine (3-8) return home to host the Atlanta Blaze (4-6) this Saturday at Fortress Obetz at 6 p.m.

P.S. Mark your calendars as the Ohio Machine will feature a craft beer festival called “Gears & Beers” on Thursday, July 26. It starts at 5:30 p.m. before the home game at Fortress Obetz at 7 p.m.

  • Beer festival and LAX ticket packages start at $45.
  • 10 Columbus breweries will be represented.
  • 5 oz. souvenir sampling mug and lanyard included.
  • 12 taste tickets.

For more details, call 614-754-1973 or visit theohiomachine.com.

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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

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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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