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Memorial Tournament: The Greatest Handshake in Golf

The entertaining 2018 Memorial Tournament was gifted the finale it deserved on a beautiful, rain-free Sunday afternoon with margins between competitors that were as razor-thin as the pristinely cut grass on Jack’s beautiful course in Dublin, Ohio.

The three-player playoff between Byeong Hun An, Bryson DeChambeau and Kyle Stanley resulted in the latter falling short in the first round of the sudden death playoff. Despite a fantastic shot to get out of the rough by Mr. An, Mr. DeChambeau won with a putt during the second round of the playoffs.

In addition to winning the tournament—which included a $1.602 million reward—Bryson DeChambeau received a very special congratulation, as is tradition for the Memorial.

The greatest statement in Jack’s congratulatory handshake and televised conversation with the Memorial winner is that this Hallmark-worthy moment uniquely showcases the best of the past, present and future talent in the sport of golf.

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Zardes, Crognale & Higuaín Saved the Crew in the 2018 Trillium Cup Finale

An epic comeback fueled by an epic collapse by MAPFRE Stadium-hating #4 Michael Bradley made for a 2018 Trillium Cup finale to remember this past weekend in Columbus.

Crew SC is now riding an eight-game unbeaten wave.

Due to a red card against Federico Higuaín in last weekend’s game against Sporting KC that was ultimately rescinded, the Crew’s #10 started this past weekend against Canadian rivals Toronto FC. This was good news fairness-wise and great news statistically speaking.

Falling behind 3-nil in the 57th minute to Toronto FC, the Crew started its thrilling comeback when #11 Gyasi Zardes out-jumped Toronto’s Michael Bradley for a header deep inside Toronto’s 18 that rattled the back of the net in the 67th minute to cut the Crew’s deficit to 3-1.

A beautiful free kick by Federico Higuaín with a designed header back along the six by #3 Josh Williams was met by Michael Bradley’s poor first touch that #21 Alex Crognale took advantage of by charging towards the near post to blast the Crew’s second goal of the game (his first MLS goal) in the 81st minute to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the final minutes of the match, the metaphorical rain became a downpour for Michael Bradley when he was rightly called for a penalty against Gyasi Zardes. The Crew’s #10 buried the penalty in the 90th minute to tie the game at 3-3 that—combined with the Crew’s 2-nil season opening win at Toronto—was enough to crown Columbus the annual Trillium Cup champions.

Columbus Crew SC (26 points in MLS) remain at home to host the Chicago Fire (17 points in MLS) this Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium at 7 p.m. for the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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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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