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jimmy lentz

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CBJ Seek Road Win with a Capital W

Securing the #1 Wild Card spot in in the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to compete against fellow Metro Division foe Washington Capitals. The regular season series resulted in a 1-3 record for the CBJ, yet Columbus and Washington both scored 12 goals each in those four games. Having said that, the first round of the NHL playoffs for the Blue Jackets will be an uphill challenge with the potential of “anything can happen.”

Will something crazy happen? As the unlikable-at-first prep school hockey coach said in D3: The Mighty Ducks, it takes less than a second to score a goal. How many seconds are there in 60 minutes/one game’s time?

The Columbus Blue Jackets travel to our nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals tomorrow night at the Capital One Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio and the USA Network in Game 1 of the first-round in the Eastern Conference playoffs. And next week’s return games in Columbus will not only generate excitement among CBJ fans, but Arena District businesses are hopeful the city of Columbus will win on-and-off the ice.

OSU Football: Just $5 for Spring’s Kickoff

Fitting for a spring that can’t decide if it’s going to be warm or cold, the 2018 Ohio State Spring Game’s leading story is the 3-way competition for one of the most prized jobs in the entire state: Ohio State’s starting quarterback.

Underclassmen Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell, along with upperclassman Joe Burrow have been vying for the QB spot following J.T. Barrett’s departure. The Spring Game this weekend provides a golden opportunity for a breakout moment for one (or all) of these three quarterbacks, plus with a variety of players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. One way or another, the Buckeyes will be a different team come fall.

Plus, another men’s lacrosse “Showdown at the Shoe” (Ohio State vs. That Team Up North) will precede the football game at 11 a.m.

The Ohio State Spring Game is this Saturday in the Horseshoe at 1:45 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. General admission tickets are $5 with access to both the lacrosse and football games.

Chris Holtmann Is a ★★★★★ Recruiter 

The 2017/2018 Ohio State men’s basketball team surpassed all pre-season expectations. The Buckeyes were consistently ranked in the top-tier of the Big Ten conference. And that sustained success is already paying big dividends for head coach Chris Holtmann.

Reportedly, Alonzo Gaffney–a five-star 6’9” junior at Garfield Heights High School in the Cleveland area—has committed to play for the Buckeyes. Like his size, this recruit is huge for the program. Mr. Gaffney is the first glimpse into what the Holtmann era at Ohio State will look like moving forward via recruiting, which is a big, athletic step in the right direction.

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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.

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."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzYvWnQjX8Z/

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."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzZGtn0I14w/

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

https://twitter.com/TheNasher61/status/1145732884545855488
https://twitter.com/arnottky/status/1145831127137083392
https://twitter.com/hotspurjp/status/1145821295055134722

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:

https://twitter.com/LucasLightle/status/1145857203401830400

Compared to Bob:

https://twitter.com/CBJAlex_lax/status/1145821585812668419

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

https://twitter.com/keepaofdabonez/status/1145827442113810433
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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.

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!

https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118331493229613062
https://twitter.com/SportzzTweetzz/status/1118330638124441601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118330638124441601&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/AzorcanGlobal/status/1118310586821910528
https://twitter.com/Blockaid1/status/1118340632127340545
https://twitter.com/AndrewBerkshire/status/1118326438237736963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118326438237736963&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118346707044007936
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsPR/status/1118330341964562432
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118329858457833472
https://twitter.com/ColumbusGov/status/1118330600560025602
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118342527244021761
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