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614Sports: #SaveTheCrew jerseys are mysterious, available for pre-sale

jimmy lentz



Good afternoon, here is the latest with sports in the (614)…

Moving South in the Winter

It’s said that money can’t buy happiness, but Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter is hoping it can help replace 31 goals and 10 assists last season from now former Crew SC offensive stars Ola Kamara and Justin Meram. While Mr. Kamara was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, Mr. Meram was just traded to Orlando City SC—a team that finished tied for second to last in points in the Eastern Conference in 2017—for more than $1 million in allocation money (general and targeted) spread through 2019, as well as an international spot on the roster.

Reportedly, part of the motivation for Mr. Meram’s trade request was due to the uncertainty of Crew SC’s status in Columbus following this season. However, concerning the relocation issue, as Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend!” Local investors are rumored to have been brought back into negotiations in this fluid, ongoing situation.

FYI – Crew SC defensive midfielder and Gahanna’s favorite son Wil Trapp captained the USMNT this past Sunday in a nil-nil friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, California alongside fellow club teammates Zac Steffen and Gyasi Zardes.

#SaveTheCrew is Getting Personal(ized)

The determined and ever-evolving #SaveTheCrew movement has made their customized jersey available for pre-sale on their website, Dubbed “The Community Kit” and priced at $75, the jersey’s various design features will be strategically revealed in the coming days and weeks. Check their website to pre-order now and to start unlocking the secrets to this exciting new locally sponsored jersey for the 2018 MLS season starting February 1.

OSU Was Boom-Shaka-Lacking at the Buzzer

Following an 82-79 NBA Jam-like finish against Penn State last week in Columbus that snapped Ohio State’s 9-game conference winning streak, the Buckeyes (18-5, 9-1) next battle the Indiana Hoosiers (12-10, 5-5) at home tonight. Dropping four spots in the national rankings, the #17 Buckeyes find themselves in what could be a telling game for their forthcoming February slate. After struggling in two consecutive Big Ten matchups against Nebraska and Penn State, the men in scarlet and gray need to reassert their dominance through balanced scoring and distribution, plus tighter defense on the perimeter (Penn State was 11-14 from 3) with fundamental precision. Tip-off between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Schott broadcasted on ESPN 2.

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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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