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jimmy lentz

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CBJ: W-W-W-W-W-W-W-Will This Continue?

A 5-4 OT win against the Boston Bruins last night extends the CBJ’s winning streak to eight. With nine games remaining in the regular season, and the Blue Jackets hanging onto one of the two Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference, Columbus may be hitting their stride at the right time. Plus, by scoring in four consecutive games, center #38 Boone Jenner is establishing his own impressive streak on the ice. And with a win later today, the Blue Jackets could surpass the Philadelphia Flyers for third-place in the Metro Division.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (85 points) remain in the northeast to play the New York Rangers (72 points) tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

Ohio State Falls to Chippewas: The Final Four Quarters for OSU Women’s B-Ball

Taking full advantage of playing their first NCAA Tournament game at St. John Arena in Columbus, the Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the 14-seed George Washington Colonials 87-45 this past Saturday afternoon. However, the Buckeyes were shocked last night in the very same St. John Arena as the 11-seed Central Michigan Chippewas unceremoniously defeated the scarlet and gray 95-78. Sparked by a dominating second quarter (outscoring OSU 25-6), Central Michigan ended the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s fantastic season that included a B1G Ten Tournament title. But sadly, the Buckeyes will only be spectators for the women’s Final Four being played—that’s right—here in Columbus.

Pinning Down Kyle Snyder’s Legacy

While the collegiate career of the amazing Snyder-Man is complete, his legacy will continue to build from this point forward. Ohio State’s star heavyweight-class wrestler Kyle Snyder claimed his third NCAA championship in Cleveland this past weekend versus the Wolverine Adam Coon, that beast up north who had 60-pounds on the Buckeye champion. And despite not being a football or basketball star, Mr. Snyder has received comparable treatment by the local media in recent months for his achievements.

Let’s celebrate the NCAA and Olympics champion for his remarkable accomplishments. Kyle Snyder will go down as a wrestling legend who we can proudly say wore the scarlet and gray for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

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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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