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Clippers + Bats = New Winning Streak?

9-1 and 2-1 Sunday losses at home to the Buffalo Bisons keeps the Columbus Clippers on the wrong side of the .500 mark after 60 games. While these consecutive results were a bummer for Columbus, a trip down to Kentucky for a few games this week against the struggling Louisville Bats—the worst team in the league—should statistically ease the pain of the aforementioned defeats with opportunities for a few wins on the road.

The Clippers can’t catch the West-leading Toledo Mud Hens (38-23) in one series. However, the Clippers are only three games behind the second place Indianapolis Indians (32-28), which is the team Columbus hosts for a three-game series this upcoming weekend.

For Columbus, this could be a big week for shifting the International League West standings in their favor leading into summer.

The Columbus Clippers (29-31) are in Kentucky for a four-game series against the Louisville Bats (22-36) starting tonight with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

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Crew SC: Representing America’s Hardest Working Teams

Though they were missing the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) call-ups Wil Trapp (USMNT captain) and Zack Steffen, Columbus Crew SC successfully neutralized the New York Red Bulls 1-1 at MAPFRE Stadium this past Saturday night to extend its unbeaten streak to nine games.

The Crew’s #9 Pedro Santos rattled the Red Bulls early in the match by rattling the crossbar on a free kick in the 15th minute. But it was #11 Gyasi Zardes who headed home his 10th goal of the season from a cross by wingback #25 Harrison Afful that gave the Crew a 1-nil lead in the 26th minute.

However, the Red Bulls equalized the game at 1-1 in the 57th minute when the Crew’s backup keeper #24 Jon Kempin was beaten to a crossing ball that New York’s #19 Alex Muyl headed into the back of the net.

A nice scene off the pitch was the cheerful boost Crew fans received from FC Cincinnati fans who made the trip to MAPFRE Stadium in support of the #SaveTheCrew movement.

There were pleasant interactions between both fan bases over the weekend, yet the hope is that the future relationship between Columbus and Cincinnati fans will be a hellish one.

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Columbus Crew SC (27 points) remain at home to host the Easter Conference-leading Atlanta United (30 points) this Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium at 7:30 p.m., which will feature the top two leading scorers in MLS in Josef Martínez (13) and Gyasi Zardes (10). The game will be televised on Spectrum Sports.

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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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