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The Sheen’s 25 Men Put on a Show in Season Premiere   

Nicknamed “the Sheen,” the Ohio Machine is a professional lacrosse team that opened their 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) campaign and sixth-year in the league yesterday afternoon at home under the guidance of head coach and general manager Bear Davis against the New York Lizards.

Prior to face off, the Machine was recognized for winning their first MLL Steinfeld Trophy—the league championship—from last season.

The Sheen play down the road from the Crew SC practice facility in Fortress Obetz, which is the first lacrosse-specific stadium that was built in 2017 with a 6,500-seating capacity. That makes two professional sports teams in Columbus with groundbreaking sport-specific stadiums.

Following a first quarter that began and ended with goals by the Lizards—including a goal with one second left in the quarter—the Machine created permanent separation with eight goals in the second quarter that included a sleek behind-the-back score by #6 Connor Cannizzaro and twelve goals in the second half that cemented a blowout 25-13 Ohio win against New York on a chilly spring day in front of 3,347 fans.

The impressive victory featured a new single-game record for Machine team goals (25), plus a new Machine and MLL single-game record for goals by an individual (11) by the talented and equally humble #1 Marcus Holman.

“Coming out of halftime and getting that one (his sixth of the game), I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to keep shooting,’” Holman said. “And then, again, I was open…just trying to mix-up my shot locations so the goalie couldn’t get a read on where I was shooting.”

Earthquake Registered 1 at MAPFRE Stadium

Courtesy of a blast from right back #25 Harrison Afful in the 27th minute from well inside the California visitor’s 18 on the shooter’s right side with an assist by #10 Federico Higuaín, Crew SC took the first lead of the match this past Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes in MAPFRE Stadium.

But just one minute before halftime, San Jose’s #9 Danny Hoesen equalized the score with an uncontested header.

Fast-forward to second half Crew SC substitute #13 Mike Grella who remained cool under pressure to cleverly tuck his game-winning goal inside San Jose’s near post by settling a cross from #9 Pedro Santos and carefully dribbling between two Earthquake defenders in the 83rd minute.

The Crew’s 2-1 win was their third home victory during this still early 2018 season.

One thing for certain is that Crew SC head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter needs to keep #28 Niko Hansen on the pitch with quality playing time.

Goals should materialize in the coming weeks if Mr. Hansen continues to put himself in great goal-scoring positions, which has been evident throughout the past couple games.

Columbus Crew SC (14 points) will travel across the country to play the struggling Seattle Sounders (4 points) this Saturday at 4 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised on Spectrum Sports.

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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.”

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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



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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