A Win, Win, Win Scenario


Two venues were sold out, a third, on a chilly March afternoon was close, and fans at all three got to see the home team win. What a Sunday it was in Columbus, as the Crew opened their season before 17,473 in Mapre Stadium, with a 1-0 win over New York FC thanks to a goal in the 56th minute by Lucas Zelarayan. Shortly after that game ended, the Basketball Buckeyes played before a sold out crowd of 18,809 at the Schottenstein Center and beat rival Michigan 77-63. The game was tied at 54 with just under seven minutes to go, when the Buckeyes exploded, outscoring the Wolverines 23-9 the rest of the way. Guards Duane Washington and CJ Walker led the way. Washington had a career high 20 points, with 6 rebounds and 3 assists and Walker scored 15, all in the second half, with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Ohio State (20-9, 10-8 Big Ten) has now won 8 of its last 10, after losing 6 of 7 in January. Not long after the Buckeyes won, the puck dropped in Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets, before 18,378 in a sold out Nationwide Arena, took on Vancouver. It looked like the Columbus sports fan would have to settle for two wins until the CBJ put together a historic rally. Trailing 3-1 with under 8 minutes left, lightning struck as Riley Nash, Zach Werenski, and Emil Bemstrom scored goals in rapid fire fashion to give the Jackets a 4-3 lead. Gus Nyquist capped off the comeback with an empty net goal as the Jackets won 5-3. In all, 54,660 fans were on hand at the three venues and saw three Columbus wins. That's a pretty cool day. Check out some of the sights and sounds below.