Best of Sports
Best Team in Ohio
Our local boys of summer won the triple-A national championship the past two seasons—more titles than all the supposed major-league Ohio teams have won in the last two decades. Combined.
Best Reason to Buy Blue Jackets Tickets
NHL All-Star Game
The hockey world will descend on Nationwide Arena for the 2013 NHL All-Star Game. You can bet that lots of season-ticket signups are less interested in the last-place Jackets and instead hoping to attend just one game in January.
Best New Gig
After years of on-field excellence, retired Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk has taken to the streets as the team’s likeable, longhaired brand ambassador.
Best New Team
Nearly a decade after the Landsharks left for Phoenix, professional lacrosse is back in the Capital City.
Best Use of Skills You Really Learned in College
Ultimate Frisbee has gone pro. The Columbus Cranes, one of eight teams in the fledgling American Ultimate Disc League, has made its home at Westerville Central High School’s stadium.
Best Ballpark Snack
Rooting for the home team at Huntington Park also means enjoying local food and drink—beer from Columbus Brewing Co., wings from Roosters, ribs from City Barbeque. You can even get locally roasted peanuts. A hometown edition of the classic baseball snack comes courtesy of Krema Nut Co. Before Clippers games, fans can grab 8-oz. bags of salted in-shell peanuts for a paltry $1.75 from a cart at the northeast corner of Neil Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard.
Best Olympic Hopeful
Holley Mangold, the little sister of former Buckeye Nick Mangold, has made it clear she wants to step
out of the shadow of her kin and earn her own gold medal. The 22-year-old will get her shot this summer in London as a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s weightlifting team.
Best Draft Pick
Buckeye star Sammy Prahalis was selected sixth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA draft in April. Through June 19, she was averaging more than nine points in 30 minutes per game.