What you missed in Columbus for Jan. 13

Joel Oliphint
Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins blocks a shot by the Golden Knights' Cody Eakin on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Merzlikins made 27 saves in a 3-0 victory for his first NHL shutout.

Saturday marked the warmest Jan. 11 in history, topping out at 71 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the previous record of 66 degrees had stood for 130 years until this past weekend. Friday, Jan. 10, set a record, too: The low temperature of 45 was the highest low since 43 degrees back in 1960. Anyway, nothing to see here. Everything is fine.


USA Today ran a feature on the many international cuisine options in Columbus, using Columbus Food Adventures as its guide. "The enthusiasm over authentic ethnic food in Ohio’s capital is spreading rapidly, and the growing interest is well-founded," write the article's authors, Mike and Wendy Pramik. "In a state where immigrants account for roughly 4% of the 11.7 million population, Columbus' foreign-born population is nearly triple that, accounting for more than 11% of the city's roughly 896,000 residents, according to DataUSA."  


The Ohio State men's basketball team continued its skid; the Buckeyes dropped their fourth game in a row, losing to Indiana 66-54. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, continued their unlikely turnaround, beating the Golden Knights in Vegas 3-0, with rookie goalie Elvis Merzlikins recording his first shutout. The Jackets "are now 11-2-4 since losing four straight games in regulation (Nov. 30 to Dec. 7) and have put themselves squarely back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite a hospital ward full of injured bodies," says the Dispatch's Brian Hedger