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Recent articles by Michael:

If Blue Jackets face Maple Leafs, Jody Shelley smells an upset

Let us for a moment put ourselves on an island where there is no coronavirus, no economic meltdown and no police sirens. There is only one television, a → Read More

Michael Arace | Ex-Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson faces challenge running AHL

Scott Howson, the former Blue Jackets general manager and longtime Edmonton Oilers front-office fixture, was in Boston the night the NBA shut down. It was → Read More

Michael Arace | Search for Columbus’ top athletes uncovers hidden gem

In March, as the coronavirus brought the world to a halt, an old colleague called to solicit an opinion. He was part of a group that was attempting to → Read More

Michael Arace | Columbus has good shot at being host city — if NHL can play

It has been 12 weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic brought American sports to a halt. To ill-fed fans, vulcanized rubber is looking rather delicious now. → Read More

Michael Arace | Baseball can’t lose its standing in these difficult times

In 1845, the "Knickerbocker Rules" were accepted in the New York metropolitan area and baseball began taking shape as the game we recognize today. During the Civil War, Union soldiers from the northeastern part of the country introduced the sport to the South and West.The war, according to the Museum of American History and the American Battlefield trust, among myriad sources, was the integral… → Read More

Michael Arace | Baseball can’t lose its standing in these difficult times

In 1845, the “Knickerbocker Rules” were accepted in the New York metropolitan area and baseball began taking shape as the game we recognize today. During the Civil War, Union soldiers from the northeastern part of the country introduced the sport to the South and West.The war, according to the Museum of American History and the American Battlefield trust, among myriad sources, was the integral… → Read More

Michael Arace | Putting pedal to metal lands teenager in victory lane

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, sports were shut down, saloons were shuttered and we were forced to spend time with our families. Under such trying → Read More

Michael Arace | Leagues must weigh risk against reward

Major League Soccer shut down March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR’s last race before it suspended operations was March 8.The one is a growing league with far-flung designs of being a big player in the world’s game. The other is on the downside of its popularity peak and groping for jumper cables.As is the case with every other professional sport, MLS and NASCAR want to mitigate the… → Read More

Michael Arace | Ever ask a stupid question? Try these on

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, saloons were shuttered and we were forced to spend time with our families. Under such trying conditions, my attorney, → Read More

Michael Arace | Ever ask a stupid question? Try these on

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, saloons were shuttered and we were forced to spend time with our families. Under such trying conditions, my attorney, → Read More

Michael Arace | Wayne Gretzky loves to chat about hockey, including Jackets' epic upset

The quest for Wayne Gretzky's phone number did not go well, not at first. I first tried last month. I was working on a story about how the Edmonton → Read More

Michael Arace | Findlay man traces ties to Tigers’ irascible Ty

The Society of American Baseball Research is at the root of “SABRmetrics” which, in another century, was the term used to describe advanced metrics in baseball. SABR deserves its reputation ― or, depending on your perspective, notoriety ― as a trailblazer in the mathematical expansion of how we view sports. SABR helped start the numbers war, which led to WAR.Yet, since its founding in… → Read More

Michael Arace | Blue Jackets getting up to speed in new normal

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his director of amateur scouting, Ville Siren, are conducting the team’s annual scouting meetings this week. The first session is Wednesday morning.At this point, eight weeks into the NHL’s suspension due to the coronavirus, you don’t have to be Barry Fraser to know what these meetings are going to look like. A raft of Jackets scouts from North… → Read More

Michael Arace | Despite legal victory, US Soccer Federation should reach deal with women’s national team

The mission of the U.S. Soccer Federation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved → Read More

Michael Arace | Don Garber is the right man to steer MLS through stormy seas

Major League Soccer stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars — maybe, more than a billion — due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to stem the flow of red ink, the league is hoping to convene training camps on May 15 and resume playing June 8. So many questions — like, when will fans be able to spin the turnstiles? — remain.Commissioner Don Garber is the perfect man to steer MLS through… → Read More

Michael Arace | Columbus may be among hubs in NHL restart

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman submitted last week to a wide-ranging interview with Sportsnet, the Canadian sports media outlet. In the midst of it, he → Read More

Michael Arace | Peter Karmanos’ scheme to house NHL team at airport never got off the ground

In the absence of sports and with the shuttering of saloons, many of us are now forced to spend time with our families (as we ride out the COVID-19 → Read More

Michael Arace | Peter Karmanos’ scheme to house NHL team at airport never got off the ground

In the absence of sports and with the shuttering of saloons, many of us are now forced to spend time with our families (as we ride out the COVID-19 pandemic). Under such trying conditions, my attorney, Randy Kilbride, has advised me to tell tavern stories, to build a big bar rail we can all sidle up to in six-foot intervals. Pull up a stool.Today’s subject is aircraft hangars.Bob Hunter, who… → Read More

Michael Arace | Blue Jackets’ upset of Lightning echoed Oilers’ 1981 stunner

Brian Hedger, our fine Blue Jackets beat writer, on Saturday put the finishing touches on an oral history of last year’s first-round upset of the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a chronicle of the first time in NHL history that a Presidents’ Trophy winner was swept from the first round of the playoffs. It was an all-time stunner.We’ve groped for analogies over the past couple of weeks. Brian… → Read More

Michael Arace | Delayed virus response in Europe provides stark lesson

There was an article in The Dispatch on March 29 that puts in perspective the relationship of professional sports to the global pandemic. It was an Associated Press report under the headline “The virus in Europe.” The story is, essentially, all anyone needs to know about the caprice of the coronavirus.The story was about a Champions League game, Spain’s Valencia vs. Italy’s Atalanta, played in… → Read More