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Claw! Antlers!

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers for winning the American League Pennant! What a great bunch of guys, from the new owners to the GM to the manager to the coaches to the pitchers to the hitters to the fielders to the bench to the trainers and everybody else.

The Rangers have been helping me through the Stars’ off-seasons for a while now. My attention has waxed and waned, I admit, but I’ve been locked in this summer and it’s been a very exciting one.

I hope the Stars can gain some inspiration from what their former co-workers in the Hicks conglomerate have done.

Go Rangers! Good luck in the World Series — we know you can do it!

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Well, hello there.

I’d like to send out a big, heartfelt congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans for winning the Stanley Cup this year. It was a pretty exciting Finals series and the good guys won. The Chicago fans were great and I’m extremely jealous of them.

I have a few random thoughts about the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and I’ve decided not to try to arrange them in any kind of meaningful way. Just so you know, right up front.

• As seen above, and elsewhere, Patrick Sharp is a handsome, handsome man. He’s also a pretty good goal-scorer and a fairly good defensive forward and he shoots right and the ‘Hawks might have to part with somebody important next season. Just puttin’ it out there.

• The Blackhawks have a topnotch site and they pack it with fun videos. This timelapse video of the day of the Stanley Cup parade is pretty cool. You should check out their commercials and their behind-the-scenes videos. The Dallas Stars could learn a thing or two from them. (I’ll rant some other time about the slide into boring that the Stars site has taken.)
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Empty Netters is the best.

Okay, now I’m done.

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Thanks again to Empty Netters.

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You go and do something like this…

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

And TOTALLY REDEEM yourself!

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Stanley Cup 2009

The Stanley Cup is probably the most revered trophy in sports. It’s the most difficult to win, and it’s the ultimate dream of every kid that ever played hockey in his driveway. And every kid that ever played hockey in his driveway was playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

That’s what we have tonight. It’s the pinnacle of the entire hockey season. The Stanley Cup is the reason the National Hockey League even exists and it will be awarded tonight. There’s no tomorrow.

Go Pens!

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Here’s a great montage from the Game 6 pregame show on CBC. The Canadians have a long history with hockey, so their highlight reels are really good. The first 2:30 is the good part.

And here’s something that fascinates me no end. The taping of the stick. And it’s Sidney Crosby doing it. Looks like he’s done it a few times in his life. Skip to the 3:25 mark.

(Thanks to Empty Netters for the finds.)

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