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REDlines: We Need You. August 24th.

Today’s music video is by Jane’s Addiction and the song is called Irresistible Force.

WE NEED YOU!  TO VOTE!

Besides my shameless plug for our site (link to vote is here)I have a little bone to pick with the folks that pick the nationally televised games, and it has nothing to do with the Florida Panthers.  Year after year, the networks here in the United States continue to shove certain teams down our throats thinking that we want to see these matchups.  Which makes me think that those knuckleheads only watch those teams.  Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, the New York Rangers and you can probably add the Boston Bruins to that list for this season since they won the Cup last year.  See a pattern?  All Eastern Conference teams.  It’s almost as bad as watching the dreaded NY Yankees play the Boston Red Sox every damn weekend.

The teams that are getting the “shaft”?  Colorado, Anaheim, Los Angeles to name a few.  Players like Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, and Drew Doughty are almost unknowns.  It’s really too bad, and the rest of the country needs to see these players.  And I haven’t even mentioned the Canadian teams, which we all know mot likely never will show up on an NBC game.  Hopefully someday soon the big wigs who decide which teams to televise on these national games realize that it’s a mistake to not give these other players the exposure they deserve.  But until then, it appears we’re stuck watching the likes of Matt Cooke and Sean Avery.  A couple of real poster boys for America to see.

Links after the jump.  Please go there!

News in Sunrise:

Starting things off please go here and vote for the Rat Trick!  Our site is a finalist in the Most Valuable Blogs contest for Miami.  As my friends from Chicago would say (including the ones that moved away), vote early, and vote often!

Flash could be something really special.  Miami Herald.

Blue Seat Blogs names the worst GM’s in hockey.  Dale Tallon made this list.  Really?  Ummmm Darry Suter?  Jacques Martin? Glen Sather?  The lack of respect continues.

The Florida Panthers have put in a sales center at Incredible Ice Saveology Ice Complex to give you more chances to buy season tickets.  Team Website.

Around the NHL:

Steven Stamkos spoke yesterday about Sidney Crosby, stating that the NHL needs the superstar in the game.  TSN via The Canadian Press.

The case for Sidney Crosby retiring.  For his health.  The Star.

A New Jersey Rock and Roll band is suing the Devils for not using a song of theirs properly.  SB Nation.

Two goalies, James Reimer of Toronto and Corey Crawford of Chicago could be superstars.  The Good Point.

Fenway Park will be home to some college hockey this year! College Hockey News.

Why or why not to sign some of the reaming free agents.  Down Goes Brown.

Justin Bourne tells us why a good golf routine is important for a hockey player.

Pittsburgh is counting on Sid more than we think.  30 in 30 NHL.com.

Patrick Kane is not in a hurry, but expects to be ready to start the season.  Pro Hockey Talk.

I missed this from Monday, and in case you did too, Alex Ovechkin is going to be Mr. Big in Canada.  Globe and Mail.

Joel Quenneville sang take me out to the ballgame Monday night.  Yeesh, sounds like he’s still drunk from the Stanley Cup celebration. proving that coaches should coach, and not sing….f  CSN Chicago.

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